Bring Back “Knuckles Chaotix!” The forgotten Sega classic!
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In the year 1995, Sega released a spin-off to their hit Sonic The Hedgehog franchise, titled Knuckles’ Chaotix, for the Sega Genesis (aka Sega Mega Drive) through their hardware add-on called the 32X. Unfortunately because the 32X did not sell very well, very few people were given the chance to play what is essentially one of the most uniquely fun games in Sega’s collection of classics.
In Knuckles’ Chaotix, Knuckles the echidna befriends four would-be detectives (consisting of Mighty the armadillo, Espio the chameleon, Vector the crocodile and Charmy the bee) as they try to stop the sinister Dr. Robotnik and his evil creation, Metal Sonic, from capturing the Chaos Rings to harness their possibly destructive power!
The game had many features that expanded and innovated upon previous Sonic games from the time. It had five playable characters, each with their own special abilities, as well as a mechanic where two of the characters were tethered together with a bungee-like string. Players could team up with a friend, or play with the computer, and use the bungee-string to help one another run faster, jump higher, or reach distant areas of the level, across five varied stages (25 acts in total)!
This bungee-style gameplay gave Knuckles’ Chaotix an identity apart from other Sonic games, and encouraged players to be creative when approaching a challenge. Apart from the main stages, the game also featured 3D bonus stages, where Knuckles can run across a three-dimensional environment. Here, he can collect more rings, as well as blue orbs, all while avoiding pitfalls and exploding mines!
Unfortunately, due to the poor sales of the 32X hardware, Knuckles’ Chaotix, with its fresh and innovative gameplay, was never experienced by a wider audience. And to make matters worse, it has never been properly released on another game console. Even with the multitude of classic game collections available to the public, this game has never made the cut. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the asking price for the game, as well as a 32X to play it on, has only increased in the second-hand market due to its rarity, making it completely inaccessible to even most game collectors.
With this petition, my goal is to help generate the interest to perhaps convince the company of Sega to release Knuckles’ Chaotix in some form on modern consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 or XBOX ONE. Fans of the Sonic franchise deserve to have this classic game in their collections. And as for the game itself, its innovative and unique style of gameplay deserves to be experienced by a modern audience. There truly is nothing else quite like it!
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