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Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most mixed video game series ever to exist. Some of its games helped define a generation and are held up as all-time greats, while others are the pits of human misery and should never have seen the light of day. Where series like The Legend of Zelda have their worst games simply forgotten by history, Sonic’s biggest failures are still being laughed at to this very day.

Today we’re going to be going through the full spectrum, ranking every Sonic game from best to worst. We’re only going to be looking at platformers on home or handheld consoles though. While I would love to talk about Sonic Chronicles, doing so would open me up to including all the Mario & Sonic Olympics games, and that’s not something I’m willing to put myself through.

Still, before we dive into the depths of despair, we get to start off by talking about the best Sonic games.

Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone
Sonic 3 & Knuckles Angel Island miniboss
Sonic Rush Adventure sonic beating a mecha T-Rex
Sonic 2 Emerald Hill Zone
Sonic Frontiers promo art
Sonic Generations Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic
Sonic CD Metal Sonic fight
Sonic Advance Sonic getting all the chaos emeralds while Tails, Knuckles, and Cream watch
Sonic 1 Marble Zone
Sonic Adventure 2 being chased by the truck
Sonic Colors Underwater area
Knuckles Chaotix Metal Sonic grabbing Eggman while Knuckles and Espio watch
Sonic Unleashed the Werehog grabbing an enemy
Sonic Heroes Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in Metropolis
Sonic Forces Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic, and player OC
Sonic Adventure being chased by the whale
Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic in a palace
Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic holding a sword
Sonic Lost World Sonic tricking off an enemy
Sonic Blast Green hill Zone
Sonic 4 Green Hill Zone
Sonic 3D Blast Flickies Island
Sonic Boom, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy runnin
Shadow the Hedgehog in the city carrying a gun
Sonic 06 Sonic and Silver fighting robots