Arguably Sonic's finest outings were, ironically, his first three games. Ironic in the fact that since then he has never achieved the same success, nor has he inspired gamers as the original trilogy had to those kids growing up in the 90's. Hell my first Sonic game was the original Sonic the Hedgehog, and I found it such a breath of fresh air.
But that was 1991, the year of the first Gulf War, the end of the Soviet Union, and the introduction of a blue speedy hedgehog. All important events in the history of the world. Almost 20 years on, Sonic has been involved in various games on every SEGA console - but nothing standing close to the original Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy.
Now my anguish comes from SEGA's reliance on the original Sonic games. The recently released Sonic Collection on the Nintendo DS. This is the latest release of the original Sonic games...and the first time all have been together on a portable system. SEGA have released various Sonic games on the GBA, but not the original trilogy without lag.
Now let's play a game, who many times have the original Sonic games been released? There's been the Sonic Compilation on Mega Drive (which only features Sonic 1 and 2..but still counts), the Sonic Mega Collection, Sega Mega Drive Collection, SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection and of course the various downloadable versions of Sonic 1-3 on XBLA and Wii VC.
With 6 copies of the same Sonic games (7 if you include the original Mega Drive carts!), why did they release the DS version? I have a few theories about this...the first is that SEGA love to remind people of Sonic's famous past, or perhaps they thought the younger generation of DS owners haven't played the original Sonic games on the 7 various formats and need to play them? Or...my favourite.....that SEGA are still milking the original Sonic games to death.
I think I'll let you guys decide :)
Update: I've been fighting Gamespot's hatred of the word "c.l.a.s.s.i.c" for about half an hour...no way for me to link any websites. Apologies, please google Sonic Collection on DS. Can't even include the word in links!