Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)

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This is for the Master System / Game Gear release of Sonic the Hedgehog. For the Mega Drive / Genesis release, see Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit).


Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)
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Master System Box Art
Basic Information
Sonic Team
SEGA
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Successor title
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)
Action, Platform
Master System and Game Gear
Virtual Console
Wii and Nintendo 3DS
Retail Features
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Main Credits
Ayano Koshiro and Takefuni Yunoue
Yuzo Koshiro
Shinobu Hayashi
European Union European Release Date(s)
Master System
October 251991

Game Gear
December 1991

Wii Virtual Console
September 192008

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
June 132013
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Master System
October 251991

Game Gear
December 1991

Wii Virtual Console
August 42008

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
June 72013
Australia Australian Release Date(s)
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
December 42013
Japan Japanese Release Date(s)
Game Gear
December 281991

Wii Virtual Console
August 52008

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
December 42013
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Overview[edit | edit source]

Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ?) is an 8-bit version of the popular Genesis/Mega Drive 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 saw a re-release on both the Wii and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console platforms. The Game Gear version makes an appearance in Sonic Adventure DX - Director's Cut as an unlockable game, as well as being included in the compilation discs Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Mega Collection Plus.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The plot mostly remains unchanged from its Genesis/Mega Drive 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 unlocked when all of them have been collected.