Sonic the Hedgehog (arcade game)

From Sonic Retro


Sonic the Hedgehog
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Mega-Tech and Mega Play
Genre: Action, Racing
Number of players: 1

Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the games adapted for release in arcades using both Mega-Tech and Mega Play technology.

The Mega-Tech version is essentially the same as the Mega Drive game. The first two revisions of Sonic the Hedgehog have been used in various machines and cheat codes still work. Also, like all Mega-Tech games there is a time limit on how long the game can be played and high score table on the top screen. The time limit can be increased by inserting quarters.

The Mega Play version has a large number of differences from the Mega Drive game. First of all the second revision is used so the Scrolling clouds in Green Hill Zone are present. However, cheat codes cannot be used. 1-ups have no effect and continues are increased by inserting quarters. There are also only four Zones: Green Hill Zone, Spring Yard Zone, Star Light Zone, and Scrap Brain Zone (which is missing its final act). Special Stages are also missing and jumping into the Giant Rings only cause you to disappear. The credit roll is not used. You can also enter your initials on the High Score screen if you get a game over, either by running out of lives or finishing the game. There is also a strictly enforced time limit unique to each level. If the level isn't completed by that time you will die and the timer will be reset.

Time limits in Mega Play version

Level Time
Green Hill Zone Act 1 0:50
Act 2 1:00
Act 3 1:50
Spring Yard Zone Act 1 2:10
Act 2 1:50
Act 3 3:00
Star Light Zone Act 1 2:00
Act 2 2:30
Act 3 4:00
Scrap Brain Zone Act 1 3:00
Act 2 3:30
Final Zone 4:00

Magazine articles

File Date Source Title and comments
Logo-pdf.svg "Sega City"
Short article in Raze #8, mentioning a conversion of the Mega Drive game to arcades. Presumably this refers to Sonic the Hedgehog on Mega-Tech or Mega Play.

Physical scans

MegaPlay, EU
Sonic the hedgehog mega play ARCADE EU.jpg
MegaTech, US

Sonic the hedgehog mega tech ARCADE US.jpg

Sonic games for the following systems
 1991  Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | SegaSonic the Hedgehog     1996  Sonic the Fighters     2011  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing     2020  Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020    
 1992  UFO Mini: SegaSonic     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Popcorn Shop     1994  Sonic's Space Tours     1997  Sonic the Hedgehog AWP     2002  Sonic & Tails Spinner     2003  CR Sonic     2007  Sonic Spinner     2008  Sonic Live!