6. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007- )
It is incredible that the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series still exists. It seems to be as random and improbable as us getting Solid Snake and PaRappa the Rapper at the Westminster Dog Show. We have continually had new games in the series, where you play as a character from either Mario or Sonic’s crew in a Mario Party-esque collection of Olympic events, ever since the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympics. We are glad they are still coming.
5. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is the second Sonic game that quickly established itself as one of the best the medium had to offer. Sega was competing with the behemoth Nintendo, with its Mt. Rushmore of mascots such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and Link, and so it’s a big deal that Sonic managed to find his own speed amongst all that greatness. The third game promised new mechanics, mostly with his furry buddy, Tails. In this version, Tails could fly, swim underwater, and you could control both characters at the same time. Although the third game isn’t as beloved as the second, it represents one of the best and most consistent runs in the history of a franchise – one that would ultimately begin to fade into irrelevancy as 3D took over gaming.
4. Sonic Spinball (1993)
Sonic Spinball? So high on this list? Can we do that? Anyone who owned a Sega Genesis must have the foggy memory of playing Spinball. That grungy sewer level, those chunky synth sound effects. Sonic was doomed to be the ball of a pinball machine for some reason, his torment was our entertainment. It was a bizarre experience, putting the little guy through the hell. But he has been through much worse. Have you ever seen him get kissed by a human woman?