|Digital Release||PlayStation 3
December 14, 2011 (EU)
December 20, 2011 (NA)
December 21, 2011 (AU)
December 14, 2011 (AU, EU, JP, NA)
January 19, 2012
August 01, 2013
November 12, 2015 (AU, EU, JP, NA)
|Delisting||No later than June 25, 2019 - OUYA
May 20, 2022 - PlayStation 3, Steam, Xbox One (AU, EU, NA)
May 2022 - Xbox 360, Xbox One (JP)
PlayStation 3 (NA)
Mobile (Android, iOS)
Original Hardware and Compilation Releases
|Links||Sonic the Hedgehog series homepage
Sega PR confirmed to Twitter user @Tracker_TD on April 26th, 2022 that several standalone Sonic titles would be delisted from digital stores on May 20th leading up to the June release of Sonic Origins. Sega Japan released their own official statement on April 27th confirming the news and providing a few more details.
Starting as early as May 19th, some users reported that they were unable to buy or had issues downloading the titles on Xbox 360. Throughout the day of May 20th various versions of the game began disappearing as promised and by the morning of May 21st only two titles remained. As of mid-day May 23rd, the original Sonic the Hedgehog was also delisted on Xbox 360 (AU, EU, NA) leaving Sonic CD as the only title available, exclusively on PlayStation 3 in North America.
Sega had earlier confirmed that the releases of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch would remain available. As of this writing the free-to-play versions of Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD also remain available on mobile devices. The 2018 console release of Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Classics also remains available digitally as of this writing and includes Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
As Sega explained themselves, the delistings were made ahead of the release of Sonic Origins, a new compilation including the delisted titles with various additions and tweaks. However, some have noted that the Sonic Origins versions of the games are not identical to the older releases. In particular, some of the Steam versions were able to be modified with user created content and patches.
About the Game
Following the classic story of the original, Sonic CD sees Dr Eggman plan to cause chaos and take control of the future by stealing Time Stones from the Little Planet. Sonic must speed through levels and travel through time while fending off Eggman’s robots to recover the Time Stones, and save Amy Rose from his mechanical twin, Metal Sonic!
> This fast-paced game will return with brand new features including enhanced widescreen graphics, special iOS features, Xbox LIVE Achievements, PSN Trophies, PC Achievements and more.