The 25 Best Sonic the Hedgehog Games

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The 25 Best Sonic the Hedgehog Games

The original Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the Sega Genesis 25 years ago today. We pay tribute by ranking the 25 best Sonic games of all time.

What better way to crown more than two decades of juicing and jamming than getting your own VIP room at The Strong Museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame? Over the last 25 years, Sonic’s identity as a platforming poster mascot has been used for games both conventional and controversial, harnessing exhilarating speed at one stage while toying with action elements at another, all the while delivering distinct soundtracks. That kind of impressive mileage is enough to fill multiple passports. Speedy acrobatics may be Sonic’s forte, but it’s a standard he hasn’t always lived up to. For a marathon this lengthy, occasional stumbles over swollen feet are hardly tragic. But, to quote Sonic Adventure, it doesn’t matter, as these 25 games from his 25-year run say “I deserve to be here.”

(Note: In the interest of keeping the focus squarely on the speedster, franchise mashups are not featured on this list. Neither are the series’ compilations, Mega and Gems.)