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->''"Everybody's Super Sonic Racing, try to keep your feet right on the ground..."''

''Sonic R'' is a {{racing game}} staring ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog the spiky blue speed demon and his friends]]'', developed by Creator/TravellersTales (who also made ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3DFlickiesIsland Sonic 3D Blast]]'') and released in 1997 for the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and later for the PC. In 2005, it was re-released on the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube and UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 as part of ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Gems Collection]]'', which is based the PC version of the game. It was also made available for download on [=GameTap=] for a short time in 2007.

Known its (in)famous power pop soundtrack by Richard Jacques and songs performed by British singer TJ Davis. Notable in the fact that the PC and Saturn versions of the game could be played in any standard CD player, in case you wanted to listen to the music without having to play the actual game.

This game is also notable for being [[EndOfAnAge the last of the Classic Era Sonic games]] and also the last ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' game to use the "classic" designs for all the characters, and is the only fully-3D console game to do so (''SonicJam'' had only a small section in 3D).

Compare with ''VideoGame/SonicDrift'', ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' and ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]''.

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!!Sonic R contains trope examples of:
* TheAllegedCar: Amy's car.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: Every race course in the game starts with the letter "R".
* AwardBaitSong: Nearly the ''entire soundtrack'' is made of techno-pop versions of this.
* CanonForeigner: Tails Doll and Metal Knuckles never reappear in any other game. Metal Knuckles got an {{expy}} in ''VideoGame/SonicAdvanceTrilogy'' and the Tails Doll eventually appeared in the Archie ''Sonic'' comic.
** A Metal Knuckles lookalike featured heavily in a story arc starting in issue #108 of the Fleetway ''ComicBook/{{Sonic the Comic}}'' in August 1997, three months before ''Sonic R'' was released.
** Metal Knuckles also appeared in the Archie ''Sonic'' comic as part of Dr. Eggman's Metal Series.
** The dummies fought by E-102 γ in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' are sometimes called Tails Dolls, but they're obviously not the same character.
* ExcusePlot: It's referenced in the manual, but not in the game. The game is just a straightforward racer, [[NoPlotNoProblem with no story mode or attempt to make a plot]].
* [[GoKartingWithBowser Go-Karting with Robotnik]]: Though the manual makes an admirable effort to pass it off as an evil plot.
* JokeCharacter:
** The Tails Doll. His profile at the Sonic Channel website states that no effort went into creating Tails Doll after Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles. It's just a doll that can float around. This is supported in game he has the lowest speed and special is just to float higher up. [[TheDreaded The fans think differently, though.]]
** [=EggRobo=] is essentially a clone of the already slow and hard to manoeuvre Dr. Robotnik albeit lacking the ability to perpetually hover. He hovers for a brief amount of time before gradually grinding to a halt and sinking, which is arguably more of a hindrance than just sinking by default.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Amy is this. She is one of the slowest characters in the game who lacks the ability to jump since she drives a car instead of running on her feet. Her lethality is her ability to driver over water without losing speed, decent acceleration and good turning, and a rechargeable Nitro Boost ability that allows her to reach a top speed faster then Super Sonic for a few seconds, but it does take away most of her turning when in uses.
* LoveIsADrug: Most of the soundtrack.
* MasterOfAll: Super Sonic has perfect stats across the board.
* NoEnding: Besides AWinnerIsYou pics, nothing ever comes of the manual's plot.
* PalmtreePanic: Resort Island.
* PromotedToPlayable: Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, who you can unlock by beating the game.
* ThePsychoRangers: [[EvilKnockoff Metal Sonic, Metal Knuckles and the Tails Doll]]...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles EggRobo]].
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The robot bosses who are unlocked by finding the tokens hidden in the stages.
* SecretCharacter: There's Metal Sonic, Tails Doll, Metal Knuckles, [=EggRobo=], and [[GoldenSuperMode Super Sonic]], the last of who you unlock by collecting all the Chaos Emeralds.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Amy being the only girl in this game.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Most egregiously in the PC version and the ''Sonic Gems Collections'' re-release, "Can You Feel the Sunshine" will play no matter what the weather is like. The Sega Saturn original, however, does not have any weather effects at all.
* VideoGameSettings:
** Resort Island -- GreenHillZone
** Radical City -- CasinoPark (though only small parts of the level)
** Regal Ruins -- ShiftingSandLand
** Reactive Factory -- EternalEngine
** Radiant Emerald -- AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield
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