Sonic The Hedge­hog

Retro Gamer - - HARDWARE HEAVEN -

There would be no Sonic with­out the Mega Drive, and the Mega Drive wouldn’t have been the suc­cess it was with­out Sonic. The game is ex­pertly de­signed to high­light the strengths of the hard­ware – the high speed set Sonic apart from its more de­lib­er­ately paced fore­bears, and the bold car­toon­ish graph­ics masked the sys­tem’s dif­fi­cul­ties with colour.

Ja­panese pop icon Masato Naka­mura’s com­po­si­tions were ex­pertly trans­lated to the YM2612 sound chip, too. With mil­lions of copies sold the game is easy to find on its own or on com­pi­la­tion car­tridges, and it was the Mega Drive’s most iconic pack-in game.

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