Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)
North America box art






Shinobu Hayashi (Programming)
Ayano Koshiro and Takefuni Yunoue (Design)


Yuzo Koshiro


Sonic the Hedgehog


Master System, Game Gear - Original Game
GameCube, Virtual Console, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo eShop - Remakes and compilations

Release Dates

Master System
October 25, 1991

Game Gear
JP: December 28, 1991
NA/EU: December 1991

Virtual Console (Wii)
NA: August 4, 2008
JP: August 5, 2008
EU: September 19, 2008

Virtual Console - 3DS
NA: June 7, 2013
EU/AUS: June 13, 2013
JP: December 4, 2013


2D Platformer


Single Player only

Sonic the Hedgehog or ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ is an 8-bit version of the popular Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog released with just a 3 month gap. It was also built into several Master System II systems in Europe. It was also the last game released for the Master System in North America.

The master system version of the game has seen a re-release on both Wii and 3DS Virtual Console platforms. The Game Gear version has also seen an appearance in Sonic Adventure DX as an unlockable game, as well as being included in the compilation disc Sonic Mega Collection.


The plot mostly remains unchanged from its Genesis counterpart. Sonic has to travel through the South Island in order to take it back from Dr. Robotnik. He can also collect hidden Chaos Emeralds throughout the levels. An alternate ending is therefore unlocked when all of them have been collected.

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