Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, April 11, 2016

VGM Monday: Green Hill Zone

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

What better way to start out this special series than with the very first music from the very first level of the very first Sonic game? Of course, I’m talking about Green Hill Zone.

How could I not mention Green Hill Zone? It’s one of the most quintessential levels of the franchise. Same goes for its music. Strangely enough, for a franchise that’s all about going super-fast, this game music is rather leisurely slow and mellow. Sure, it best reflects the atmosphere of the beachside level, but it sounds more like music you’d hear in an elevator than in a game where you gotta go fast.

Regardless, this is music that will hit any 90s kids with pure nostalgia and have them aching to dust off their old Sega Genesis and play some “Sahnic!”—or at least play an emulation of it on Virtual Console!