Sonic the Hedgehog CD

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Sonic CD
Developer(s)Sega
Publisher(s)Sega
Director(s)Naoto Ohshima
Producer(s)
  • Minoru Kanari
  • Makoto Oshitani
Programmer(s)Matsuhide Mizoguchi
Artist(s)Hiroyuki Kawaguchi
Composer(s)
SeriesSonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s)Sega CD, Windows, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Windows Phone, Ouya, Apple TV, Fire TV
Release
September 23, 1993
  • Sega CD
    • JP: September 23, 1993
    • EU: October 1993
    • NA: November 1993
    Microsoft Windows
    • JP: August 9, 1996
    • NA: September 26, 1996
    • EU: October 3, 1996
    Android, PS3, Xbox 360
    • WW: December 14, 2011
    iOS
    • WW: December 15, 2011
    Windows Phone
    • WW: November 14, 2012
    Apple TV
    • WW: March 31, 2016
Genre(s)Platform
Mode(s)Single-player

Sonic the Hedgehog CD or Sonic CD is a platformer video game created by Sega. It is part of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was released for the Sega CD game console in 1993. In chronological order it is after the first game and "before the sequel." The game involves the use of a time travel system that allows Sonic to travel to both the past and the future in a level. Each zone has four variants: the "past," the "present," the "good future," and the "bad future." Each has different graphics, music, enemies, and obstacles. The game introduces two characters to the Sonic the Hedgehog series: Amy Rose, a pink female hedgehog with a hammer as a weapon, and Metal Sonic, an evil robotic version of Sonic.

Development[change | change source]

Release and translation[change | change source]

Sonic CD was released in Japan on September 23, 1993.[1] It was released in Europe in October 1993.[2] The game was released in North America in November 1993.[3]

Reception[change | change source]

Reception (Sega CD)
Review scores
PublicationScore
CVG85/100[2]
EGM9, 9, 8, 8[5][a]
GamePro5/5[6]
Electronic Games92%[4]
Sega Magazine87/100[7]
Sega Pro90%[8]
Sega Force Mega85%[9]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[10]
Award
PublicationAward
Electronic Gaming MonthlyBest Sega CD Game of 1993[11]

Sonic CD received a lot of praise.[4][8][11] The Sega CD version sold more than 1.5 million copies. It sold more copies than any other game on the Sega CD.[12][13]

The graphics and sound were praised. Electronic Games said that the game looked similar to older games. They said it did not use the Sega CD's special features very much. However, they said that this did not make the game worse. They said the music was what amde Sonic CD "stand above the crowd".[4] The reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) said the game's animated cinematics and sound were good. however, they said that the frame rate decreases during special stages.[5]

The gameplay was liked. Sega Pro said the bigger environments and the time travel added to the replay value. They said that "the more you play Sonic CD the better it gets". However, they said they felt the game was too easy.[8] In its debut issue, Sega Magazine said Sonic CD could be "a classic". They said the originality in the special stages and time travel was great.[7]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. EGM provided four scores from individual reviewers.

References[change | change source]

  1. "[セガハード大百科] メガCD対応ソフトウェア". Sega. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rand, Paul (November 1993). "Review: Sonic CD" (PDF). Computer and Video Games. No. 144. p. 87. Retrieved August 29, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Sonic the Hedgehog CD". GamePro. Vol. 6 no. 1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Camron, Marc (December 1993). "CD Gallery". Electronic Games. Vol. 2 no. 3. p. 140. Retrieved December 19, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Review Crew: Sonic CD". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Vol. 6 no. 11. November 1992. p. 48. Retrieved December 19, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. The Unknown Gamer (January 1994). "Sega CD ProReview: Sonic the Hedgehog CD" (PDF). GamePro. pp. 64–68.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Review: Sonic CD" (PDF). Sega Magazine. No. 1. January 1994.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Sonic the Hedgehog CD". Sega Pro (Review). November 1993. pp. 38–40. Retrieved February 8, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. Chris; Mark (January 1994). "Sonic the Hedgehog CD". Sega Force Mega. Vol. 2 no. 7. pp. 102–4.
  10. https://ew.com/article/1994/02/11/sonic-cd-sonic-chaos-sonic-spinball-sonic-3/
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide". 1994. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. Official Gallup UK Mega-CD sales chart, February 1994, published in Mega issue 17
  13. Guinness World Records 2016: Gamer's Edition. 2015. ISBN 978-1910561096.