There were a lot of cool things about the early 90s, but few made the impact on gaming that one spiky blue mammal did. Sonic the Hedgehog was SEGA's flagship product, and that original game was (and still is) amazing. Well, at GDC today SEGA broke the news that the original Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to Android in April. What's more, it has been completely remastered to be native on Android. My nerd heart sings, friends.

Update 4/9/13: Gameplay video.

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Sonic was great because of the incredible sense of speed – something so few games (including recent Sonic titles) have managed to replicate. The simplicity of the controls and gameplay make it a no-brainer for mobile devices. Now you may be thinking this sounds like a lot of bother for a game you can go and fire up in an emulator right now, but the experience is sure to be better. The best case scenario with an emulator is a control scheme and responsiveness just this side of tolerable. The official Sonic is going to know you have a touchscreen phone instead of overlaying clumsy Genesis buttons.

In addition to the original Sonic game, SEGA stated Sonic 2 is on the schedule, but didn't offer any specifics on that. So if you were a Tails fan (hahaha), you'll just have to wait. Video of gameplay has been promised, so check back later for that.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • wewewi

    Blast Process this!

  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    Time to juice!

  • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

    I hope it comes with spin dash like other recent remakes for this game, it sure is a pain to play this game without spin dash...

  • Genaro

    I really hope they release sonic 3 and knuckles. My favorite sonic title of all time, that game deserves the same treatment sonic CD got.

    • HBK

      Seriously, I would love that. One of my favourite Sonic games from my childhood. Every time I even hear 'Sonic', I think of that.

    • arcadia

      I prefer they port Sonic Adventure, Heroes, Colors, and Generations to Android.
      that would be super awesome.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      I'm hoping for a Sonic & Knuckles version that you can plug the other Sonic games into!

  • http://twitter.com/SyntaxTerror Ian Triggs

    I've bought enough Sonic games on Android now. In every case the controls are horribly unusable and I end up pressing down or up while I'm trying to walk right.

    Having said that, Sonic 1 was always my favourite and I don't miss spin dash. The best levels are all in Sonic 1.

  • Yosef

    ... it will probably come out the same day as Crazy Taxi... ie: it won't

  • Jake

    I would buy it, but I already have the emulator on my phone with this game!

  • http://twitter.com/xionone xion_one

    Sorry Sega. The retro goodness can't cure the years of terrible remakes and the bastardization you put the franchise through.

  • Steven Biollo

    Just use an emulator....

    • Genaro

      I do! But I liked the Sonic CD treatment on Android... the widescreen resolution looks really neat, and the bonus play as tails was great. As I said, I would love the same thing done with S3andK.

  • primalxconvoy

    Just use an emulator... with a joypad.

  • EMullins

    $2.99 for a game that came out in 1991? That's a pretty ridiculous price. All of these Genesis games should be 99 cents.

    • Thomas Bernstein

      Three dollars for an entire game is too much? Seriously? You can't even get a decent meal from a fast food restaurant for that much.

      • EMullins

        An entire game from 1991? That was sold for millions back in those days? That has a ROM that I just Googled and has a filesize of 374KB? That I can emulate and play on any device in a matter of seconds?


        • http://twitter.com/curthick Curtis Hickman

          ungrateful. i think you've become extremely spoiled with technology. sonic was and still is an awesome game! worth every penny. just because ROMs are out there doesn't make it legal for you to get them

          • swag

            Doesn't make it legal, but he can choose to do whatever he wants fanboy.

  • onpoint G

    Off topic I would go CRAZY if the manage to have sega channel

  • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

    Patiently waiting for Sonic adventure 2,just let me rise some chaos babies in peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lukasz.rygal Łukasz Rygał

    I hope Taxman will add something new to his sonic 1 & 2 just like in his sonic cd remake .

  • loquarr

    April, hmmm...?