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SEGA Launches Classic Sonic the Hedgehog to Google Play

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Nostalgia fans, you are in for a treat today. SEGA released the OG Sonic the Hedgehog game to Google Play today for $2.99. If you were the owner of a SEGA Genesis, there is no way you didn’t play this game. On the game page, SEGA states this is the full title, plus some exclusive features, such as the ability to play as Knuckles and Tails. 

Like I said, it’s $3 on Google Play. Go get it now.

Play Link ($2.99)

  • Rbq

    When can we expect the Sega Genesis or Arcade version of SmashTV?
    These are the games that put my free MOGA controller to good use 🙂 (thanks to Droid-Life for the heads up on all this stuff)

  • bionicwaffle

    Actually, I think the first run of the Genesis came with Altered Beast, before Sonic existed. It’s very possible that some Genesis fans never played Sonic.

  • verbal_judo2

    They really did a bang up Job with this port. The box art for each region and cartridge art is a nice touch. I’m kinda sad that the time trials is local only. It would really be awesome if the app had some form of online leader boards.

    They should release 2, 3, and knuckles and add in super peel out and online capabilities.

    • verbal_judo2

      Also I was trying to justify buying this in my mind since I have been playing this on emulator back since the DROID 1 days. But really 2.99 is a steal for the 60fps, spin dash and new characters. They really did this port right in my opinion.

  • Hmm I wasn’t planning on buying Sonic 1 yet again, especially after Sega re-released Sonic CD. But this version has been optimized and rebuilt, rather than emulated. So that might be worth the $3. I’d rather have Sonic 3 & Knuckles…

  • EC8CH

    When I replaced my NES with the Sega Genesis I thought it was so awesome.

    I think it came bundled with Streets of Rage II.


    DAAANG…. I just had some epic VIVID flashbacks!

  • hope they make sonic 2 i would buy that just for chemical plant zone.

    • ghirahimhunter

      They confirmed that Taxman and Stealth are on contract to give Sonic 2 the same treatment.

  • Goodbye loads of battery life. Well worth it. {{-_-}}

  • EvanTheGamer

    I still have a bit of the Google Play Store credit I got with my Nexus 7 so…..BOUGHT!

    • JoshGroff

      Mine was gone shortly after Horn or Bard’s Tale came out.

  • moelsen8

    been waiting for this….. awesome. hopefully the controls are more like sonic cd and less like sonic 4

  • Knlegend1


  • For all the mistakes that Sega has made, this is not one of them.

  • jak_341

    Interesting. How many of us would shell out decent money to play things like Castlevania, Zelda, Bases Loaded, and Super Mario 3? I would…

    • moelsen8

      i’m not sure if nintendo realizes what a cash cow they’re sitting on. they’d rather crash and burn shouting “consoles only”.

      • Royal Assassin

        Not really, I think Nintendo realizes most of their backlog of retro games have been downloaded and played on pretty much every device ever, not to mention there are a few sites out there that let you play those games online. They also have the Virtual Console.

    • Metal Gear, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Double Dragon and of course the original Mario Bros…

  • Adamania

    I’d buy it, but I still have a working Genesis AND Sonic 1 and 2.

    • JoshGroff

      I have a game gear and sonic 1&2, does that count?

      • T4rd

        Hellz yeah it does! I still have my Genesis and Game Gear!

        • Bobby Cornwell

          It sure does! I got my Sega Nomad too!!

        • C-Law

          Me too! But I’m still gonna buy this for on the go

        • JoshGroff

          Mine was bought second hand a few years ago, I never had one as a child.

      • Oh man, I have a Game Gear sitting in my basement. Sadly, I sold my Genesis and all games to help pay for a PS1. Oh, the follies of the young and stupid 🙁

        • JoshGroff

          I know that feel. I sold so many old games and consoles, but luckily I have a PS2 (12.99 with the internet adapter thing as well!) and N64 (10.99 I think, threw away the price tag basically NIB) that I picked up at a thrift shop (they don’t test their electronics, but for the price they had them, I figured it was well worth the risk,) so that kind of made up for my stupidity. Picked up a cheap used copy of FFVII and X on eBay, grabbed Ocarina and Majoras Mask the same day I got the N64 at the same thrift shop. (Plus a few other games, but they were $1 each, so why not.)

          Made up for my childhood stupidity by using the internet, and finding some lucky deals at a second hand store.

  • NyReynolds

    does the code still work?

  • zepfloyd

    This is the best $2.99 I’ve spent in a long time. The fact that it works perfectly is a plus. I hope we get 2 some day.

  • Futbolrunner

    It does bring back the good old days. It’s a lot more challenging using touch screen controls rather than using a Genesis controller or a Nomad.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    If companies were smart, any that do not have a nintendo controlled license would release all the old early 90s hits on android and iphone. Probably very little work to port, but easy profit

  • You can spin dash! You couldn’t do that in the original.

    This changes EVERYTHING!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Lol. You can always buy a DS? . . . Nintendo will never. But there are emulators… it’s really no different.

    • Chris

      Why buy a DS? People want them on android/iOS with out silly emulators that add ads and malware to the phones…

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        You’re missing the point. Point is you don’t have a choice. Emulators or nothing.

      • JoshGroff

        Your claim about malware is false, unless you sideload from a non reputable site.

        source: personal experience as a moderator for roms4droid + lookout not flagging apps for malware

        Also, regarding ads, there are quite a few paid emulators on Google Play…

        I’m not saying you’re completely wrong, I’m just saying you’re overgeneralizing.

    • In about 5 years you will see Mario on Android. It’s Nintendo’s only chance to stay relevant. Otherwise they will be out of business before long.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio