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Latest revision as of 00:19, 6 August 2022

This page is for the original 1995/1996 versions. For the 2012 Retro Engine version, see Sonic CD (2012).

Sonic CD
Sonic CD cover
Sonic Team
Windows H.I.C.
Release dates
Windows 1995
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Cartoon, Pixel art
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic CD on IGDB
Sonic CD guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic CD on MobyGames
Sonic CD on Wikipedia
Sonic CD 1995
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (2010) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017
Sonic Robo Blast 2 (unofficial) 2019
Sonic the Hedgehog (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021
Sonic Origins 2022
Sonic Frontiers 2022

Key points

Poor compatibility with newer versions of Windows. Sega PC Reloaded is recommended to patch and launch the game.
FMV playback does not work with newer versions of Windows. The High Quality FMV Project mod can fix this issue.
Only uses the North American soundtrack, even in the Japanese releases.[1] Use the High Quality Audio mod as a workaround.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Use Korama's Sega PC Reloaded Installer to automatically turn off the disc check.
A demo is available.

Version differences[edit]

The original 1995 release (also known as the "DINO2D" version) was developed for Intel Pentium processors and was capped to 30 FPS compared to the Sega CD version. The later 1996 release uses DirectX 3 and supports 60 FPS.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Sega PC Reloaded[edit]

Simple and easy-to-use launcher with many options and tweaks.
Korama's Sega PC Reloaded is an fan-made installer, launcher, and patcher for some of Sega's older PC games. It fixes the need for Sonic CD to launch in 256 Color mode (not natively possible on later Windows OSs), creates the necessary .ini file to turn off the game's disc check necessity, and enables Vsync to maintain the game's original gameplay speed, among other features.
Not compatible with the 1995 release.[2]
Installing the game with Sega PC Reloaded[3]
  1. Insert the Sonic CD disc into your CD drive, or copy the GAME folder from the disc into your computer and then copy the all of the *.DLL files from the RDX folder to <path-to-game>.
  2. Download Sega PC Reloaded from the Sonic Retro forum thread here, run the launcher, select the Install Game option, and then select Sonic CD.
  3. (Optional) Download this pcm.cmp for higher quality sound effects here and place it into <path-to-game>.
  4. Select the Select source option from the menu to install from the disc or the folder containing the game's files, then you will be asked to find the drive letter where the disc is located (e.g. D:\) or the game folder, afterwards the launcher will then ask you to create a new folder to install the game with the patches. Alternatively, you can install the patches into <path-to-game> by selecting the Already installed option to patch the game.
  5. If the Sega PC Reloaded launcher has detected the game, adjust the settings as desired, then click Launch! to play the game. "Korama's patches active!" appearing on screen when launching the game.

Original FMVs does not play[edit]

Requires installing Codinstl codec.
Fixes the "Video not available, cannot find 'vids:IV41' decompressor." error on newer Windows systems.
How to install the Codinstl codec[citation needed]
  1. Go to the cucuSoft Technologies website, then look under Codec Name, download the Codinstl codec from the link provided.
  2. Once the installer has been downloaded, run the codinstl.exe and go though the installer's instructions.
  3. After the Codinstl codec has been installed onto the system, launch the game and wait at the title screen for the game's opening FMV to play. The error should fixed and the FMVs should work properly.

High Quality FMV Project[edit]

Requires Sega PC Reloaded and the x264vfw Codec.
Improves the quality of the game's FMV with higher quality video from the Sonic CD DVD Project that are compatible with newer versions of Windows.
Installing High Quality FMV Project[3]
  1. Download the x264vfw Codec here and install it.
  2. Download the prefered BADEND1.AVI, BADEND2.AVI, GOODEND.AVI, OPN.AVI, and PENCIL.AVI files from GameBanana here.
  3. Extract each of the *.zip files that were downloaded from the link above and extract them too <path-to-game>\TITLE\AVI, replacing the original video files when prompted.
  4. Launch the game and wait at the game's title screen for the opening FMV to play. It should play the higher quality FMV instead.

High Quality Audio[edit]

Requires Sega PC Reloaded and bass.dll.
Restores music playback and improves the overall music quality by using the original music from the Sega CD version. The Japanese soundtrack can also be played in the 1996 PC version with this mod and Sega PC Reloaded.
Installing High Quality Audio[3]
  1. Download bass*.zip for Windows here from Un4seen Developments under the BASS section, then extract the bass.dll file from the archive and place it into <path-to-game>.
  2. Download the either the FLAC or WAV version of the US or Japanese soundtrack from GameBanana here.
  3. Create a new folder in <path-to-game> with a descriptive name for the music files (e.g. AUDIO).
  4. Extract the *.flac/*.wav music files into the newly created folder where the game's music will be stored in.
  5. Launch Sega PC Reloaded, click Configure Game, and select Sonic CD (1996), go to Music under the Common settings section and click the ... button to point Sega PC Reloaded to where the music folder is and adjust the music volume as needed.
  6. Launch Sonic CD with Sega PC Reloaded and the game should be playing music from the files instead of the CD.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\SonicCD\[Note 1]
If using Sega PC Reloaded, the game's settings will be stored in SONICCD.ini in <path-to-game> instead.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\S_SCORE.DAT[Note 2]


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Runs at 320x240 only, or 640x480 when using Sega PC Reloaded, and the game can be either upscaled with Nearest-neighbor scaling or half-tone stretching, but the latter can cause the game to slow down. The game can also be either be pillarboxed in 4:3 or stretched when using Sega PC Reloaded.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with F4 or set through Sega PC Reloaded.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Sega PC Reloaded runs in borderless fullscreen.[3]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use Sega PC Reloaded; V-sync method can either be normal or reversed. It is recommended to use VSync on high display rate systems in order to preserve the game's proper gameplay speed.
60 FPS
The 1995 "DINO2D" version is capped at 30 FPS. The 1996 DirectX 3 version supports 60 FPS by enabling Smooth Sonic mode from the Options menu. The Special Stages are capped at 20 FPS in both versions similarly to the Sega CD version.[1]
120+ FPS
Game speed is tied to frame rate, anything higher than 60 FPS will be unplayable.


Key remapping.
Key remapping.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Esc is always used as a Jump key. New movement and jump keys can be set via the F7 Change Controls menu.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used in-game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Exiting the game requires keyboard or mouse. Controller must also be enabled from the options settings.
Controller remapping
Uses a pre-defined controller set-up that cannot be reconfigured.
Controller sensitivity
Digital movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
DualShock 4 controllers
Recognized as a generic DirectInput controller.[4]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music volume controls are present in the Sega PC Reloaded Launcher settings. SFX can only be turned on or off.
Surround sound
Song lyrics and Sonic's voice samples are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be enabled in the Sega PC Reloaded launcher, the game will automatically pause when focus is lost.
Red Book CD audio
Use Sega PC Reloaded to play music from hard drive instead.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only for the stock vocal songs and a few Sonic voice samples. The 1996 PC version only comes with the North American soundtrack, even in Japanese and European versions.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 MB


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 DF Retro: Sonic CD - A Genuine Sega Classic! - YouTube - last accessed on 2021-06-29
  2. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-06-29
    Attempted to use Sega PC Reloaded to install the 1995 version, which prompted an error due to the 1995 version not having the *.dll files that the 1996 release uses on the disc.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-06-29
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-06-30