The Most Successful Sonic Game: Ranking the Greatest Achievement in Sonic's Gaming Saga

Choose the game you think is the most successful!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 07:55
Welcome, Sonic fans! Get ready to spin dash your way through the ultimate ranking of the most successful Sonic games of all time! Here at StrawPoll, we've gathered thousands of your favorite blue blur's adventures and now it's your turn to vote for the top spot. From the classic 2D platformers to the high-speed 3D action, which game will emerge as the true Chaos Emerald of the Sonic universe? Can't find your all-time favorite? No worries, you have the power to suggest a missing option and share your passion with fellow Sonic enthusiasts. So, dust off your Sega console, charge up your Spin Dash, and join us in celebrating the iconic hedgehog's legacy by casting your vote for the most successful Sonic game ever!

What Is the Most Successful Sonic Game?

  1. 1
    This game is often cited as the best in the series due to its refined gameplay, memorable levels, and introduction of fan-favorite characters like Tails.
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) is a side-scrolling platform game that was developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis. It is the second installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and follows the adventures of the titular character Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekick Tails as they try to stop the evil Dr. Robotnik.
    • Release Date: November 21, 1992
    • Platform: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
    • Genre: Platformer, Action
    • Players: Single-player, multiplayer
    • Modes: Story mode, Time Attack mode
  2. 2
    This game was a critical and commercial success, introducing 3D gameplay and a more fleshed-out story.
    Sonic Adventure (1998) is a 3D platforming game featuring the iconic character Sonic the Hedgehog. It was developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. The game introduced a new dimension to the Sonic series, offering a mix of action stages, platforming segments, and a story-driven adventure.
    • Release Date: December 23, 1998
    • Platforms: Sega Dreamcast, GameCube, PC
    • Genre: Action-Adventure, Platformer
    • Single-Player: Yes
    • Multiplayer: No
  3. 3
    A return to Sonic's 2D roots, this game was praised for its faithful recreation of classic Sonic gameplay and level design.
    Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platform game that was released in 2017. It pays homage to the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s and introduces new levels, remixed stages, and boss fights to provide a nostalgic yet fresh experience for players.
    • Platform: Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
    • Graphics: 2D, pixel art
    • Players: 1-2 players
  4. 4
    This game was praised for its colorful visuals, tight controls, and unique power-ups.
    Sonic Colors (2010) is a highly acclaimed platformer video game released for various gaming consoles. It follows Sonic the Hedgehog as he explores Dr. Eggman's interstellar amusement park called 'Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park'. The game features a mix of 2D and 3D gameplay, with vibrant graphics and fast-paced action.
    • Platform: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
    • Release Year: 2010
    • Developer: Sonic Team
  5. 5
    This game celebrated Sonic's 20th anniversary by combining classic 2D and modern 3D gameplay, and was praised for its nostalgia factor and polished gameplay.
    Sonic Generations (2011) is a 3D platforming game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. The game celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Sonic franchise by bringing together modern and classic Sonic gameplay elements.
    • Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Modes: Single-player
    • Release Date: November 1, 2011
    • Graphics: 3D
  6. 6

    Sonic & Knuckles (1994)

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    This game expanded on the gameplay of Sonic 3 by introducing the ability to play as Knuckles and connect to Sonic 3 for a complete game.
    Sonic & Knuckles is a video game that was released in 1994 as an extension to the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed by Sega Technical Institute and published by Sega. The game continues the story of Sonic the Hedgehog and introduces Knuckles the Echidna as a playable character.
    • Platform: Sega Genesis
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Players: Single-player, multiplayer
    • Release Date: October 18, 1994
    • Modes: Story mode, time attack mode
  7. 7
    This game refined the 3D gameplay of the first Adventure game and introduced new playable characters like Shadow the Hedgehog.
    Sonic Adventure 2 is a 3D platform game released in 2001 as a sequel to Sonic Adventure. It follows the story of Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends as they race to stop the villainous Dr. Eggman and his new creation, Shadow the Hedgehog.
    • Platform: Sega Dreamcast, GameCube, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
    • Developer: Sonic Team
    • Publisher: Sega
    • Genre: Platform, Action-adventure
    • Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
  8. 8
    This game introduced time travel mechanics and an emphasis on exploration, and was praised for its unique visual style and soundtrack.
    Sonic CD (1993) is a platform game featuring Sonic the Hedgehog. It was developed and published by Sega for the Sega CD console. The game's plot revolves around Sonic's mission to rescue an extraterrestrial creature named Amy Rose and save the world from the evil Dr. Robotnik. Sonic CD introduced numerous gameplay mechanics and features that were praised by critics and players alike.
    • Platform: Sega CD
    • Genre: Platform
    • Release Date: 1993
    • Developer: Sega
    • Publisher: Sega
  9. 9
    This game brought Sonic's speed to the Nintendo DS, and was praised for its fast-paced gameplay and use of the DS's dual screens.
    Sonic Rush (2005) is a platform game developed by Dimps and Sonic Team for the Nintendo DS. It features the iconic blue hedgehog, Sonic, as he teams up with a new character named Blaze the Cat to save their dimensions from the evil Eggman and Eggman Nega.
    • Release Date: November 15, 2005
    • Platform: Nintendo DS
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
    • Graphics: 2D
  10. 10
    While not as critically acclaimed as some of the other games on this list, Sonic Forces was praised for its polished 3D gameplay and use of classic and modern Sonic characters.
    Sonic Forces (2017) is a platform video game featuring Sonic the Hedgehog. It was developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. The game combines both 2D and 3D gameplay elements, allowing players to control Sonic and other characters as they battle against the evil Doctor Eggman and his robot army. Sonic Forces offers a variety of levels and a compelling storyline where players must save the world from destruction.
    • Platform: Multiple platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows
    • Release Date: November 7, 2017
    • Genre: Platform, action-adventure
    • Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
    • Playable Characters: Sonic the Hedgehog, Classic Sonic, Avatar

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Ranking factors for successful game

  1. Sales numbers
    This includes both the initial sales at launch as well as sustained sales over time.
  2. Critical reception
    The reception from critics and reviewers can indicate the game's overall quality and appeal.
  3. Player reception
    Tracking player feedback and satisfaction can indicate how well the game was received by its intended audience.
  4. Legacy
    The game's impact on the Sonic franchise as a whole, and how it influenced subsequent games.
  5. Innovation
    The extent to which the game pushed the boundaries of what Sonic games had done before, and introduced new mechanics or design choices.
  6. Longevity
    How well the game stands up over time, and how well it has aged compared to other Sonic games.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most successful Sonic game. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or game is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 196 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each game once every 24 hours. The rank of each game is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most successful sonic game

Background Information: The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has been around since 1991 and has since become a classic in the world of video games. It features the blue, speedy hedgehog named Sonic as he embarks on various adventures to save the world from his enemy, Dr. Eggman. Over the years, there have been numerous Sonic games released on different consoles, each with its own storyline and gameplay mechanics. Some of the most popular Sonic games include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Adventure 2, and Sonic Colors. With so many Sonic games out there, it can be difficult to determine which one is the most successful. Factors such as sales, critical reception, and fan response all come into play when considering which Sonic game has been the most successful.

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