Sonic the Hedgehog (lost build of cancelled Sega CD port of Sega Genesis platformer; 1992)

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Second screenshot from Mega Play issue #11.

Status: Lost

Sonic the Hedgehog is a 1991 platformer developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis. An enhanced port of the game for the Genesis' add on the Sega CD was planned but never ended up releasing.


The first screenshot shown in Mega Play issue #11.

While the American Sega Technical Institute worked with original Sonic Team members such as Yuji Naka to develop Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Genesis, a smaller Japanese Sonic Team led by Sonic's character designer Naoto Ohshima was tasked with bringing Sonic to the Sega CD. This project started out as an enhanced port of the original Sonic the Hedgehog[1] with its first appearance being at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show 1992 in a sizzle reel showcasing upcoming releases. It was teased again later that year in with a brief appearance issue #11 of Mega Play with it confirming that the game would feature enhanced CD-quality music.[2] This was the port's last appearance before being silently cancelled in favor of the team creating Sonic CD.[1]


Footage of the port from Summer CES 1992, it's possible that this is just reused footage of the Genesis version (skip to 3:29).

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