Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Run

Today marks 25 years since the release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. To celebrate the momentous occasion, I decided to do a quick run of the game.

As recently as 2009 when Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection was released for the PS3, a “quick run” meant playing up to Marble Zone, getting bored and impatient, and then dying. It’s been like this for many years now, whether it’s playing the game on my Genesis, playing via an emulator, or playing on the PS3.

Perhaps it being 25 years, I was particularly motivated last night (or perhaps I should say this morning) to play the game seriously. In my mind, I figured I’d get up to Labyrinth Zone and die, and I would be fine with that. Somehow, not only was I able to finish the game, but I was also able to collect all the Chaos Emeralds. Wow!

It seems incredible that Sonic the Hedgehog has been around for 25 years. That span of time seems to have both gone by in a blur (no pun intended) and dragged on seemingly forever. While playing the game I noted with awe to JC that when I first played the game I was 12 years old and that I am now 37. It seems mind-boggling. Did people in 1991 still play games created in 1966?

To record this 25th anniversary run, I used Kega Fusion’s “log AVI” feature to capture, VirtualDub to encode to XVID, and finally HandBrake to encode to MP4 for YouTube. This is the only way that I can get the sound to stay in sync with the video. I’ve mentioned in the past selling all my Genesis games, but I guess it’s worth mentioning that the ROM I used for this run is ripped from my original retail Sonic cartridge.

Happy birthday Sonic!

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