Sonic Advance was the first Sonic game to appear on a Nintendo platform, and it was developed by Dimps and first published by Sega in 2001.
The game was made in commemoration of the Sonic series’ 10th birthday and features Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy as playable characters, and the evil “Dr. Eggman” as the main protagonist.
There are six different zones, each split into two acts. The first act requires Sonic (or whoever you’re playing as) to reach the end signpost within ten minutes. At the end of the second act there’s a boss fight with Dr. Eggman, who you must then defeat to progress onto the next stage. The gameplay, unsurprisingly, is similar to the Megadrive/Genesis Sonic games – collecting rings keeps you safe; losing rings makes you vulnerable.
There are also special springs – placed near the end of some acts – that catapult Sonic into a ‘special stage’ where he has to run down a tube collecting rings. Collect enough and you get a Chaos Emerald.
There were three Sonic Advance games in total. Part two came the following year, in 2002, and part three was released in 2004.