Sonic the Hedgehog is a platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It was released in June 1991 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The game stars Sonic, an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog, as he runs, jumps, and rolls his way through levels to stop Dr. Eggman from taking over the world.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a multidirectional scrolling platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 1991 for the Genesis/Mega Drive. It was released in North America on June 23 and in PAL regions and Japan the following month. Players control Sonic the Hedgehog, who can run at supersonic speeds; Sonic sets out on a quest to defeat Dr. Robotnik, a scientist who has imprisoned animals in robots and seeks the powerful Chaos Emeralds. The gameplay involves collecting rings as a form of health, and a simple control scheme, with jumping and attacking controlled by a single button.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Release Date:

  • June 23, 1991 (North America)
  • June 26, 1991 (Japan)
  • September 29, 1991 (Europe)

Console Availability:

  • Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
  • Master System
  • Game Gear
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo DS
  • Wii Virtual Console
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows


  • Sonic Team


  • Considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time.
  • It was the first game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
  • It sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
  • It spawned a franchise that includes video games, television shows, and movies.

Here are some additional details about Sonic the Hedgehog:

  • The game was designed by Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima.
  • The music was composed by Masato Nakamura.
  • The game was originally titled “Sonic the Hedgehog: The Fast Hedgehog”.
  • The game’s levels were inspired by the California coastline.
  • Critical and commercial success.
  • It helped to popularize the Sonic franchise.

Podcasts Movies PopCultureGeeky Gifts Technology TV Video Games  Comedy Specials