Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis Game Boy Advance

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  • Summary: The original Sonic The Hedgehog that busted the speed barrier wide open on the SEGA Genesis is coming to the Game Boy Advance. For the first time, you'll be able to save your high scores and progress as you rocket through the seven gravity-defying stages that started it all. After you outrunThe original Sonic The Hedgehog that busted the speed barrier wide open on the SEGA Genesis is coming to the Game Boy Advance. For the first time, you'll be able to save your high scores and progress as you rocket through the seven gravity-defying stages that started it all. After you outrun Dr. Robotnik and his badniks in Original Mode, race through the famous loop-de-loops even faster with Sonic's trademark Spin Dash in Anniversary Mode which celebrates Sonic's 15th birthday. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. Nintendo Power
    60
    Considering that "Sonic Mega Collection" for GCN already boasts a perfect version of the original Sonic, this game is a bit of a tough sell, but at least the inclusion of the 'hogs trademark Spin Dash adds some appeal. [Jan. 2007, p.112]
  2. Play Magazine
    40
    There are a few minor twists in the Anniversary Mode, such as the ability to use the Spin Dash that was introduced later in the series, but none of it matters when the fundamentals are so thoroughly screwed. [Dec. 2006, p.92]
  3. 30
    To celebrate his fifteenth anniversary with such a lackluster product is upsetting to say the least. For shame, Sega. This doddering version of Sonic the Hedgehog has an appointment with the glue factory for sure.
  4. Jumpy graphics transform this classic side-scroller into a crushing disappointment.
  5. 20
    A piece of garbage port of a fifteen-year old Sega Genesis game with only a battery save and a new spin dash move to spruce it up. That's about it. Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis is a travesty of a game that can't even get up to running speed.
  6. AceGamez
    20
    I truly am blown away by how terrible this port turned out to be.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 23 out of 30
  1. Mar 25, 2015
    9
    I agree the game has its flaws but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. The game can be slow and a little bad but still I like the game . ThisI agree the game has its flaws but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. The game can be slow and a little bad but still I like the game . This game has the spin dash and it is just like sonic from the Sega genisis kinda Expand
  2. JacobM
    Feb 14, 2009
    7
    I don't understand why everybody hates this! Sure, it's laggy and glitchy, but I think the save system and Spin Dash are great I don't understand why everybody hates this! Sure, it's laggy and glitchy, but I think the save system and Spin Dash are great additions! You should give it a shot, even if you're not a Sonic fan. Collapse
  3. Dec 14, 2016
    5
    This one is a mixed-bag for me. I kind of enjoyed it, and I didn't at the same time.

    This game was made on the Sonic Advanced engine, and
    This one is a mixed-bag for me. I kind of enjoyed it, and I didn't at the same time.

    This game was made on the Sonic Advanced engine, and because the sprites were super big, it caused slowdown. Yes it can get annoying, but at least it's smooth, other than Medal Of Honor: Underground for the GBA.

    The game looks good, and it's the same level design from the original, but the screen is zoomed in WAY too much. You won't even get to react when you see an enemy on top of/in front of/under you. This makes you get cheap deaths a lot of times.

    Music and Sound Effects are okay. Sound Effects can get annoying after a while, and the music is remixed, but it's still enjoyable to listen to.

    The bosses are the HUGE screw up in this. You can get on top of Dr. Robotnik and keep on hitting him, the thing you couldn't do in the original. This makes bosses easier, but except one, Labyrinth Zone. Holy crap, Dr. Robotnik is almost IMPOSSIBLE at Labyrinth Zone, because due to the slowdown, and that it's zoomed in. The patterns with the harmful obstacles is gone once it leaves the screen, making it off. Also due to the added momentum in this game, it makes it super difficult that it's not even funny.

    The Anniversary Mode only adds the spindash. That's it. I have no words.

    There was a lot of fun moments with this disaster of a port, but because of it's issues, it deserves a 5/10.
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  4. Jul 26, 2016
    1
    SonicDude is 100% WRONG he only gave it a good rating cause he IS a sonic fan. Well people will say to me "I'm a sonic fan and I hate thisSonicDude is 100% WRONG he only gave it a good rating cause he IS a sonic fan. Well people will say to me "I'm a sonic fan and I hate this game." That is because he is not being honest. Well onto the review. The gameplay is bad no not bad HORRIBLE. Controls are bad and the fast paced is never there. Sonic Blast and sonic labyrinth can go faster. The game at least has variety that is the only good thing. And why was this on the GBA again? Expand
  5. JoeS
    May 21, 2008
    1
    A true disappointment if ever there was one. I grew up with the original Sonic game. It was the first Genesis game I ever played. How they A true disappointment if ever there was one. I grew up with the original Sonic game. It was the first Genesis game I ever played. How they could have botched the translation so terribly is beyond me. The addition of the spin dash and the slightly higher jump is cool, but what is with all the lag? The lag makes the whole thing unplayable! Whoever did the port on this one deserves to be fired. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2016
    0
    WTF is this? This game completely **** poor graphics, f****n controls and more.... This game decrases sonic's reputation. When i played it onWTF is this? This game completely **** poor graphics, f****n controls and more.... This game decrases sonic's reputation. When i played it on my GBA i said what its one of the worst sonic games ever made, when i played it on emulator, isaid what this is the worst sonic game ever made!!!! Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2014
    0
    Wow! Is it even appropriate to consider this "THING" a game. I mean It makes Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) look like Super Mario Galaxy 2. Even ifWow! Is it even appropriate to consider this "THING" a game. I mean It makes Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) look like Super Mario Galaxy 2. Even if your a GBA/DS owner who is a huge Sonic the Hedgehog fan, I recommend you don't get this game unless you plan on getting every single Sonic game possible. Expand

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