Pure Nintendo: "All in all, like the 16-bit Mario titles, the Genesis Sonic titles remain elite games to this day. Sonic’s debut is as radical as it was back in the nineties. Unfortunately, 3D Sonic the Hedgehog lacks some of the extra content that other recent ports have received, such as the cheaper iOS and Android version’s ability to unlock Tails or Knuckles. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog may not have added much in the way of new features, but having the blue blur’s debut on the 3DS Virtual Console may be too hard to resist for some. Despite the title being available on just about every system imaginable, the 3DS version is an extremely faithful port and makes a great addition to any Virtual Console library."