Sonic Mega Collection Plus

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Sonic Mega Collection Plus
Sonic Mega Collection Plus cover
Developers
Sonic Team
Publishers
Sega
Release dates
Windows March 31, 2006
Sonic Mega Collection Plus guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic Mega Collection Plus on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic CD (1996) 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (1998) 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (2010) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017

Key points

Esc is used to instantly close the game.
An updated re-release of Sonic Mega Collection previously available on Nintendo GameCube, featuring an emulated collection of 14 Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and 6 Sega Game Gear games. Some games must be unlocked through gameplay, however they can also be unlocked immediately via editing the game's configuration file.
No option to disable the bilinear filtering used across this collection.
The ROMs used are the inferior 50 Hz conversions. Use Region Mod as a workaround.

General information

MobyGames entry

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Available in the "Sonic PC Collection" bundle.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This collection is not available digitally, however some of the games featured in this collection have been released digitally elsewhere.

Essential improvements[edit]

Region Mod by Zmiize94[edit]

Back up the game's original executable before using this mod.
Allows the option to play between the North America, Japanese, and a fixed European version of this collection, as well as improving the sound quality of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive emulation in this collection. Details on how to use this mod's features can also be found in this video and the included readme file.
Installing Region Mod[3]
  1. Download the mod here and extract the contents of the zipped archive to <path-to-game>.
  2. Replace the default executable with the appropriate ones from <path-to-game>\Modded EXE (U for North America, J for Japan, and E for Europe) and rename it to MegaCollectionPlus.

Bypass configuration launcher[edit]

Launch the game's main executable by using the SonicMegaCollectionExecFromConfig command line argument[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\SEGA\MegaCollectionPlus\SETTING.INI

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\SEGA\MegaCollectionPlus\SAVEDATA

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 resolutions only. Resolution must be set in SETTING.INI by changing the value of Mode; 0 for 640x480, 1 for 800x600, 2 for 1024x768, 3 for 1152x864, 4 for 1600x1200.[5]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Uses a constant bilinear filter used throughout the games which cannot be disabled.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Always on by default.
60 FPS
Uses the 50Hz PAL versions of the featured games. Use Region Mod for their 60Hz versions.
120+ FPS
Games in this collection are capped at either 60 (US/JP version) or 50 (PAL version) FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse is not used.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Uses DirectInput.
Full controller support
Requires pressing Esc or Alt+F4 to exit the game.
Controller remapping
D-pad and Left analog stick are bound to movement and cannot be remapped, which can cause problems for XInput controllers.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg References controls based on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only an option to mute all audio from the configuration launcher.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Voice-overs are only heard in Comix Zone with speech bubbles unrelated to spoken dialogue are used throughout the game.
French
French
German
Spanish
Italian

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Unlock all games instantly[edit]

Adding the following to the game's configuration file[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open SETTINGS.INI.
  3. Scroll down to the section under [ETC] and add the following underneath the line DELETE_TEX_LINE: SELECT_ALL_GAMES=1.
  4. Save the changes. You should now be able to play all games featured in this collection.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Verified by User:AmethystViper on February 4, 2019
    Was able to switch the game's region to North America (which features text from the Xbox version) with this mod when applied to the European Sonic PC Collection bundle re-release.
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on February
    Used this argument founded in the Region Mod's readme file and it bypassed the configuration launcher requirement.
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on February 4, 2019
    Added the "4" in the Mode variable in the configuration file and got a resolution that was 1600x1200 according to ShareX's region capture function in fullscreen mode, but this resolution appears cut-off from the top when played in windowed mode.
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on February 4, 2019
    All games that were previously locked until meeting the requirements to unlock them became immediately available with this config edit.