Sonic The Hedgehog (1991) [Game Gear]

After playing and reviewing Super Mario Land again, for my next Well-Red Mage review I decided to play a game close to my heart, the 8-bit original of Sonic The Hedgehog.

I mainly played Sonic games on the 8-bit Sega systems growing up and the original on the Master System. I was going to replay Sonic 1 and Sonic Chaos for Retro Redress, but when I stopped emulating games, that was no longer an option.

However, under my new guise of The Hopeful Handheld Mage, I had a reason and the means to play the Game Gear version of Sonic 1. It was a fun trip down memory lane and I would class this review as being up there with the Super Mario Land review as being my best writing to date.

My long-term plan was to play all the Sonic games on the Game Gear and review them for The Well-Red Mage, but I hit two roadblocks. One was Tails Adventure, which I thought would be a fun review, but I really didn’t take to the game…it was slow and ponderous, not what I wanted from a Sonic game. The second road block was a much bigger one, namely Nintendo discontinuing the Wiiverse. This meant I could no longer take screenshots on my 3DS XL and this scuppered my attempts to be a handheld expert. I’ve heard the newer 2DS/3DS can take pictures via online programs, so maybe one day I’ll go back to those handheld games….

I do have a desire to play and review more Sonic games – as I said to someone yesterday on Twitter, I feel like I’ve not paid my dues by battling through 3D Sonic games. I’ll play some more in the future, but for the moment my memories of Sonic The Hedgehog will always be climbing up the waterfall level in the Jungle Zone…

The Well-Red Mage


“After all, Sonic the Hedgehog was supposed to be a game that’s only possible on Sega’s advanced 16-bit hardware, a fact Sega itself was never tired of pointing out.”
-Thomas Nickel, ‘Journal 12; Sonic The Hedgehog‘,, 2012

HandheldMage1 “The following is a guest post by the Hopeful Handheld Mage.”

After my trip to Super Mario Land, I figured that for my next handheld outing I should return to a subject I know more about – 8-bit Sonic The Hedgehog. I’m focusing on the Game Gear version (the Master System version is fairly similar though, so I will refer to it as I go along) of Sonic The Hedgehog. I feel that Well-Red Mage covered Sonic’s Mega Drive debut and origins in great detail, so there is no need to cover that ground again. What I want to discuss is, how did the blue hedgehog make his…

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Author: Gary Heneghan

I write about video games and wrestling at and moonlight as the The Hopeful Sega Mage at

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