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The Best Sonic Games

Updated on May 7, 2013

The best Sonic games of all time

The best Sonic games have stood the test of time and are as enjoyable to play today as they were when they were first released back in the early 1990s. If, like me you were a child of the 1990s the chances were you had a Sega Master System or Genesis, or if you were fortunate enough, both. Sonic the Hedgehog was to Sega what the Mario brothers are to Nintendo, and the battle for ultimate video supremacy started.

The best Sonic video games were just as good as the best retro Nintendo games and still are today. I can't say the best Sonic games are better than retro Nintendo games, because I have been fortunate to play both, but the best Sonic video games are just as good.

The early Sonic the Hedgehog games were 2D scrolling platforms with lush, green rolling hills, blue skies and lots of loops to run around. The background music was simple, but brilliant, and the sound effects were basic but effective. The best Sonic games were easy to pick up and play, but hard to put down because the best Sonic video games were just so addictive, and they still are.

So what are the best Sonic games? That's an easy one and all retro gamers will give the same answer. The best Sonic video games are the early ones that shot Sega to stardom and made the Sega Genesis and the Sega Master system the best retro games consoles to own. Don't believe me? Check out the rest of this article and see.

The Best Sonic Games - Sonic the Hedgehog (for the Genesis)

In my opinion, the original Sonic the Hedgehog is number 1 out of the best Sonic games of all time.

Sonic the hedgehog was released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis and due to its huge success it was later released for the Sega Master System and the Sega Game Gear in 1992. In 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog was direct competition for Nintendo's Super Mario Bros and gamers were split over what was the best. Sonic the Hedgehog, like all games at that time, was easy to pick up and play but very difficult to put down because it was so addictive. The objective of the game was to basically find and defeat Dr Robotnik and his team of baddies collecting as many rings and power-ups along the way as possible.

So why is the original Sonic the Hedgehog the best of the Sonic games ever? That's an easy one. This 2D side scrolling platform with bright green rolling hills, blue skies and loops to run around is simply awesome, and when combined with the addictive backing music and fun sound effects it all leads to a great gaming experience.

Sonic the Hedgehog's debut on the Sega Genesis

Back in 1991 Sega gaming din't get better than this. If you want to see what the original Sonic the Hedgehog game was like, i.e. my favourite of the best Sonic video games, take a look at the following video clip, courtesy of Youtube. The rolling hills, bright blue skies and brash colours were simply awesome and had every gamer hooked for hours. Yep, the prize for the best Sonic video games of all time goes to the original.

Sonic the Hedgehog available on eBay

If you want to play what I consider number 1 of the best Sonic video games as it should be payed, i.e. from an original Sega games cartridge, you are going to need to buy a used or secondhand copy. In my opinion the best place for secondhand and used retro Sega games is eBay, and there are always loads of bargains to be had.

The Best Sonic Games - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

It seems a bit ironic but next in the list of the best Sonic video games is Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog was a global success and Sega fans couldn't get enough of it. A year later Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released. Sonic the hedgehog 2 was little more than Sonic the Hedgehog but with more bits. There were more levels, more power-ups, more music, more moves, more baddies to defeat, and more characters.

In this game Sonic has Miles "Tails" Prower as a sidekick to accompany him at every turn. It seems strange to have a hedgehog and a fox working together, but this is the world of Sega after all. In the main game Tails doesn't serve any purpose, however there is a separate game that allows you to take control of Tails in his own mission. The purpose of Tails was to make Sonic the Hedgehog a multi-player game, which was not in the original Sonic the Hedgehog game.

Many gamers think Sonic the Hedgehog 2 should have the top spot of the best Sonic games because it was more popular than the first Sonic adventure, but this is because the Sonic game got so many gamers interested and when the sequel was released more people wanted in from the outset. I agree that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 should be included in the list of the best Sonic Video games but I don't agree it should be at number 1 in the list of the best Sonic video games at all.

Sonic's first sequel on the Sega Genesis - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

A year after Sonic the Hedgehog was released the first sequel was released, which was called "Sonic the Hedgehog 2". This game looked exactly like the original Sonic the Hedgehog but it had more levels, more baddies, had faster gameplay and also had "Tails", which was Sonic's sidekick. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is another one of the best Sonic video games all retro gamers should experience. Don't believe me? Take a look at the following video footage from Youtube.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 available on eBay

If you want to buy another one of the best Sonic video games ever, i.e. Sonic the Hedgehog 2, on an original Sega games cartridge you are also going to have to buy a used or secondhand copy, and once again eBay is the best place to start the search.

How to play the best Sonic games as well as other retro Sega games

If you want to be a "true" retro gamer and experience the best Sonic video games as they should be played you are going to need to buy an original Sega Genesis games console. The Sega Genesis was discontinued years ago therefore the only way of getting one of these excellent video games consoles is to buy one pre-owned or second hand, and for this I recommend eBay, where there are always loads of bargains to be had.

Atgames Sega Genesis Game Console Deluxe

If you can't find an original Sega Genesis console or don't want the hassle of buying a used Sega Genesis video games console, but still want to enjoy playing the best Sonic video games as well as other classic Sega games the Atgames Sega Genesis Game Console Deluxe is the product for you.

The Atgames Sega Genesis Classic Game Console Deluxe is a retro gaming video games console with 80 different games, which consists of 40 16-bit Sega games, including Sonic The Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe to name just a few, and 40 bonus games. The best thing about the deluxe version is the ability to play Sega Genesis cartridges, so if you have some old games knocking around or can find some cheap Sega Genesis cartridges on eBay or something you can also play these on this console.

Atgames Sega Genesis Game Console

A cheaper alternative to the Atgames Deluxe console is the Atgames Sega Genesis Classic Game Console. The only difference between this and the deluxe version, other than the price of course, is the fact it doesn't play original Sega Genesis game cartridges. So, if you are happy with the 40 original 16-bit Genesis games and the 40 bonus games and don't have the want or desire to play anything else the Atgames Sega Genesis Classic Game console is the product to buy.

The cheapest way to play the best Sonic games

If you want to pay the best Sonic video games but don't want the hassle of buying a used Genesis or one of the modern day games console equivalents it is possible to down load the original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 direct from Amazon for your PC.

Down loading the best Sonic games is very cheap and is one of the best ways of getting in to retro gaming. For a few dollars you can download and enjoy the best Sonic video games of all time, as well as some of the other Sonic video games should you wish.

Sonic the Hedgehog PC Download

Here we have the original Sonic the Hedgehog adventure available ob the PC. With it's rolling hills, blue skies, loops to run around, rings to collect, collection of baddies and fast n furious game play Sonic the Hedgehog is an awesome game that has stood the test of time and is as enjoyable to play today as it was the day it was released. If you want to experience Sonic the HEdgehog, and don't want to spend a fortune in doing so I highly recommend down loading it.



Sonic the Hedgehog 2 PC Download

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is like the first only bigger. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has more levels, more baddies, more music etc. etc. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the perfect sequel and wel worth downloading.

Other Sonic downloads for the PC available from Amazon

Retro games, other than the best Sonic video games, for the Sega Genesis

The best Sonic video games is not the only reason to go retro and buy a Sega Genesis. As well as the best Sonic video games there are other classic Sega games, such as Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Mortal Kombat and Ecco the Dolphin to name just a few, that have also stood the test of time and are worth buying and playing today.

I have bought Sega Genesis game cartridges from many retailers over the years however there is only one site I use now and that is Amazon. The range of titles on Amazon is vast, and what's more is there are always great deals to be had. Yep, Amazon is the only place to buy Sega games so for all your Sega game cartridges

The Best Sonic games - Modern day gaming

As you can tell I am a bit of a retro gamer and the bet Sonic video games, in my opinion, are the classic rolling 2D platformers. That said, I have played the modern day Sonic video games and whilst some of them are nothing more than a rip off of the retro Sonic video games, some of them are original and actually good fun to play.

When it comes to modern day gaming the best Sonic video games have to be Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter games. In both of these video games you get to choose from several classic Sega video games characters as well as several classic Nintendo video game characters. Can these games be classed as the best Sonic video games? Are these video games actually Sonic video games? Probably not, but they are great family games that are available on a variety of different formats.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games







Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

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      flm372 4 years ago

      Cool deal. I may have to consider that thing with the games built in at some point.

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      metaknightmare217 4 years ago

      I also did a lens on my favorite sonic games. Nice lens!

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      metaknightmare217 4 years ago

      I also did a lens on my favorite sonic games. Nice lens!

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      WNJ631 LM 4 years ago

      Sonic is by far the best series of all time! Do have to say I'm partial to the Dreamcast sonic's though

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      czczcz 4 years ago

      Awesome selection of games. These were a fun collection of games to grow up playing.

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      Edwardjames81 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Cool!! I have a sonic bath towel and boxers so the pjs have to be next on my list.

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      Very interesting lens and very well put together :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nIce one!!!..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent lense! Sonic is one of my all time favorites. I am not proud to admit it but I Sonic pajamas!