Sonic Classic Collection DS

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 2, 2010

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. It's not a great port and we'd have liked more content, but the quality gameplay shines through.
  2. 80
    Despite a bad sound effect here and a dropped frame there, this is still Sonic the Hedgehog at his old fashioned finest.
  3. It serves up a brilliant dose of retro platform action in not just one but four classic games, all of which seem like a perfect fit for the Nintendo DS.
  4. A bit more bang for your buck would have been great, but retro gaming still doesn't get much better than this.
  5. For NDS owners who don't know the blue hedgehog and for fans of Sonic, the collection offers everything the successful series offers – fast gameplay, classical platformer elements and hidden places all over the levels.
  6. Dec 27, 2010
    Worth for those that want to remember the classics or for those that don't know them.
  7. 75
    Sonic Classic Collection compiles some of the greatest platformers of all time in one convenient portable package.
  8. Sonic's first iterations are just as fun as they ever were. But we've played them many times already, and in many different platforms. DS users who never played any of these games can enjoy it, but if you have any other version, there is nothing new except a bunch of roms emulated.
  9. 73
    It is a pity Sega hasn't added any new feature, like extras or additional modes to encourage the player.
  10. 70
    Sonic Classic Collection is a good, but flawed compilation for the Nintendo DS that just screams "small budget, short development cycle!" It is what it is: four great Sonic games accurately ported to a half-assed compilation.
  11. Nintendo Power
    Still, if you want some old-fashioned Sonic speed on the DS, this collection will do you: it comprises Sonics 1, 2, and 3, Sonic & Knuckles, plus the Knuckles-ized versions of Sonic 2 and 3(without any Lock-On Technology). [Apr 2010, p.87]
  12. Fun, challenging and frustrating in just the right measures, the collection highlights the respect Sonic holds as an old-school entity, even though the years that followed spelt disaster and led to his dethroning as a modern icon.
  13. Sonic Classic Collection could have been a true must-have for DS-owning Sonic fans, but sadly it's marred by enough small issues to put you off playing for too long.
  14. Sonic Classic Collection brings to life six original Megadrive games on the Nintendo DS. The new features include a new save game system and some extras with collectible pictures. The game has same issues with the framerate and with the visuals, but preserves the same original playability.
  15. Fans of the classic Sonic experience get exactly what they want with this collection of games, but it fails to deliver something we haven't already played on any of the other consoles. If this is what you wanted in the first place, then Sonic Classic Collection is your cup of tea. Anybody that is wondering if the blue hedgehog has learned any new tricks should wait for a new game or try to pick up Sonic Rush cheap.
  16. Sonic Classic Collection is a decent collection of four good and old Sonic games. The chances however are that you played all of them on some way before which makes this Collection nothing special but decent in the most literal sense of the word.
  17. Instead of creating another awful 3D resurrection of Sonic, Sega gives you a chance to relive the classic titles. Unfortunately, the port isn't perfect, the graphics aren't smooth and there's no additional content.
  18. 65
    Despite the undeniable quality of the games themselves, for everyone else who's probably played these exact games various times before, the motivation to put your hand in your pocket is probably a lot weaker.
  19. If you are a die-hard Sonic Classic fan that owns a DS and you have managed to avoid every single re-re-release of Sonic The Hedgehog known to man, yes, this DS collection might be worth checking out. Just be prepared to see your heart break into little pieces of disappointment.
  20. Nintendo Gamer
    Old games cruelly exposed by a shoddy conversion to DS. [Apr 2010, p.64]
  21. The original Sonic games have aged brilliantly. Unfortunately this collection has been made with little-to-no effort resulting in framerate issues that bring them down.
  22. AceGamez
    This really is nothing more than lazy emulation of a much loved series.
  23. Still fun and intense, but there's no justification for the frequent slowdowns.
  24. 50
    If you desperately need handheld versions of the classic Sonic titles, you have no alternative than to buy Sonic Classic Collection. However, the true greatness of the games on offer here does not get to shine through properly as there are a number of a issues, from glitchiness and slowdown to removed features.

Awards & Rankings

#13 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
#7 Most Shared DS Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    Sonic Classic Collection is an excellent collection for the Nintendo DS featuring some of the best sonic games out there, all in oneSonic Classic Collection is an excellent collection for the Nintendo DS featuring some of the best sonic games out there, all in one collection. While some of the games features some really strange glitches where your character may suddenly disappear from the screen, they don't happen too often. But the best addition to this collection is the ability to save your progress for the first time in sonic the hedgehog 1 and 2, which makes this version superior to the iphone version of the game. Plus it also includes knuckles playable on both sonic the hedgehog 2 and 3. And a couple of extra illustrations in the game for you to see. If you already own this collection in perhaps Sonic Mega Collection, but you still want to play this game on the go, then this is definitely the title for you. And for only 20 dollars, you get an excellent deal! Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2011
    Sega made a grown man cry with this one. I was a fanboy back during the bit-wars and these were my favorite games for a long time. I don'tSega made a grown man cry with this one. I was a fanboy back during the bit-wars and these were my favorite games for a long time. I don't care that there isn't any new content, and frankly, it doesn't need it. What I care about is that an effort to actually convert the games is absent. A script here, touch screen controls there, a menu or two, a copy of the rom files for each and an emulator. You can't even really call it a port because they didn't actually bother to convert the game data to the new system at all. They just slapped an interface over an emulator. An emulator simply unequipped to do these great old games any justice whatsoever. An emulator that could not be configured to actually let the start button be the pause button. An emulator that can't keep up with Sonic to the point of killing him in some of the fastest parts. An emulator that somehow lost all the nuances of control that the games had in their original form, turning them from slick and fun to clunky and awkward. They didn't even bother to go through the game data and attempt to convert it to the NDS's different vertical resolution, giving the game-play a squashed, distorted look that is always. If they'd just set the emulator to crop things a bit from the top and bottom, that might have been excused. It's painfully clear Sega just shoved them into a box that doesn't quite fit them, so there's little wonder why they came out wrinkled, though mangled feels closer to being the right word for me. I love the games, but they're not what I'm rating here. Do it right, Sega, or just don't do it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    A decent compilation of Sonic the Hedgehog's retro adventures but be aware of audio, graphical, lag and collision detection problems that willA decent compilation of Sonic the Hedgehog's retro adventures but be aware of audio, graphical, lag and collision detection problems that will show up rather frequently during game play. Some new features have been added such as the ability to save and load files in Sonic the Hedgehog games that originally did not support saving along with a story summary page and a How to Play page for each game. Some features have also been removed such at the ability to use certain cheats or access the options menus for some games. The ability to play multiplayer modes, the competition mini game in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, and Tails alone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is also lost.

    Some issues this game suffers from include some slowdowns and lag, minor graphical and audio issues, some problems with collision detection and a annoying camera when the screen locks.

    Bonus content in this collection is very limited, this consists of a feature to navigate the main menus in English, French and Spanish, a very small collection of bonus art and a credits screen.

    It is overall a decent collection but it feels rather rushed as some problems still look like they need to be ironed out.
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