Trivia / Shadow the Hedgehog

  • Blooper: In a scene before Space Gadget and Lost Impact, Sonic says, "We're on our way to the ARK, so I guess that means we're going too!" Presumably, this line should say "They're [the Black Arms are] on their way to the ARK, so I guess that means we're going too!"
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Sean Schemmel is Black Doom.
  • The Other Darrin: The first game that had the actors from 4KidsEntertainment.
  • Playing Against Type: Black Doom is voiced by Sean Schemmel, a.k.a. Son Goku and Lucario.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Apparently, SEGA got a letter from a young fan saying how cool it'd be for Sonic to have a gun. SEGA, wanting to expand their audience, thought it was an all right idea, but thought that the gunplay wouldn't fit Sonic's character, so they gave the role to Shadow.
    • At one point, it was intended to show Maria's death, rather than cut away as the player hears the gun shot. It was decided that including that would make the game too dark and the age rating would have to increase, so the decision was made to cut away from the flashback instead. However, the final game does show a monochrome still image of Maria getting shot just before the Heavy Dog boss fight.
    • Before everything was toned down to fit into E-10, there was a lot more swearing, including Sonic saying "I'd hate to piss off G.U.N." note  In the final game, Sonic only swears once.
    Sonic: Damn! They got away! I'll get 'em.
    • Early trailers showed enemy Black Arms spewing red blood when hit, but when ESRB announced a middle rating between Everyone and Teen, the developers changed the color to green. Of course, the aliens themselves are still reddish, not to mention the similarity of our titular hero's red blood to his otherworldly creators.
    • A different song was meant to be used as the main theme of the game, but it was switched out with Crush 40's songs instead.
    • Another Song never made it into the game since Sega couldn't get the licensing rights in time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noBucnkjd6k&feature=kp
    • The original intro was slightly different and actually showed a soldier getting shot.
    • Eggman was also going to be nastier in his levels, and after you had helped Amy you would get to see him attack her before he went for Shadow, with the implication in that boss fight being that Shadow was defending her.
    • Sonic was supposed to feature in the game's multiplayer mode, but was cut very early because Sega management had qualms about their heroic mascot gunning down the other characters.
  • Word Of God:
    • SEGA says that the Pure Heroic path is the canon one.
    • The Moon is still defaced from the events of Sonic Adventure 2. The intro cutscene just shows its good side.
  • It is actually impossible to gather all seven Chaos Emeralds in one story - even including cut-scenes and those gained from boss battles.
  • Several interesting paths can be taken - including the all-Chaotix paths, a path in which you help out Eggman three times, a path in which you can beat Knuckles down three times, and numerous paths involving visiting Black Doom's flying temple twice.
  • The investigation of the Chaotix is very important in The Last Way, and there are only three ways to do it. Two of them don't involve helping Black Doom at all, and one of those only requires a general selfishness on your part. Some people believe the canon path involves helping them gather their data. This seems to give the best continuity of all the paths.
  • In the level 'Iron Jungle', take a look at the Shadow Androids in the opening animatic. They have a lower polygon count than the real Shadow, making them look cruder and more angular. Their colour is also a different, slightly duller tone.
  • This is the first game Shadow used Chaos Blast, despite him being in three other games before it, and he hasn't used it since. (Note: he actually does use a (very) neutered version of the attack in 06, but it was so poorly programmed that it's practically good for nothing.)