"Sonic Advance (ソニックアドバンス Sonikku Adobansu) is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps, published by Sega (in Japan), by THQ (in North America) and by Infogrames (in Europe and Australia) for Game Boy Advance. It was released in Japan on December 20, 2001, in North America on February 4, 2002 and finally in Europe on March 23, 2002. It is the first Sonic game to be released on a Nintendo console. Sonic Advance was also ported to Nokia's N-Gage system on October 7, 2003, under the title Sonic N.
Sonic Advance is notable as it was both the debut of Sonic on the Game Boy Advance, and of an original Sonic game on a Nintendo system; the company with which Sega had a notorious rivalry that lasted over a decade. It was generally well-received from Sonic fans and critics alike. The game's success lead to two sequels, Sonic Advance 2 and Sonic Advance 3, as well as handheld spin-offs such as Sonic Battle and Sonic Pinball Party."
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