References to Sonic in video games

From Sonic Retro

Sonic the Hedgehog is a very popular character, and as such, has been known to make cameos in other games. Below is a list of a few.

Game Year System Description Screenshot
Action Henk 2015 PC There's an unlockable outfit called "Blue Blaze Henk" that's basically a Sonic costume. BlueBlazeHenk.jpg
Alien Front Online 2001 Sega Dreamcast Sonic appears on a billboard.
Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013 PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 A locker contains a checkered sphere and smaller red and blue spheres, a reference to the Special Stage in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Art Alive 1991 Sega Mega Drive Sonic appears as "stamps" to be placed. Art Alive Sonic.png
Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission Las Vegum 2005 PC, PlayStation 2, PSP 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
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II 1992 Sega Mega Drive Sonic runs across a menu screen. Senna.png
Bayonetta 2009 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U Enzo says "Even old Eggman the Destroyer gets scrambled in the end, right?". RIPEggman.jpg
Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball 2001 Arcade, Nintendo GameCube A giant inflatable Sonic floats above one of the volleyball courts. Beach Spikers YeahBaby.jpg
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg 2003 Nintendo GameCube Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and a Chao feature as hidden egg animals. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.jpg
Blue Stinger 1999 Sega Dreamcast A store is occupied by copies of Sonic Adventure.
Burning Rangers 1998 Sega 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.
Bug! 1995 Sega Saturn, PC One of the game's bonus stages features the character, Bug, racing against Sonic. Bug Sonic bonus stage.png
Chaotix 1995 Sega 32X Sonic and Tails appear in the "good ending". Knuckles Chaotix Good Ending.png
Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams 1996 Sega Saturn One of the unlockable presents is Sonic into Dreams, which sees the player control Sonic, on foot, complete Spring Valley in a similar means to Claris or Elliot in the main game.
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ChuChu Rocket! 2000 Sega Dreamcast Clear all 25 puzzles in the Stage Challenge mode, and you can have the normal ChuChus replaced with Chao (Dreamcast version only). Chaochaorocket.png
Clockwork Knight 2 1995 Sega Saturn In a hidden movie, a Sonic toy can be seen sitting on a shelf.
Cookie Run: Kingdom 2021 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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Crazy Faces Unreleased Sega Game Gear The first puzzle is based off the European cover for Sonic the Hedgehog.
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Crusader of Centy/Ragnacenty/Soleil 1994 Sega 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。」) Centy1.png
Daytona USA 1993 Arcade, Sega Saturn Sonic appears carved in a stone mountain on the Three-Seven Speedway course. Daytonausa sonic.png
Daytona 3 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.
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax 2014 Arcade, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita 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. Dengeki-Bunko-Fighting-Climax GHZ.jpgDBFC Sega stage.jpg
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, 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
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 1995 Super NES 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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F1 1993 Sega Master System Sonic is seen on billboards on some tracks.
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F1 Pole Position 2 1993 Super NES 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.
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Fall Guys 2020 PC, PlayStation 4 There is an unlockable outfit of Sonic for the player's Fall Guy, costing five crowns to unlock. Fallguyssonic.jpg
Feel the Magic: XY/XX 2004 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'.
Fighters Megamix 1996 Sega 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.
Formula One World Championship: Beyond the Limit/Heavenly Symphony 1994 Sega Mega-CD Sonic and Tails' heads can be spotted on billboards on some tracks and the background of a menu.
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Fighting Vipers 1996 Arcade, Sega Saturn In the 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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Get Bass/Sega Bass Fishing 1998 Arcade, Dreamcast, PC, Wii After a few courses you receive a Sonic lure.
Goat Simulator 2014 PC There is a goat called "Blue Streak" that can charge blue and run at great speeds.
Gran Turismo 6 2013 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. Gt6thesonic.png
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Extend 2011 PSP In celebration of Sonic's 20th Anniversary, Hatsune Miku dressed up as Sonic. An album that was given to those who pre-ordered the game featured Miku singing Live & Learn. MikuSonic in all her glory.png
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX 2015 Nintendo 3DS A Sonic statue can be bought and placed in your home. His description is "Everyone knows the blue blur. Gotta go fast!". Sonic in Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX.jpg
Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit 2012 PS3, Xbox 360, PC When Ash is given a radar, he asks "Do I look like I'm trying to collect 7 magic emeralds or something?" HellYeah7magicemeralds.png
Illbleed 2001 Sega 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. Illbleed.jpg
The Incredible Hulk 2008 PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS If the player jumps to random buildings, they can find a billboard with assorted illustrations of Sonic on it. Sonic-in-hulk-game.png
J. League Pro Striker 1993 Sega Mega Drive Sonic is seen at the Sega logo. J League Pro Striker.png
Jet Set Radio 2000 Sega Dreamcast Some graffiti includes the Sonic Adventure logo and character art.
Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football 1991 Sega Mega Drive Sonic occasionally appears on the megatron after a touchdown is scored. JoeMontana.gif
L.A. Machineguns 1997 Arcade Sonic and the Sonic Adventure logo appear as neon signs in the Las Vegas stage.
Last Bronx 1996 Arcade, Saturn, PC, PS2 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. LastBronx Sonic.png
Le Mans 24 1998 Arcade Sonic is a hidden racer.
Lego Dimensions 2016 PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U Sonic is included in the second series of characters that were released for the game. Lego Dimensions Sonic.png
LittleBigPlanet 2008 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
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 2014 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
Metal Head 1994 Sega 32X Sonic appears on a billboard in the scenery.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate 2014 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.
NBA 2K 1999 Sega Dreamcast Players can create a team called the Hedgehogs, which features Sonic holding a basketball as the logo. Nba2k hedgehogs.png
Neko Dai Suki! 1996 Sega Game Gear Sonic appears as a poster in one room.
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NHL 2K 2000 Sega Dreamcast Sonic appears on the Jumbotron occasionally.
NiGHTS into Dreams 1996 Sega 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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Ninjala 2020 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.[1] Ninjala Switch SonicCollab.png
Omakase! Savers 1996 Sega Saturn Sonic and Tails plushies appear in an FMV sequence.
OutRun 2 SP 2004 Arcade, PC, PS2, Xbox, PSP Sonic billboards and statue appear in the Casino Town course. OutRun2SP CasinoTown 1.jpg
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OutRunners 1992 Arcade, Sega Mega Drive In the intro Sonic and Tails fly in two versions of their biplane, the Tornado, and sprinkle the Sega logo. In the game, Sonic billboards appear at the side of the track. In the Japanese Mega Drive version they also appear on the Sega logo (the American publishers, Data East, removed it from their release). Outrunners.png
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium 1995 Sega Mega Drive In the town of Krup, there is a book in Saya's school called "Run, Hedgehog, Run!".
Phantasy Star Online 2000 Sega Dreamcast Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails have cameoed online numerous times.
Phantasy Star Universe 2006 PC, PS2, Xbox 360 Lobbies are decorated with Sonic statues and rings on Sonic's birthday (23rd June). PSUSonic.jpg
Popful Mail 1994 Sega Mega-CD The main character Mail examines a notice board in the game, which has a small drawing of Sonic pinned to it. Popfulmail.png
Premier Manager 1995 Sega Mega Drive Chaotix logos are available for decoration of the stadium. Premiermanager.png
Premier Manager 97 1996 Sega Mega Drive Sonic & Knuckles logos are available for decoration of the stadium. Premiermanager97.png
Pro Yakyuu GG League '94 1994 Sega Game Gear Sonic appears on a billboard.
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Pro Yakyuu Super League '91 1991 Sega Mega Drive Sonic appears on billboards above the stadium.
Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary 2006 PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP The player can unlock "Sonic-style Puyo" which resemble the heads of various Sonic characters. PuyoPuyo15th SonicPuyo.jpg
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2014 PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U, Switch, PC The player can unlock "Sonic-style" Puyos and Tetriminos which resemble the heads of various Sonic characters.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 2020 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, 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.
Rad Mobile/Gale Racer 1990 Arcade, Sega Saturn A cute Sonic the Hedgehog air freshener is hanging on the rear view mirror. It was Sonic's first appearance in a game, predating even the first title of his own series. [2] The Saturn version has more characters appearing as air fresheners. Rad Mobile.png
Ratchet & Clank 2016 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).
Samba de Amigo 2009 Wii Sonic appears in his own themed stage, and dances with Amigo. Sonicsamba.jpg
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game 2010 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. ScottPilgrim SpeedyThePorcupine.PNG
Scud Race/Sega Super GT 1996 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. ScudRace Sonic.png
Sega Channel 1994 Sega Mega Drive Sonic appears in the intro when booting up the Sega Channel Adaptor. SegaChannel MD Intro.png
Sega Game Pack 4 in 1 1992 Sega Game Gear Sonic is the umpire in the tennis game.
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Sega Rally Revo 2007 PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 A car based on Shadow the Hedgehog can be unlocked. Shadow race car.jpg
Sega Saturn de Hakken!! Tamagotchi Park 1998 Sega Saturn If a certain Tamagotchi is raised just right it grows up into the super secret "Sonictchi". Sonagotchi.png
Sega Ski Super G 1996 Arcade A Sonic statues appears in the background of the first track. SegaSkiSuperG.png
Sega Splash! Golf 2007 PC Sonic and Tails are caddies in a course based on Green Hill Zone. Sega Splash Golf.jpg
Sega Superstars 2004 PlayStation 2 One of the 12 games is based upon a Sonic Heroes-style Special Stage. Sega Superstars.jpg
Sega Superstars Tennis 2008 PS2, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii Sonic, Tails, Amy, Shadow and Eggman are playable characters. SEGA Superstars Tennis Character Select.jpg
Segagaga 2001 Sega Dreamcast Sonic appears in the intro FMV. SegaGagaScreen.jpg
Shenmue 1999 Sega Dreamcast Sonic character dolls are available. Shenmue figures.png
Shenmue II 2001 Sega Dreamcast Same as Shenmue.
Shining Force II 1993 Sega Mega Drive There is a secret battle after the ending credits on a playfield shaped like Sonic, from the Sonic Software Planning logo.
The Simpsons Game 2007 PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, DS 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
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin 1993 Sega Mega-CD In the game's ending, a carving of Sonic's head can be spotted on a cave in the background.
Spikeout 1998 Arcade Sonic appears near an elevator in one of the levels. Spikeout.jpg
Spiral Knights 2011 PC A Metal Sonic costume was given to those who purchased Sonic CD on Steam before January 31st 2012, and later became available for purchase. Tails' tails also appeared as a wearable accessory. Spiral Knights promotional.png
Spyro: Year of the Dragon 2000 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
Super Mario Maker 2015 Wii U Using the Sonic amiibo will spawn a Mystery Mushroom that turns Mario into Sonic. Sonic in Super Mario Maker.jpg
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD 2019 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Classic Sonic can be unlocked as a playable character.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania 2021 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Both Sonic and Tails can be unlocked as playable characters.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008 Wii Sonic is a playable character. SSBB Character Select.png
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 2014 3DS, Wii U Sonic is a playable character.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2018 Nintendo Switch Sonic is a playable character.
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1993 Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System An ad for Sonic appears on the windows of a bookstore in one level. In the Master System version, posters of both Sonic and Opa-Opa adorn a few walls in the third level.
Two Point Hospital 2018 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.
Toy Commander 1999 Sega Dreamcast Sonic appears on a calendar on the floor in some stages. ToyCommanderSonicCalander.jpg
Ultimate Soccer 1993 Sega Mega Drive Sonic is seen at the Sega logo, plus the menus. UltimateSoccer title.png
Virtua Cop 3 2003 Arcade Sonic appears on the tutorial screen.
Virtua Fighter 2 1994 Arcade, Sega Saturn, 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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Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution 2003 Arcade, PlayStation 2 Quest mode includes a "Sonic Cup" tournament, with a logo of Sonic with some rings.
Virtua Fighter Kids 1996 Arcade, Sega Saturn Same as Virtua Fighter 2.
Virtua Racing Deluxe 1994 32X Driving around the Sand Park track in reverse reveals a sign with "KNUCKLES" written on it. VirtuaRacingDeluxe 32X Knuckles.png
Virtua Striker 2 1997 Arcade There is a hidden MVP Yuki Chan team, which includes Bean the Dynamite from Sonic the Fighters.
Virtua Striker 3 2001 Arcade, Sega 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
Virtua Quest 2004 Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 A Sonic statue appears in the Twin Axis server.
Virtua Tennis 4 2011 PC, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360 You can unlock a tennis racket in the shape of Sonic's head. VirtuaTennis4 SonicRacket.jpg
Wacky Worlds 1994 Sega 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
WaveRunner 1996 Arcade Sonic appears on the back of a racer's lifejacket. WaveRunner.png
Yakuza 4 2010 PlayStation 3 Sonic, Cream and Cheese appear on a SEGA Changer machine in Club SEGA. Also, Un-gravitify is used as background music in certain buildings.
Yakuza 5 2015 PlayStation 3 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.
Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World 2015 Wii U, 3DS Tapping a Sonic amiibo will unlock a Sonic design for Yoshi. Yoshiwoollyworldsonicamiibo.png

Hidden and Deleted References

Game Year System Description Screenshot
Mega Turrican 1994 Sega Mega Drive Sonic and Mario are in the VRAM tiles of the first stage, but never used in actual game. MegaTurricanMarioSonicVRAM.png
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Streets of Rage 3 1994 Sega 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