Classic Sonic Games
To celebrate the release of Sonic Mania, I wanted to write a list of the favorite classic sonic games of my favorite video game character. We’ll be diving into the roots of the blue blur finding what made him so great back in the day. Furthermore, we’ll be covering Sonic games from the Genesis to the Gameboy. Here are 10 classic Sonic games that were some of Sonic’s best.
10. Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog’s first title. Since the first title was no doubt the competitor to Mario, the coolest kid’s had this game back in in the day. The hedgehog with the attitude and fresh kicks was no doubt Sega’s greatest creation, no wonder he’s Sega’s mascot. Furthermore, this was the debut of the beloved Zone, Green Hill Zone, and memorable melody title. In addition, this game was remade for the PC, Xbox, Gamecube(Sonic Mega Collection), Nintendo DS, Mobile Devices, and PlayStation.
Sonic The Hedgehog released in North America June 23, 1991, on the Genesis.
9. Sonic Advance
Furthermore, we take a trip to South Island Zone(sound familiar?) to defeat Dr.Eggman from taking over. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy with unique abilities to clear zones with a new move set of melee combat. This title was the first of more sonic titles just like this with an interesting new concept to take on. However, it did lead to a trilogy of Sonic Advance Titles that just got better every time. Sonic Advance released on the Gameboy Advance February 3, 2002.
8.Sonic Advance 2
Although this is pretty low on the list, it was definitely something I couldn’t forget to add. Something the sonic series did was make some pretty good sequels(Let’s not talk about Fire and Ice). Blaze through the 2D side scroller just like most classic Sonic titles to clear the zones in your way. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Cream with unique abilities to defeat Dr.Eggman in boss battles. Sonic Advance 2 released on the Gameboy Advance March 9, 2003.
7. Sonic Rush
This was my first Sonic The Hedgehog DS title and first DS title I ever owned.
It’s time to take out Dr.Eggman again, but this time he has a partner alongside him that will give you some serious deja vu. Packed with new zones in the sonic series and special zones, run at a blazing speed to stop them, but you’re not gonna be alone in this one. This was also the debut of Blaze the Cat, a cat princess from an alternate dimension. Taken from her own dimension and brought into Sonic’s world, play as Sonic and Blaze to retrieve the Chaos and Sol Emeralds. Of course, they’re not such great friends at the start so expect a rivalry haha.
Although it is not a 100% 2D, it is a 2.5 platform game with the characters portraying a 3D sprite.( So I’ll still count it as 2D ;D ). Sonic Rush released for the Nintendo DS November 15, 2005.
6.Sonic The Hedgehog 2
This masterpiece was a 2nd personal favorite of mine. I’m sure you guys remember having that sibling ruining your emerald success(happened to me lol). Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was a delight with new stages, music, and the introduction of the world-famous spin dash and partner Miles “Tails” Prower. The second installment in the main Sonic series was an incredible success, not to mention the ability to transform into super sonic once obtaining all the chaos emeralds(A favorite part of mine). Several remakes have been made on multiple platforms such as the Xbox, PlayStation, 3ds, and mobile devices.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 released on the Dreamcast November 21, 1992.
5.Sonic Rush Adventure
And who said all sequels are bad
This was definitely my thought of the better sequels out there. Venture as Sonic and Tails being washed up on an island after a terrible storm. Finding yourself on a mysterious island meeting new faces and very familiar ones. Quest on a journey to fix your plane and save the island from the evil Captain Whiskers. Discover new islands, craft new rides, and discover what new adventure awaits you.
Play as Sonic and Blaze in the 2.5 platform style from Sonic Rush to take on enemies that stand in your way. Sonic Rush Adventure released on the Nintendo DS September 18, 2007.
4.Sonic Advance 3
Now you’re probably wondering, what makes this better than Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2. Well, the answer is the new mechanic that was added allowing you to be accompanied by a partner. Choosing from characters such as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, Cream, and Cheese, its partner mechanic is what sold it. Let’s not forget the vibrant and fun stages that came along with this great game. Sonic Advance 3 released on the Gameboy worldwide June 7, 2004.
3.Sonic & Knuckles
Of course, Sonic’s lovable nemesis had to appear in his own game.(Not sure if Sonic enjoys sharing the title though haha). This game was supposed to be a part of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 but, due to limitations, the game became a completely separate project. The cool part about it was it was able to be connected to the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and 3 cartridges. Time for a Team up! Play as Sonic & Knuckles(no pun intended) to save Angel Island.
Pick up where you left up in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 as you play as Sonic and Knuckles to retrieve the Master Emerald to defeat Eggman. Of course, what’s a nemesis without conflict, Sonic and Knuckles didn’t exactly have the greatest partnership. It was released also remade for the Wii Virtual Console and Xbox Market in 2009. Sonic & Knuckles released for the Sega Genesis October 18, 1994.
2.Sonic The Hedgehog 3
This was very close to being 1st on my list! I cleared this game so many times finally having a file where I obtained all chaos emeralds(mission accomplished 😀 ). The stages were some of the best during its time, Hydrocity Zone being my favorite. Tails helped to get to new heights, cute when swimming, and the best part is HE NEVER DIES, he would always come right back(if only Sonic could do that). Let’s not forget this was the game that debuted Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic the Hedgehogs friendly nemesis(it’s a complicated relationship). It was made on several platforms such as the Xbox 360, Gamecube(Sonic Mega Collection), and PlayStation 3 (Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection). Sonic The Hedgehog released February 2, 1994, for the Sega Genesis.
This was by far one of the best classic Sonic games out there. The animation opening itself with the song: “Sonic Boom” was what made me fall in love with this game. With its fun concept of entering the past, present, and future in this mysterious world discovering the hidden power of the Time Stones. Furthermore, this was the first debut of a familiar villain in the Sonic series: Metal Sonic and Sonic’s #1 (obsessed) fan: Amy Rose. Sonic CD. Remade for several different platforms such as the Xbox, PlayStation, PC. and mobile devices. Sonic CD was released as an add-on for the Sega Genesis September 23, 1993.
And that’s it for Top 10 Wednesday! Hope you enjoyed taking a look back at some of Sonic’s best! What was your favorite classic Sonic game? Hope you enjoy Sonic Mania!