Reposted by WB; Courtesy of Rlan
Source: Sonic Fangames HQ

We've got 7 big news stuffs for you today (our largest news influx in a while), from Sailor Moon ***shivers***, to Conkers BFD, to new SA2 news, to Sonic Shuffle, to new polls, to the release of Sonic #84 - the list goes on and on :P

But first we've got some GREAT NEWS on unraveling the "sprite mystery" of the long lost Sonic game for the Sega Saturn, Sonic X-Treme! Courtesy of well known chaps in the Sonic community, Rlan and Stealth. Reprinted from the SFGHQ News Page...

For some reason, the moderator of SSRG made a accidental mistake. And because of it SFGHQ was down for a small amount of time, it's all fixed now though...

Now for the BIG news! Our Friend Stealth has got his grubby hands on the ENTIRE collection of SONIC X-TREME SPRITES! Yes, the ones which were on Secrets of Sonic The Hedgehog, But the FULL COLLECTION! Unfortunately, theyre still in their original format, PCX, but hopeflly in the upcoming weeks we'll be seeing huge amounts of Sonic X-treme sprites popping up, so Watch this space!

What we have is 4 zip files. The first 2 contain Sonic Sprites. the first having basic moving sprites but in 320x200 pictures and 400 frames of animation. The second one is the whopper, over 2200 frames of glorious fast running animation! With things like the tapping foot, to even the correct Animations when Sonic's turned on a Loop! The third one has EVERY SINGLE BADNIK (which was created at the time) for your own pleasure! All 24 of them - From Tbot to Pintup! And the last is a mystery. It's full of ANM files! I have no idea what these are, But I'm betting it was used for the programming o Xtreme, or something only certain large 3D modelling pograms can open. But BEWARE! the file size may be small zipped, but unzipped these take over 100 megabytes! So keep them zipped, or have Some hard drive left free.

So what does this mean - it means that when most of those PCX files are translated, and the SXT sprites are up and running, we can finally see ALL of the animations that were done for Sonic X-Treme before it was ditched! ^__^ This is very valuable also in the sense that it also tells you a lot about how the game was made and what things were planned. Like attacks, various motions, etc etc. As soon as Rlan gets more info we'll keep you all updated. Congrats on great find Stealth!

Now onto the dark side of our news....