All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

The launch of Sonic Frontiers has led to the rise of many fans, old and new, who keep wondering how many games does the hedgehog have and in what order should they play them all.

Well, we have good news and bad news for each of them. Good news: the order is not really important to enjoy the series. There is no interconnected narrative since the story has always been almost hidden or secondary in favor of the gameplay. From the controls, sense of speed and gameplay feel to the music and style of each title. The bad news: there are a ton of entries in this series, so you’re going to need a lot of time to play them all,

Ahead, we’ll try to help you organize and categorize each of the games so it’s easier for you to decide what to play first. So don’t be afraid, get started as you prefer. It’s worth enjoying one of gaming’s biggest franchises, after all.

Every Sonic The Hedgehog 2D game, by release date

We start with the games that made Sonic a big deal, the sidecrollers. Here are all the 2D Sonic titles by release date:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog CD (1993)
  • Sonic Chaos (1993)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)
  • Sonic and Knuckles (1994)
  • Sonic Triple Trouble (1994)
  • Chaotix by Knuckles (1995)
  • Sonic Blast (1996)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure (1999) – Port?
  • Sonic Advance (2001)
  • Sonic Advance 2 (2002)
  • Sonic Advance 3 (2004)
  • Sonic Rush (2005)
  • Sonic Rush Adventure (2007)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (2010)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (2012)
  • Sonic Mania (2017)

Every Sonic The Hedgehog 3D game, by release date

We continue with some of the franchise’s most polarizing, yet beloved titles. Although receptions have been mixed, the 3D games have always pushed for new experiences with the character and are loved by fans, even if they aren’t the most technically accomplished. Sonic Frontiers is the latest title of its kind:

  • 3D Sonic Blast (1996)
  • Sonic Adventure (1998)
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
  • Sonic Heroes (2003)
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
  • Sonic and the Secret Rings (2007)
  • Sonic Unleashed (2008)
  • Sonic and the Dark Knight (2009)
  • Sound Colors (2010)
  • Sound Generations (2011)
  • Sonic Lost World (2013)
  • Sound Forces (2017)
  • Sound Frontiers (2022)

All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

Every Sonic The Hedgehog Racing Game, By Release Date

Much less known (but still abundant) are all the spin-offs and side games that feature Sonic and his friends using their speed to battle each other. Sometimes on foot using his extreme speed, sometimes inexplicably driving real cars.

  • Sonic Drift (1994)
  • Sonic Drift 2 (1995)
  • Sonic R (1997)
  • Sonic Racing Shift Up (2002)
  • Sonic Racing Kart (2003)
  • Sonic Kart 3D X (2005)
  • Sonic Riders (2006)
  • Sonic Rivals (2006)
  • Sonic Rivals 2 (2007)
  • Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity (2008)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010)
  • Sonic Free Riders (2010)
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2012)
  • Sonic Racing Team (2019)

All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

Main “classic” games of Sonic The Hedgehog

If you just want to enjoy the main titles of the series, it gets a bit muddy. Depending on which side of the fandom you land on, there is a “canon” storyline that can be applied to each game. Others see different timelines, sometimes guided by the many anime series that have been produced over the years.

If you want to keep it simple, we recommend going with the classic series, which is mostly made up of the early 2D titles in the franchise:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog CD (1993)
  • Sonic Chaos (1993)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)
  • Sonic and Knuckles (1994)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (2010)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (2012)
  • Sonic Mania (2017)

All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

Top Modern Sonic The Hedgehog Games

Again, if you prefer 3D games, you can try the following order:

  • Sonic Adventure (1998)
  • Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)
  • Sonic Heroes (2003)
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
  • Sonic Unleashed (2008)
  • Sound Generations (2011)
  • Sonic Lost World (2013)
  • Sound Forces (2017)
  • Sound Frontiers (2022)

All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

Every spin-off and arcade game, by release date

Playing any of these games is going to be an impossible challenge considering most of them were released as actual physical arcade cabinets that have since disappeared. However, here is a list of all official spin-off games:

  • Sonic Eraser (1991)
  • Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car (1991)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (1993)
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (1993)
  • SegaSonic the Hedgehog (1993)
  • SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter Galaxy Patrol (1993)
  • SegaSonic Popcorn Shop (1993)
  • The Game World of Sonic the Hedgehog (1994)
  • Tails and the Music Maker (1994)
  • Tails Skypatrol (1995)
  • Adventure Tails (1995)
  • Sonic Labyrinth (1995)
  • Sonic the Fighters (1996)
  • The School of Sonic (1996)
  • Sonic Mix (2000)
  • Sonic Tennis (2001)
  • Sonic Golf (2002)
  • Sonic Fishing (2002)
  • Sonic Billiards (2002)
  • Good friend Chao! (2002)
  • Sonic Bowling (2002)
  • Sonic Pinball Party (2003)
  • Sonic Battle (2003)
  • Sonic Leap (2005)
  • Sonic Speed ​​DX (2006)
  • Sonic’s Casino Poker (2007)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007)
  • Sonic Leap 2 (2008)
  • Sonic at the Olympics (2008)
  • Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (2008)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics (2009)
  • Sonic at the Winter Olympics (2010)
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics (2011)
  • Sonic Dash (2013)
  • Sonic Athletics (2013)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (2013)
  • Sonic Leap Fever (2014)
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (2014)
  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (2014)
  • Sonic Racers (2015)
  • Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom (2015)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)
  • Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice (2016)
  • SSonic Runners Adventure (2017)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (2019)
  • Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (2020)
  • Sonic Speed ​​Simulator (2022)

All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

Every Sonic the Hedgehog collection, by release date

And to close this list of lists, here is every collection of Sonic games that has been released. While these don’t include every game in the series, it’s still a great way to play plenty of games.

  • Sonic Classics 3 in 1 (1995)
  • Sonic & Knuckles Collection (1997)
  • Sonic Jam (1997)
  • Sonic Mega Collection (2002)
  • Sound Gems Collection (2005)
  • Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (2009)
  • Sonic PC Collection (2009)
  • Sonic Classic Collection (2010)
  • Sound Origins (2022)

All Sonic The Hedgehog games and what order to play them in

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