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Sonic R Updater - A Modding Tool for Sonic R.

Sonic R Updater is a patch for the PC ports of Sonic R. This patch will update any version of the game to the much more friendly 2004 port, with the Sonic R Mod Loader included, along with a few helpful mods for it.

1. Features

  • Can install on top of the extremely common (and cheap) 1998 port of Sonic R, providing wider accessibility to the PC version of the game.
  • Runs perfectly on modern Windows installations, with little to no configuration required, unlike the vanilla 1998 port.
  • Installs Sonic R Mod Loader into the game, allowing for robust modding support, as well as several additional features:
    • Removes the need for a disc to be inserted.
    • bass_vgmstream audio support with looping and pausing.
    • properly bordered windowed mode with custom window size options.
    • custom resolution with proper widescreen support.
    • better borderless windowed mode support.
    • improved game framerate stability for modern hardware.
    • an array of interesting cheat codes.
    • maybe even more as the mod loader is in active development.
  • Downloads the latest version of the Sonic R Mod Loader if possible during installation to make sure you're up to date at the time of install.
  • Includes RemoveStrays, a mod to fix various stray pixels in the Menu and HUD throughout the game.
  • Includes ADX Music, a mod that changes out the 2004 port's default .son files for much more space efficient .ADX format audio that even loops in some cases when appropriate.
  • Includes Saturn Style Colors, a mod that improves the lighting of the game to further match the Sega Saturn original and makes Radiant Emerald semi-transparent again.
  • Includes EggRobo Texture Fix, a mod that fixes a minor bug involving the texture of EggRobo.

2. Usage

  1. Install Sonic R from your retail disc or an ISO image on your PC wherever you'd like. (I recommend C:\Program Files (x86)\Sega\SonicR, personally.)
  2. Do not install DirectX 6 if prompted. You do not need to install the DirectPlay Windows Feature, and ignore any errors that appear after the installation completes from it trying to open the 1998 game. Ignore this step if you by some chance actually have the 2004 port, which also works.
  3. Download the latest Sonic R Updater and run it.
  4. It should auto-detect the installed location of Sonic R, simply click next or browse to the correct location in the event that it was unable to find the correct path.
  5. Proceed with the installation. Leave the box checked if you'd like to get familiar with the Sonic R Mod Manager right away.
  6. Shortcuts to Sonic RSonic R Mod Manager, and Sonic R Help are all added to your Windows Start Menu, use the shortcuts there to play the game.

As time goes on, Sonic R Mod Loader may be updated, and thus, the one you installed will become out of date. You can update Sonic R Mod Loader by running Sonic R Updater again, or you can download it manually and drop the archive contents into your Sonic R Installation folder.

3. Troubleshooting & Common Issues

Problem: When I go to install Sonic R I get a "This app can't run on your PC" error.
Solution: The Sonic R (1998) autorun program cannot run on 64-bit Windows due to being a 16-bit executable. To work around this, right click on the disc drive and choose "Open" or "Explore" and double click on Setup.exe instead. This should allow you to install Sonic R properly.

Problem: Sonic R Mod Manager giving exception errors.
Solution: Sonic R Mod Manager may give you errors about saving it's configuration if it is unable to write to it's settings file due to user permissions. To fix this, you can take ownership of the folder Sonic R is installed to. Click here for a gif showing how to do that. This should no longer be a problem as of 1.0.10.

4. Uninstall

What's that? You don't like this patch? I can't imagine why you wouldn't... unless you just don't like Sonic R. In which case, clearly you're delusional, because Sonic R is obviously the best Sonic game.

Well, in any case, to remove it, just uninstall Sonic R normally by opening Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program > SonicR, and then, after the Uninstall has finished, navigate to the installation folder and delete any remaining files. You may leave behind the save and ghost folders if you wish to avoid losing any save games, and you should keep the mods folder if you developed any mods and have their resources laying around in there.

Lastly, the Start Menu shortcuts can be removed by right clicking one of them in the Start Menu, and going to More > Open file location, followed by clicking the Up One Level button (?) and deleting the SonicR folder in Sega. If you don't have any other Sega games installed, you may also want to delete the Sega folder to remove it from your Start Menu as well.
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    what happens if you just have a rom for saturn
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    For some reason, even if i list the correct folder, it keeps saying it can't detect any version of the game :/

    Edit 1: At the time i'm writing this edit, i kept trying and trying to put the correct directory, and it still said it couldn't find anything. I'm starting to think this updater doesn't work as intended on Windows 10 (64 bit)
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    when i open the game it gives a black screen
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    I installed the latest version but still get a permission issue when a mod is trying to update
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    I'm having issues with cd audio, It takes around 10 seconds, after the initiate a race, for the music track to start.
    I've tried the adx music mod and the PCM 16bit signed Raw files and both methods have the same issue, anyone knows how to fix it?
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    Eu can't dowload the game
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    Thanks for the update! I added a table of contents for easier navigation.
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    I registered just to thank you. I wish i found this before i took all the trouble of downloading DXWIN and a patched.exe and all that. Which is sitll buggy af and accidentally clicking on direct3D crashes everything.

    Only things that bugs me a little are:

    • When you still don't have eggman unlocked, the cross was originally a bright cyan one, unlike the other's red. Your update turns it red like the others (and it has some black borders that i think should be alpha-ed or applied with additive blendmode, dunno)
    • Why remove the graphics options screen? we have no way of setting the drawing distance? no way of changing resolution inside the game? i know you can do the latter on the mod config file, but it'd be much better if done inside the game. The drawing distance is a big deal, it seems to be set to anything other than "Very far" which i always use(d).
    • There used to be a subtle shading on the models (i noticed on sonic back spikes when starting a race, slightly bright purple) that seems to be gone on the update, any idea what's that about? probably nothing but i figured i could bring it up.
    • Could it be possible to stretch the main menu background so we don't see black borders and the image's waving borders?
    • The save/load screen used to have transparency somewhere in there, is there a reason for having it removed? was it a bug on the original?

    I think that's all i can say. Sorry if i annoying, but (as many others here i suppose) i played the hell out of this game back in the day and i'm super picky, but hopefully it helps for future updates, if there's any planned.

    thanks again

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