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  • Summary: Sonic The Hedgehog, now in 3D!

    The evil scientist, Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), has snatched the animals of South Island, turning them into robot slaves. Only one hero can defeat Dr. Eggman and rescue the animals from his vile clutches - its the super-cool hedgehog with the blue spiky
    Sonic The Hedgehog, now in 3D!

    The evil scientist, Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), has snatched the animals of South Island, turning them into robot slaves. Only one hero can defeat Dr. Eggman and rescue the animals from his vile clutches - its the super-cool hedgehog with the blue spiky hair, Sonic!

    Race at lightning speeds across seven classic zones as Sonic the Hedgehog. Run and spin through loop-de-loops as you collect rings and defeat enemies on your mission to save the world!

    In addition to its all-new 3D presentation, 3D Sonic The Hedgehog now features Zone Select and the classic Spin Dash move to help you zoom through Zones and take down Badniks!
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  1. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Feb 12, 2014
    83
    Plays brilliantly, but is slightly hampered by its reliance on the original code. [Feb 2014, p.87]
  2. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    This is highly recommended for fans and those looking for an enjoyable slice of retro Sega platforming, nevertheless.
  3. 80
    Regardless, if you hold nostalgia for Sonic the Hedgehog, this 3DS version is excellent, as it is a stellar enhanced port of a fun game, game design rough edges and all. We can all hold out hope for Sega to bring the far superior Sonic 2 to the 3D Classics line in the future, but for now, the speedster’s debut is fine.
  4. Jan 9, 2014
    80
    This new 3D version offers the same experience, only improved upon by modern additions and made to look even more incredible thanks to the excellent implementation of stereoscopic 3D, which breathes new life into a great classic. SEGA fans should certainly appreciate the effort put into this one, although a true full screen option would have been most welcome.
  5. Jan 14, 2014
    80
    As a port of a game that is well-known by millions of players, there is nothing truly surprising in 3D Sonic the Hedgehog, but it has become the definitive version of the Mega Drive classic. An almost flawless adaptation, and definitely one of the best eShop games available, despite the obvious lack of a widescreen mode.
  6. 80
    This 3D Sonic the Hedgehog may well be the definitive version that fans have waited twenty years just to play this classic again.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 24, 2015
    10
    Sonic The Hedgehog is in itself one of my favourite games of all time, and one I go back to for a run through every few months. The graphics,Sonic The Hedgehog is in itself one of my favourite games of all time, and one I go back to for a run through every few months. The graphics, music, and gameplay are all perfect examples of what made the early 90s the golden age of gaming.

    Adding 3D to the mix doesn't necessarily add anything to the experience, but here it is so well done that I usually find myself switching the 3D on for this game. The sense of depth with the parallax scrolling is better than many others, and it really feels like this game was made for it.

    Otherwise the game is exactly as you remember it, which is just fine with me.

    Some additions are welcome - you can select the version between Japanese and International, the game defaulting to the (some say) superior Japanese version, and I've felt no need to change it. You can also choose between the Megadrive or Megadrive 2 sound processing, which seems to affect the bass (MD2 having more). You can also turn on or off a level select screen and the spin dash as originally added to Sonic 2. Personally I have left both of these off - I get more pleasure from playing the game from the beginning and the spin dash doesn't add anything to the game. You are also able to change two aesthetic options - you can make the 3D effect "pop-out" of or "fall-in" to the screen, which work as they sound. I found pop-out to strain my eyes very quickly and to be more blurry than fall-in, which probably explains why most 3DS games tend to push the 3D into the screen rather than popping it out.

    All in all this is easily the best update I've experienced of the first Sonic game. So far beyond recommended.
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  2. Apr 28, 2020
    10
    Amazing for its time, with catchy tunes and awesome speed. The hedgehog at his finest!
  3. Jan 27, 2014
    10
    Sonic the Hedgehog, exactly how you remember it being. Only now it's in 3D, which looks great. It's a shame it doesn't have all the littleSonic the Hedgehog, exactly how you remember it being. Only now it's in 3D, which looks great. It's a shame it doesn't have all the little extras that other recent versions have had, but I have no quarrels with this game. I loved it in '91 and I still love it now. Expand
  4. Sep 26, 2015
    8
    It's Sonic. With 3D Capabilities. You either like it, or you hate it. And I honestly find it's really fun, for a Sonic game I have neverIt's Sonic. With 3D Capabilities. You either like it, or you hate it. And I honestly find it's really fun, for a Sonic game I have never played before. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2020
    8
    Sonic the Hedgehog is an incredibly influential 2D platformer that is loveable to the extreme. That doesn't mean it comes without flawsSonic the Hedgehog is an incredibly influential 2D platformer that is loveable to the extreme. That doesn't mean it comes without flaws though. When it comes to gameplay, Sonic has pretty great controls. He nails momentum-based movement and it feels great to rack up some speed. This game has a truckload of personality. All of the little animations and minigames really gives the characters their own unique charm. The music in this game is simple and iconic. Not all tunes are as great as others, but the soundtrack isn't bad by any means. Perhaps this game's biggest flaw is its game design. I don't like to call any game unfair, but there are a fair amount of cheapouts, sudden halts, and bad enemy placement. In conclusion, Sonic the Hedgehog is still a fun game, but it's a better idea to try Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or 3 because of their better level design. Have a lovely day/night, folks! Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2016
    7
    grate game i love sonic exept sonic 06 dis is a grate port of sonic 1 PLAYgrate game i love sonic exept sonic 06 dis is a grate port of sonic 1 PLAY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    7
    The game is Sonic 1, on your 3ds. That's great. What's new? There's a save/load feature (just one save state), you can use the spindash fromThe game is Sonic 1, on your 3ds. That's great. What's new? There's a save/load feature (just one save state), you can use the spindash from the later games if you want, and when you start the game from the title menu there's a stage select. The music is crisp and clear, it even allows you to emulate the sounds as they were on a Genesis or Genesis 2 (though I don't know what that sound difference is exactly, it seemed to be the same to me either way). The emulation is smooth, and accurate to the point where minor graphical hiccups such as with the Green Hill Zone waterfalls are replicated exactly. A completely faithful Sonic game, here's hoping that they give Sonic 2 the same treatment very soon. Expand

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