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Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 (Genesis) Being Pulled from Wii Shop Channel

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#1 Ngamer01

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 07:03 AM

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Sonic 1 and 2 (Genesis VC) are being pulled from the Wii Shop Channel on Wii in Japan this Friday.  There is no word on why and whether if this regional pull will be a worldwide pull.  I'd figure I should post about it for those that haven't gotten those games on their Wii consoles.



#2 Bobby Lee "Buford" Robok

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 11:31 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I might actually go for Sonic 2 because who knows what will happen to the wii shop channel in the next few month with the new membership program and the NX



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 12:12 PM

Huh. Weird. Wonder why those two. I've played the hell out of 2 and not a fan of 1 really. Thanks for the heads up though NGamer!

#4 Billy "Buford" Morgil

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 01:45 PM

I already have plenty of copies of them already, with collections on both the GCN and DS, plus the recent 3D versions on the 3DS, so I'm good.

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 02:24 PM

A few things:

1) Apparently this actually happened a few years ago as well, again just in Japan. No idea what led to it being put back up though.
2) It's not just the Wii Shop. Apparently they'll be taken down from XBLA as well.
3) This seems to be due to music rights. Apparently somehow Sega doesn't actually own the rights to the music from Sonic 1 and 2?

#6 Lame "PBluafnotr4d2" 87421F

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 05:04 PM

A few things:

1) Apparently this actually happened a few years ago as well, again just in Japan. No idea what led to it being put back up though.
2) It's not just the Wii Shop. Apparently they'll be taken down from XBLA as well.
3) This seems to be due to music rights. Apparently somehow Sega doesn't actually own the rights to the music from Sonic 1 and 2?

 

What about 3D Classics Sonic the Hedgehog, and 3D Classics Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on 3DS?



#7 Admin Prime

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 05:24 PM

What about 3D Classics Sonic the Hedgehog, and 3D Classics Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on 3DS?


As far as I can tell, just WiiWare and XBLA. Might have to do with how old those versions are - both were put up long before the others. So it might be that whatever rights deal they have to make for the music is on a per-platform basis.

#8 Fushigisaur

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 05:59 PM

I've heard about the music rights thing. The music for the first two games was composed by a band called Dreams Come True who own the rights to the music. So Sega needs permission from them to sell the games, or have to pay royalties or something. Hence why the main theme was changed in Sonic 3 and games after it.





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