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Sonic CD
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Naoto Ohshima
  • Minoru Kanari
  • Makoto Oshitani
Programmer(s) Matsuhide Mizoguchi
Artist(s) Hiroyuki Kawaguchi
  • Original:
  • Naofumi Hataya
  • Masafumi Ogata
  • North American version:
  • Spencer Nilsen
  • David Young
  • Mark Crew
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s) Sega CD, Windows, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Windows Phone, Ouya, Apple TV, Fire TV
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Sonic the Hedgehog CD or Sonic CD is a platformer video game created by Sega. It is part of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was released for the Sega CD game console in 1993. In chronological order it is after the first game and "before the sequel." The game involves the use of a time travel system that allows Sonic to travel to both the past and the future in a level. Each zone has four variants: the "past," the "present," the "good future," and the "bad future." Each has different graphics, music, enemies, and obstacles. The game introduces two characters to the Sonic the Hedgehog series: Amy Rose, a pink female hedgehog with a hammer as a weapon, and Metal Sonic, an evil robotic version of Sonic.


Release and translation

Sonic CD was released in Japan on September 23, 1993. It was released in Europe in October 1993. The game was released in North America in November 1993.


 Reception (Sega CD)
Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 85/100
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9, 9, 8, 8
GamePro 5/5
Electronic Games 92%
Sega Magazine 87/100
Sega Pro 90%
Sega Force Mega 85%
Entertainment Weekly A-
Publication Award
Electronic Gaming Monthly Best Sega CD Game of 1993

Sonic CD received a lot of praise. The Sega CD version sold more than 1.5 million copies. It sold more copies than any other game on the Sega CD.

The graphics and sound were praised. Electronic Games said that the game looked similar to older games. They said it did not use the Sega CD's special features very much. However, they said that this did not make the game worse. They said the music was what amde Sonic CD "stand above the crowd". The reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) said the game's animated cinematics and sound were good. however, they said that the frame rate decreases during special stages.

The gameplay was liked. Sega Pro said the bigger environments and the time travel added to the replay value. They said that "the more you play Sonic CD the better it gets". However, they said they felt the game was too easy. In its debut issue, Sega Magazine said Sonic CD could be "a classic". They said the originality in the special stages and time travel was great.

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