Sonic Adventure New Year's DLC (lost "Sonic the Hedgehog" holiday-themed DLC; 1998)


Sonic Adventure New Year's DLC
Japanese cover art of Sonic Adventure.
Japanese cover art of Sonic Adventure.
Status Lost

The Sonic Adventure New Year's DLC was a Japan-exclusive piece of downloadable content released by SEGA to commemorate New Year's 1998.

Details

According to Sonic Retro, when active, the DLC would place a traditional kadomatsu in Station Square.[1] The DLC was initially released on December 26th, 1998 and was removed entirely on January 7th, 1999. On December 29th, it received a patch due to a glitch that made it impossible to finish Knuckles' story while the DLC was active.[2] The DLC's file size was reportedly 66 blocks of memory, and the file name would be something along the lines of "SONICADV_001".

Availability

The main reason the DLC is so scarce and so hard to find is due to it only existing in Japanese versions of the game and for little time. The DLC remained Japan-exclusive due to differing tradition and release dates, Sonic Adventure was a launch title in Japan during the month of December in 1998. The Dreamcast itself and Sonic Adventure were only released in North America the following year, making it impossible to obtain the New Year's 1998 DLC in the U.S.

Due to the use of the Kadomatsu decorations, it also could not be reused for later New Year's DLC in the U.S. Considering kodamatsu is a Japanese tradition for New Year's.

While some sites claim to have the file for download, all have turned up with either fake or with dead links.

References

  1. http://cinos-sonic.com/data/sonicadventure/sonicadventure-data.html Retrieved 27 Dec '16
  2. http://www2.plala.or.jp/sone/dreamup.html Retrieved 27 Dec '16

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

11 months ago
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They had DLC back in 1998?
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Anonymous user #3

11 months ago
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This was maybe the first ever DLC to be released, but idk...
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Anonymous user #5

11 months ago
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Sega was pretty damn ahead of their time back then. The Dreamcast was the first console to be properly able to connect online, and as a result they had free bits of DLC for certain games, such as holiday items for the Sonic Adventure games and exclusive quests for Phantasy Star Online, amongst others.
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Anonymous user #2

11 months ago
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I have an old save manager disc for my Dreamcast. It came pre-loaded with a bunch of save files, including DLC for Sonic Adventure 1 and 2. I'm gonna check if this is there or not so stay tuned...
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Anonymous user #4

11 months ago
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CLIFFHANGER
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Anonymous user #4

11 months ago
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I WILL BE SO TRIGGERED IF YOU DO NOT FIND IT
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CryClown

11 months ago
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Find out next time on Lost Media Wiki!
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Anonymous user #6

10 months ago
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So?
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SilenceEnigma

10 months ago
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Anything worth mentioning?
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Anonymous user #8

10 months ago
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And of course he/she won't respond. R.I.P.
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SoulOfIce

10 months ago
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I'm almost positive this guy/gal is talking about a file manager/resource called Dream Explorer for the Dreamcast, and I checked my owned burn copy on my Dreamcast...it's not their :(
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SoulOfIce

10 months ago
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http://imgur.com/a/KIHTI Here are pictures of the DLC's on the disc.
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Nscott144

11 months ago
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even in 1998 they were making mistakes
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Paroos

11 months ago
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Is it known what sonic game it was for?
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JonM313

11 months ago
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Sonic Adventure. Read the Title!
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Reynard

11 months ago
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Am I the only one who doesn't understand what the heck this is about?
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LoserAtFinding

11 months ago
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Ask 1990s Sega.
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Redd

10 months ago
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DLC that added content to the game, placing kadomatsu in the hub world Station Square. What's so hard to understand about that?
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RyGuy176

11 months ago
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https://twit...625812365312

Merry Christmas LMW! I come bearing the DLC in question! When I get a bit more time, I'll post links to a compilation ISO, that includes this DLC as well as a ton of others.
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RyGuy176

11 months ago
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! ,
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Saturnine Sable

11 months ago
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Sadly that's the one for the year after :C
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Anonymous user #10

15 days ago
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Find out next time on lost media wiki!
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Anonymous user #10

15 days ago
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I checked the comments and he has the 2000 DLC, the one missing is from 1998/1999
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Tomo

10 months ago
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I've tried contacting the user behind the GeoCities site mentioned in the article. All email addresses I've discovered are defunct. Not a big surprise considering the approximate age of the site. If anyone has any other contact info for them, please tell me and I'll investigate. Most likely they won't even have access to such old data, but it's always worth a shot.

I really do hope someone out there still has the DLC.
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Anonymous user #7

10 months ago
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I have a screenshot from the DLC. I found it on some meme page on Instagram, and I have no idea who first made it.
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Redd

10 months ago
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Link please?
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Anonymous user #9

10 months ago
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I remember seeing a video of someone playing this, along with the DLC Twinkle Park cups using their VMU that still had the DLC on it. I'll try to find it.
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Supersonic25730

10 months ago
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Hey, this is Anon #9 from before, made a profile just for this. Here's a full playlist of all the DLC: https://www....5SeFcDmJ-1Cz

And here's the Christmas DLC itself: https://www....5SeFcDmJ-1Cz

Disclaimer: I did NOT upload these videos, I just found them on a whim a while back when I was super into Sonic Adventure. I am NOT TsukentoX, and I have no affiliation with him.
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Supersonic25730

10 months ago
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Aw shit, I'm an idiot. Turns out that there's all the DLC in that playlist BUT the New Year 98 stuff. However, since the game was released in all other regions outside of Japan in 1999, it's probably safe to assume that this specific bit of DLC was exclusive to Japanese consoles.
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Mrkoolnerd

9 months ago
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are the twinkle circuit levels lost?
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JonM313

9 months ago
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Are there any other lost Sonic Adventure DLCS? I'm asking because I viewed the Sonic Retro Page which lists lots of Sonic Adventure DLC
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JmTsHaW

9 months ago
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Christmas '98 is fairly uncommon compared to the rest of the DLC, but it's still not hard to find.

Other than that I don't think so. I'm not sure if the other 4 Twinkle Circuit stages actually had DLC released for them.
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SilverTheGamer

9 months ago
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What the heck is here then? On sonic retro the "lost" dlc has an icon and a dlc with the same one can be found here http://bswir...ure&r=30
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SoulOfIce

9 months ago
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For some reason the dlc on this site has the icon of the lost dlc, but it's contents is not the New Years DLC.
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Anonymous user #10

15 days ago
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I realised, but didn't comment about it
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Redd

5 months ago
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There's another lost Sonic Adventure DLC: http://forum...amp;p=891536

We should create an article about it.
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TonyTheHamMan

1 months ago
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Please update this footage has come https://www....=71VWmlUSvQU
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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It's the Christmas one not New Years
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