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[[Image:Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American Genesis box art.]]
 
[[Image:Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American Genesis box art.]]
  
'''''Sonic the Hedgehog''''', known in Japan as '''''ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ [Sonikku za Hejjihoggu]''''', is a platform action game developed and published by [[Sega]] and first released for the [[Genesis]] in 1991.
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'''''Sonic the Hedgehog''''' is a platform action game developed and published by [[Sega]] and first released for the [[Genesis]] on 1991-06-23. It is the first game in the [[Sonic the Hedgehog (universe)|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' series]].
  
I had seen commercials for Sonic the Hedgehog long before I had played it. A middle school friend of mine had a Genesis and I played it at his house. I remember being very impressed with the way the game looked, but I found it to be quite difficult. I tried running through the game and kept hitting enemies, spikes, and various other hazards. All in all, I didn't enjoy the game, and, to this day, I still don't care much for Sonic games.
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==Personal==
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I had seen commercials for ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' long before I had played it. A middle school friend of mine had a Genesis and I played it at his house. I remember being very impressed with the way the game looked, but I found it to be quite difficult. I tried running through the game and kept hitting enemies, spikes, and various other hazards. All in all, I didn't enjoy the game, and, to this day, I still don't care much for ''Sonic'' games.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 4/10
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{{Video Game Review|4|3|7|7|5|Genesis}}
* '''Best Version:''' Genesis
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game has fantastic graphics, music, and animation.
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* The game has fantastic background graphics, sprites, and animation.
* The boss battles are pretty good. Nothing too crazy, but different enough to be challenging.
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* [[Masato Nakamura]]'s music is very enjoyable.
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* The evolving boss battles are pretty good. Nothing too crazy, but different enough to show a steady increase in the challenging.
 
* In the few areas where it's safe to run fast, it's wonderful to watch Sonic moving at top speed.
 
* In the few areas where it's safe to run fast, it's wonderful to watch Sonic moving at top speed.
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* Sonic dropping all his rings is a cool graphic effect.
 
* The bonus stages are a nice break from the regular levels.
 
* The bonus stages are a nice break from the regular levels.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The plot doesn't make any sense. Why is Dr. Robotnik turning woodland creatures into robots when he's interested in the chaos jewels?
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* The plot doesn't make any sense. Why is Dr. Robotnik turning woodland creatures into robots when he's interested in obtaining the chaos jewels?
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* Getting a 1up from accruing 100 rings seems awfully derivative of the coins in ''[[Super Mario Bros.]]''
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* Sonic is very slow and difficult to control when you have to go up hills without enough space to build up speed.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* The game's main gimmick is that you can run fast, but, in reality, running fast will just get you killed. Since Sonic is centered on the screen, you have only a split second to react to hazards, not nearly enough for most players. To stand a chance of success, you must slowly make your way through each section gently, avoiding the many hazards, until you have each level memorized.
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* The game's main gimmick is that you can run fast, but, in reality, running fast will just get you killed. Since Sonic is centered on the screen, you have only a split second to react to hazards, not nearly enough for most humans. To stand a chance of success, you must slowly make your way through each section gently, avoiding the many hazards, until you have each level memorized; it's quite tedious.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - Manual.pdf|Genesis manual.
 
Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - Manual.pdf|Genesis manual.
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Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - Manual (Japan).pdf|Mega Drive Japanese manual.
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Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - Ad (Europe).jpg|European ad.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
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===Fan Art===
 
===Fan Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
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Sonic the Hedgehog - GEN - Fan Art - Chris McGuire - Hedgehog, The.jpg|Fan art by Chris McGuire.
 
Zac Gorman - Sonic Runs Like an Idiot.gif|What if Sonic ran like an idiot?
 
Zac Gorman - Sonic Runs Like an Idiot.gif|What if Sonic ran like an idiot?
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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{{#ev:youtube|2zr5Gl2q8MA|256|inline|Review - Segaiden.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|DYO1ZmRuZ_U|256|inline|Postmortem.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|dJJnxHcv1z4|256|inline|Longplay.|frame}}
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || Sonic the Hedgehog || ||
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|-
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| Japanese || ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ || Sonikku za Hejjihoggu || Sonic the Hedgehog
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/sonic-the-hedgehog mobygames.com/game/sonic-the-hedgehog] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/sonic-the-hedgehog}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(1991_video_game) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(1991_video_game)] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(1991_video_game)}}
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYO1ZmRuZ_U youtube.com/watch?v=DYO1ZmRuZ_U] - Postmortem.
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{{Link|StrategyWiki|https://strategywiki.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog}}
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{{Link|GameFAQs|https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/genesis/454495-sonic-the-hedgehog}}
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{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(GEN)}}
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{{Link|ROMDetectives|2=http://www.romdetectives.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(GEN)}}
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/Sonic_the_Hedgehog}}
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{{Link|TVTropes|https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1}}
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: 1991 Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
 
[[Category: Arcade Games]]
 
[[Category: Arcade Games]]
 
[[Category: BREW Games]]
 
[[Category: BREW Games]]
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[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Platformer]]
 
[[Category: Platformer]]
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[[Category: Video Games I Haven't Beaten]]

Latest revision as of 16:01, 3 December 2020

North American Genesis box art.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a platform action game developed and published by Sega and first released for the Genesis on 1991-06-23. It is the first game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Personal

I had seen commercials for Sonic the Hedgehog long before I had played it. A middle school friend of mine had a Genesis and I played it at his house. I remember being very impressed with the way the game looked, but I found it to be quite difficult. I tried running through the game and kept hitting enemies, spikes, and various other hazards. All in all, I didn't enjoy the game, and, to this day, I still don't care much for Sonic games.

Status

I do not own this game and I have never beaten it.

Review

Video Game Review Icon - Enjoyment.png Video Game Review Icon - Control.png Video Game Review Icon - Appearance.png Video Game Review Icon - Sound.png Video Game Review Icon - Replayability.png
4 3 7 7 5

Best Version: Genesis

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game has fantastic background graphics, sprites, and animation.
  • Masato Nakamura's music is very enjoyable.
  • The evolving boss battles are pretty good. Nothing too crazy, but different enough to show a steady increase in the challenging.
  • In the few areas where it's safe to run fast, it's wonderful to watch Sonic moving at top speed.
  • Sonic dropping all his rings is a cool graphic effect.
  • The bonus stages are a nice break from the regular levels.

Bad

  • The plot doesn't make any sense. Why is Dr. Robotnik turning woodland creatures into robots when he's interested in obtaining the chaos jewels?
  • Getting a 1up from accruing 100 rings seems awfully derivative of the coins in Super Mario Bros.
  • Sonic is very slow and difficult to control when you have to go up hills without enough space to build up speed.

Ugly

  • The game's main gimmick is that you can run fast, but, in reality, running fast will just get you killed. Since Sonic is centered on the screen, you have only a split second to react to hazards, not nearly enough for most humans. To stand a chance of success, you must slowly make your way through each section gently, avoiding the many hazards, until you have each level memorized; it's quite tedious.

Media

Documentation

Maps

Fan Art

Videos

Review - Segaiden.
Postmortem.
Longplay.

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Sonic the Hedgehog
Japanese ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu Sonic the Hedgehog

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-StrategyWiki.png  Link-GameFAQs.png  Link-VGMPF.png  Link-ROMDetectives.png  Link-TCRF.png  Link-TVTropes.png