Trivia / Sonic Heroes

  • Newbie Boom: As with Sonic Adventure 2, which was the first Sonic game to be released on a Nintendo console, this game was the first Sonic game to be released on Sony and Microsoft consoles.
  • No Export for You: Re-released on the Play Station Network in Europe and Japan, but not in North America.
  • The Other Darrin: After Shun Yashiro's death that same year the game was being produced, Takashi Nagasako began taking over as Big the Cat from that moment on.
  • Real-Life Relative: Subverted in English with the Corkery family: son William voices Tails, while his father Bill and sister Emily respectively voice Chaotix members Espio and Charmy.
  • Stillborn Franchise: "Sonic Heroes" was actually created to be a new independent Spin-Off franchise for the Sonic series much like the Sonic Adventure games ... but a weak PlayStation 2 port and a lack of support put a quick end to any ideas of following-up with a sequel.
  • Talking to Himself: Sonic and Metal Sonic are both voiced by Ryan Drummond and Junichi Kanemaru for English and Japanese, respectively.
  • What Could Have Been: Sonic Team originally planned to release this game for Nintendo GameCube and Xbox using a proprietary engine; however, Sony stepped in and threatened that if they didn't port the game to PlayStation 2, then Sega could never release a game on a Sony-brand console again. With Sony absolutely dominating the market at the time, this was not a threat you could ignore, so Sega had to try and rebuild the game using the extremely portable RenderWare engine. Unfortunately, the developers' inexperience with RenderWare and rush to rebuild the game led to a Porting Disaster on the PS2 and the game's unpolished state, including sloppy controls and bad camera, on all platforms.