Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega Genesis

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Release Dates

06/23/91 Sega
07/26/91 Sega
06/23/91 Sega

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Sonic the Hedgehog - the game, that starts it all!

09th Feb 2010 | 1,152 views 


User Score

Presentation - 8.0
Gameplay - 8.5
Value - 8.0
On Mega Drive/Genesis, there was never before such an fast an colourfull Game.

Sega was not in a good position in 1991. Nintendo was in front and ways ahead with their Nintendo Entertainment System. Sega released the mega Drive in 1988. But in the following 3 years, no Game could beat Nintendo.

1991, in April, there was the big Bang. Sonic the Hedgehog was jumping in. Never before, a game was so fast and so colorfull. Sonic the Hedgehog avanced to the best selling Game in this Year.

Dr. Robotnik, in japan called Eggman, is catching poor animals and put them into Robocostumes. Also he had stolen the six chaos Emeralds. Now it is on Sonic, to free his animal Friends an to find all the emeralds, to save the green Island.


The Green hill Zone should be one of the most famous Sega levels of all Times. thousands of players was sitting there with wide open mouth, when they see the Graphics. The Sound is blasting in your ear and then it stays there for a long time.Mastato nakamura made a great Job into the Soundtrack.

Sonic is originally created by Naoto Oshima, and programmed by Yuji Naka, from Sonic Team.

Sonic is racing trough the Zones with full speed. Trough loopings, Jumping Feathers and waterruins. At the End of the Game, you are fighting against the Evil scientist Dr. Robotnik from Face to face.

The Chaos Emeralds are hidden in special Stages, they are look like a Labyrinth. Sonic is a Pinball into it.

Sonic can collect Rings, to be saved from dead, by being hit by an enemy. If you collect 100 Rings, Sonic gets an extra Try.


Sonic the Hedgehog is the start of the most famous Game series from Sega. In july 2010, there comes part 4.

Shipping Total

15,000,000 Units

Opinion (23)

EJBass83 posted 28/01/2019, 02:39
Here are the actual numbers.
15 Million in total.

7.52 million in North America
0.26 million in Japan
6.88 million in Europe.
0.34 million in the rest of the world.
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Dreamcaster posted 17/04/2017, 10:09
These numbers need a drastic change in all 4 regions.
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FFT_RiskN posted 13/08/2015, 06:47

This game sold over 15 million. Someone edit.
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ExplodingBlock posted 14/07/2014, 08:09
Just think about what would the industry would be like without this game
Sega would have gone third party alot earlier
Resulting in Nintendo having a monopoly on the industry
Nintendo would have never partnered with Sony as there would be reason to make SNES CD to rival the Sega CD
Thus, Sony would never have entered the industry
Anyone competition such as Microsoft with the Xbox would probably bomb due to Nintendo have all the third parties locked up+Nintendo exclusives
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Azhraell posted 26/08/2013, 07:46
I thought this game had sold nearly 15 millions. Anyways, Genesis Trilogy are one of the best game of all times!
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sep85dd posted 30/07/2011, 09:38
the numbers are from 1995, the ending of the mega drive support from sega, but the game sales up to 1998, was bundled with genesis/mega drive consoles. 15 m is right, i think, and 10 milionfor sonic 2.
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