Time is a flat circle, my friends: you can now play Sonic the Hedgehog [$2.99] on Apple TV. It's certainly a welcome update because who doesn't want more Apple TV games (and this one should work better with the remote than most games). But also, it leads to the comedy of a game going from TV to mobile back to TV in about a 25 year span. And if you prefer Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [$2.99] and Sonic CD [Free], those will be getting Apple TV updates on March 24th and March 31st respectively.

It's a good thing that these Sonic ports are still getting updates, because they introduce features not present in other Sonic ports, and the mobile versions are the only ones actually out. So if they ever fall by the wayside like many other notable mobile games, it will be extremely disappointing. But it looks like we're good for now.

This also serves as a great opportunity to mention once more that we really need Sonic 3 and Knuckles to get the Christian Whitehead and co. treatment. The trilogy must be completed, and with the best game in the series, too. The reason why that's not happening could be because Michael Jackson contributed uncredited music to Sonic 3 and licensing could be prohibitive now that he isn't around any more, and a corporate record label would want their cut. Though, considering that Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 had much greater exposure through bundle pack-ins, maybe the market just doesn't show much demand for Sonic 3. And considering that the other games got a lot of upgrades from Sonic 3 and Knuckles, what would the port really add besides widescreen and possibly replacing music? But still, if only for completion's sake on iOS, we need Sonic 3 and Knuckles.

  • Jerutix

    So excited! It will be so great to play these on a big screen with a controller again.

  • Aaron C

    Awesome!

  • MarsMachine

    Nice! Playing this on TV📺, just like old times! 🤓Bring it on like Donkey Kong! 🐵 (💩 shuks that's Nintendo! 😖And they are just bringing wird social media tamagotchi games to iOs)

    • PaleTunaPls

      You sound butthurt over Miitomi, I advice waiting untill they announce their next mobile game instead of acting like a kid on te internet.

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Good job, SEGA, this is how it's done. It would be sweet if you could bring back the other Genesis/Megadrive games you've put on iOS. While you're at it, bring back Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Afterburner Climax, and give us Panzer Dragoon Saga while you're at it.

    Is that asking too much? 🙂

  • Ruffin

    Wow, controls aren't very good with the stock Apple remote. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it's much more difficult to change direction, especially quick small reversals when you're in the air, than it should be.

    That is, this port's not doing a good job replicating the "on/off" of the Genesis gamepad directional pad with the Apple remote touchpad. Even in "portrait" mode, you can't use side-clicks as gamepad directions. Any hard click on the touchpad is turned into a jump. That lets you play with one hand, sure, but compromises the original gameplay a good deal.

    Guess I should just plug in my Sega Nomad instead of paying $3 every time a new platform gets Sonic... Wonder if my iCade could be used with the AppleTV...

    • http://entrepreneurialblog.com Niclas Johansson

      MFi controllers work fine with Apple TV.

  • Kosmik Klaus Adamovsky

    Rocks with MFi Controller!

  • Ruffin

    Still not going to be as good as playing on the Nomad. Should put that controller money towards more carts. 😉 But sure, point well taken. If I want a Genny-via-Apple TV, a gamepad is a req.

    There are good games on the Apple TV; this just isn't one of them, at least not as-is. Fair warning to others and all that.

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Nomad, with its small, blurry screen and 45 minutes of battery life. Yay for the amazing technology of 1995. Good choice Ruffin.