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. Expand
  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. Dec 17, 2015
    1
    I only find Sonic 1 an okay game but this is the worst Sonic game I've ever played. This is coming from someone who loves the Mario Advance &I only find Sonic 1 an okay game but this is the worst Sonic game I've ever played. This is coming from someone who loves the Mario Advance & the DKC remakes & finds them the best versions of said games. You're welcome to not include this as one of the worst sonic games & argue that games like every 3D Sonic game are the worst. The only good thing about it is that I find the regular soundtrack better than the original except for Marble zone & the final boss theme. But it should sound better. Everything else is bad. The screen crunch is absolutely atrocious as is the frame-rate & the slowdown. the Spindash would be good if the camera wasn't horrible. The save feature is also atrocious because it's only good for a quick save. If people can consider a spin-off game that wasn't even made by Sonic Team the worst then I can consider a horrible remake of a beloved game made by Sonic Team themselves that's apparently being run on the Sonic Advance engine. Lastly a little complaint. Why was it released on the same day as Sonic 06? The first Sonic game on the DS Sonic Rush had been out for a year & the first of the Sonic Rivals games was released on the PSP that same year. as a certain reviewer on Youtube that I love once said "people are welcome to criticise the Super Mario Advance remakes & the Donkey Kong Country remakes but at least they were competent if not as good as or surpassing the originals" But this is the worst remake I've ever played. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2010
    1
    There is only one word that describes this game, "BROKEN".
    Almost everything that made the original game a masterpiece is loss in this
    There is only one word that describes this game, "BROKEN".
    Almost everything that made the original game a masterpiece is loss in this portable remake.
    The physics are a disaster, the lag is unacceptable, the audio is poor quality at best, graphics tend to freak out and act strangely from time to time, resolution is so awkward its next to impossible to see what is going on around you, glitches related to poor programing are quite literally everywhere, the spindash does not even work correctly and there are even a few spelling errors in the sound test menu. The only bonus features are save feature, a level select (you need to unlock each stage manually by reaching it) feature and a sound test feature (unlocked by game completion most likely). Due to absurd amounts of lag and wonky physics, it is incredibly difficult to complete Labyrinth Zone Act 3 and sometimes if you are killed during the boss in this stage you are respawned at a checkpoint stuck underwater with no way to escape but waste your lives on drowning or quitting and returning to the title screen. The game is awful and nobody should waste their hard earned money on this rushed and broken nearly unplayable mess of a game.
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  6. MaxP.
    Feb 27, 2007
    1
    Horrible lag and small screen make this game totally unplayable. Get the original or the mega collection instead.
  7. 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

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