List of Sonic Team games

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Sonic Team is a Japanese video game development division of Sega. The initial team was composed of developers from Sega's Consumer Development division, including programmer Yuji Naka, artist Naoto Ohshima, and level designer Hirokazu Yasuhara. The team took the name Sonic Team in 1991 with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis. The game was a major success, and started the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.

The next several titles were developed by Naka and Yasuhara in America at Sega Technical Institute, while Ohshima worked on Sonic CD in Japan. In late 1994, Naka returned to Japan to become the head of CS3, later renamed R&D #8. During this time, the division was branded with the Sonic Team name but also developed games that do not feature Sonic, such as Nights into Dreams (1996) and Burning Rangers (1998). Following the release of Sonic Adventure in 1998, some Sonic Team staff moved to the United States to form Sonic Team USA and develop Sonic Adventure 2 (2001). With Sega's diversification of its studios, R&D #8 became Sonic Team in 2000, with Naka as CEO and Sonic Team USA as its subsidiary. Sega's financial troubles led to several major structural changes in the early 2000s, the United Game Artists studio was absorbed by Sonic Team in 2003, and Sonic Team USA became Sega Studios USA in 2004. After Sammy Corporation purchased Sega in 2005, Sonic Team was restructured to become Sega's GE1 research and development department, and later, CS2. As of 2019, Sonic Team is a team within CS2.

In addition to the Sonic series, the company has developed other games for Sega, such as Nights into Dreams (1996) and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (2003).[1][2] The 1991 release of Sonic the Hedgehog is considered significant in video game history, as it increased the Sega Genesis's sales and Sega displaced Nintendo as the leading video game company.[3] Some of Sonic Team's games, such as the Genesis-era Sonic games and Nights, are considered by critics to be among the greatest video games of all time.[4][5]

List of games[edit]

Title Platform(s) Release date JP NA PAL Co-developer(s) Notes Ref(s)
Sonic the Hedgehog Sega Genesis June 23, 1991 Yes Yes Yes [6]
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sega Genesis November 21, 1992 Yes Yes Yes Sega Technical Institute[7] [6]
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sega Genesis February 2, 1994 Yes Yes Yes Sega Technical Institute[7]
Sonic & Knuckles Sega Genesis October 18, 1994 Yes Yes Yes
Ristar Sega Genesis February 16, 1995 Yes Yes Yes
Nights into Dreams... Sega Saturn July 5, 1996 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic 3D Blast Sega Genesis November 5, 1996 No Yes Yes Traveller's Tales
Sega Saturn November 20, 1996 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Jam Sega Saturn June 20, 1997 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic R Sega Saturn November 18, 1997 Yes Yes Yes Traveller's Tales
Microsoft Windows November 11, 1998 Yes Yes Yes
Burning Rangers Sega Saturn February 26, 1998 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast December 23, 1998 Yes Yes Yes
GameCube June 17, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows December 18, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
ChuChu Rocket! Dreamcast November 11, 1999 Yes Yes Yes
Game Boy Advance March 21, 2001 Yes Yes Yes
Samba de Amigo Arcade December 1999 Yes Yes No
Dreamcast April 27, 2000 Yes Yes Yes
Phantasy Star Online Dreamcast December 21, 2000 Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows December 20, 2001 Yes No No Enhanced version titled Blue Burst released in 2004
GameCube September 12, 2002 Yes Yes Yes Includes more content, titled Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II. A Plus enhanced version was later published.
Xbox April 15, 2003 Yes Yes Yes Includes more content, titled Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II.
Sonic Cafe Mobile 2000 Yes No No
Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast June 18, 2001 Yes Yes Yes
GameCube December 20, 2001 Yes Yes Yes
Puyo Pop Game Boy Advance October 18, 2001 Yes Yes Yes Caret House
Sonic Advance Game Boy Advance December 20, 2001 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Sonic Mega Collection GameCube November 10, 2002 Yes Yes Yes
PlayStation 2 November 2, 2004 Yes Yes Yes Released as Sonic Mega Collection Plus
Xbox Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Advance 2 Game Boy Advance December 19, 2002 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Sonic Pinball Party Game Boy Advance June 1, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg GameCube September 23, 2003 Yes Yes Yes [2]
Puyo Pop Fever Arcade November 26, 2003 Yes No No MileStone Inc.
PlayStation 2 February 4, 2004 Yes No Yes
Dreamcast February 24, 2004 Yes No No
GameCube February 27, 2004 Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Yes No Yes
Mac OS X June 24, 2004 Yes No No
Game Boy Advance July 24, 2004 Yes No Yes
Microsoft Windows September 24, 2004 Yes No Yes
Pocket PC October 24, 2004 Yes No No
Nintendo DS December 24, 2004 Yes Yes Yes
PlayStation Portable Yes No Yes
Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution GameCube November 27, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Battle Game Boy Advance December 4, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Heroes PlayStation 2 December 30, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
GameCube Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Yes Yes Yes
Astro Boy PlayStation 2 April 18, 2004 Yes Yes Yes Tezuka Productions
Sonic Advance 3 Game Boy Advance June 7, 2004 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Sega Superstars PlayStation 2 October 22, 2004 Yes Yes Yes
Feel the Magic: XY/XX Nintendo DS November 16, 2004 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Gems Collection PlayStation 2 August 11, 2005 Yes No Yes
GameCube Yes Yes Yes
The Rub Rabbits! Nintendo DS October 20, 2005 Yes Yes Yes
Shadow the Hedgehog PlayStation 2 November 15, 2005 Yes Yes Yes
GameCube Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Rush Nintendo DS November 15, 2005 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Puyo Puyo Fever 2 PlayStation 2 November 24, 2005 Yes No No
PlayStation Portable Yes No No
Nintendo DS December 24, 2005 Yes No No
Sonic Riders PlayStation 2 February 21, 2006 Yes Yes Yes Now Production
GameCube Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows November 17, 2006 No Yes Yes
Jukugon PlayStation Portable July 13, 2006 Yes No No
Phantasy Star Universe PlayStation 2 August 31, 2006 Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows Yes Yes Yes
Xbox 360 October 25, 2006 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic the Hedgehog Xbox 360 November 14, 2006 Yes Yes Yes
PlayStation 3 December 21, 2006 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis Game Boy Advance November 24, 2006 No Yes No
Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary Nintendo DS December 14, 2006 Yes No No
PlayStation 2 March 21, 2007 Yes No No
PlayStation Portable Yes No No
Wii July 26, 2007 Yes No No
Sonic and the Secret Rings Wii February 20, 2007 Yes Yes Yes
Onsei Kanjou Sokuteiki: Kokoro Scan Nintendo DS August 16, 2007 Yes No No
Sonic Rush Adventure Nintendo DS September 13, 2007 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Wii December 13, 2007 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity PlayStation 2 January 8, 2008 Yes Yes Yes O-Two
Wii Yes Yes Yes
Phantasy Star Portable PlayStation Portable July 31, 2008 Yes Yes Yes Alfa System
Sonic Unleashed PlayStation 2 November 18, 2008 Yes Yes Yes Dimps, O-Two
Wii Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Xbox 360 November 20, 2008 Yes Yes Yes O-Two
PlayStation 3 December 9, 2008 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic and the Black Knight Wii March 3, 2009 Yes Yes Yes
Puyo Puyo 7 Nintendo DS July 30, 2009 Yes No No h.a.n.d.
PlayStation Portable November 26, 2009 Yes No No
Wii Yes No No
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Wii October 11, 2010 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
PlayStation 3 October 12, 2010 Yes Yes Yes
Xbox 360 October 13, 2010 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Free Riders Xbox 360 November 4, 2010 Yes Yes Yes O-Two
Sonic Colors Wii November 11, 2010 Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo DS Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary Nintendo DS July 14, 2011 Yes No No h.a.n.d.
PlayStation Portable December 15, 2011 Yes No No O-Two
Wii Yes No No
Nintendo 3DS Yes No No h.a.n.d.
Sonic Generations PlayStation 3 November 1, 2011 Yes Yes Yes
Xbox 360 Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows November 3, 2011 No Yes Yes
Nintendo 3DS November 22, 2011 Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II PlayStation 3 May 15, 2012 Yes Yes Yes
Xbox 360 May 16, 2012 Yes Yes Yes
Sonic Lost World Wii U October 18, 2013 Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo 3DS Yes Yes Yes Dimps
Microsoft Windows November 2, 2015 Yes Yes Yes
Puyo Puyo Tetris PlayStation 3 February 6, 2014 Yes No No O-Two
Nintendo 3DS Yes No No
PlayStation Vita Yes No No
Wii U Yes No No
Xbox One December 4, 2014 Yes No No
PlayStation 4 Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo Switch March 3, 2017 Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Windows February 27, 2018 Yes Yes Yes Bitbaboon
Sonic Runners Mobile February 25, 2015 Yes Yes Yes Hardlight Discontinued on July 27, 2016.[8] [9]
Puyo Puyo Chronicle Nintendo 3DS December 8, 2016 Yes No No O-Two
Sonic Forces Microsoft Windows November 7, 2017 Yes Yes Yes Hardlight
Nintendo Switch Yes Yes Yes
PlayStation 4 Yes Yes Yes
Xbox One Yes Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Sean (2006). "Company Profile: Sonic Team". Retro Gamer. No. 26. Imagine Publishing. pp. 24–29.
  2. ^ a b Casamassina, Matt. "Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg". IGN. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "This Month in Gaming History". Game Informer. Vol. 12 no. 105. January 2002. p. 117.
  4. ^ Cork, Jeff (November 16, 2009). "Game Informer's Top 100 Games Of All Time (Circa Issue 100)". Game Informer. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "100 Greatest Games of All Time". Computer and Video Games. Future plc (218): 53–67. January 2000.
  6. ^ a b Parish, Jeremy (June 5, 2014). "Who Makes the Best Sonic the Hedgehog Games?". USgamer. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Horowitz, Ken. "Developer's Den: Sega Technical Institute". Sega-16. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  8. ^ Whitehead, Thomas (May 28, 2016). "Sonic Runners, SEGA's Mobile Release by the Sonic Team, is Getting Shut Down". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (February 26, 2015). "Sonic Team's 'Sonic Runners' Soft Launches In Japan And Canada". TouchArcade. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.