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Master System version

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File Date Source Title and comments
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-07-27 Mean Machines (UK), "August 1991" "Pick it 'n' Flick it"
Short paragraph by Julian "Jaz" Rignall answering a letter written by Paul Green from Blyth about the future release of Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System, which the writer expected later that year.
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-09-13 Mega Force (FR), "Septembre/Octobre 1991" "Master System: Sonic"
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-09-27 Mean Machines (UK), "October 1991" "Sonic the Hedgehog: The Best Game Ever... is Now on the Master System!"
Short article announcing the upcoming Master System version of Sonic, with a single screenshot from an early prototype of the game.
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-07 Consoles + (FR), "Novembre 1991" "Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog"
A two-page French preview of the Master System version of the game.
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-xx-xx GamePro (US), "November 1991" "Sega PreView: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Logo-pdf.svg 1999-11-xx Supergame (BR), "Novembro 1991" "O sucesso de Mega Drive agora para Master System. Você vai delirar!"
A single-page Brazilian preview of the Master System game.
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1991-11-14 Games-X (UK), "14th-20th November 1991" "Console ConneXions: Sonic the Hedgehog"
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100
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "December 1991" "Review: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Three-page review of the Master System version by Julian Rignall and Tim Boone. The review is very positive, with the writers giving acclaim to the game's speed and graphical detail. The gameplay is also well-received, although one reviewer suggests the game is too easy.

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PAL 90% CVG Hit
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-19 Joypad (FR), "Décembre 1991"

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97% Superstar
97
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-19 Mega Force (FR), "Novembre 1991" "Zapping"

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PAL
Son: Super Graphisme: Genial Animation: Genial Maniabilite: Genial
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-21 Sega Pro (UK), "December 1991" "Pro Review: Sonic the Hedgehog"

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96% Yo!
96
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-28 Mean Machines (UK), "December 1991" "Review: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Three-page review of the Master System version by Richard Leadbetter and Julian Rignall. The review is positive overall, with praise given to the game's graphics and speed, although the reviewers criticise it as being too easy. The game is compared favourably to the Mega Drive version.
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PAL 90% Mega Game
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-xx-xx GamePro (US), "December 1991"
Reprints/translations:
"Sega Master ProReview: Sonic the Hedgehog"

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NTSC-U
Graphics: 5 Sound: 4 Gameplay: 4 FunFactor: 4 Challenge: 5
88
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "Winter 1991/1992" "Master System 8 Bit: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-12-06 Video Games (DE), "4/91"

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81% Classic
81
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1991-1x-xx Play Time (DE), "1/92" "Konsolen Spiele: Sonic the Hedgehog"

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PAL 87%
87
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-12-12 Sega Force (UK), "January 1992" "Reviewed! Sonic the Hedgehog"
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95% Master Blaster
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-12-18 Game Zone (UK), "January 1992" "Sonic the Hedgehog"
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PAL 90%
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-02 Sega Power (UK), "February 1992" "Power Review: Sonic the Hedgehog"

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96% Gold
96
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-10 Aktueller Software Markt (DE), "Februar 1992"

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11/12   10/12   11/12   11/12   11/12 ASM Hit
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-24 Game Zone (UK), "February 1992" "Console Countdown: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-xx Ação Games (BR), "Janeiro 1992" "Sonic the Hedgehog"

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NTSC-U
Gráfico: Otimo Som: Otimo Desafio: Otimo
100
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-0-xx Game Power (IT), "Febbraio 1992"

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95% Power Game
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-xx-xx Gamers (DE), "Februar/März 1992" "Master System Test: Sonic - The Hedgehog"
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PAL 1-
87
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-02-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "March 1992" "Cheat Mode: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Paragraph describing the level select code in the Master System version. This code is false however; the game contains no level select.
Logo-pdf.svg 1992-02-27 Mean Machines (UK), "March 1992" "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Article explaining how to find the Chaos Emerald and three extra lives on Green Hill Zone.
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Micromanía (segunda época) (ES), "Enero 1993"

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77
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-04-xx Ação Games (BR), "Abril 1992" "Estratégia: Sonic"
A three-page strategy guide for the Sega Master System version in the April 1992 issue (#12) of Brazilian magazine Ação Games. It covers each act up to Jungle Zone Act 1. The guide is continued in the next issue.
Logo-pdf.svg 1992-04-xx Supergame (BR), "Abril 1992" "Especial Mega"
A complete guide for the Master System game, mistakenly titled as if it was for the Mega Drive version.
Wiz 16 IL Sonic.jpg 1992-xx-xx Wiz (IL), "7/92"
Logo-pdf.svg 1992-09-xx Mean Machines Sega (UK), "October 1992"

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90%
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Game Mania (UK), "May 1993" "Game Mania Top Games: Sonic the Hedgehog"
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90%
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-07-22 Sega Master Force (UK), "September 1993" "Platform Souls: Sonic the Hedgehog"
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92%
92
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-08-05 Sega Power (UK), "September 1993"
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100
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Hobbytes (RO), "1/1994"
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82%

  • graphics-17/20
  • sound-15/20
  • animation-17/20
  • game time-17/20
82
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Guru 1994-02 HU Retrospection.png 1994-xx-xx Guru (HU), "1994-02"

Game Gear version

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File Date Source Title and comments
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-11-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "December 1991 (Go! Issue 2)" "Super Sonic Shrunk Down!"
Short news article about the Game Gear version.
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-xx-xx Mega Play (US), "November/December 1991" "GG Sonic the Hedgehog"
Cover article
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1991-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "Winter 1991/1992" "Sega Game Gear: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Logo-pdf.svg 1991-12-07 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "January 1992" "BE-Mega dog race"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-J 7/10   7/10   7/10   8/10
73
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Cover article
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1991-12-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "January 1992 (Go! Issue 3)" "Review: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Two-page review of the Game Gear version by Paul Rand and Tim Boone. The writers praise the game's graphics and speed, giving it a highly positive review.
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PAL 93%
93
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Logo-pdf.svg 1991-12-20 Famitsu (JP), "1992-01-03" "Cross review"

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NTSC-J 6/10   6/10   6/10   5/10
58
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-xx Power Play (DE), "2/92"
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81%
81
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-15 Mega Force (FR), "Janvier 1992" "Zapping"

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PAL
Son: Super Graphisme: Genial Animation: Genial Maniabilite: Genial
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-01-16 Sega Pro (UK), "February 1992" "Pro Review: Sonic the Hedgehog"

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96% Yo!
96
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Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "February 1992" "Review Crew"

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NTSC-U 8/10   9/10   9/10   9/10 Gold
88
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Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx GamePro (US), "February 1992" "Game Gear ProReview"
A review of the Game Gear version by "Rigor Mortis" in the February 1992 issue of American gaming magazine GamePro.

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NTSC-U
Graphics: 5 Sound: 5 Gameplay: 5 FunFactor: 5 Challenge: 4
96
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-02-08 ACE (UK), "March 1992" "Reviews Directory: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Short review of the Game Gear version. The writer suggest the game is a good approximation of the Mega Drive version, but complains about poor visibility due to the size of the screen, and that the game is too short.
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PAL RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
75
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-02-20 Sega Force (UK), "March 1992" "Reviewed! Sonic the Hedgehog"
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89%
89
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-02-21 Game Zone (UK), "March 1992"
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PAL 94% Mega Zone
94
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-0x-xx Game Power (IT), "Marzo 1992"

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95% Power Game
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-0x-xx Hobby Consolas (ES), "Marzo 1992" "Lo Más Nuevo: Sonic"
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PAL 94%
94
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-0x-xx Micromanía (segunda época) (ES), "Marzo 1992"

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85
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-03-05 Sega Power (UK), "April 1992"

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PAL 94% Gold
94
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-03-08 ACE (UK), "April 1992"
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RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
75
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-03-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "April 1992 (Go! Issue 6)" "The Go! Top Ten: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed as one of the ten best Game Gear games. The article mentions the game running 17% faster than its Master System equivalent, due to the handheld system running at 60Hz instead of the normal PAL 50Hz.
Logo-pdf.svg 1992-xx-xx Megazone (AU), "April/May 1992"
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90%
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-08-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "September 1992 (Go! Issue 11)" "Tipstop: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Paragraph explaining how to easily beat the Bridge Zone boss.
Logo-pdf.svg 1992-09-xx Mean Machines Sega (UK), "October 1992" "Games Index"
Mean Machines Sega briefly reviews most Master System, Mega Drive and Game Gear titles released before October 1992.

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PAL 91%
91
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-xx-xx User (GR), "Októvrios 1992" "Review"
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PAL 95%
95
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Logo-pdf.svg 1992-12-10 Sega Pro (UK), "Christmas 1992"

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96%
96
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Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Game Mania (UK), "May 1993" "Game Mania Top Games: Sonic the Hedgehog"
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90%
90
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Logo-pdf.svg 1995-08-08 Sega Saturn Magazine (JP), "September 1995" "Beep! MegaDrive readers final rating"
It continued up until then in Sega Saturn Magazine.

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NTSC-J 7.1403/10
71
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Logo-pdf.svg 1996-xx-xx Top Secret (PL), "Czerwiec 1996" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 1996-xx-xx Top Secret (PL), "Wrzesień 1996" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 2003-xx-xx Click!Konsole (PL), "Wrzesień 2003"

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