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Sonic the Hedgehog

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This page is for the 2010 emulated release. For the decompiled port of the 2013 mobile port, see Sonic the Hedgehog (Mobile Decompilation).

Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog cover
Sonic Team
Release dates
Windows (emulator) October 26, 2010
macOS (OS X) (emulator) May 29, 2018[1]
Linux (emulator) May 29, 2018[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Side view, Scrolling
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
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Sonic the Hedgehog fangames (series)
Sonic CD 1995
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast (series)
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (series)
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
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 the Hedgehog (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mobile Decompilation) 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021
Sonic Origins 2022
Sonic Frontiers 2022
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog 2023
Sonic Superstars 2023
Sonic Dream Team 2023
Sonic X Shadow Generations 2024

Sonic the Hedgehog is a singleplayer side view scrolling platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It is the first entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Originally released on Sega Genesis in 1991, the game was ported to PC and released on October 26, 2010.

The game was eventually delisted on all storefronts on May 20, 2022 in preparation for the release of Sonic Origins.

General information

Official developer site
Sonic Retro - A huge fan site for everything Sonic the Hedgehog. Mods for all the games can be found here


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Humble Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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Delisted to be included in Sonic Origins.
macOS (OS X)

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Mega Drive Classics\setup.dat
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Genesis Classics\setup.dat
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
Configuration settings are shared between all Sega Mega Drive Classics games.
These locations are for the "Simple" launcher interface only

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Mega Drive Classics\0031
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Genesis Classics\0031
macOS (OS X)
Folder name varies by region for "Simple" launcher; for "hub" launcher, all saves are found in the Mega Drive Classics folder.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Options menu for the "Simple" launcher.
Options menu for the "Simple" launcher.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP or greater
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible