Sonic The Hedgehog 1 & 2 Virtual Console and XBLA to be delisted October 30th

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Via XBLA Watchdog Twitter user Lifelower comes news that SEGA Japan has announced that the Xbox Live Arcade and Wii Virtual Console versions of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be pulled tomorrow, October 30th. The reason for the games being pulled is unknown, but there are two possibilities. The most likely reason is that the contract for the games’ music rights, which are held by the original composer Masato Nakamura, are expiring and these versions of the game are affected. Another possible reason is that the Taxman/Stealth remastered versions are finally making their way to consoles, but take that possibility with an Oil Ocean sized amount of salt.

If you haven’t bought these versions yet, you have less than a day to do so. However it should be noted that there are several other versions out there including the original cartridges, Sonic Jam for Saturn, Sonic Mega Collection (playable on both the Xbox 360 and Wii via backwards compatibility), Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, the aforementioned Taxman/Stealth remastered versions, and 3D Classics versions. I’m sure I missed a couple dozen others, but you get the point.

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4 responses to “Sonic The Hedgehog 1 & 2 Virtual Console and XBLA to be delisted October 30th

  1. InfinityAlex says:

    If we get Sonic 1 and 2 Remastered for Wii U I will be so happy.

  2. Hoka says:

    Why is everybody so interested in Sonic on Wii hardware?

    Sonic isn’t any better on Nintendo hardware, I don’t see the appeal, would far rather see it on OSN and XBL for X1 and PS4.

  3. Karl says:

    Streets of rage
    coming to xbox one

  4. Karl says:

    Hope for sonic 3 on xbox one

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