Rare Sonic the Hedgehog Arcade Game Preserved for Posterity to Enjoy

An avid Sonic fan took advantage of the opportunity to own of the many arcade games for sale found in Japan on the internet. For only $350 – plus approximately $5,000 extra in shipping and costs – he shipped the cabinet to the U.S. and dumped the software so it will be available to play on the next version of MAME emulation.

Rare Title, Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car, Gains New Life

While the title did not nearly gain the level of popularity as many other Sonic the Hedgehog games, Will Medved, a devoted Sonic merchandise and game collector was not willing to let the game die out. The Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car game was released in 1991 and appears as more of a ride than a game. The cabinet is shaped like a white police car where gamers can climb inside and play, dodging traffic on the screen as the physical police car shifts from side to side.

While this game probably appealed to Japanese children visiting arcades in the 90s, the game was never released in any other format. Medved decided to change that and received financial help from the arcade preservationist group The Dumping Union to purchase and ship the cabinet overseas. He copied the internal ROM data so you can now try the game on your own at home, albeit without getting the chance to sit in a Sonic patrol car.

Sonic Still Garners Mass Appeal

In case you thought Sonic the Hedgehog was a character of the past, think again. The Sega franchise remains one of the best-selling of all time, selling 150 million units as of November 2014. “3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2” releases on Nintendo 3DS on October 8. Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom will be released on iOS and Android platforms soon as well. A movie based on the character is also supposedly in the works by Sony. The franchise continues to appeal to audiences young and old and Sega won’t be neglecting the opportunity to take advantage of the character’s likability for years to come.