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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect port of Sonic's classic adventures
Though Sonic's original Genesis adventures have been packaged together numerous times in the past, this is the first time that these classic platformers have all been in the same place on a handheld system. With Sonic the Hedgehog 4 launching later this year, no doubt many Sonic fans will be wanting to revisit the original games, and Sonic Classic Collection provides a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sanic
My only nit-pick with this goes to the game itself and not the seller. However, the seller was great, shipped fast and the game arrived in great condition with a clean like-new box. But the game requires you to beat each of the Sonic collection in order to unlock any of the other games staring our favorite Blue Hedgehog... to me that just feels time-consuming.... but to...
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect port of Sonic's classic adventures, March 3, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sonic Classic Collection (Video Game)
Though Sonic's original Genesis adventures have been packaged together numerous times in the past, this is the first time that these classic platformers have all been in the same place on a handheld system. With Sonic the Hedgehog 4 launching later this year, no doubt many Sonic fans will be wanting to revisit the original games, and Sonic Classic Collection provides a fantastic way to do so on the go.

Included in the collection are Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. In addition, the two lock-on versions of Sonic 2 and 3 are included, so one can play as Knuckles in those games as well, which is a welcome inclusion. Sadly, the multiplayer player modes have been stripped out of all the games. Admittedly, multiplayer was never a major focus in the original Sonic games, but not even being able to have someone jump in as Tails in Sonic 2 is a bit disappointing.

Another frequently asked question is whether or not the original level select codes work. The answer, sadly, is no. It would seem that, while the codes can in fact still be activated, there is no way to access the level select menus themselves after doing so. This might be a deal breaker for certain fans, but it's an omission that many likely won't care about.

As for the classic games themselves, things are fairly solid. It must be said that the ports are not perfect. Framerate issues are present. It has to be said because they are there. However, they are very slight and after playing for a minute or two, they become nearly unnoticeable. Sonic 1 seems to chug the most for some reason. Overall, the games run fast and smooth, which is a vast improvement over the disaster that was Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis.

[UPDATE] Having recently had an opportunity to play this game on a DS lite and a 3DS, I have observed that the framerate issues vary depending on the system. This review was originally written based on the experience of playing the game on a DSi, where framerate issues are present but not prominent. On a DS lite, however, the framerate dips were more frequent and significantly more noticeable. By comparison, when played on a 3DS, the game runs nearly flawlessly, with only slight lag appearing, mostly in places where it occurred on the original Genesis. So if you're thinking about picking this one up off the bargain rack or whatever, take into account which console you'll be playing it on, as it will effect your playing experience.

In order to make the games fit on the screen, SEGA had to mess with the graphics. They use two solutions in game. First, the view has been cropped in a little, allowing it to scroll side to side slightly to frame a good view. Second, similar to the Classic NES series on the GBA, every few lines of pixels have been removed, causing all the graphics to appear slightly shorter. It's subtle, and a few distortions are visible, but when running at full speed, the compromises are nearly unnoticeable.

The sounds and music made the jump to DS just fine. Music sounds nearly spot on to the original Genesis titles, with only slight subtle differences appearing in a couple of songs. Sound effects are quiet faithful as well, but like the music, tiny oddities sometimes occur. Occasionally a sound effect will loop in an odd way that doesn't quite match the original. Overall, the games still sound like themselves, and only the pickiest of fans will notice the changes.

Beyond the actual games, Sonic Classic Collection is a bit sparse on extra features. It features a small photo gallery where artwork of Sonic characters can be viewed. This is somewhat interesting, but really is only worth looking at once. Beyond that, it's just the classic games and that's all. All the games have now been fitted with individual save functions, which is very handy. Oddly, all the menu buttons are mapped to the touch screen alone, so pausing and saving must done there, and the start button does nothing. This is not a big issue, but it takes a little getting used to, since the start button is nearly universally used for pausing.

Overall, Sonic's original adventures are lengthy and diverse, and having them all on one cart means getting some serious bang for your buck. Are they absolutely perfect representations? No. However, the problems are so slight that many likely won't even notice or care. If you're a classic Sonic fan looking for a portable fix, or if you've never had a chance to play these games and see why Sonic is so famous today, Sonic Classic Collection could not be more highly recommended.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four classic games, a few small flaws, March 6, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sonic Classic Collection (Video Game)
Sonic Classic Collection has Sonic The Hedgehog 1-3, Sonic and Knuckles, the lock-on versions of Sonic 2 and 3 featuring Knuckles, and a small gallery of illustrations. All four games look and play really well, and are for the most part really good ports of the Genesis games.

The games do have a few small flaws:
-A few of the sound effects seemed to have suffered in quality, and in a couple places they overlap and sound rather strange.
-There are a few frame rate issues, particularly in the Metropolis Zone of Sonic 2. However, the Genesis games had some slow down too, so it could be from that rather than from the port.
-There are also a few graphical glitches, most of them minor, such as a small section of pixels briefly changing colors when the screen scrolls up or down really fast. The worst thing I've seen so far is in the special stages of Sonic 3/Sonic and Knuckles, where the tiles on the floor will sometimes scroll in a jerky fashion
- To pause, you have to tap a button on the touch screen. Start doesn't seem to do anything. This isn't so much a flaw, but it is a bit annoying when you want to pause and forget that start doesn't work anymore.

Overall, I don't think these flaws really hurt any of the games, and I'd recommend this collection to anyone who wants to play Sonic on the go!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs Sonic Spinball instead of Sonic 3 Without Knuckles, March 12, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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After the failed attempt to bring The Sega Genesis Sonic classic in 2006 on Game Boy Advance with Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis, Sega finally got it right with Sonic classics collection for the DS.
Unlike Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis, The graphics stay unmodified and stay true to the original game. However there are 2 modifications, which aren't that big of a deal.

A. In the originals, When you got the Running Sneaker prize box, The music would play at a faster speed. Now, it's also at a higher pitch.
B. No 2 player options in Sonic 2 or sonic 3
AT least with this release, the game play and graphics stay true to their original Format

PROS
1. Sonic 2 and 3 with Knuckles come pre-unlocked, where as in Sonic Mega Collection Plus, you have to unlock them.
2. Save feature. Save, Exit out and start back up again
3. Unmodified game play and graphics

CONS
1. Sonic 3 without Knuckles - Here's my issue. Sonic Spinball should have taken it's place. On Sonic 3 without Knuckles, You can play as Sonic, Tails or Sonic With Tails. With Knuckles, these 3 options are still there. Knuckles is an additional 4th option. So Putting The standard Sonic 3 was a waste of space when Sonic Spinball could have easily taken place

2. Genesis Sonic titles only. Unlike Sonic Mega Collection Plus, That has Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Sega Master System titles, which were eventually re-issued as Sega Game gear titles. Considering a Disc probably holds more than a DS cartridge, this is an understandable con, but a con nonetheless.
3. No 2 player options in Sonic 2 or sonic 3. They could have made it possible via DS download play
4. Only the touch screen pauses the game - Kinda hard to get used to not pushing Start to pause.
5. Save feature requires you to start the entire stage over. Sonic Mega Collection Plus allows you start back up at the specific spot you saved at

With that being said, 4 Classic Sonic games on The DS, What more can you ask for?
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About time!, March 2, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sonic Classic Collection (Video Game)
It's finally nice to see these games released on a handheld that replicates the original SEGA Genesis perfectly. This collection includes the games Sonic 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles with their respective lock-on games as well. The original music is retained.

They did make a few changes which did tick me off:

1. The original multiplayer feature in Sonic 2, 3 and in the lock-on have been disabled.
2. In order to pause the game, you must select pause on the touch screen (can't use debug or cheats).
3. You cannot custom configure the buttons.

Aside from these problems, this is a great port for a portable system (much better than that Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis for Gameboy Advance, which was horrible!). If you wanna take classic Sonic on the go, this game won't let you down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At blazing Sonic speed!!!, February 1, 2013
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jdealy999 (Carson City, Nevada) - See all my reviews
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sonic Classic Collection (Video Game)
Most of you gamers probably know these Sonic titles by heart when you take notice of this Nintendo DS "greatest hits" collection. It's a slightly different feel on another platform, yet the added bonus is that you can use your stylus to do a "quicksave". (On Sonic 3, you still have the autosave feature so you really don't need the stylus to access that particular game.)

Sonic 1 is what started the whole Sega Genesis craze. I love each of the 6 zones that you can blaze through (yes, pun intended). My favorite soundtracks are the Green Hill Zone, Spring Hill Zone, and Star Light Zone. This game isn't particularly hard to beat; you just need to be able to collect at least 50 rings before clearing a level so that you can try your hand at getting all of the 6 Chaos Emeralds (or else you won't get the best ending).

Sonic 2 was a step up. Tails was introduced, and he hopped and bopped along with Sonic (although, you can also choose to go through the game WITHOUT him). The Chaos Emeralds were much easier to gain, although there were 7 this time around. The soundtrack was even better (with the ingratiating exception of the Mystic Cave Zone -- aaargh!!). My favorite zones on here are Emerald Hill Zone, Aqua Hill Zone, Oil Ocean Zone, and Metropolis Zone. This is also one of the few Sonic titles where Dr. Robotnik is VERY HARD to beat. Once you reach the Death Egg Zone, you have to defeat Metal Sonic, then Robotnik's final giant robot creation. And, you have to do all of that WITHOUT ANY RINGS!! It took me several tries to pull it off, but the best ending is worth it!!

Sonic 3 grew by leaps and bounds, graphically and musically. The level layout was much meatier, and gaining the Chaos Emeralds was even easier (you have to collect a certain amount of Blue Spheres in 3-D mode). But, the hard part is actually locating the giant rings hidden throughout each level (Hint: you can find 4 of them in Angel Island Zone alone). Sonic 3 was also the introduction of Sonic's short time rival, Knuckles. My favorite zones here are Angel Island Zone, Hydrocity Zone, and Ice Cap Zone (great music on that one!!!). Dr. Robotnik is much easier to beat at the end of this game, although his final robotic creation is quite ugly (but the boss battle music more than makes up for that).

On Sonic & Knuckles, you could play as either character. However, if you want the FULL experience, then you need to use Sonic. You can't go through the Sky Sanctuary Zone or the Death Egg Zone without him!! Getting the Chaos Emeralds is trickier this time around, and you still have to find the giant rings hidden throughout each zone (the Blue Sphere game still applies here). On the Sandopolis Zone, you can find 3 giant rings, but the locations are very well hidden. My favorite zones here are the Flying Battery Zone (you can't go wrong with the music!), Lava Reef Zone, and of course the Death Egg Zone (best music ever!). Dr. Robotnik is much harder on this game to beat. You can work through the entire level and still have rings left over, but if you lose a life, then you will have a real struggle trying to defeat him. If you've collected all of the Chaos Emeralds, you will also have one final battle with Robotnik as "Super" Sonic! And it IS a doozy.

So if you've already played the Sonic series on other platforms, then you might want to save your $20. There are some slight technical/cosmetic glitches on this particular DS version (hence the 4 star rating instead of the 5 that it truly deserves). But for anyone who HASN'T experienced Sonic at blazing speed, then you won't have a problem with Sonic Classic Collection. However, it may also be helpful to all of you to try THESE Sonic series as well:

Sonic Mega Collection (Gamecube)
Sonic Mega Collection Plus (Playstation 2)
Sonic Adventure DX -- Director's Cut (Gamecube -- features 12 unlockable Sonic titles from the Sega Game Gear series)
Sonic Gems Collection (Gamecube)
Sonic Genesis Ultimate Collection (Playstation 3/Xbox 360)

Of course, the alternative option is to download the Sonic titles on your Wii if you want to play each one at a time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic's Genesis Days: The DS Way, March 2, 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sonic Classic Collection (Video Game)
There is no doubt about Sonic The Hedgehog, and the joy that Sega has given him all throughout his lifetime. It has honestly been nearly 20 years since we've seen the bluest blur and the speed demon he has made himself show. While his days in the 3-D world haven't been as honestly strong on the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 on his games like Sonic & The Black Knight, Sonic Adventure from the Gamecube and Sega's Dreamcast days, and other titles. Still, when it comes down to his classics from the Sega Genesis days, they always have a great home with the hard core gamer. That has been shown so many times, and it is right here again for the DS whenever you deeply need a little taste of the original blue speed.

Sonic Classic Collection for the Nintendo DS, brings in Sonic from his original Sega Genesis days, now into a full light on the Nintendo DS. The game features the first 4 great Sonic speed titles, Sonic 1, Sonic 2, the dynamic Sonic The Hedgehog 3 (which hard to believe the late Michael Jackson a.k.a King Of Pop, had composed the music for but chose not to want credit for it,) and Sonic & Knuckles. The gameplay also features the excitement of Tails, as he makes his way through the action on Sonic 2 & Sonic 3, as well as Knuckles the Echidna with the hidden gameplay when you play him during Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The graphics are not bad, but try to being back the classic gameplay that was showcased well from Sonic Genesis era, but the gameplay from all of the classic levels of the game from the circus-themed Carnival Night Zone of Sonic 3, to the very first time you've played with Knuckles in the Mushroom Hill Zone. The control is very simple and easy to master through each of the challenging levels of gameplay, even when you go through the clever and quick-witted bonus levels like the 3-D sphere zones from Sonic & Knuckles & Sonic 3. But overall, you definitely get that classic feeling overall of why Sonic has been here to bring in that need for speed against Dr. Robotnik that has been 20 years of madness.

All in all, if you've never even played any of the classic games from Sonic's original era than Sonic Classic Collection would be a great buy for the Nintendo DS. If you don't own the Wii or have anyway of downloading those great games online, it would be a great addition for your DS library. I loved these games years ago when I owned the classic Sega Genesis, and I know as a hard core gamer that Sonic's beginnings are definitely always worth the money.

Graphics: B

Sound: B 1/2+

Control: B+

Fun & Enjoyment: B

Overall: B
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my son, May 13, 2014
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My son loves this collection. It's great that all his favorite games are packed together. I grew up playing sonic, and it's fun to see my kids play too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sanic, June 19, 2014
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My only nit-pick with this goes to the game itself and not the seller. However, the seller was great, shipped fast and the game arrived in great condition with a clean like-new box. But the game requires you to beat each of the Sonic collection in order to unlock any of the other games staring our favorite Blue Hedgehog... to me that just feels time-consuming.... but to each their own.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great games, sloppy ports, March 19, 2014
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So, I'm a pretty big fan of the classic Sonic games. Some of my earliest and fondest gaming memories come from enjoying Sonic 1-3& Knuckles on the Sega Genesis as a kid. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to hear about this collection. In one portable cartridge you get all three original Sonic games and their lock-on counterparts; what's not to love? The infamous Sonic 1 port for the Game Boy Advance had left me a bit wary, however this one seemed to be getting very positive reviews on this site so I went ahead and bought it anyway. Everybody makes mistakes, after all.

Simply put, these...are not the games I grew up with. The graphics have taken a huge hit in these ports. The games lag like crazy every few seconds, which is less than ideal for games like these that require quick reflexes and timely button presses. There's nothing more frustrating than getting hit or even dying because the game decides you were going too fast and slows to a crawl. I've noticed a lot of sprites and graphics flickering and going out of sync with the sound effects. Even the sound is glitchy; while playing Sonic 2, the game volume would go up and down automatically for no reason. All of these bugs would perhaps be easy enough to ignore on their own, but they all add up to take the fun out of the experience.

It's a real shame. These games are still classics that hold up well, but Sega has managed to turn them into something completely unplayable. As a result, it's hard to recommend this collection over any other (Ultimate Genesis Collection or Sonic Mega Collection, for example), portable or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game collection, February 28, 2014
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The Sonic Classic Collection is a very good port of the Sega games. It runs smoothly, and allows you to play the games as Knuckles as well. It's also possible to save at the beginning of each level in Sonic 2. I'd definitely recommend it to newcomers to the Sonic franchise and old fans as well.
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