Sonic DS is a tech demo for the Nintendo DS. It was shown during the May E3 convention in 2004. The UK based Official Nintendo Magazine ran a piece on it which praised its visuals as being the best on the DS, but also criticized it for having basic gameplay. The magazine compared it to being the Nintendo DS equivalent of the 100 meter button dash. Elements from the demo were used for Sonic Rush, which became the first Sonic game for Nintendo DS.
To play the game the stylus must be moved left and right quickly on the touch screen to make the character move faster. Jumping was possible by touching the top of the touch screen, but hardly necessary as there were few platforming elements and the level layouts are fairly basic and straight forward. After running for a certain distance the player will reach a new level of "Sonic Speed", which causes the screen to blur. There are multiple levels of speed attainable. The HUD on the game screen had a timer, rings, and a bar on the bottom which indicated distance from the finish line. After passing the finish line a ranking is given which is based off the achieved Max Speed, Rings, and the time taken to finish the course. A splash screen then appeared afterwards with a note to "Keep an eye out for SEGA's titles on the DS!".
|Sonic games for the following systems|
| 2005 Sonic Rush 2007 Sonic Rush Adventure 2008 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games | Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood 2009 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games | Sega Fun Pack: Sonic Rush & Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll 2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing | Sonic Classic Collection | Sonic Colours |
Prototypes Sonic Rush (E3 beta) | Sonic DS
|Unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog Games|
Sonic's Edusoft (Master System)
Sonic Sports (Sega 32X)