Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD All Being Delisted in May Ahead of Sonic Origins Launch

Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD All Being Delisted in May Ahead of Sonic Origins Launch

Richard Walker

SEGA has announced that it will be delisting the digital versions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD, this May. The move comes ahead of the launch of Sonic Origins this June, which includes remastered versions of all four titles.

Sonic 1 and 2 will remain available via SEGA AGES for Nintendo Switch, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will also be playable via SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. However, the original standalone versions of the SEGA classics will be removed from the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store next month.

Sonic Origins is coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC on 23rd June, presenting Sonic 1-3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD in their original state via Classic Mode, and brimming with bonus features via Anniversary Mode. The original standalone digital versions of each game will be delisted from 20th May 2022.

  • Fuck this stupidity. Just because there is a remaster people might still be interested in playing (and buying) the originals.
    Imagine if Hollywood would completely remove every original movie after a remake.

    This is one of the many things I simply don't get about the gaming industry. It doesn't hurt anyone to still have the old stuff available. If your remaster doesn't offer enough reason to buy it over the original ... you probably did it wrong?
  • Dumb dumb dumb. At least we have a modern compilation in the Sega Genesis Classics PS4 disc. The games will always be available there and without micro transactions.
  • @1

    While I can understand wanting to keep the original game around over a remake. I don't understand your strong reaction to this. Your comparison to movie remakes is off because this collection has the originals on it. You're getting the remakes and the originals hence the "Classic" and "Anniversary" modes. It's not like you have no way of playing these games now. You can buy this game or you can even buy the Sega Genesis Classics game which has 1 and 2, but not 3, Sonic & Knuckles, or Sonic CD. Hell, you can get the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection on PS3 which DOES have 1, 2, 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. We only ever got 1, 2, and CD digitally unlike Xbox that got them all. The only real argument here is that you no longer can get the trophies which isn't even a big deal. They had like 12 trophies each and none of them had a platinum so you can't even argue that. (btw, that's a lame argument anyway)

    These games aren't being lost to the ages or being made completely unavailable. They're being removed as single downloads that you couldn't even get on ps4 or ps5 anyway outside of possibly PS Now. Stop overreacting
  • At least they announce, anyone interested can still buy it.
  • @luffybuggy:
    That's more a general rant aginst this practice than specific to that compilation.
    Lot of times a remaster is also "fixinf" things that don't need fixing or is lacking some features of the original (like the missing tracks in the GTA remasters).
    Often it's simply a reason to charge more for the same product. Especially on PC where a remaster often has way less effect.
  • Those old Sonic 1 2 and 3 ports were trash done by Backbone, a company known for buggy shit and lazy releases. They are welcome to be removed as they tarnished the trilogy.

    The CD port however was real good. Seems that exact port is what is inside Origins, right down to Knuckles not being playable, so its a bummer that the ability to play it seperately is going. I never bought it in PS3, but I own it on X360 and Steam.
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