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Sonic Drift (ソニックドリフト Sonikku Dorifuto ) is a kart racing video game released in Japan only for the Sega Game Gear on March 18, 1994. It features Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Doctor Eggman.
Players race around a track collecting rings and power-ups. The invincible theme of Sonic Drift is based on "Sonic - You Can Do Anything" from the original release of Sonic CD.
Sonic Drift establishes a few characteristics for Amy Rose, who had her first appearance as a playable character in this game. The car she races in returns with her in future racing games Sonic R and Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing. The instruction manual also features a picture of Amy holding an umbrella that she will later have use of in gameplay in Sonic the Fighters.
Reception for Sonic Drift have been mixed. On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the game a 19 out of 40. GameSpot described the game as "basically unplayable because of poor handling and a really short horizon". Many critics label the games as Super Mario Kart clones although Sega's "Drift" series of kart racers predates Super Mario Kart by a few years starting with Power Drift in 1988.
The games have been re-released on two different compilations. Sonic Mega Collection Plus for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 (Sonic Drift), and Sonic Gems Collection for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 (Sonic Drift 2). They were also both included as an unlockable extra in the director's cut port of Sonic Adventure.
- NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: ソニックドリフト2. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.327. Pg.41. 24 March 1995.