Which Sonic game to choose? (on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5 and 4, Xbox One, Series)

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For 30 years, Sonic the blue hedgehog of the SEGA company continues to seduce young and old in many titles. However, not all of them are of good quality, nor dedicated to all audiences.

Sonic games are available on multiple platforms (consoles, mobile, and PC). In general, when the game is available on several of these platforms, it is less technically good on Nintendo Switch than on the rest because of the low performance of this console.

We explain what it is.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

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(Nintendo Switch only)

It is a compilation of mini-games inspired by the Olympic Games and featuring characters from the worlds of Mario and Sonic. A lot of reading, and dexterity to the controller needed to triumph in Olympic events.

From 1 to 4 players.

Sonic Mania

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(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Steam PC) (Compatible with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series)

A 2D platform game like in the days of the first Sonic. Very good game. Quite difficult to navigate. No need to know how to read.

Suitable for everyone.

For a 1 or 2 players simultaneously.

Sonic Mania Plus

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(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC) (Compatible with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series)

Same as Sonic Mania above, but with 2 additional characters. They can be purchased separately if you already have Sonic Mania.

A 2D platform game like in the days of the first Sonic. Very good game. Quite difficult to navigate. No need to know how to read.

Suitable for everyone.

For a 1 or 2 players simultaneously.

SEGA Ages Sonic The Hedgehog 1

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(Nintendo Switch only)

The original 2D platform game Sonic released in 1991 for the SEGA Genesis (or SEGA Megadrive if you are in Europe/Japan).

A must-see classic. Becomes quite difficult towards the end. Contains many improvements over the original version. No need to know how to read.

Suitable for everyone.

Available only on the Nintendo eShop digital store.

For a 1 player only.

SEGA Ages Sonic The Hedgehog 2

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(Nintendo Switch only)

The sequel to the original 2D platform game Sonic released in 1991 for the SEGA Genesis (or SEGA Megadrive if you’re in Europe/Japan).

A must-see classic. Becomes quite difficult towards the end. Contains many improvements over the original version. No need to know how to read.

Suitable for everyone.

Available only on the Nintendo eShop digital store.

For a 1 or 2 players simultaneously.

SEGA Genesis Classics

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(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC) (Compatible with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series)

A compilation of 50 old games released on SEGA Genesis (or SEGA Megadrive if you’re in Europe/Japan) in the 1990s.

Full of different games like action games, role-playing games, shooting games, progression fighting games. The compilation includes:

Sonic The Hedgehog 1

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic 3D Blast

Sonic Spinball

It’s a good idea in theory, it’s just poorly executed because there’s a delay when you press a button in each of the games compared to the original versions.

If you are not very demanding with the quality of the reproduction of the original games, the compilation does the trick. Otherwise go your way.

Requires knowing how to read to understand menus.

For a 1 or 2 players simultaneously.

Sonic Colors Ultimate

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(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC) (Compatible with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series)

A 3D and 2D platform game in various environments. The game is constantly changing the perspective between 2D and 3D.

This is the same game that was released for the Nintendo Wii in 2010. Now the graphics have been improved and some additional improvements have been added. If you’ve already played the Nintendo Wii version, there’s no need to buy it back.

Requires reading to understand the instructions.

Very good game, very pleasant to browse.

Suitable for everyone.

For a player.

Sonic Forces

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(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC) (Compatible with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series)

A 3D and 2D platform game in various environments. The game is constantly changing the perspective between 2D and 3D.

Requires reading to understand the instructions.

Very good game, very pleasant to browse.

Suitable for everyone.

For a player.

Team Sonic Racing

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(Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC) (Compatible with Playstation 5 and Xbox Series)

A 3D racing game with all the main characters from the Sonic series of games. The environments are also inspired by previous games. The game is sometimes filled with visual effects that make the action confusing, but you get used to it, it’s not prohibitive. Multiple difficulty modes available.

Requires reading to understand the instructions.

Very good game, very pleasant to browse.

Suitable for everyone.

From 1 to 4 players.

Conclusion: Which Sonic game to choose?

If you have a large family and as many controllers as players: Team Sonic Racing is fine.

For 2D platformers, Sonic Mania Plus, as well as the SEGA Classics Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and 2 are excellent, although a bit challenging towards the end.

Otherwise Sonic Forces and Sonic Colors Ultimate are among the best Sonic 3D platform games released to date and are safe bets.

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