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YMMV: Sonic the Fighters
  • Anti-Climax Boss: After the grueling Metal Sonic battle, you're treated to a 15-second fight with Dr. Robotnik in his Powered Armor, who can almost effortlessly be taken down, as he can only do a PPP combo and a throw. Combine this with the fact that you start with a perma-Hyper Mode to encourage you to really let loose on him or the Death Egg II will self-destruct with you in it if you have more HP than Robotnik when time runs out. What's odd is that Robotnik -does- have a full (and quite deadly) moveset, as using cheats to play as him reveals, he just doesn't use it because it would be unfair considering the time constraints.
  • Awesome Music: It wouldn't be a Sonic game if it didn't have some.
  • Cult Classic: While not the most well-received spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series (and more-or-less a "Fighting Vipers with Sonic the Hedgehog characters" game), it does have a cult following for being an obscure Sonic the Hedgehog fighting game.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Bean and Bark after they were reintroduced in Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog comics and were written as hilarious, bounty hunting Heterosexual Life-Partners.
  • Fridge Logic: Of course there's the infamous 8 Chaos Emeralds bit, which was an excuse to have eight main fighters, but then you never actually fight a character who has the eighth emerald (normally this would be you, but you don't start with any Emeralds); instead your character gets cloned by Dr. Robotonic and you get the last emerald from the resulting eighth fight. So.. One of your emeralds was cloned too?
  • Game Breaker: Sonic's spin-dash move, which deals heavy damage and is fast-hitting.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: The most common complaint against the game is that it's very easy compared to most fighting games. Some even claim that you can win by holding down one button.
  • Polished Port: The Model2 Collection's Updated Re-release on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade, as it has the Dummied Out characters added (though only a few, not all of them), online multiplayer, and a Sound Test function by using the trigger buttons on the controller.
  • That One Boss: Metal Sonic is fast as Sonic, hits hard as Bark, he can take as much as he can dish out, and has Tails' annoying throwing move. And if you try to cheat your way past him by breaking all of his barriers, he Turns Red and uses a powerful (and unblockable) corkscrew attack over and over until you are dead.
    • Before him, Bean (the seventh opponent you face, before Sonic and Metal Sonic) is usually seen as a major difficulty spike compared to the opponents you face before him.

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