Sonic Rush for Nintendo DS
If you wanted a fix of classic Sonic style gameplay in the 2000s, you had to turn to handhelds to find it. Somewhat forgotten today, a line of games for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and DS consoles developed by Sonic Team in partnership with Dimps filled that niche quite nicely, with one of the more stylish games from this little side series being Sonic Rush. In addition to the speedy, physics based fun you've come to expect from Sega's favourite blue spikeball, the game allows you to pull off a tricks mid-jump for extra points, refines a speed boosting mechanic first introduced in Sonic Advance 2, and backs the entire experience with a funky soundtrack primarily composed by Sega legend Hideki Naganuma. Toss in an additional playable character by way of the then-new Blaze the Cat and two slightly different campaigns between the two PC's, and you've got some deliciously fresh Sonic fun for on the go!