Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car is a relatively obscure arcade title where the player drives in a car booth and assists a police clad Sonic. It’s also one of the earlier instances of a fully voiced Sonic early in the brand’s life, albeit in Japanese.
Sadly, it has been increasingly difficult to find a working machine in public, with one of the most recent reports being that some friends over at Sonic Paradise found the machine in a Spanish mall, albeit with a broken steering wheel.
Starting with the next release of MAME, you can enjoy this odd bit of Sonic history too, thanks to an effort to secure the board and the generous donations of many people.
So what, Sonic the Hedgehog is moonlighting as a cop? Is he doing ridealongs with Mappy?
The weird thing is, I think I might have seen one of those years back at the Grapevine Mills mall. Either that, or the amusement company re-used the fiberglass car model for another game. But I get a twinge of memory looking at the police star on the front with Sonic in it.