Sonic the Hedgehog (16 bit)
July 5, 2022
"Sonic the Hedgehog" (Japanese: ソニック ザ ヘバョホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu, Ukrainian: Хижак Соник, also Sonic the Hedgehog 1 or, for short, Sonic 1) is a video game in the platform genre developed by Sonic Team, a division of the Sega Corporation. The game was released on June 23, 1991 in North America and Europe for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console, and was later included in the Sega 6-Pak. The Japanese version appeared on July 26. At the time of its release, Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the fastest platform games. Gameplay focused on elements that made the most of the 16-bit console. Sonic the Hedgehog featured numerous new-for-Sega games, which only contributed to its popularity during the 16-bit era. The main character, Sonic the Hedgehog, could run, jump and roll the fastest of any platformer character at the time. In addition, the levels of the game have been made in such a way that players strive to complete them as quickly as possible. This game introduced the character Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time, and the game itself allowed the Sega Genesis console to gain great popularity in North America. After its release, it was sold with the console, replacing the pre-installed game Altered Beast.