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Box artwork for Sonic Advance.
Box artwork for Sonic Advance.
Sonic Advance
Developer(s)Dimps
Publisher(s)Sega, THQ, Infogrames Entertainment
Year released2001
System(s)Game Boy Advance, N-Gage, Android, Wii U
Followed bySonic Advance 2
SeriesSonic the Hedgehog
Japanese titleソニックアドバンス
Genre(s)Platform, Action
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)ESRB EveryoneCERO All ages
LinksSonic Advance ChannelSearchSearch

Sonic Advance is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps, published by SEGA (in Japan), by THQ (in North America) and by Infogrames (in Europe and Australia) for Game Boy Advance. It was released in Japan on December 20, 2001, in North America on February 3, 2002 and finally in Europe on March 8, 2002. Sonic Advance was also ported to Nokia's N-Gage system on October 7, 2003, under the title SonicN. It was released for free on the Japanese Google Play Store in 2011. In 2015 it was made available on the Wii U Virtual Console via the Nintendo eShop.

The game has four characters, Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, and, for the first time as a playable character in a classic-style 2-D Sonic game, Amy Rose. Sonic can have Tails follow him, Sonic 2-style, by entering a special code (Up-Right-Down-Right-L-Right-R-Right-A) at the character select screen. All characters have separate save-games which record their individual progress.

Each character has his or her own unique ability which is a determining factor towards the game's overall difficulty. Their special moves are all retained from Sonic 3 and Sonic Adventure. Sonic can dash in mid-air, Tails can fly and swim, Knuckles can glide and climb walls and Amy has her hammer to attack. Amy is considered to be the toughest character to play as because of her inability to spin-dash or spin-attack. Each character's strengths and weaknesses particularly come into play when fighting bosses or trying to find access to the special stages.

This game could also be connected to both Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle to pass Chao data back and forth through use of the GameCube-Game Boy Advance link cable.

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