Console: Sega Master System
The original Master System Sonic played fast and loose with its parallels to the Genesis standard, but when it came time for the sequel, the SMS just flat-out came up with an entirely new game for you to explore. Tails may’ve had to keep his debut to the 16-bit sequel, but that just gave Sonic all the more space to expand into his own, tailor-made, genuinely high-speed outing.
Not only are the original’s signature twists and turns finally on show, but new tricks and vehicles make this an adventure for Sonic to really throw himself into. Replay value is also increased with a whole new zone for chaos-emerald completists to strive for.