Recently bought a Mega Drive game on the 3DS store almost 2 weeks ago mainly because it was a part of my childhood and the first game I've ever played. As soon as I saw this on the 3DS eShop I just had to buy and wanted to do a mini review on this as well, I could have posted an actual review on it but wasn't able to post an actual review on it on Gamespot so now it's a review on a blog instead.
For over the last 20 years Sonic the Hedgehog has come a long way from the 16-bit era during the 4th generation of gaming Sonic was the mascot for Sega back in 1991 and making his first debut the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis; and of course going head-to-head against Nintendo during the sales of both consoles. But now you can easily pick up this game on any console or handheld you can even pick the game in Game Collections like Sonic Mega Collection or the SEGA Mega Drive Collection, what does the 3DS version have to offer to gamers and Sonic fans out there you may ask?
Sonic the Hedgehog still offers the same gameplay as it did in the original but in the 3DS version you've got the option to change versions of the game itself the Japanese or the International version. The Japanese version includes superior but minor enhancements in some visuals in the game and providing an extra life for every 50,000 points. It looks a lot better and allows you to claim lives a lot quicker than you would in the original. For Sonic fans and video game veterans you might be tempted to tackle the tougher International version of the game but be warned that the International version retains annoying bugs, such as cruel deaths on spikes and certain enemies that have irrational hit boxes, you could say that it's a little more tougher to beat on that setting.
Another new feature being added in the 3DS version is that you can now Spin Dash in Sonic by hold the down button and pressing either buttons to pick up speed, however the Spin Dash was introduced in Sonic 2 when it was first released back in 1992 using the Spin Dash in Sonic the Hedgehog can make you reach higher places or certain places you couldn't reach in the original version especially if there is a steep hill in the way you can just speed your way to the top; or you can Spin Dash into a bunch of enemies which appear all at once in certain levels makes it easier to get pass. But you do have the option to turn it on or off before starting the game itself just like you can do with the game settings when it comes to International and Japanese.
Like the original nothing hasn't really changed since 1991 you've still got the same 7 levels but 6 of those levels will be in 3 Act Zones and if you collect more than 50 rings and make it towards the end of the level you can jump into the giant ring which leads you to a special which is where you can try and grab a Chaos Emerald without touching the Goals around the stages in a little maze. And at the end of the third Act in each of the levels you'll encounter Dr Robotnik, defeat him a few times you've completed the level and ready to move on to the next set of 3 Acts in that level. What still amazes me that the 16-bit graphics and visuals haven't changed as much since then and seeing all of this on a handheld console is impressive you can turn on or turn off the 3D on your 3DSif you wanted to plus the soundtrack is still as memorable as ever from Green Hill Zone up to Star Light Zone, yet another extra being added you can now level select at the start of the game instead of putting in the classic cheat code at the title screen.
Picking up the 3DS version of Sonic the Hedgehog is worth the purchase for both new comers and the fans of the series will get a kick out of it, but the original version which was on the Sega Mega Drive still shouldn't be ignored because the game itself is a classic and should be played by everyone and it gives a great example how well games were during the 16-bit era of gaming back in the 90's. This still delivers cautious gameplay rather than the speedy creativity which has been used in other Sonic games on other consoles and systems, there are some memorable moments but if you've played Sonic the Hedgehog on past systems and consoles you won't find much else in this version on the 3DS but it's still highly recommended for fans for those looking for something retro on their 3DS.