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Video Game: Somari
"Don't just sit there and waste your precious time. When you want to do something, do it right away. Do it while you can. It's the only way to live a life without regrets."

Somari is a bastard child from 1994, and also an Unlicensed Game courtesy of Hummer Team, which attempts to mash up the looks (and the platform) of Mario and the gameplay of Sonic in a (seemingly) quick attempt to cash in. And yet, despite the fact that it wasn't the best game by the said team, it still remains their most well-known product up to date, especially in the States (never mind the fact it was originally spread over such countries as Chinanote  and Russianote ), alongside Kart Fighter.

Given that it was only the second year of Hummer being on the market not thoroughly explored by Nintendo, the engine wasn't entirely purified, resulting in a decent and mostly playable port which, however, was chock full of glitches, such as loop sections never allowing you to get one out of six rings, and somewhat heavy controls that, for instance, made the already devilish Labyrinth Zone of the original look like a child's game. It, however, featured the Special Zone from the Master System port, complete with its music, and Spin Dash that haven't made a debut in the actual game. In spite of such omissions and edits, reportedly, it was one of the few Hummer's games to go among the lines of Development Hell.

The end result is generally considered to be one's fun and another's pain, so play it at your own risk.

Originally distributed by JY Company under its first monkier, Somari then got rehashed, rehacked and rereleased as Family Kidnote , Sonic 3D Blast 5note , Sonic And Knuckles 5note , Sonic 3D Blast 6note , Doraemonnote  and The Hummernote .

See also the polar opposite of this game, Sonic Jam 6 (no relation), was also made for Sega Genesis.

Tropes attributed to the original Somari:


Tropes attributed to the hacks:

  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation: Among the lines of its native market, it's not just expectable, it's natural. The rehacked versions (save for Doraemon) don't differ much, apart from several details.
  • Covers Always Lie: True for the Sonic hacks, also true for about 95 percent of Famicom bootleg cartridges.
  • Dolled-Up Installment
  • Dummied Out: Numerous examples:
    • The "Somari Team Presents" screen was removed/replaced for obvious reasons, although the graphics for it can still be found in most hacks.
    • Green Hill Zone (and Marble Zone depending on the hack) can only be accessed by level select in the Sonic hacks.
    • Special Stage is omitted in Doraemon, and can only be accessed by save state hacking.
  • Fail O'Suckyname: Family Kid. Okay, so the game and its protagonist were named after the publisher, but does that really matter?
  • Never Trust a Title: In Sonic & Knuckles 5, the latter only appears on the title screen and Sonic 3D Blast 5/6 is most certainly not in 3D. Not to mention that they're named after completely different games in the series.
  • No Ending: Doraemon replaces the ending with a credits screen in Chinese.
  • One-Word Title: Family Kid is an arguable example, as the title screen just says Family.
  • Punny Name: The name "Hummer" sounds pretty close to "brave horse" in Chinese. Now guess what species the new guy is.
  • Rearrange the Song: A couple of songs in The Hummer were slightly altered, although this is probably unintentional.
  • Recycled Title: Two different hacks star the Hummer, both of which have the same name.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: Most of the hacks do this, although Doraemon replaces the whole soundtrack.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: In The Hummer, Marble Zone is probably supposed to be this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Family Kid goes along with this for Somari.
    • ...and then this trope goes full-circle with Sonic replacing the titular character who was intended to replace Sonic.
    • On to the present. Hummer, the all-new mascot, is now going to replace Somari for a very long while. Not that it's gonna be his only appearance, though.
  • Wackyland: Green Hill Zone ends up becoming this in The Hummer.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Knuckles in Sonic & Knuckles 5.

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