Few video game characters are as iconic as Sonic the Hedgehog. The quick little blue blur has been around for more than three decades, touching every corner of pop culture along the way, from games and comics to TV and blockbuster movies. But we’re here specifically to celebrate the mainline series of Sonic games and pick out the best of them all.
Before we begin, let’s quickly touch on our criteria. We’ve tried to rank these games based on a combination of historical significance, innovation, and how well these games have stood the test of time. Some games, like Sonic Adventure 1 and the original Sonic the Hedgehog, for example, are obviously very important to the Sonic series and lay the groundwork for the 2D and 3D Sonic games to follow, but we felt like they didn’t stick quite as well as their sequels when judged by a modern standard, which is why they just missed this list.
The 10 games on this list are the ones we think are the best examples of the classic, modern Sonic style. That said, here are our picks for the 10 best Sonic games, chosen by a handful of IGN’s biggest Sonic fans.
Top 10 Sonic Games