Sonic the Hedgehog
Released: Jun 23, 1991

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Sonic the Hedgehog Cheats, Codes & Secrets

Last Updated on Sep 21, 2023

This page contains cheats, hints, Easter eggs, secrets, and tips for Sonic the Hedgehog. We will continually update this page when we come across more useful cheats and tips.

Sonic the Hedgehog Cheats For Sega Genesis

Level Select

To enable level select, at the title screen, press Up, Down, Left, Right. You will hear a sound effect play that sounds like a ring being collected. After that, hold A and press Start and a level select screen will appear.

Confused Sonic

If you turn on the game and don't press anything a demo will begin to play with Sonic going through levels. If you hold C during one of these demos, Sonic will become confused and start to mess up, he will run into enemies, not know where to go or fall onto something that will kill him (spikes or lava).

Control Mode

To enter control mode, at the title screen, press Up, C, Down, C, Left, C, Right. Now, you can pause the game and press A to restart the game, press B for slow motion, and press C to advance one frame at a time.

Bonus Point

To earn extra bonus points, complete each level in the time shown below.

Time Needed Bonus Points Earned
30 seconds or less 50,000 Points
45 seconds or less 10,000 Points
1 minute or less 5,000 Points
1 minute - 30 seconds or less 4,000 Points
2 minutes or less 3,000 Points
3 minutes or less 2,000 Points
4 minutes or less 1,000 Points
5 minutes or less 500 Points

Sonic the Hedgehog Game Genie Codes

The following cheat codes are for Game Genie. These can be used on a Sega Genesis with a Game Genie device or you can use these on any emulator that supports Game Genie Codes. If you want a Game Genie Device, you can always Check on Amazon for one.

Cheat Effect Cheat Code
Each Ring Gives You 2 Rings SCRA-BJX0
Each Ring Gives You 5 Rings SCRA-BYX0
Each Ring Gives You 8 Rings SCRA-BAX0
Infinite Lives GJ6A-CA7A
Level Select Menu AJ3A-AA4G
Never Lose Rings AWRT-AA5W
Skywalking BDLT-AAGL
Start With 1 Life AE3T-AACL
Start With 5 Lives AY3T-AACL
Start With 2 Continues 663T-B64R
Start With 5 Chaos Emeralds AY3T-BA4R
Start With All Chaos Emeralds A23T-BA4R
Stay Invincible

Note: You must get the invincible item first and it will last the remainder of the level unless you die.
Super Jump DDLT-AAGL
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