Somari the Adventurer: Part 2

Hey last time I wrote on here I was writing about the famicom game Somari the Adventurer. Well, there’s some more stuff I’d like to say about it, but it was getting late so I just ended it there. Well, here’s part 2.

First off, there are several versions of this game. I’ve talked about some of this a little in some of my other posts, but whatever, I’ll talk about it here anyway.

The first hacks I’ll talk about are the Sonic hacks. Yeah, there are hacks of Somari that replace Mario with Sonic, to make it a better port of Sonic the Hedgehog. There are actually several hacks that do this. I have some of them.

First, I’m going to talk about a hack called Sonic 3D Blast 5. (My copy has a label saying Sonic 5, but the first printings said Sonic 3D Blast 5, so I’m going to call it Sonic 3D Blast 5)

Sonic 3D Blast 5 cartridge

Sonic 3D Blast 5 cartridge

If you put this game in your Famicom, you’ll get this:

Sonic 3D Blast 5 title screen

Sonic 3D Blast 5 title screen

One thing you probably won’t notice at first is that unlike Somari, you won’t get a “Somari Team Presents” screen. They didn’t change it to say “Sonic Team Presents,” they just took it out. The second thing you’ll notice is that the game starts you out right in Spring Yard Zone.

Spring Yard Zone!

Spring Yard Zone!

That’s annoying. You can’t play any of the previous levels… Or can you? One thing I didn’t mention in my first post about Somari is that there’s a level select cheat code. On the title screen, press left, down, B, A, right, up, A, B, up, down, up, down, hold A and press start, you will be taken to the level select screen!

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Anyway, the level select screen is fine in the original Somari, but on the Sonic hacks, somebody made a mistake and messed it up. For example, if you select Green Hill Zone, you’ll end up in Spring Yard Zone. Everythings glitched up. If you want Green Hill Zone Act 1, select Marble Zone Act 1.

Green Hill Zone on Sonic 3D Blast 5

Green Hill Zone on Sonic 3D Blast 5

Wait a second… there are rings at the beginning of Green Hill Zone! That’s different than Somari. On Somari, there were no rings at the beginning, which made it harder.

Somari screenshot

This isn’t the only difference. For one, the extremely annoying inescapable pit glitch is fixed. For example, in Sonic 3D Blast 5, there’s this pit:

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No matter, I can just jump back out.

Hahahaha

Hahahaha

It’s not so in the original Somari.

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They did the same thing for a lot of other pits. But there’s more! For a lot of stuff in Somari, it’s red. But in the Sonic hacks, they’re blue. One good example is the crabs:

A crab in Somari

A crab in Somari

A crab in Sonic 3D Blast 5

A crab in Sonic 3D Blast 5

This is because these enemies use the same color palette as Somari, and when they made Somari into Sonic, they had to give him a blue palette. But this also affected some of the bad guys and stuff, like the crabs.

Sorry, I was going to write more, but something glitched up and a lot of my writing got deleted, and that’s annoying so I’m gonna write more later. Then you can see part 3.

Part 1
Part 3

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  1. Somari the Adventurer: Part 1 | The Famiclone Blog
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