Is it me, or does the whole Sonic 1 Prototype release seem, well, fishy? - No backstory to how the cart was obtained is given. The most we got was that it was found in a set of game carts that buckaroo bought from someone. Ideas on where that person might have gotten it would have been helpful. At least country of origin would have been nice. (I'm guessing the UK?) - RetroGamer was supposed to have details on how the cart was obtained. "Keep a lookout for the next issue of Retro Gamer! It'll cover the history of the cart and how this find came to be. Don't miss it!" said HiddenPalace.org. To be frank, the article in RG did not say anything we did not know already, and nothing on how the cart "came to be". Ya, it was a nice small article for a periodical like RetroGamer, but paying $12+ to access such an underwhelming article is infuriating. The piece that Hidden Palace wrote should have been run instead. At least that was a well-written, in-depth, passionate piece worth paying for, even if it did not discuss how the cart "came to be". - The cart was supposed to go up for auction on eBay in Feb, implying the auction would start in February. It sold Feb 1 at 2PM. Why the rush? Why sell it before most people got the February issue of RG, in which the auction was mentioned? And was the sale secret because I honestly could not find it on eBay when I checked last week. (Even as late as Jan 31.) All I got were listings for Sonic plush toys. For an item this big, it is odd that the actual auction was not mentioned on any major gaming sites or YouTube channels. I only found out after the fact.(The actual eBay auction, not news that it would be auctioned off one day.) - The auction only had 3 bids and sold for around $13,500. I feel the number is low considering how (a) the community dissected the cart's contents and explained what was so special about it in heavy detail and (b) the SMB3 prototype went for $30,000 several months prior. And that was a late-stage, near-final release version of the third game in the SMB series. This was an early prototype for the FIRST game in the Sonic series. It should have fetched at least $30k. - The prototype itself confirmed many theories people had made over the years on how Sonic 1 might have looked early on. But there are numerous Sonic 1 beta "hacks" that faithfully recreated many of the "in-progress" development items found in the magazine screenshots, including the TTS GHZ prototype with the infamous "welcome" sign. Could it be possible that this prototype was faked? I understand that the sound driver is different, the camera does not follow Sonic correctly, in-game physics is not correct, etc. But swapping the sound driver is something that has been shown to be doable by the Sonic hacking community, simple tweaks to the code can cause odd behavior, level layouts can be changed, etc. But was anything completely re-written between this build and the final? (Or this a question the hacking community can not answer without more time for analysis?) I'd like to believe that this is a missing prototype of Sonic 1, but a piece of me also speculates that this ROM may be too good to be true. What are your thoughts?