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Sonic & Tails time attack contest code
Post Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:59 pm
(Cross posted from Sonic Retro)

Is this a known thing around these parts? I could have sworn that I read about it years ago, but I can't find a single mention of it online.

You need to finish Turquoise Hill Zone 1 or 2, then as soon as your km/h has tallied up press pause, whilst paused press UP + LEFT + 1 + 2 simultaneously. A six digit code will then be displayed. This only works if your speed is over 700km/h, and as far as I can tell only works in the JP "Sonic & Tails" version, not Sonic Chaos.

The code was for a Sonic & Tails Fastest Technique (ソニック&ティルスかっとび最速テクニック) contest that, according to NDL Online, ran in the December 1993 issues of Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Yonensei and Shogaku Rokunensei. It also ran in the "Game Gear 2 Major Software Research!!" (ゲームギア2大ソフト大研究!!) article in the January 1994 issues of Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Yonensei and Shogaku Rokunensei. (It's possible it also ran in the 5th Grade magazine, Shogaku Gonensei, but wasn't listed in the contents page.)

Contestants had to submit their best time, along with the code as proof. It seems that there were four categories: Turquoise Hill Zone 1 (Sonic), Turquoise Hill Zone 1 (Tails), Turquoise Hill Zone 2 (Sonic) and Turquoise Hill Zone 2 (Tails).

Here's a (stolen) image from the Jan 1994 issue of Rokunensei:

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:04 am
For science!

Not my best times, but eh, these will do for documentation purposes.
Sonic - Act 1.png (1.83 KB)
Sonic - Act 1.png
Sonic - Act 2.png (1.88 KB)
Sonic - Act 2.png
Tails - Act 1.png (1.79 KB)
Tails - Act 1.png
Tails - Act 2.png (1.86 KB)
Tails - Act 2.png

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:11 am
Also, while in my previous screenshot of Act 1 with Sonic it looks like that the code is merely the km/h value backwards, it turns out that it's not quite the case. I wonder what the first three digits mean, and how Tails and Act 2 fit into this equation.

Time for someone who actually know what they're doing to do their thing!

Man, am I getting even more useless by the day.
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Post Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:08 am
I guess it's the stage time encoded such that it's hard to fake.
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