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Sonic the Hedgehog’s Birthday – How Many Hours Played

June 27, 2011

Coffee Beans:
     Sonic the Hedgehog was originally released on the Sega Genesis on June 23, 1991.  The game has seen several re-released versions, and one of those versions was for the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console.
     Sonic the Hedgehog was re-released for the Virtual Console service on November 19, 2006 at a price point of just 800 Wii Points, which is $8.
     The game received an ESRB rating of “Everyone” with no content descriptors listed for parents/gamers to be aware of.

     With Sonic having just had his 20th birthday this last week, how many hours Wii owners have reported playing Sonic the Hedgehog with over 4 years of game-play reported?  Let’s take a look!

Hours shown are for United States of America Wii owners that
report game-play data via the Nintendo Channel.  The hours shown
are not for all Wii owners that have downloaded and played the game.

Approx. Number of Players Having Reported Data:
     Sonic the Hedgehog on the Virtual Console has had about 104,652 Wii owners report play-time data through the Nintendo Channel with 1,675 days of data reported.

Reported Player Increase:
     How many more players has Sonic the Hedgehog seen increased reporting data since the report last October?
    Sonic the Hedgehog has seen an increase of about 8,929 more players having reported data since the data recorded from October 4, 2010.

Average & Total Game-Play Hours:
     Sonic the Hedgehog has 521,136 Total Hours of game-play reported, which is an increase of 74,211 Total Hours since last October.  The game’s average play-time “Per person” is now 4 Hours 58 Minutes, which is an 18 Minute increase over the average recorded on October 4, 2010.
     Sonic the Hedgehog’s average play-time per session is just over 26 minutes.

Sales Information:
     Sonic the Hedgehog is not currently listed in the Virtual Console’s “Popular Titles” section, which lists the current “Top 20” most downloaded Virtual Console titles.
     Sonic the Hedgehog’s American Virtual Console version has made Sega about $837,216, before taxes and profit sharing with Nintendo, based on the approximate number of players that have reported game-play data and the game’s $8 price point.  It has made about $71,432 more, just since October 4 last year.

Menu image captured from the game.

Review Score Average:
     Sonic the Hedgehog’s “professional” review score average is 90.17%, based on 6 reviews on

Filtered Thoughts:
     If any of you didn’t know this last week was Sonic’s 20th birthday, it’s okay, because he didn’t know it either(being he isn’t real!).
     I do think it’s interesting that while Sonic started as a Sega console exclusive, and a competitor to Nintendo’s Mario, he now has found a home on all current generation consoles, and most mobile platforms in recent years.
     I personally would pick Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast as my favorite Sonic game, as it was the first game I purchased with my Sega Dreamcast system, and I spent many hours playing it.

     If any of you have not seen footage for Sonic the Hedgehog, the trailer below is of brief game-play footage from the Virtual Console version of Sonic the Hedgehog:

     Did any of you find yourselves playing a Sonic game, perhaps Sonic the Hedgehog, this last week to celebrate Sonic’s 20th birthday?  If you consider yourself a Sonic fan, what do you think is his best game released in the last 20 years?

If you want to purchase a Wii Points card, PSN card, or XBox Live card, to purchase one of Sonic’s many digitial re-releases, you can see links for them on below: