References to Sonic in video games

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Donkey Kong Country 2 famously poked fun at Sonic, calling out the mascot as a "no hoper."

The success of Sonic the Hedgehog resulted in the character becoming one of the world's most-recognizable icons and an integral element of Western pop culture. As such, he has appeared in a number of video games outside of the Sonic franchise, including those developed by other companies.

The game's success also kickstarted the mascot platformer genre, inspiring numerous other companies to develop similar games starring an anthropomorphic hero. Some games only take inspiration from the character himself, like High Seas Havoc, Aero the Acrobat, and Jazz Jackrabbit, while some titles leaned more into the series' trademark speedy gameplay, like Bubsy, Awesome Possum, James Pond 3, Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure, Superfrog, and Big Nose Freaks Out, among many others. Additionally, a slew of unlicensed Sonic games (like the infamous Somari) were produced to capitalize on the character's popularity.

This inspiration is not limited to large commercial projects, as a number of smaller titles and Sonic the Hedgehog fangames have paid direct homage to the character's older games. Titles like Freedom Planet and Spark the Electric Jester feature gameplay designed to pay tribute to older Mega Drive entries in Sega's main franchise, while games like Sonic Robo Blast 2 and Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart have reinterpreted classic Sonic into entirely new forms.

Video games

Game Release date System Description Screenshot
Rad Mobile 1991-02 Arcade A cute Sonic the Hedgehog air freshener hangs from the car's rear-view mirror during gameplay. Notably, this is Sonic's first appearance in a game, predating even the first title of his own series.[1] References RadMobile ARC Sonic.png
The Adventures of Quik & Silva 1991-05-10 Amiga Sonic the Hedgehog appears as one of the game's enemies. References QuikandSilva Amiga Sonicenemy.png
Pro Yakyuu Super League '91 1991-08-30 Mega Drive Sonic's name appears on billboards above the stadium.
References ProYakyuuSuperLeague91 MD Sonicsigns.png
Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football 1991-11 Mega Drive Sonic occasionally appears on the megatron after a touchdown is scored. References JoeMontanaII MD Sonic.gif
Tiny Toon Adventures 1991-12-20 Famicom Stage 3 of Tiny Toon Adventures features a Sonic-like hedgehog enemy which defends itself by performing a spin attack.[2] References TinyToonAdventures FC hedgehogenemy.png
Art Alive! 1991 Mega Drive Sonic appears as "stamps" to be placed. References ArtAlive MD Sonicstamp.png
Sports Talk Baseball 1992-05 Mega Drive Sonic appears on the stadium's bigscreen.[3] References SportsTalkBaseball MD Sonicbigscreen.png
Wally wo Sagase! 1992-06 Mega Drive The game features a portrait of Sonic the Hedgehog. References WallywoSagase MD Sonic.png
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II 1992-07-17 Mega Drive Sonic runs across a menu screen. References SuperMonacoGPII MD Sonicmenu.png
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992-10-01 Master System Posters of Sonic the Hedgehog appear on a brick wall in the Master System version.
References TomandJerryTheMovie SMS US Sonic OpaOpa.png
Pro Yakyuu Super League CD 1992-10-30 Mega-CD Sonic appears on the loading screens as well as on the field of one of the selectable ballparks.
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Zool 1992-10 Amiga The ending of the original Amiga version of Zool has the eponymous character kicking away a tiny blue hedgehog wearing red shoes. Additionally, one of the game's music tracks is titled "Sonic Basher".[2] References Zool AmigaAGA bluehedgehog.png
Sega Game Pack 4 in 1 1992-12 Game Gear Sonic is the umpire in the tennis game.
References SegaGamePack4in1 GG Tennis Sonicumpire.png
Sega MultiMedia Studio 1992 Mega-CD Sonic and Dr. Eggman make multiple appearances throughout the demo. Sonic would stand on a compact disc and hold another in his hand, and Eggman would appear in his Egg Mobile and flick the disc. Their repeated appearances resulted in several news outlets erroneously confusing the program with the unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD.
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Megalopolis: Tokyo City Battle 1993-03 AS-1 Numerous references to Sega were included as small cameos in Megalopolis: Tokyo City Battle's ride film; most notably, Sonic the Hedgehog appears on a large advertisement for bottled beer. References Megalopolis AS1 Sonicbeer.png
J. League Pro Striker 1993-04-23 Mega Drive Sonic is seen at the Sega logo. References JLeagueProStriker MD Sonic.png
OutRunners 1993-05 Arcade In the intro, Sonic and Tails fly by in their biplane, and Sonic later appears on billboards alongside the track. References Outrunners ARC Sonicbillboard.png
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1993-06-25 Game Gear Posters of Sonic the Hedgehog appear in the windows of a bookstore in the Game Gear version.
References TomandJerryTheMovie GG Sonicposter.png
Secret of Mana 1993-08-06 Super Famicom The game features enemies called Pebblers - blue-quilled hedgehogs with red feet who attack by curling into balls. References SecretofMana SFC Pebbler.png
F1 1993-08-27 Master System Sonic is seen on billboards on some tracks.
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Daytona USA 1993-08 Arcade, Saturn Sonic appears carved in a stone mountain on the Three-Seven Speedway course. He is replaced with Super Sonic in Replay Mode. References DaytonaUSAChampionship SAT Sonicrock.png
Gunstar Heroes 1993-09-10 Mega Drive The boss Seven Force features an Urchin Force transformation which attacks using an ability named the Hyper Sonic Spin, in which it performs a Spin Dash. References GunstarHeroes MD SevenForce SonicSpinAttack.jpeg
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin 1993-09 Mega-CD In the game's ending, a carving of Sonic's head can be spotted on a cave in the background. References SpiderManvsTheKingpin MegaCD Sonic.png
Ultimate Soccer 1993-09 Mega Drive Sonic is seen at the Sega logo, plus the menus. UltimateSoccer title.png
Shining Force II 1993-10-01 Mega Drive There is a secret battle after the ending credits on a playfield shaped like Sonic, from the Sonic Software Planning logo.
References ShiningForceII MD Sonicmap.png
Wimbledon Championship Tennis 1993-10 Mega Drive One of the game's courts features advertisements for Sega and Sonic the Hedgehog. References WimbledonChampionshipTennis MD Sonic.jpeg
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium 1993-12-17 Mega Drive In the town of Krup, there is a book in Saya's school titled Run, Hedgehog, Run!.[4] References PhantasyStarIV MD Runhedgehogrun.jpg
F1 Pole Position 2 1993-12-24 Super Famicom As an officially licensed Formula One game, F1 Pole Position 2 includes cars from the 1993 F1 season. This includes Williams, which was the time was sponsored by Sega, and while the in-game sprites are too small to render any text, Sonic's red sneakers can just about be seen below the cockpit. Additionally, McLaren's roadkill hedgehog decal can be clearly seen on the background car.
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Ball Bearing 1993 Amstrad CPC The 1993 Amstrad CPC game Ball Bearing features in-game graphics significantly inspired by the first Sonic the Hedgehog game on the Mega Drive (particularly Labyrinth Zone and Scrap Brain Zone, among others), and puts players in control of a bouncing blue ball which must collect Rings. Ballbear1.png

Oscar 1993 Amiga The mascot-platformer Oscar begins with a title card directly inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog, featuring the main character encircled in a decorative ring and holding his finger upward in a similar display of "attitude". References Oscar Amiga Sonictitle.png
Popful Mail 1994-04-01 Mega-CD The main character Mail examines a notice board in the game, which has a small drawing of Sonic pinned to it. References PopfulMail MCD Sonicwantedboard.png
Formula One World Championship: Beyond the Limit 1994-04-23 Mega-CD Sonic and Tails' heads can be spotted on billboards on some tracks and the background of a menu.
References ForumaOneHeavenlySymphony MCD Sonicbillboard.png
OutRunners 1994-05-13 Mega Drive In the Japanese Mega Drive release, Sonic and Tails appear on roadside billboards. The game's American publishers, Data East, removed it from their release. References OutRunners MD Sonicbillboard.png
Sega Channel 1994-05 Mega Drive Sonic appears in the intro when booting up the Sega Channel adapter. SegaChannel MD Intro.png
Stack Columns 1994-05 Arcade The background for the Las Vegas tournaments depicts a "SegaSonicS" casino, with a statue of Sonic the Hedgehog standing above one of its entrances. References StackColumns ARC SegaSonicS casino.png
Torarete Tamaruka!? 1994-06-03 Game Gear An in-game store features Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr. Eggman plushies, alongside boxed Japanese Mega Drive systems. References TorareteTamaruka GG MegaDrive Sonic.jpeg
Crusader of Centy 1994-06-17 Mega Drive Sonic lays in a lawn chair on Anemone Beach. Talk to Sonic and he says: "Tsk, tsk. I'm a gallant hedgehog. Don't mess or you'll get burned." He says this in the Japanese verison as well (「チッチッチッ!オレは、イナセなハリネズミ。さわると、ヤケドするぜ。」) References CrusaderofCenty MD Sonic.png
Jazz Jackrabbit 1994-08-01 IBM PC The manual for the original 1994 release of the IBM PC version contains a small Jazz Jackrabbit comic, in which Sonic the Hedgehog appears and threatens to call his lawyer over the game's similarities to Sega's flagship franchise. In the CD-ROM version of the game (released three months later), the boss of Episode A, "Outta Dis World", is a character named Zoonik, who is a parody of Sonic and Zool. References JazzJackrabbit Print Soniclawyer.png

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Pro Yakyuu GG League '94 1994-09-30 Game Gear Sonic appears on a billboard.
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Virtua Racing Deluxe 1994-11-21 32X Driving around the Sand Park track in reverse reveals a sign with "KNUCKLES" written on it. VirtuaRacingDeluxe 32X Knuckles.png
Virtua Fighter 2 1994-11 Arcade, Saturn, Windows PC When Jacky Bryant and Sarah Bryant fight, a hidden stage called Chicago is chosen. There's a brick wall in the background with graffiti, including a doodle of Sonic.
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Wacky Worlds 1994-11 Mega Drive Sonic and Tails are on the game's cover, Sonic is in a spaceship and is your cursor to select a world to play in, and Tails is a stamp in the jungle area. WWorlds 3.png
Gale Racer 1994-12 Saturn The Sega Saturn port of Rad Mobile features the return of the original game's Sonic-series air fresheners, and adds a slew of additional characters such as Amy Rose and Metal Sonic. Galeracer-prototype-satComparison.png
Trivial Pursuit: Interactive Multimedia Game 1994-12 Mega-CD The Mega-CD version of Trivial Pursuit features an officially-licensed appearance from Sonic the Hedgehog. Notavailable.svg
Uniracers 1994-12 Super Famicom If players attempt to enter their name as either "SONIC" or "SEGA", an error appears stating the name is "NOT COOL ENOUGH". Uniracers SNES Sonicnotcoolenough.png
GEMS Module Test Program 1994 Mega Drive Developer Technical Support's 1994 internal Mega Drive test cartridge, the GEMS Module Test Program (which allows developers to test their GEMS-composed music), features unique animations of both Sonic and Tails during music playback. These were used as a rudimentary crash monitor, with their animations halting upon a system crash.[5]
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Kid Chaos 1994 Amiga Frequently marketed as the Amiga's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog, the 1994 Magnetic Fields action-platform title Kid Chaos takes numerous inspirations from Sega's titular franchise. In particular, the game's protagonist was initially known by the names Cosmic Kitten and Claws the Cat, and was an anthropomorphic cat which took direct design cues from Sonic. The game's artist, Edward Morris, was forced to change the design late into development due to fears of a lawsuit from Sega.[6] References KidChaos AMI gameplay.png

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Quik the Thunder Rabbit 1994 Amiga, Amiga CD32 In the introductory cutscene, a tiny blue hedgehog is slowly making his way across a desert road before Quik zooms around the corner, causing the rodent to scurry away and leap off a nearby cliff.[2] References QuiktheThunderRabbit CD32 bluehedgehog.gif
World Heroes 2 1994 Famicom The unlicensed Famicom fighting game World Heroes 2 features Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character, and his head appears on the main menu as a selection marker. Additionally, arrangements of the title screen and Chemical Plant Zone themes are used as background music. WH2battle.png
Alien Soldier 1995-02-24 Mega Drive The boss Seven Force returns from Gunstar Heroes, featuring its Medusa Force transformation, where it turns blue, curls into a spiked rolling ball, and occasionally performs a Spin Dash towards the player. References AlienSoldier MD UrchinForce.png
Metal Head 1995-02-24 32X Sonic appears on a neon sign on a building in the stage Downtown. References MetalHead 32X Sonicneonsign.png
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse 1995-03-31 Mega Drive, Mega-CD Both Sonic and Tails' names are featured in the game's credits as nicknames for Tony Parks and Phil Snape.
References MickeyMania MD Sonic Tails.png
Cool Riders 1995-04 Arcade When a player finishes a race and reaches the high score table, there are mini-Sonic and Tails head icons that can be used for a player's initials. References CoolRiders ARC Sonic Tails.png
Virtua Striker 1995-05 Arcade The game's match ball, designed after the Adidas Questra (the 1994 FIFA World Cup ball), has Sonic drawn into its black triskelions. References VirtuaStriker ARC Sonicball.png
Striker 1995-06 Mega Drive Sonic appears on billboards advertising Sega. Striker MD SonicBillboard.png
Bug! 1995-07-28 Saturn, Windows PC Sonic the Hedgehog makes two cameo appearances in the stage Reptilia; once in a bonus level where the player competes against him in a footrace, and another in a secret area as a visual-only cameo. By enabling the cheat which makes Bug able to move anywhere, it is actually possible to walk up and kill him like a regular enemy.[2] Bug Sonic bonus stage.png
Clockwork Knight 2 1995-07-28 Saturn In a hidden movie, a Sonic toy can be seen sitting on a shelf. References ClockworkKnight2 SAT Sonic.png
SimCity 2000 1995-09-29 Saturn In the Japanese version, the statue is replaced with Sonic the Hedgehog. In other regions it's the same as the PC version (though a different Sonic statue was planned, and appears on the back of the PAL box).
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A Hard Day's Night 1995-10-06 PC-98 A Sonic the Hedgehog-like plushie appears in one of the character's bedrooms. References AHardDaysNight PC98 Sonicplush.png
Hang-On GP 1995-10-27 Saturn The bike render on the Japanese cover of the game features artwork of Sonic, alongside a Sega logo (though both are cut off). The render can also be seen in Western manuals (albeit in monochrome), but does not appear in the game itself. HangOnGP Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1995-11-21 Super Famicom At the end of the game, Diddy gets rated as a video game hero according to how many of the DK Coins you collect. On the screen is a trash can labeled "No Hopers" with Sonic's shoes next to it (as well as the gun of Earthworm Jim). This was removed in the GBA version.
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Premier Manager 1995-11 Mega Drive Chaotix logos are available for decoration of the stadium. References PremierManager MD Chaotixadvert.png
Sonic Dragon 1995 Super A'Can Sonic Dragon clones classic Sonic the Hedgehog titles in both gameplay and appearance. Speedy Dragon - Emerald Hill.jpg
Omakase! Savers 1996-02-23 Saturn Sonic and Tails plushies appear in the game's opening FMV sequence. References OmakaseSavers SAT SonicTailsplushie.png
Virtua Fighter Kids 1996-03 Arcade, Saturn Same as Virtua Fighter 2. References VirtuaFighterKids SAT JP Sonicgraffiti.png
Last Bronx 1996-06 Arcade, Saturn, Windows PC, PlayStation 2 In Tommy's stage, there is a poster of Sonic on a building in the background. Also, there's a sticker of Sonic on Tommy's outfit. References LastBronx SAT Sonic.png
NiGHTS into Dreams 1996-07-05 Saturn All of the default high scores are set by Sonic characters, with Tails being listed as "Miles" in every region.
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Neko Dai Suki! 1996-07-19 Game Gear Sonic appears as a poster in one room.
References NekoDaiSuki GG Sonicposter.png
Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble 1996-07 Mega Drive Bugs Bunny comes across sneakers resembling Sonic's shoes, which seem to have been abandoned. The left shoe impatiently taps up and down similarly to Sonic's iconic waiting pose.[3]
References BugsBunnyDoubleTrouble MD Sonicsshoes.png
Fighting Vipers 1996-08-30 Saturn In the Saturn version's intro movie, Sanman's pile of toys contains the Lunar Fox, Honey (in her alternative costume) and a transformed Rocket Metal from Sonic the Fighters. Bark the Polar Bear's legs and feet are also visible.
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Premier Manager 97 1996-10-31 Mega Drive Sonic & Knuckles logos are available for decoration of the stadium. References PremierManager97 MD S&Kadvert.png
WaveRunner 1996-10 Arcade Sonic appears on the back of a racer's lifejacket. References WaveRunner ARC Sonic.png
Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams 1996-11-22 Saturn One of the unlockable presents is Sonic into Dreams, which sees the player control Sonic, on foot, completing Spring Valley in a similar means to Claris or Elliot in the main game. Notably, this was the first time the character could be controlled in a 3D world, predating 1997's Sonic Jam. Additionally, a Christmas-themed Dr. Eggman is fought in place of the boss Puffy.
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Fighters Megamix 1996-12-21 Saturn Bean the Dynamite and Bark the Polar Bear from Sonic the Fighters appear as playable characters, along with the South Island and Aurora Icefield stages from that game. References FightersMegamix SAT Bark Bean.png
Scud Race 1996-12 Arcade Sonic and Tails appear on a billboard in the Beginner (Day) track, and Sonic appears on smaller signs throughout the game. In the Xbox port of OutRun 2 (which features the tracks of Scud Race), this billboard has been replaced with a generic Sega logo, but is still present in the Dreamcast development kit track models. References ScudRace ARC Sonic Tails.png
Sega Ski Super G 1996-12 Arcade A Sonic statue appears in the background of the first track. References SegaSkiSuperG ARC Sonicstatue.png
Virtua Striker 2 1997-06 Arcade There is a hidden MVP Yuki Chan team, which includes Bean the Dynamite from Sonic the Fighters. References VirtuaStriker2 ARC Bean.png
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Iron Maiden 1997-07-11 Windows PC Sonic appears on a mug in one of the game's settings.
References NeonGenesisEvangelionIronMaiden PC Sonicmug.png
Le Mans 24 1997-09 Arcade Sonic is a hidden racer. References LeMans24 ARC Sonic.jpeg
Motor Raid 1997-10 Arcade One of the game's tracks features a large statue of Sonic the Hedgehog.[7] References MotorRaid ARC Sonicstatue.jpg
Sega Bass Fishing 1997-11 Arcade, Dreamcast, Windows PC, Wii After a few courses the player can receive a Sonic lure. References SegaBassFishing DC Soniclure.jpg
Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders 1997-12 Arcade At the gate of the mansion in the Beverly Hills stage, Sonic is featured on several stone blocks. References HarleyDavidsonLARiders ARC Sonic.png
Sega Saturn de Hakken!! Tamagotchi Park 1998-01-29 Saturn If a certain Tamagotchi is raised just right it grows up into the super secret "Sonictchi".
References SegaSaturndeHakkenTamagotchiPark SAT Sonictchi.png
Burning Rangers 1998-02-26 Saturn Lead Phoenix's hockey stick has a Sonic logo on it. Stage 3 contains areas called Greenhill Lounge and Starlight Lounge. Rescuing Naoto Ohshima a second time yields a picture of Sonic. References BurningRangers SAT Sonic.png
Pro Yakyuu Greatest Nine 98 1998-03-26 Saturn Sonic R is advertised in the Tokyo Dome stadium.
Spikeout 1998-09 Arcade In one of the game's stages, a large statue of Sonic the Hedgehog appears near an elevator (a lower-poly model of his Sonic Jam render)[8], and is featured alongside artwork of a previously-unused Sonic Adventure design concept[9][10] - notably depicting Sonic in a style roughly halfway between his classic and modern designs.[11] References Spikeout ARC Sonicstatue.jpg
Dirt Devils 1998-11 Arcade Sonic's head is seen on the hood of the Euro-Prototype car. References DirtDevils ARC Sonic.png
L.A. Machineguns 1998-12 Arcade Sonic and the Sonic Adventure logo appear as neon signs in the Las Vegas stage. References LAMachineguns ARC SonicAdventure.png
Candy Land 1998 Windows PC The famous Ring collection sound effect is used whenever clicking the next available space on the game board.[2][12] Notavailable.svg
KRAD 1998 Dreamcast Sonic the Hedgehog appears reflected in the demo's Sega logo, and a picture of Sonic later appears hanging on the wall of an interior scene. KRAD DC 8.jpeg

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Blue Stinger 1999-03-25 Dreamcast The game's Toy Shop area is occupied with various real and fictional Sega products, including copies of Sonic Adventure. Additionally, the minigame Stamp Rally features a character with a very Sonic-like face and eye design. References BlueStinger DC SonicAdventure.png
Toy Fighter 1999-09 NAOMI Sonic appears as a plush in the child's playroom between fights. Toyfightsoniccameo1.png
Toy Commander 1999-10-21 Dreamcast A page from Sega Calendar 1998 with Sonic the Hedgehog artwork is used as a ramp in one stage, only edited to read 1999. References ToyCommander DC Soniccalendar.jpg
Derby Owners Club 1999-10 Arcade The track G1 Sega features a large inflatable Sonic balloon surrounded by spinning rings. References DerbyOwnersClub ARC Sonicinflatable.png
NBA 2K 1999-11-10 Dreamcast Players can create a team called the Hedgehogs, which features Sonic holding a basketball as the logo. References NBA2K DC Hedgehogsteam.png
ChuChu Rocket! 1999-11-11 Dreamcast Clear all 25 puzzles in the Stage Challenge mode, and you can have the normal ChuChus replaced with Chao (Dreamcast version only). References ChuChuRocket DC Chao.png
Shenmue 1999-12-29 Dreamcast Both Sonic the Fighters and Chao figurines are available through the game's gachapon machines. References Shenmue DC Sonicgachapon.png
NHL 2K 2000-02-09 Dreamcast Sonic appears on the Jumbotron occasionally. Notavailable.svg
Jet Set Radio 2000-06-29 Dreamcast Players can tag various parts of the game's stages with graffiti of Sega character stock art, including Sonic, Dr. Eggman, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, E-102 Gamma, Big, and Chao from Sonic Adventure, with Sonic further appearing on a billboard in the game's ending cutscene. Additionally, the character Garam wears a necklace with a peculiarly-shaped skull on it - the game's art director Ryuta Ueda hinted that this is actually the skull of Sonic the Hedgehog.[13] References JetSetRadio DC Sonicending.png

References JetSetRadio DC Sonicskull.jpg
Spyro: Year of the Dragon 2000-10-10 PlayStation If you decline Moneybags' offer in the Crystal Islands level, he will threaten to "turn you into a blue hedgehog or something." Spyro sonic 2.jpg
Phantasy Star Online 2000-12-21 Dreamcast The game features an evolution Mag known as Chao (acquired by using the item Heart of Chao), and players can acquire a Chao-themed staff titled Striker of Chao. Additionally, Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails have made numerous cameo appearances. References PhantasyStarOnline DC Chaomag.png

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RuneScape 2001-01 Windows PC, macOS PC, Linux PC There is a chance that players may obtain a dragon named Dulcy from an unchecked dragon egg, which in turn can be raised in a player-owned farm.

A skill achievement titled Sonic Crystal was released on November 5, 2018, where players must catch a grenwall (a hedgehog enemy). An additional exploration achievement, Gotta Go Fast, was released on July 8 2019, obtained when players unlock the double Surge and double Escape ability upgrades.

Illbleed 2001-03-29 Dreamcast A boss named Zodick the Hellhog resembles Sonic the Hedgehog (albeit in Demon form) and even spouts rings when hit and Spin Dashes as an attack. References Illbleed DC Zodick.jpg
Virtua Striker 3 2001-04 Arcade, Dreamcast A hidden team has Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Dr. Eggman, and a Chao as players, with Yuji Naka as the coach. Virtua Striker 3.jpg
Segagaga 2001-05-31 Dreamcast Both Sonic and Tails appear in the intro FMV. Sonic is also pictured when Alex Kidd talks to Taroh about his past career. References Segagaga DC SonicTails.png

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Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball 2001-07 Arcade, GameCube A giant inflatable Sonic floats above one of the volleyball courts. References BeachSpikersVirtuaBeachVolleyball GC Sonicinflatable.jpg
Alien Front Online 2001-08-07 Dreamcast Sonic appears on a billboard. References AlientFrontOnline DC Sonic.jpeg
Shenmue II 2001-09-06 Dreamcast Sonic the Fighters figurines are available through the game's gachapon machines. Additionally, when Ryo visits the Moon Child Orphanage, a child's drawing of Sonic and Tails appears on the wall. References ShenmueII DC Sonicgachapon.jpg

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Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution 2002 Arcade, PlayStation 2 Quest mode includes a "Sonic Cup" tournament, with a logo of Sonic with some rings. Additionally, a shot of Sega World Papillon Plaza appears. Sega World Papillon Plaza Outside Virtua Fighter 4 1.jpg
Awexome Cross 2003-02-04 Flash In the Homestar Runner Flash game Awexome Cross, The Cheat performs a Spin Dash in an old tire throughout various parts of the game. Notavailable.svg
Virtua Cop 3 2003-02-18 Arcade Sonic appears on the tutorial screen. References VirtuaCop3 ARC Sonic.jpeg
Gem Smashers 2003-07-01 Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, iOS One of the game's three playable characters is Bom, a blue hedgehog who boasts the fastest speed of any character.[2][14] References GemSmashers GBA Bom.png
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg 2003-09-23 GameCube Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and a Chao make cameos as hidden Egg Animals, and must be hatched from Eggs featuring the Sonic Team logo. In multiplayer mode, the four playable characters are based on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, featuring similar color schemes and poses. Additionally, the game's Western cover advertises it as being "from the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog". References BillyHatcher GC Sonic.jpg
Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution 2003-11-27 GameCube Two different Chao-themed Cards can be equipped by all classes and races (titled Chao and Chao+) alongside a Card of Omochao. References PhantasyStarOnlineEPIII GC Chaomag1.png

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Malice 2004-04-08 PlayStation 2 During one of the game's scenes, a bird scolds another bird for worshipping a blue hedgehog.[2] Notavailable.svg
Virtua Quest 2004-08-26 GameCube, PlayStation 2 A Sonic statue appears in the Twin Axis server. References VirtuaQuest GC Sonicstatue.png
Sega Superstars 2004-10-22 PlayStation 2 One of the 12 games is based upon a Sonic Heroes-style Special Stage. References SegaSuperstars PS2 SonicHeroes.jpg
Feel the Magic: XY/XX 2004-11-18 Nintendo DS In the 'Paint' mini game, one of the shapes which requires coloring is a Sonic head. You can also unlock a Sonic wig for your girlfriend, when Sonic Advance is inserted into the GBA cartridge slot. Having Sonic Advance 3 in the GBA cartridge slot will unlock a Chao wig. Both wigs can also be unlocked by completing the game on 'Hell mode'.

Additionally, the minigame Chaser features wide Springs on its courses.

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OutRun 2 SP 2004-12-21 Arcade, Windows PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable Sonic billboards and statue appear in the Casino Town course. OutRun2SP PC CasinoTown1.jpg
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Stinkoman 20X6 2005-03-21 Flash The Homestar Runner Flash game Stinkoman 20X6 features a compressed FMV intro directly referencing the opening to Sonic the Hedgehog CD. Notavailable.svg
Spikeout: Battle Street 2005-03-24 Xbox The same Sonic the Hedgehog statue appears in Spikeout's expanded Xbox port, this time replacing with a new model sporting his modern design.[8] References SpikeoutBattleStreet Xbox Sonicstatue.png
Reset Generation 2005-07-25 Windows PC, N-Gage 2.0 Reset Generation stars a parody of Sonic the Hedgehog. References ResetGeneration NGage2 Sonicparody.png
Virtua Fighter 5 2005-11-26 Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 In Quest Mode, various locations based on actual Sega venues (like SegaWorld or Club Sega) can be visited, with most venues decorated with images of Sonic the Hedgehog. References VirtuaFighter5 PS3 SegaArena Sonic.png
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories 2006-02-23 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable The character Tink can perform the special ability Sonic Roll, where he curls into a ball to attack in a Spin Dash-like manner. The ability is even accompanied by the corresponding sound effect, although the audio was replaced in the game's subsequent PlayStation Portable release.[2] Notavailable.svg
Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission Las Vegum 2006-06-30 Windows PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable One faction of Roman warriors wears blue headgear that resembles Sonic spines, along with Sonic's trademark red shoes. They carry gold rings. Asterix Sonic reference.jpg
Phantasy Star Universe 2006-08-31 Windows PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 The game introduces the recurring Jaggo enemy, which is nearly identical to a Chao in appearance (alongside a special variant named Jaggo Sonichi which wears a Sonic the Hedgehog mask). This enemy became one of the title's more recognizable characters, and even appeared in official artwork for the game's White Day event. Additionally, in-game lobbies are decorated with Sonic statues and rings on Sonic's birthday (23rd June). References PhantasyStarUniverse PC Jaggo.png

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Puyo Puyo! 2006-12-14 PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable The player can unlock "Sonic-style Puyo" which resemble the heads of various Sonic characters. References PuyoPuyo15thAnniversary DS SonicPuyo.jpg
Zoey 101 2007-02-26 Game Boy Advance The phrase "Gotta go fast!" is displayed at the beginning of a running minigame. References Zoey101 GBA Gottagofast.png
Bangai-O Spirits 2007-03-19 Nintendo DS A blue enemy named Fast Bot is able to curl into a ball and perform a Spin Attack. Notavailable.svg
Sega Rally Revo 2007-09-27 Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 The third livery for the Citroën C2 Super 1600 is themed on Sonic the Hedgehog, while the third livery for Toyota Celica VVTi is themed on Shadow the Hedgehog. Each are unlocked by driving their respective cars 50 miles (32km). References SegaRallyRevo PC Soniclivery.png

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Crash of the Titans 2007-10-02 Xbox 360 The Ratnicians occasionally say, "You'd think he was a fast moving blue hedgehog or something." Notavailable.svg
The Simpsons Game 2007-10-30 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Sonic appears in the "Enter the Cheatrix" level as a washed-up has-been, spouting funny lines such as "I miss the 90's, everybody loved me then". He also appears at the end, escaping the video game world with the Simpsons. Mario-and-Sonic-in-the-Simpsons.png
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008-01-31 Wii Sonic is a playable character. SSBB Character Select.png
Sega Superstars Tennis 2008-03-18 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Sonic, Tails, Amy, Shadow and Eggman are playable characters. References SegaSuperstarsTennis 360 Sonic.jpg
Sega Splash! Golf 2008-04-23 Windows PC Sonic and Tails are caddies in a course based on Green Hill Zone. References SegaSplashGolf PC Sonic.jpg
R-Tuned: Ultimate Street Racing 2008-05-20 Arcade The cars in the game can be customized, with some featuring a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed paint job. References RTunedUltimateStreetRacing ARC Soniccar.png
The Incredible Hulk 2008-06-05 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 If the player jumps to random buildings, they can find a billboard with assorted illustrations of Sonic on it. References IncredibleHulk Sonicbillboard.png
Phantasy Star Portable 2008-07-31 PlayStation Portable Phantasy Star Portable features an appearance from the recurring Chao-inspired Jaggo enemies. Notavailable.svg
Samba de Amigo 2008-09-23 Wii Sonic appears in his own themed stage based on Green Hill Zone, and dances with Amigo. References SambadeAmigo Wii GHZ.jpg
Crash: Mind over Mutant 2008-10-07 Xbox 360 The Ratnicians occasionally say, "You'd think he was a fast moving blue hedgehog or something." Notavailable.svg
LittleBigPlanet 2008-10-27 PlayStation 3 Five Sonic-themed skins based on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Dr. Eggman and Sonic the Werehog, along with a set of Sonic decals were released in 2010. SONIC LittleBigPlanet.jpg
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon 2008-12-01 Xbox 360 After completing the 23rd mission, Crypto and Pox begin brainstorming ideas for potential video games. Crypto suggests a video game about "A hedgehog who can run really fast and... uh...", before being rejected by Pox. Notavailable.svg
Taiko no Tatsujin 2008 iOS Sonic, Dr. Eggman, and other franchise characters appear in the game's iOS port. References TaikonoTatsujin iOS Sonic.png
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2009-07-02 PlayStation Portable In the Miku's Room feature of the game, one of the obtainable items is a Mega Drive and an original Sonic the Hedgehog cartridge. References HatsuneMikuProjectDIVA PSP Sonic1 MegaDrive.png
Bayonetta 2009-10-29 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 During the game's beginning sequence, Bayonetta and Enzo conduct a funeral for a man named Eggman, with Enzo stating, "Even old Eggman the Destroyer gets scrambled in the end, right?" Originally, game designer Hideki Kamiya did not intend this line to be a reference to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, recalling, "I had just randomly decided to use the word "Eggman". Then I found out it was the name of a character in another famous game. I figured if the fans get a kick out of it, then it is fine to leave it as it is."[15] References Bayonetta PS3 Eggman.jpg
Phantasy Star Portable 2 2009-12-03 PlayStation Portable Players are also awarded with Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles-themed items after completing the story. The game also features an appearance from the recurring Chao-inspired Jaggo enemies. Notavailable.svg

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Pogo Bunny 2009 Windows PC While the in-game character only bares a basic resemblance to Sonic the Hedgehog, its appearance on the game's box art seems to have taken much more direct inspiration from Sega's mascot. Notably, it sports blue skin with white cartoon gloves, an exaggerated eye shape with pupils identical to Sonic's Sonic Adventure redesign, and distinctly Tails-like fur. References PogoBunny PC box.jpg
Valkyria Chronicles II 2010-01-21 PlayStation Portable One of the controllable tanks features artwork from Sonic Channel. References ValkyriaChroniclesII PSP SonicChannel.png
Yakuza 4 2010-03-18 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC Sonic, Cream and Cheese appear on a SEGA Changer machine in Club SEGA. Also, Un-gravitify is used as background music in certain buildings. References Yakuza4 PS3 SegaChanger Sonic.png
Transformice 2010-05-01 Browser In the game's shop, players are able to buy hats with quills shaped like Sonic and Shadow's and a skin based on Tails. There is also an achievement title named "Sonic The Mouse". References Transformice PC SonicTails.jpg
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd 2010-07-29 PlayStation Portable Amy's signature Piko Piko Hammer appears in the accessories room, and is unlocked if the player clears "Sound" in easy mode. Notavailable.svg
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game 2010-08-10 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 There is a powerup in the form of a game called "Speedy the Porcupine". By entering the level select cheat from Sonic 3, enemies will explode into a flurry of woodland creatures when defeated.[2] A later 2021 re-release parodies the cover of Sonic Adventure. ScottPilgrim SpeedyThePorcupine.PNG

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Hyperdimension Neptunia 2010-09-19 PlayStation 3 A turn-based JRPG that stars Neptune, an amnesiac who represents Sega, as she travels with her newfound companions to save the world of Gamindustri from an unknown threat. After waking up in a seemingly empty void, Neptune mentions that she will not be blamed for "collecting rings floating by the ground."

Later, a "herd of speedy blue hedgehogs" is described as running past the heroines. The group observes that they went to a pachinko-looking building, referencing the franchise's frequent casino levels. These references are were removed from the game's remake, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 1.

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Poker Night at the Inventory 2010-11-22 Windows PC Strong Bad comments that Tycho's hair looks like "a greasy hedgehog", but quickly says it's not associated with any particular video game license. Notavailable.svg
Virtua Tennis 4 2011-04-29 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC You can unlock a tennis racket in the shape of Sonic's head. References VirtuaTennis4 PC SonicRacket.jpg
Spiral Knights 2011-06-14 Windows PC A Metal Sonic costume was given to those who purchased Sonic CD on Steam before January 31, 2012, and later became available for purchase. Tails' tails also appeared as a wearable accessory. Spiral Knights promotional.png
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 2011-08-18 PlayStation 3 One of Nepgear's Rush combo skills is named "Blue Sonic". This combo skill would become a recurring combo skill in later entries in the franchise. Notavailable.svg
Farm Hokkorina 2011-09-28 Unknown mobile phone Sonic the Hedgehog appeared in the game during a special promotion from February 21 to March 30, 2012. References FarmHokkorina mobile Sonic.jpg
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Extend 2011-11-10 PlayStation Portable In celebration of Sonic's 20th Anniversary, Hatsune Miku has an unlockable Sonic the Hedgehog costume she can wear. An album that was given to those who pre-ordered the game featured Miku singing Live & Learn. References HatsuneMikuProjectDIVAExtend PSP Soniccostume.png
Minecraft 2011-11-18 Windows PC, macOS PC, Linux PC On June 22, 2021, the Sonic the Hedgehog DLC was released for the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, containing a custom world which includes recreations of Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, and Sky Sanctuary Zone, alongside a Chao Garden and 24 Sonic-themed skins.

From July 12 to July 26, 2021, an additional event was held on the officially-endorsed Minecraft server, The Hive. The event allowed players to collect Rings in a Green Hill Zone-themed hub to unlock an additional Sonic skin for exclusive use in the server, alongside cosmetics for minigames and a special Sonic-themed minigame, where players interacted in 6 Sonic-themed levels.

On May 23, 2023, a texture pack was released which replaced several Mobs and objects with elements from the Sonic franchise. This pack later received an update named Trails & Tails on July 14, 2023, adding several new objects and three new Mobs - two being Chao-themed.

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Angry Birds Friends 2012-02-13 Browser, iOS, Android, Windows PC During the "Retro Games Tournament" that ran during May 2021, there are three Minion Pigs dressed as Sonic characters: one as Sonic, one as Super Sonic, and another as Dr. Eggman. Notavailable.svg
Kid Icarus: Uprising 2012-03-22 Nintendo 3DS One of the weapons in the game is the Hedgehog Claws, which have fast rapid fire, fast charge time and gives the user a large speed boost. Its idol states they are "inspired by hedgehogs". KidIcarusUprising 3DS HedgehogClaws.png
Samurai & Dragons 2012-03-29 PlayStation Vita On November 29, 2012, a Samurai & Dragons: Deluxe Package set was released which contained Sonic the Hedgehog-themed cards.[16] References Samurai&Dragons Vita Soniccard.png
Candy Crush Saga 2012-04-12 Browser, iOS, Android, Fire OS, Windows Phone, Windows PC To promote the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic and special blue-colored Sonic Candies appeared during the Great Adventure Season from March 31 to April 5, 2022. An exclusive Sonic badge was also obtainable by completing one of two Sonic-themed events. References CandyCrushSaga iOS Sonic promo.jpeg
Dragon City 2012-05 Browser During the Video Game Island event in the summer of 2017, dragons modeled after game characters can be collected. One of them is Bluebolt, modeled after Sonic the Hedgehog (and whose baby form resembles Classic Sonic. Its description reads, "When a cursed black smoke kidnapped his friends, the Bluebolt Dragon spent years on a mission to rescue them. Now that he's finished, he's come to Dragon City to show off his talent and speed!" At an unknown date, BlueBolt was later replaced with a new dragon named Nineties Dragon. References DragonCity Browser BlueBolt.png
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz 2012-06-14 PlayStation Vita DLC for the game includes a model of Sonic the Hedgehog which can be placed in Stage Creation Mode. Notavailable.svg
Phantasy Star Online 2 2012-07-04 Windows PC From June 10 to June 24, 2015, Phantasy Star Online 2 ran the in-game event Sonic Lobby, featuring decorations such as floating golden Rings, Springs, and statues of Sonic, Tails, and Amy. Collecting Rings from the lobby makes a green Chaos Emerald appear in Sonic's hand. Players can also obtain a ticket which can be redeemed for a Chao-themed mask accessory.

During the event, the character of Sonic Nyau can be found as enemies in the game, wielding Extreme Gears from Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. The Extreme Gear can be used as weapon after defeating him.

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Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit 2012-09-25 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC When Ash is given a radar, he asks "Do I look like I'm trying to collect 7 magic emeralds or something?" References HellYeahWrathoftheDeadRabbit 360 magicemeralds.png
Retro City Rampage 2012-10-09 Windows PC One of the game's primary antagonists is named Dr. Von Buttnick (an homage to Dr. Ivo Robotnik), and players can acquire power-ups in the form of "speed shoes" that unlock a quick dash tackle ability (described as being from "the Green Hills".) Additionally, every area in Theftropolis ends in the word "Zone".[2] References RetroCityRampage PC DrVonButtnik.jpg
Dragon Coins 2012-11-28 iOS To promote the Japanese release of Sonic Lost World, Sega held the "Sonic Lost World Special collaboration event" that consisted of a daily mission titled "Eggman Rokuonishu". The event lasted between October 22 to October 30, 2013, and was exclusive to Japanese players and concluded in a special boss fight. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy could all be used as part of the monster team to battle against the Deadly Six and numerous Badniks. References DragonCoins iOS SonicLostWorld.png
Yakuza 5 2012-12-06 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC The same SEGA Changer machine from Yakuza 4 with Sonic artwork appears in Club SEGA. Also, A New Venture is used as background music in various M-Stores. References Yakuza5 PS3 SegaChanger Sonic.png
Game Dev Tycoon 2012-12-10 Windows PC The words written on the office whiteboard reference Sonic's characteristics: "cool", "edgy", and "hedgehog" - with the last word struck through. References GameDevTycoon PC hedgehog.png
Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013-02-11 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC A locker contains a checkered sphere and smaller red and blue spheres, a reference to the Special Stage in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. References AliensColonialMarines PC Sonic3specialstage.png
Puyo Puyo!! Quest 2013-04-24 iOS A collaboration event with the Sonic the Hedgehog series which was held from January 23 to January 29, 2017. It included a mini-story and character cards of Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles, along with a limited edition Sonic character card that was only available in the Ring Collection Festival event from January 25 to January 29, 2017. A second event called Dr. Eggman Rush began on February 8, 2017. Egg Pawns, Moto Bugs and Crabmeats made appearances as enemies, with Dr. Eggman and Shadow as primary antagonists and Green Hill Zone serving as a background stage. Chili Dogs, Sonic's shoes, and Chaos Drives were collectable items, while the Spin Attack, Energy Ball, Spiral Upper, and Piko Piko Hammer were moves used by Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy respectively. Music, such as the song "Beyond the Speed Of..." from the Sonic Runners Original Soundtrack, played between stages, and special cards of the main Puyo Puyo protagonists wearing costumes of Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Shadow were made available. References PuyoPuyoQuest iOS Sonic promo.jpeg
Chain Chronicle 2013-07-26 Android, iOS As part of Sega of Japan's promotion of the first Sonic the Hedgehog film, Sonic was added to the game as a playable character on March 27, 2020. References ChainChronicle Vita Sonic promo.jpeg
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 2013-09-14 Nintendo 3DS A Sonic costume for the player's Palico was added to the game as part of free DLC in April 2015. The costume comes with Caliburn as a weapon. References MonsterHunter4Ultimate Sonic.jpg
Grand Theft Auto 5 2013-09-17 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 One of the game's background stores is a jewelry business named SuperSonic, boasting the tagline "The Ultra Fast Ring Specialist" beside an image of a golden Ring. References GTA5 PS3 SuperSonic.jpg
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star 2013-10-12 Android, iOS In the Workout Center, a Nautolan jogging on a treadmill has tentacles which strongly resemble Sonic's spines. References TinyDeathStar iOS NautolanSonic.png
Gran Turismo 6 2013-12-06 PlayStation 3 On the modern Fuji Speedway tracks (F, GT), there is a Sonic advertisement on the billboard bridge next to the SEGA-Sammy logo right after the start/finish line. References GranTurismo6 PS3 Sonic SegaSammy.png
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2014-02-06 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC The player can unlock "Sonic-style" Puyos and Tetriminos which resemble the heads of various Sonic characters. References PuyoPuyoTetris PC Sonic.jpg
Angry Birds Epic 2014-03-17 iOS, Android, Windows Phone The Sonic Dash event that ran in September 2015 featured Sonic the Hedgehog as an extra playable character. The event took place in Seaside Hill and featured Badniks as enemies, the Egg Mobile as a final boss, and music taken from Sonic Dash. References AngryBirdsEpic iOS SonicDash.jpg
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax 2014-03-18 Arcade, PlayStation 4 Green Hill Zone appears as a stage. Sonic appears in the background of another stage, along with a Chao, NiGHTS, Opa-Opa and various pieces of Sega hardware. References DengekiBunkoFightingClimax GHZstage.jpgReferences DengekiBunkoFightingClimax Segastage.jpg
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 2014-05-29 Wii U, Nintendo Switch From v4.0 of the Wii U version onwards, tapping a Sonic amiibo will unlock a Sonic-themed racing suit for the player's Mii. Mk8sonicamiibo.jpg
Action Henk 2014-07-08 Windows PC There's an unlockable outfit called "Blue Blaze Henk" that's basically a Sonic costume. BlueBlazeHenk.jpg
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 2014-09-13 Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Sonic is a playable character. SuperSmashBros3DS 3DS CharacterSelectScreen.png
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 2014-10-14 Windows PC A unique enemy known as the Phonic Kraggon is the target of the "Phonically Challenged" challenge, where it has a small chance of appearing in Serenity's Waste. While other Kraggons are fire or ice elemental enemies, the Phonic Kraggon is of the electric element, and has the ability to attack players with a Spin Dash. When hurt and defeated, money spills from the Kraggon in a similar manner to Sonic's Rings. In True Vault Hunter Mode, the golden Phuper Phonic Kraggon appears in its place instead. References BorderlandsPreSequel PC PhonicKraggon.jpg
Goat Simulator 2014-04 Windows PC There is a goat called "Blue Streak" that can turn blue and run at great speeds. References GoatSimulator PC BlueStreak.jpg
Yakuza 0 2015-03-12 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC The upgrades which increase character run speeds are called "Gotta Go Fast". References Yakuza0 PC GottaGoFast.jpeg
Megadimension Neptunia VII 2015-04-23 PlayStation 4 During one of the sub-events exclusive to the promotional DLC character God Eater, Uzume invites God Eater out to eat along with the Planeptune sisters. Neptune and Nepgear lead the group near to a jazz club called the "Blue Hedgehog", which is the nation's most-popular chili-dog restaurant. Uzume later challenges God Eater to a chili-dog eating contest, but due to the amount of chili-dogs ordered, Neptune asks Nepgear if Basilicom can cover the cost (labeling it as "business lunch expense") - a request which is denied. This event is absent in Megadimension Neptunia VIIR, the VR-compatible remake of the game. References MegadimensionNeptuniaVII PC BlueHedgehog chilidogs.png
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX 2015-05-28 Nintendo 3DS A Sonic statue can be bought and placed in your home. His description is "Everyone knows the blue blur. Gotta go fast!". References HatsuneMikuProjectMiraiDX 3DS Sonicfigurine.jpg
Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World 2015-06-25 Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Tapping a Sonic amiibo will unlock a Sonic design for Yoshi. Yoshiwoollyworldsonicamiibo.png
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition 2015-07-28 Arcade Being an updated version of the original game, Green Hill Zone returns as a playable stage. One of the Sega-themed stages added is Sehagaga Academy from the Sega Hard Girls anime adaptation Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls, featuring a Sonic statue rotating in the middle of the Academy and a Chao figure sitting on the shelf. Notavailable.svg
Super Mario Maker 2015-09-10 Wii U By using the Sonic amiibo or by acquiring a random unlockable by clearing the 100 Mario Challenge on Expert or Super Expert, Mario can use the Mystery Mushroom to transform into an 16-bit of Sonic the Hedgehog. The transformation uses sounds from the original Mega Drive games, including "Act Clear" and "Game Over" from Sonic the Hedgehog 3. This feature is only available when the player is designing a level in the original Super Mario Bros. style. Sonic in Super Mario Maker.jpg
Lego Dimensions 2015-09-27 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC Sonic is included in the second series of characters that were released for the game. Lego Dimensions Sonic.png
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies 2015-10-15 PlayStation Vita While playing with English voice acting enabled, one of Neptune's lines when she dashes is "Gotta go fast." Notavailable.svg
Project X Zone 2 2015-11-12 Nintendo 3DS At the beginning of Chapter 6, one of Ling Xiayou's lines is "Gotta go fast", and later mentions "The Two-Tailed Fox" in Chapter 21. In Chapter 34, Segata Sanshiro states he should have brought a Spring from Spring Yard Zone. References ProjectXZone2 3DS TwoTailedFox.jpeg
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls 2015-11-26 PlayStation Vita, Windows PC One of the protagonists of this crossover game is Hatsumi "Segami" Sega, whose design is based on Sonic the Hedgehog.On the back of the English Vita box, the phrase "Gotta go dash!" is used to promote the game. Additionally, the final boss, Time Eater, bears a vague resemble to Perfect Chaos from the end of Sonic Adventure. References SuperdimensionNeptune PC Sonic.png
Yakuza Kiwami 2016-01-21 PlayStation 4, Windows PC Sonic, Cream and Cheese appear on a Sega Changer machine in Club Sega, along with other minor appearances from Sonic on various signage. References YakuzaKiwami PS4 ClubSega SegaChanger.png
Monster Gear Burst 2016-01 iOS, Android Dr. Eggman attempts to conquer the Bukkibakka Kingdom with the Hammer Eggman, drill-missiles, and various weapons. The battlefield is based on Green Hill Zone, and armor sets based on Sonic, Knuckles, and Shadow can be obtained. Caliburn, a Knuckles-themed hammer, and a sword based on Shadow's Air Shoes were also available for the event. References MonsterGearBurst iOS Sonic.jpeg
Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 5 2016-03-29 Windows PC, macOS PC, iOS, Android In episode 5, "Order Up!", one of the optional potions Jesse can take to defeat Aiden is a speed potion which allows them to move faster and slow their perception of time. Their one-liner for taking the potion is "Gotta go fast".
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Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016-04-05 Windows PC As part of a 2023 April Fools update, a special version of the MP5 SMG was introduced. Named the MP5 Shadow, it is explicitly stated to be based on the widely-mocked SMG shown in the first few seconds of the intro to the game Shadow the Hedgehog (where Shadow infamously cocks his gun like a pump-action firearm, despite it being a submachine gun). References H3VR PC MP5Shadow.png
Ratchet & Clank 2016-04-12 PlayStation 4 One of the unlockables in the game lets you change the bolts, which is the collectable currency in the game, into currency from other games. One of which being rings (called "Adorable Toruses" in the game). References RatchetClank2016 PS4 AdorableToruses Rings.png
Dengeki Bunko Crossing Void 2016-04-26 iOS, Android One of the music tracks reused from Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is the arrangement of Seaside Hill's theme titled "Seaside B-Field". Notavailable.svg
Death Road to Canada 2016-07-22 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC If a character with very high dexterity (movement speed) makes it to Canada, they will reference a Sonic quote or mention Sonic or Dr. Robotnik during the epilogue. In addition, one of their possible epilogues states that they earned the nickname "Sonic the Hedgehog". References DeathRoadtoCanada PC Sonic.png
Starbound 2016-07-22 Windows PC, macOS PC, Linux PC Players can enable the "Sonic Sphere" tech to transform into a ball and perform a Spin Dash-like ability by holding the transformation button. Additionally, the Spikefist Mech Arm item is taken directly from Dr. Eggman's Death Egg Robot. References Starbound PC SonicSphere.png

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016-08-23 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC Boxes of a fictional Knuckles the Echidna spin-off game called Knuckles & Knuckles & Knuckles can be found on a shelf. Deus Ex Mankind Divided Knuckles cameo.jpg
Monster Super League 2016-09-04 iOS, Android In 2019, an event called Monster Super League X Sonic Festival was announced, where Sonic, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles, Shadow, and Silver can be collected as Astromons. References MonsterSuperLeague iOS Sonic promo.jpeg
Persona 5 2016-09-15 PlayStation 3 The description for the item Sonic Socks, an equippable accessory available through television shopping, reads, "Socks that let one run as fast as a hedgehog." References Persona5 PS3 SonicSocks.jpeg
PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator 2016-09-29 iOS, Android One of the unlockable items is a shelf of collectibles, among which is a boxed figurine of Sonic the Hedgehog. References TuberSimulator iOS Sonicfigurine.jpeg
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 2016-12-08 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC Dreams of an Absolution is used as background music in certain buildings. Notavailable.svg
Pac-Man 2016 iOS, Android As part of a February 2018 cross promotion with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise (in which Pac-Man became a playable character in Sonic Dash) a Sonic themed maze pack titled "DASH!" became available for play. The mazes were designed to resemble Green Hill Zone, with Pac-Man being replaced by a sprite of Sonic. The ghosts were replaced with red, orange, blue, and pink Moto Bugs while Rings replaced Pac-Dots, Item Boxes replaced Power Pellets, and animal friends replaced bonus items. The maze was only available until March 20, 2018, unless players managed to beat each maze beforehand. References PacMan2016 iOS Sonic.png
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 2017-01-12 PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita During the fourth Class Trial, Monokuma indirectly references how Sonic the Hedgehog always loses his rings when taking damage, and his hate for the character's games. He also says "I hate that Hedgehog!", a common catchphrase used by Dr. Eggman in various Sonic media. The official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account later replied to Monokuma's opinions in agreement.[17] References DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony PS4 Ihatethathedgehog.jpeg
Gem Smashers 2017-02-24 PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bom returns in the game's remake, boasting the same superior speed and Sonic-like design.[14] References GemSmashers Switch Bom.webp
Macbat 64: Journey of a Nice Chap 2017-03-17 Windows PC, Nintendo Switch In the level "Strangely Familiar Jungle", there is a warp that leads to a flooded city and beach resembling Station Square and Emerald Coast. In this area, a green anthropomorphic animal says, "Aw yeah, this is happening! I'm the fastest fisher in the world" - a reference to Sonic's first line in Sonic Adventure. Another character resembling Dr. Eggman mentions taking over the world with their flying masterpiece. Notavailable.svg
Yooka-Laylee 2017-4-11 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC A move Yooka uses called "Reptile Rush" is described as "ssspindash just like ssspeedy gaming icon". References YookaLaylee PC ReptileRush.png
Neon FM 2017-04-13 iOS, Android Two music tracks from Sonic Mania, "Friends" and "Time Trials", appear as in the game as purchasable tracks.
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Cuphead 2017-09-29 Windows PC, Xbox One One of the game's earlier enemies is a blue, spiky-haired creature wearing red shoes, which runs towards the player with its arms dangling being its body. A later boss fight, Dr. Kahl's Robot, features an appearance from the eponymous Dr. Kahl: a Dr. Eggman-type villain who flies in a machine similar to the Egg Mobile and attacks with a magic diamond. References Cuphead PC Sonicenemy.png

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Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare...! 2017-10-19 iOS, Android Dr. Eggman is featured as an exclusive boss in the game's mobile remake. References HanjukuHero iOS DrEggman.png
Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back 2017-10-31 Windows PC, PlayStation 4 Official artwork depicts Bubsy mimicking Sonic's trademark pose from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Additionally, the game's launch trailer depicts Bubsy answering the door to a child wearing a Sonic costume. References BubsyTheWooliesStrikeBack PC Sonicpose.png
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Daytona Championship USA 2017 Arcade Sonic appears once again in a stone mountain on the Three-Seven Speedway course, this time in his post-Sonic Adventure design. References Daytona3ChampionshipUSA ARC Sonicrock.png
Sega Slots 2018-01-18 iOS, Android Sega Slots contains two slot machines based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The Sonic the Hedgehog machine features Sonic chasing Dr. Eggman through Green Hill Zone to save the captured animals while earning payouts along the way. The "Sonic Casino Nights" machine features a "spin-to-win" mechanism like the one found in Casino Night Zone. References SegaSlots iOS Sonic.png
D×2: Shin Megami Tensei Liberation 2018-01-22 iOS, Android A collaboration with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was announced on May 28, 2021, in honor of the series' 30th anniversary. Sonic is available as a 4-star demon, and boasts high stats during battle. References SMTLiberationDx2 iOS Sonic promo.jpeg
Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning 2018-03-31 Windows PC, macOS PC, Linux PC While the majority of the game is directly inspired by the surreal presentation of Sonic's Schoolhouse, the appreciation .gif of Baldi giving a thumbs up (released in celebration of the game reaching over 100,000 downloads in 2018), is a direct reference to Schoolhouse's level clear screen. References BaldisBasics PC SonicSchoolhouse.jpeg
Kyoutou Kotoba RPG Kotodaman 2018-04-16 iOS, Android Sonic, Dr. Eggman, and Shadow are featured as playable characters, all fully-voiced by their respective voice actors. As part of Sega of Japan's promotion of the Sonic the Hedgehog film, Sonic was added as a playable character on March 19, 2020. References KyoutouKotobaRPGKotodaman iOS Sonic promo.png

References KyoutouKotobaRPGKotodaman iOS Sonic promo 2.jpeg
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight 2018-05-24 PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita The character Morgana is able to wear a Sonic the Hedgehog costume. References Persona5DancingInStarlight PS4 Soniccostume promo.jpeg
Two Point Hospital 2018-08-29 Windows PC Arcade Machine objects sport SEGA logos on their sides, display a loop of the Flying Battery Zone on their screens, and play Sonic sound effects and music when used. Patients afflicted with the "8-Bitten" condition express boredom with a leaning-forward foot tap and shake of a finger. References TwoPointHospital PC Sonic.jpeg
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2018-12-07 Nintendo Switch Sonic is a playable character. SuperSmashBrosUltimate Switch CharacterSelectScreen.png
Super Neptunia RPG 2018-12-20 PlayStation 4 One of the swords that Neptune can equip is named Omochao. References SuperNeptuniaRPG PC Omochao.png
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game 2019-07-24 PlayStation 4 A performer wearing a Sonic the Hedgehog sports-mascot costume is prominently featured in many parts of the game.[18] Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game PS4 title.png
Fist of the North Star: Legends ReVIVE 2019-09-05 iOS, Android From June 18 to July 5, 2021, Sonic the Hedgehog was available to unlock as a playable character.
References HokutonoKenLegendsReVIVE iOS Sonic promo.png
Ulala: Idle Adventure 2019-09-11 iOS, Android From May 24 to June 22, 2021, a crossover event with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was held, where players could control Sonic through a rainbow-themed level, with gameplay similar to Sonic Dash. Sonic and Dr. Eggman-themed cosmetics for their avatar.
References UlalaIdleAdventure iOS Sonic promo.png
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD 2019-10-28 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC Classic Sonic can be unlocked as a playable character. Instead of Bananas, he collects Rings. References SuperMonkeyBallBananaBlitzHD PC Sonic.jpeg
Persona 5 Royal 2019-10-31 PlayStation 4 The description for the item Sonic Socks, an equippable accessory available through television shopping, reads, "Socks that let one run as fast as a hedgehog." Notavailable.svg
Yakuza: Like A Dragon 2020-01-16 PlayStation 4 In the exam quiz minigame at Ounabara Vocational School, the SEGA Proficiency Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams each feature one Sonic the Hedgehog question which can be randomly chosen for the player to answer. Additionally, an instrumental version of the song "Open Your Heart" is featured as unlockable background music on the in-game Sonic Soundtrack CD. Notavailable.svg
Bryce's Movement Engine¹ 2020-01-17 Windows PC A hidden area contains the words "WHO IS BRY" spelled in Rings atop a Sonic-esque tiled floor, while another features phrases presented through Mega Drive-era Sonic series stage introductions. References BrycesMovementEngine PC Rings.png
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix 2020-02-13 Nintendo Switch Hatsune Miku has an unlockable Sonic the Hedgehog costume she can wear. References HatsuneMikuProjectDIVAMegaMix Switch Soniccostume.jpeg
Persona 5 Strikers 2020-02-20 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch The description for the item Sonic Socks, an equippable accessory available through television shopping, reads, "Socks that let one run as fast as a hedgehog." References Persona5Strikers PC SonicSocks.jpeg
Black Mesa 2020-03-06 Windows PC, Linux PC On a whiteboard where Black Mesa scientists are proposing names for the Houndeye creature, the name "Sonic the Bull Dog" is suggested. References BlackMesa PC SonictheBullDog.png
KartRider Rush+ 2020-05-12 iOS, Android A number of Sonic the Hedgehog characters appear as racers, with most running on-foot as opposed to the go-karts of other racers. Playable characters include Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Dr. Eggman, and a Chao. Sonic is the only one who can be unlocked for free by completing in-game missions and collecting shards. Tails and Chao are available through the Season Pass, Knuckles and Shadow can be unlocked with Red Star Rings, and Dr. Eggman is unlocked after unlocking all the characters in the series.

The game also added cosmetic items related to Sonic, which could be unlocked by entering a special code which would be valid until May 3, 2022.

References KartRiderRushPlus iOS Sonic promo.jpeg
Earth UFO Catcher 2020-06-03 HTML5 The 2020 web browser game Earth UFO Catcher features prizes taken from Sega's various popular game franchises, including Sonic the Hedgehog. Notavailable.svg
Ninjala 2020-06-24 Nintendo Switch From September 23 to October 21, 2020, a Ninjala x Sonic Collab took place in which various items including costumes, stickers and Gum Utsusemi based on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman were available to purchase from the in-game cosmetics shop.[19] Ninjala Switch SonicCollab.png
Ears of the Killer 2020-06-30 Windows PC ZZ proposes selling an "Orgone Videogame Entity" to increase company profits - which is actually an old Sonic the Hedgehog figurine with a spiral drawn on it.
References EarsoftheKiller PC OrgoneVideogameEntity.png
Evan's Remains 2020-07-11 Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Android During Dysis' interrogation of Andre, the later begins to nervously sing the lyrics to "Can You Feel the Sunshine" from Sonic R. The lyrics are kept in English for the Spanish and Italian translations, but are completely translated for the French, Russian, Brazilian Portugese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean translations. References EvansRemains PC CanYouFeeltheSunshine.png
Fall Guys 2020-08-04 PlayStation 4, Windows PC There is an unlockable outfit of Sonic for the player's Fall Guy, costing five crowns to unlock.[20] Later, a Knuckles outfit was also added.[21] References FallGuys PC Soniccostume.jpeg

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The Henry Stickmin Collection 2020-08-07 Windows PC In Stealing the Diamond, Henry can use an item similar to a Shield. In another path, when Henry chooses a mushroom, a Ring can be seen. In Infiltrating the Airship, Henry uses a machine called the Robo Helper that resembles Tails. In the same game, choosing the Boost option during one of the paths has the Fail prompt state "Gotta Go Fast". In Fleeing the Complex, Henry can use a Spring. In another path, he can use Power Sneakers. In Completing the Mission, Henry breaks a teleporter which transports him to many places, including Green Hill Zone. Finally, in the same path, Henry can attempt a "super transformation", only for it to fail (instead performing an Insta-Shield) because he does not have "six more Emeralds." References HenryStickminCollection PC PowerSneakers.png
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time 2020-10-02 PlayStation 4, Xbox One In the final Flashback Tapes level, "The Gauntlet", Neo Cortex says "Maybe next time I'll try a hedgehog... or a bobcat... or a gecko". This is a clear reference to other 90s mascot platformers; Sonic the Hedgehog, Bubsy (the bobcat) and Gex (a gecko). Notavailable.svg
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 2020-12-08 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC As of version 1.1.0, Sonic is a playable character, with Jun'ichi Kanemaru and Roger Craig Smith reprising their roles for Japanese and English respectively. Avatars based on various Sonic characters, Sonic-themed items for Skill Battle, and Tropical Resort Act 1's music track are also included. References PuyoPuyoTetris2 PC Sonic.jpeg
Exponential Idle 2020 iOS, Android The game awards the "Gotta Go Fast" achievement for reaching 2.5x speed with the acceleration button (requiring approximately 7 minutes of holding the button down.)[2] Notavailable.svg
Cookie Run: Kingdom 2021-01-19 iOS, Android From September 17 to October 16, 2021, a special crossover event was held which allowed players to run through Green Hill Zone in a special story event featuring Sonic and Tails as Cookies teaming up with the Cookies to defeat Dr. Eggman. Collecting the seven Chaos Emeralds would unlock Sonic Cookie and Tails Cookie as team members, and Sonic-themed kingdom decorations could be unlocked.
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Antonball Deluxe 2021-03-05 Windows PC Snick, a Sonic the Hedgehog parody from Pizza Tower, appears as a playable character in the SAGE 2020 demo of Antonball Deluxe. References AntonballDeluxe PC Snick SAGE2020.png
Balan Wonderworld 2021-03-26 Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One In the opening movie, when Balan runs, his feet make a exaggerated spinning motion like that of Sonic's from the original Mega Drive games. He also makes a pose similar to the artwork from Sonic Adventure.

Additionally, the playable character Leo has spiky hair which resembles Sonic's spines. Also, when the Chrono Bunny costume is equipped, the player performs Sonic's signature finger wagging.

References BalanWonderworld PC SonicAdventurepose.jpeg
Monster Hunter Rise 2021-03-26 Nintendo Switch A number of Sonic-series cosmetic items and armors have been released which allow players to dress as Sonic, Tails, and more.[21] References MonsterHunterRise Sonic.png
Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat 2021-04-02 iOS In July 26, 2022, update 1.8.0 added a music track named "Sonic the Hedgehog Medley" (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ メドレー), a mashup of Masato Nakamura's Title Screen, Green Hill Zone, Invincible, and Stage Clear tracks, along with numerous sound effects, all taken from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. References TaikonoTatsujinPopTapBeat iOS Sonicmedley.png
Skullgirls 2021-04-10 PlayStation 3 A number of characters have alternate palettes based on characters in the Sonic franchise. Fukua's default palette is based on the green, glitched version of Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (which later inspired Surge the Tenrec), and one of her alternate palettes is based on Shadow the Hedgehog. Big Band has an alternate palette based on Big the Cat, Annie has one based on Cream the Rabbit (with a Cheese-themed Parasite Sagan), and Umbrella has one based on Amy Rose (with a Piko Piko Hammer-themed Living Weapon Hungern). Black Dahlia also has an alternate palette based on Sonic 2's glitched green Sonic, but this time drawing inspiration from the newly-created character of Surge the Tenrec directly. Notavailable.svg
Skullgirls Mobile 2021-04-10 iOS, Android The character Annie was introduced to the game on October 19, 2020. In a similar vein to characters from the original game, one of her palettes is a reference to a Sonic character, in this case Cream the Rabbit, with her Parasite Sagan being based on Cheese. References SkullgirlsMobile iOS Annie Cream.png
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis 2021-06-09 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam, Epic Games Store To mark the release of Sonic Colors: Ultimate, a crossover event was held from September 1 to September 29, 2021. Login bonuses and other collaboration items included stamps originally from Line's Sonic: Easy to Use Stickers set, and Sonic-themed cosmetics and emotes for players to use. In addition, after the conclusion of a Twitter campaign held by the official Phantasy Star Online 2 accounts, a Tails Doll Mag Form item was made available to all players. Both Sonic and Tails make appearances during the event. References PSO2NewGenesis PC SonicTails.png
PICROSS S MEGA DRIVE & Master System edition 2021-08-05 Nintendo Switch Several puzzles depict characters and items from the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, including the Spin Attack, Item Box, Metal Sonic, Master Emerald, Super Sonic, Ring, Signpost, Blue Sphere, Amy Rose, and a Bumper. The second set of Clip Picross puzzles is based on the title screen for the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
Fun Run 2021-09-05 iOS, Android Players can purchase an item called "Sanik", which is a pair of Sonic's shoes. References FunRun Android Sanik.png
Deltarune: Chapter 2 2021-09-17 Windows PC, macOS In the game's second chapter, an enemy named Mauswheel says the line, "(Rolling around at the speed of mouse...)", a direct reference to the song "Escape from the City" from Sonic Adventure 2. References PC Deltarune Rollingaround.png
Lost Judgment 2021-09-24 PlayStation 5, Windows PC A playable Sonic the Fighters cabinet appears among a number of other Sega arcade classics.[18] References LostJudgment PS5 SonictheFighters.jpeg
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania 2021-10-05 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC Both Sonic and Tails can be unlocked as playable characters. The two also appeared in the animated launch trailer for the game, and are depicted based on Tyson Hesse's Sonic Mania style. References SuperMonkeyBallBananaMania PC SonicTails 2.jpeg

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Forza Horizon 5 2021-11-09 Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X In the Hot Wheels Academy, there is an Expert Rank mission named "Green Thrill Zone"; a pun on the name Green Hill Zone. Notavailable.svg
Mission in Snowdriftland 2021-12-01 Windows PC In the Steam release of the game, the artifact recovered in level 17 is the Hedgehog Ring, which is based on the Rings from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
MissionInSnowdriftland PC HedgehogRing.png
Buck Up And Drive! 2022-01-10 Windows PC One of the random environments in the game is Green Hilltop, which is based on Green Hill Zone and similar levels in the Sonic series. BuckUpAndDrive PC GreenHilltop.png
Roblox - Nickverse 2022-03-31 iOS, Android, Windows PC, macOS, Xbox One An update to the game brought the addition of a Sonic-themed obstacle course in promotion of the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2. References Roblox Nickverse PC Sonic2film.jpeg
Pizza Tower 2023-01-26 Windows PC The 2023 indie PC game Pizza Tower is littered with numerous homages to pop culture, video games included. The protagonist Peppino can perform a taunt move which pays homage to Sonic's circular pose on the cover of Sonic Adventure. Peppino's uncanny clone Fake Peppino, encountered later in the game, is able to perform the same taunt.[22]

The music track "Pumpin' Hot Stuff" uses a number of musical motifs inspired by Sonic CD's soundtrack, such as the repeating siren sample which begins "Stardust Speedway 'B' Mix" and the construction of melodies using orchestra hits from "Metallic Madness 'G' Mix". Additionally, the track "Move It, Boy" is composed almost entirely around the original "Work That Sucker to Death" sample featured in Sonic CD's "Boss!!!"
, and the tracks "Tropical Crust" and "Tubular Trash Zone" (the latter of which is an allusion to Zone names) feature the original "C'mon!" sample from the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 soundtrack.
Most well known, however, is the character Snick. A demo released during SAGE 2019 introduced a character called Snick the Porcupine, a parody of Sonic who runs his own version of SAGE that Peppino accidentally attends instead of the real SAGE. Completing all three of the levels in the demo will unlock the Snick Challenge, where Peppino must get through all three levels under a 10-minute time limit while being chased by Snick.exe, and completing it will unlock Snick as a playable character. Snick is shorter than Peppino and can achieve mach speeds without holding the dash button (the dash button instead lets him do a Super Peel Out), however he will lose all his points when hit (akin to losing Rings) and dies when hit with 0 points.

Originally intended for the SAGE 2019 demo, Snick made cameos in later demos, such as dressing up as a ghost in the Noise's Hardoween demo and appearing during the Noise's boss fight in the Peppino's Xmas Break demo. In the final game, one of Gustavo's taunts has Brick the Rat become Snick, a missing persons poster for Snick can be found in the Slum, and Snick himself can be found in a secret room in Staff Only wearing his ghost costume.

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404 Game RE:SET! 2023-04-25 iOS, Android The very first promotional video for the game briefly shown a stoplight bearing the symbols of both the Eggman Empire and Sonic Team. References 404GameRESET iOS EggmanEmpire Sonicteam promo.png
Idol Showdown 2023-05-05 Windows PC One of the unlockable color palettes for Inugami Korone is based on her Sonic-themed outfit that she uses for playing Sonic games. Said outfit, upon which the color palette was based, was officially commissioned by Sega for Korone in celebration for her becoming the official brand ambassador for the Sonic franchise. References IdolShowdown PC KoroneSonic.png
Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine 2023-06-22 Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X The game's name and gameplay style take direct inspiration from the Mega Drive puzzle game Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. References DrFetusMeanMeatMachine PC MeanBeanMachine.jpeg
Skullgirls 2nd Encore 2023-06-23 Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Introduced on March 4, 2021, one of Annie's alternate palettes is a reference to a Sonic character, in this case Cream the Rabbit - with her Parasite Sagan being based on Cheese. Notavailable.svg
Samba de Amigo: Party Central 2023-08-29 Nintendo Switch Sonic appears in his own themed stage based on City Escape, and dances with Amigo to "Escape from the City" and "Fist Bump". In addition, "Open Your Heart", "Reach for the Stars (Re-Colors)" and "I'm Here" are available as paid DLC. Samba de Amigo Party Central Escape The City.png
Antonblast 2023-10-07 Windows PC A comical June 2023 trailer for the upcoming game Antonblast features the character of Anton referring to himself as a single father to a little pink hedgehog girl.[23] References Antonblast PC trailer pinkhedgehog.png
Astropede Unreleased Mega Drive Alongside a notably Sonic-like mascot character, the unreleased Sega Technical Institute game Astropede once featured a gameplay demo constructed with the platform and background graphics from Sonic the Hedgehog 2's Hidden Palace Zone. As artist Craig Stitt was the primary designer of said Zone, he recycled his graphical assets to facilitate quick construction of the demo stage, although given the project was originally intended to be part of the Sonic universe, there exists the possibility these graphics would have remained in the completed game. Astropede MD US gameplay1.png
Crazy Faces Unreleased Game Gear The first puzzle is based off the European cover for Sonic the Hedgehog.
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Half-Life Unreleased Dreamcast The unreleased Dreamcast port of Half-Life includes small cameos of Sega products in the game's breakable crates; two of the crate's debris models were replaced with a VMU and the game's Dreamcast disc. In earlier builds of the game, this disc is replaced with the Japanese Sonic Adventure disc. References HalfLife DC SonicAdventuredisc.jpeg
Hyenas Unreleased PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Windows PC Hero-Ki, a character in the game, cosplays as Sonic the Hedgehog, and has plushes of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy attached to the strap on his bag. Additionally, a Sonic keychain is seen swaying from the roof of a car, a direct reference to the character's appearance in Rad Mobile. References Hyenas PC Soniccosplay.png

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Hidden and deleted references

Game Release date System Description Screenshot
Streets of Rage 3 1994-03-18 Mega Drive Sonic appears on a billboard in one of the unused motorbike levels in the Japanese version of the game. StreetsOfRage3 MD SonicSign.png
Mega Turrican 1994-03 Mega Drive Sonic and Mario are in the VRAM tiles of the first stage, but never used in actual game. However, they are used and visible in one of the game's prototypes. MegaTurrican MD Sprite MarioSonic.png
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995-08-05 Super Famicom While the final game's Harry Hedgehog enemies eschew any meaningful references to Sonic the Hedgehog (including not curling into a ball), development scratchpads reveal an early hedgehog enemy did in fact curl into a spiny ball as an attack. References SuperMarioWorld2YoshisIsland SFC HarryHedgehogspin.gif
Daytona USA 2: Battle on the Edge 1998-05 Arcade A hidden texture loaded when booting up the game displays a photograph of an unknown Sega developer alongside a crude doodle of Sonic the Hedgehog, the name "Sega Uniparsal Studios" (an Engrish misspelling of "Universal Studios"), and Japanese text saying "Coming Soon" - a reference to the GameWorks chain of arcade-restaurants established by Sega and Universal Studios. This texture was removed in the game's later update, Daytona USA 2: Power Edition.[24] References DaytonaUSA2 ARC Games UniparsalStudios.png
Pocket Monsters Gold / Pocket Monsters Silver 1999-11-21 Game Boy Color In leaked development scratchpads for the second generation of Pokémon designs, the Pokémon Sneasel appears with an alternate design which features a distinctly Sonic-like head. References PokemonGS GBC Sneasel Sonic.png
Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution 2003-11-27 GameCube The staff Striker of Chao, a Chao-themed item introduced in Phantasy Star Online, was set to make a return in Card form as a reward from a special event. While programmed into the game, said event appears to have never happened, and the Striker of Chao Card was left unused. References PhantasyStarOnlineEpIII GC StrikerofChao.png
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007-10-31 Xbox 360 Various unused vinyl decals (located in "VINYLS.BIN") feature a neon-green Chao. References NFS PS Vinyl E6240FE8.svg

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Skullgirls 2021-04-10 PlayStation 3 As seen in concept artwork, the DLC character Robo-Fortune was going to have a palette based on Metal Sonic, which was left unused. In the final game, one of the character's pre-round introduction lines is "I will battle you as many times as it is necessary", a reference to Metal Sonic's quote when rematched by Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Generations. References Skullgirls PS3 conceptart MetalSonic.png
Pizza Tower 2023-01-26 Windows PC Alongside the bevy of Sonic the Hedgehog references which appear in the released version of Pizza Tower, the character Snick was once imagined to have a gang of close friends during development. Included are Tail (Tails), Boots (Knuckles), Shadow Snick (Shadow), Dr. Bad Breakfast (Dr. Eggman), and three unnamed representations of Amy, Metal Sonic, and the meme creepypasta Sonic.exe. References PizzaTower PC Snick gang mockup.png


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