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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Sega
Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis – Mega Drive)
Sonic the Hedgehog (AKA ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ – Sonikku za Hejjihoggu in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling platform game developed by Sega and released for the Genesis console (AKA Mega Drive) in 1991.
Just when the creators of the Italian plumber thought they will forever hold the throne as the best side-scrolling platform game, along came the blue hedgehog who won the hearts of fans longing for blazing speed. Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis console became the only legitimate replacement for Nintendo’s flagship character, Mario. Mario was slow while Sonic runs with the speed of the wind. Mario was fat and boring, Sonic was sexy and cool.
Going against the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik’s dubious plan to obtain all the mythical Chaos Emeralds, Sonic must fight his way through the protagonist’s army of mechanical creatures. The game is filled with slopes, springs, and loops all designed to showcase the main character’s running capabilities. The golden rings not only increases Sonic’s points but also serve as a protection for as long as he holds one, a collision will only cause him to lose the rings but won’t kill him.
Sonic the Hedgehog was a game designed with speed in mind so the controls were made for lightning-fast reflexes. They were spot-on and showcased the Sega Genesis’ capabilities. Sonic ran faster when needed to and jumped with perfect accuracy. It was an era when Nintendo had to face a formidable enemy.
Filled with lush backgrounds, colorful and well-designed characters, Sonic the Hedgehog on Genesis was also lightning fast. Animation was fluid and never skipped a frame.
The soundtrack matched the game’s speed perfectly and was very much memorable as Super Mario’s. Up to this day, those who have lovingly played Sonic would still remember the tunes and hum along when they hear it. Sound effects are aplenty, appropriate, and effective.
Sonic was the perfect match against Super Mario and these two redefined the side-scrolling game genre. The blue hedgehog will always remain as one of the most lovable video game characters of all time and this game was and will always be a hit.
Sonic the Hedgehog has been ported to Genesis (this version), Game Gear and Master System.