Sonic the Hedgehog must have been so busy over the last 26 years, fighting on the front lines of the Console Wars in the 1990s, signing an armistice with a mustachioed plumber after the Dreamcast died, even continuing to pal up with him in extracurricular activities. Although he has often lived in Nintendo’s shadow, his games have a sense of speed and attitude that have remained unmatched up to now, even when he is starring in RPGs, pinball games, or even competing in the olympics.
1. Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
Sonic had a little hard time transitioning into 3D. Perhaps the reason was that the high-velocity speed of his 2D platforming could not be translated into 3D. Perhaps the physics of Sonic were only intended to be experienced right to left. But whatever the reason was, Sonic Adventure 2 clocks in at one of the most favorite and main series 3D Sonic game. With its three-sided storyline, weird San Francisco-esque setting, and moody Shadow the Hedgehog missions, Sonic Adventure 2 is always fun to play.
2. Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (2012)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed made a solid entry into the stuffed karts-characters-and-power-ups type of games, with some quality whips such as Sonic’s hedgehog-eared ride, MeeMee’s buggy, and memorable maps. Moreover, the character list was a little hard to beat. There were Wreck-It Ralph, Shadow the Hedgehog, Danica Patrick, and Sonic, of course.
3. Sonic & Knuckles (1994)
Back in the 1990s, Sonic & Knuckles was a very novel idea. The cartridge, featuring lock-on technology, allowed customers to alter other Sonic games by inserting them into the hatch on this new multi-use piece of hardware. Players could insert Sonic 2 into the Sonic & Knuckles cartridge, which allowed them to play as Knuckles the Echidna in the beloved sequel game. If you inserted Sonic 1 or Sonic 3 into the cartridge, other things would happen, making Sonic & Knuckles one of the first experiments of the gaming industry with post-release content.