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Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (GameCube)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Case (UK):
    There is a new threat to civilization, even more powerful than the infamous Dr Eggmann, an immortal capable of overthrowing Sonic for good, his name... Shadow the hedgehog!

    With the help of his dark allies, our Sonic look-alike is causing unimaginable destruction, has Sonic finally met his match? In the most thrilling Sonic adventure ever created, featuring a host of GAMECUBE exclusive enhancements, you decide the outcome - choose to join the dark side and conquer the world or join Sonic, overcome this new evil reign and restore peace to the galaxy...

    • 30 action stages with over 50 missions..
    • Improved multiplayer modes, featuring new Battle Stages and classic Kart Racing.
    • 12 characters to choose from including newcomers Metal Sonic, Amy, Chaos Zero and the comical Chao Walkers...
    • Enhanced Chao mode, boasting new mini games and including exclusive link-up feature with GameBoy Advance.

    Contributed by Knyght (645) on Jun 20, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au:
    Play as the heroes in a desperate attempt to save the world, or satisfy your sinister side and control the villains to take over the world.

    Link to Sonic Advance using the GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable to trade and raise special creatures called Chao.

    Three totally different styles of gameplay. Fast paced action, robot battling and treasure hunting.

    Exciting and entertaining multiplayer elements.

    Sonic is incredibly fast. Strap yourself in for the roller coaster ride of a life time!

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53678) on Oct 05, 2005.

www.atari.fr (French):

    descriptif



    C'est en vieillissant que l'on se bonifie : un adage qui convient parfaitement au célèbre hérisson bleu. En effet, après avoir passé le cap de ses 10 ans, SONIC se lance et triomphe sur les consoles nouvelles générations.

    charactéristiques



    • Un gameplay orienté action et un scénario bien ficelé avec au choix 2 aventures : « Hero » ou « Dark ».
    • Des mouvements inédits et très tendances (skateboard, grind) et de nouveaux personnages (Evil Sonic).
    • Un mode multi-joueur encore amélioré avec 5 mini-jeux différents (course, chasse au trésor, combat...).
    • INEDIT : SONIC NGC et SONIC GBA sont compatibles : les joueurs récolteront des “ufs de Chaos (petites créatures) et les placeront dans le Chaos Garden de chaque jeu. Il faudra ensuite les élever et les entraîner pour qu'ils triomphent au Chaos Races dans Sonic Adventure NGC.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on Sep 25, 2005.

www.nintendo.com:
    Save the world or destroy it!

    Are you a good hedgehog or a bad hedgehog? Either way, you'll have a blast playing Sega's Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, available exclusively for Nintendo GameCube. The very first game to take advantage of the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle features 12 playable characters from the Sonic universe and more than 150 missions. It's one of the most massive games to hit Nintendo GameCube!

    When the game begins, you get to decide whether to help Sonic save the world or assist Dr. Eggman in destroying it. If you opt to join Sonic and fight with the good guys, you'll control three different characters throughout your quest: Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. Evil-doers get to guide Shadow, Rouge and Dr. Eggman (previously known to Sonic enthusiasts as Dr. Robotnik). It doesn't really matter which quest you decide to conquer first, because you'll definitely want to play through both scenarios.

    With so many characters to control, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle offers great gameplay variety. Sonic's missions primarily consist of either battling bosses or running full-bore through insane obstacle courses. Living up to his reputation, Sonic races through these stages at a speed which puts most racing games to shame. Along the way, Sonic uses springboards, bumpers, airboards and many more insane items and objects to get from one end of the stage to the next. Sonic can even grind handrails in his latest adventure!

    Tails, on the other hand, takes a more methodical approach to his missions. Tails' plane transforms into a two-legged walking machine which the spunky fox controls from a cockpit. The machine can jump, float, and fire multiple homing missiles at moving targets. Most of Tails' trials consist of exploratory challenges filled with difficult jumps and lots of enemies to destroy. The more enemies Tails can destroy with one group of homing missiles, the bigger the bonus.

    The dreaded dynamo Knuckles is charged with different kinds of challenges when he steps up to the plate. Knuckles' knack for gliding through the air combined with his ability to burrow into walls makes him a natural treasure hunter. When players control Knuckles, the objective is typically to search through a stage for hidden jewels, gems and Chaos Emeralds.

    The abilities of each good guy are mirrored by the bad guys. Shadow shares Sonics' abilities, Dr. Eggman controls a contraption similar to the one in Tails' charge, while Rouge the bat can glide and burrow just as effectively as Knuckles. Once you master the abilities of one group of characters, you'll have no trouble defecting to the opposite side.

    Despite less-than-perfect camera positioning on occasion, the overall gameplay experience is top-notch. Constantly changing challenges and engrossing cinema scenes make this game one of the most polished products to hit the market. Sonic Adventure 2 was originally released for Sega Dreamcast, but the Battle edition offers great new features like a souped-up two-player Battle Mode and an expanded Chao Garden.

    Chao are cute little creatures which are very similar to virtual pets. As you progress through the Story Mode, you can pick up Chao power-ups and lost animals. If the Chao Key is found in that stage, you'll go to the Chao Garden when the stage is completed. In the garden, you can pet your Chao and give them the power-ups which you found throughout the stage. By carefully choosing which power-ups to give your Chao, you can grow a Chao with customized strengths. Your Chao will start its life as a baby, but as time goes on it will grow into an adult.

    By giving Chao the lost animals you've found in Story Mode, you can isolate and improve a particular aspect of your Chao's abilities. If you give your Chao a parrot, for example, its "Fly" stats will improve. It might even grow wings! In addition to the Chao Garden, you can also visit the Chao Kindergarten. This is where you can teach your Chao lessons, have your Chao examined by a doctor or even buy Chao food from the black market.

    When your Chao are strong enough, you can encourage them to compete in Chao Races or Chao Karate. Competing against the computer or a human player, you are basically just a spectator in these competitions. Your Chao's performance is based on its stats, but you can encourage your Chao by tapping buttons on the Nintendo GameCube Controller.

    In addition to Chao Racing and Chao Karate, there are many other ways for two players to duke it out in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. Battle Modes include Kart Racing, Action Race Battles (running and grinding), Treasure Hunting and Shooting Battles. There are many more playable characters available in the Battle Modes, including Metal Sonic, Tikal, Chaos Zero and more.

    Without a doubt, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle contains enough action and special features to keep you busy for a very, very long time.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53678) on Jul 24, 2005.

Atari Australia Press Quotes - GameCube:
    "The stellar graphics, tight control, and replayability easily make it the best action/platform game yet for the GameCube. Sega's addition of new multi-player and GBA-link abitlities further sweetens the deal. Mario must finally share his limelight with Sonic, and fans can now enjoy two incredible franchises on one platform." - Gamespy

    "There’s a lot of love in these visuals. From texture quality to stage geometry to frame rate, the visuals are vibrant and full of atmosphere. You can’t escape that Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is a beautiful game." - The Adrenalin Vault

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 12, 2004.

Atari Australia website - GameCube:
    DESCRIPTION:
    Sonic and company are back and better than ever in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for Nintendo GameCube. Dr. Eggman is up to his old tricks, and it’s up to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles to stop him yet again. Sonic Adventure 2: Battle features faster action, all-new two-player games, and a branching storyline that lets you choose to save the world as the Hero side, or conquer it as the Dark side. Two new playable characters enter the Sonic universe -- a mysterious dark hedgehog called Shadow, and a jewel-thieving bat named Rouge. In the single-player mode, you’ll go through more than 30 unique stages, which include everything from a forgotten pyramid, an abandoned military base, and a giant space station. Then there’s the expanded two-player mode, which features 12 playable characters competing in new head-to-head games. All of this adds up to Sonic’s biggest adventure yet

    GAME FEATURES:
  • New two-player “Battle” mode featuring action racing, treasure hunting, shooting, kart racing, Chao racing, and the comical new Chao karate.
  • 12 playable characters -- Six hero and dark characters plus six others from the Sonic series, including Amy Rose, Metal Sonic, and Chaos Zero.
  • Cable Link with Game Boy® Advance -- Raise and train your Chao on the go!
  • Single-player Adventure mode lets you try to save the world as Sonic and friends, or conquer it as Shadow, Rouge, and Dr. Robotnik.
  • New Moves -- Grind down rails, grab ledges, and swing from poles.
  • More than action 30 Stages and 150 missions. Can you collect all 180 emblems?

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 12, 2004.

Back of Case:

    Battle to save the world or Conquer it!



    Mistaken for a dark villainous hedgehog, Sonic must discover who is responsible for his troubles! Choose Here or Dark, it's time to save the world - or conquer it!

    New "Battle" mode for enhacned 2-Player action

    Play the cute and comical Chao Karate

    3D action stages with over 150 missions

    Sonic Adventure 2 Battle connects your Nintenco GameCube to your Game Boy Advance so you take your Chao on the go! Link cable sold seperatly.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69577) on Aug 14, 2003.