Hello, Bulba here and I recently purchased Sonic the Hedgehog which is part of the SEGA AGES series of games exclusive to Nintendo Switch. I’m not going to lie I was pleasantly surprised with all the extra goodies they managed to pack in for $7.99 (unlike Arcade Archives…), and the port felt very well done. I know I’m a fan boy for buying Sonic 1 again, so no need to tell me. The question is, is it worth your money?
Let’s talk about the new modes introduced. Firstly, there is a ranking mode where you can compete to reach your best time possible to get the highest number in the leaderboards. I got hooked on this mode alone and I even managed to get number 15 out of all players so far. I think this alone adds a ton of value to the package, but that’s not it. You are also able to view downloaded videos of other people’s runs in the leaderboards which I think is fantastic. A ring keeper mode was added as well where you start out each act with 10 rings and you only loose half of your total ring count when you get hit. I think this is a brilliant move by SEGA as I know many kids who want to get into Sonic but find it hard.
Next let’s talk about features because there are a lot of those. Firstly there is an original manual created for the user to read and enjoy, but that’s not the fun part. The spin dash from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the drop dash from Sonic Mania were both added and can be turned off at any time. Although the drop dash does feel awkward at times to me, the spin dash works just as normal. Speaking of feeling off, the physics just don’t feel right to me. However, it is probably just that I have played Sonic Mania for 140 hours and haven’t played another classic game during that time. The port also allows the option to pick between the international, Japan, and arcade versions which is always nice. There are some very nice backgrounds and filters which can be changed at any time, including CRT and stretched screens. Finally, you also have the options to turn on or off level select and view controls as expected.
The visuals are crisp and smooth as expected no matter which filter or background you use. However, the menus stood out to me as they have a very nice feel to them which reminded me of Sonic Mega Collection on the Xbox, PS2, and Game Cube. There was also an awesome animated introduction to start out the game. This port was developed by the same team who worked on the Genesis ports for 3DS, and they are particularly well known for specializing in ports.
So, should you buy this game? It depends. If you haven’t bought Sonic the Hedgehog in years or have never bought it and want a good place to start out, I would definitely recommend this. Unfortunately if you have bought Sonic 1 many times it may not be worth the new modes to you though it was to me. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely one of the best Sonic 1 ports ever done along side Christian Whitehead’s port/remake. Thank you for reading, and let me know what you think on Twitter or in the comments below. See you soon!