Sonic Spinball, the pirated Sonic Megamix, and what is in my opinion the best Sonic game ever, the combined Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. So why not take a quick look at the one that started it all, Sonic the Hedgehog.
There's not all that much that can be said about Sonic 1 that hasn't already been said. It's one of the most important games in the history of video games. It wasn't perfect. I thought the Marble Zone was terrible and really kills the momentum of the game with it's tedious level design, but Spring Yard Zone still brings a smile to my face. But what really surprises me is how well it holds up, even to this day.
As a kid I always felt Super Mario Bros. 1 really didn't hold up after 2 and 3 came out. I would go back to playing the first one sometimes after playing three and it was amazing how boring the first one was compared to it's sequels. But Sonic 1 always held up. Sure Sonic 3 was far superior, but Sonic 1 always remained something you could go back to and thoroughly enjoy. I do still hate the Special Zones in Sonic 1. I could never get more than 3 or 4 of the emeralds so I never got the good ending when I beat it. Still since there was no Super Sonic back then it didn't matter for game play.
I'm certainly not the first guy to say this but if you own a Genesis there's no reason not to own this game.