Sonic The Hedgehog: Top Seven Portable Games
Can't satisfy your Sonic itch? We've got the best games to take on the road with you.
The last 20 years surely can't have passed by without you finding yourself in possession of a Sonic game. It's fair to say that some of the releases have been a little hit-and-miss since the 16-bit years, so we've pulled together some of the best titles available for portable consoles right now.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
From the publisher that brought us such epic, cinematic classics as the Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic series comes...Sonic Chronicles. It might sound like one of the most ridiculous partnerships in recent gaming history, but the fact is this BioWare game was one of Sonic's more successful reinventions. A huge storyline spanning two acts makes The Dark Brotherhood one of the more memorable transformations we've seen in gaming, and for all the right reasons.
Available for Nintendo DS
Acclaimed on arrival by both critics and fans alike, this port of 1993's Sega CD adventure is a must-buy for Sonic fans. Released to great fanfare to support the Sega-CD hardware, the game has since received a second wind through this App Store release. A good thing too, as only half a dozen people actually went out and bought the original hardware back in the day...
Sonic The Hedgehog
How could we not include the game that kicked it all off? As a nostalgia exercise alone this iOS port would have been worth every cent of the three bucks Sega wants to tease out of you, and with a number of updates this port is now the perfect example of how to bring a long-loved game back to life for a modern audience.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
The original game was a tough act for Team Sonic to follow, so how did they do it? Well, first of all they introduced a new character Tails who brought some new tricks to the game, as did Sonic with his all-new super-spin dash. In the olden days we'd have had to plug in a second controller to team up, but today (via Bluetooth only) you can relieve your younger co-op gaming years with a friend in much more comfort at home.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Well, what's good enough for Mario is always good enough for Sonic. This racing title features 16 tracks in total, with the kind of homing missiles and dastardly traps you've come to expect from a kart-racing title. As the name suggests, this racer takes in more than just the Sonic games and features appearances from Alex Kidd and Ryo Hazuki to name just two. As well as Bluetooth multiplayer, you can also jump into an online race with up to three other people.
The clue's in the name of this DS adventure that you can still pick up and is well worth your time. While the game has some spiffing 2D levels to race your way around, the boss battles are all rendered in a near 3D effect. In a new twist for the series, speed boosts are gained through the Tension Gauge which fills up as you defeat enemies and race through the level.
Available for the Nintendo DS
With the discontinuation of the cartridge slot on the 3DS, you'll sadly only be able to enjoy this Sonic title if you're still rocking the original DS. Each zone in the game contains a Special Spring which launches Sonic into a special stage where he must race down a tube on a snowboard in order to gain a targeted number of rings. But of course...
Available for the Nintendo DS