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The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a non-profit organization that assigns age and content ratings for video games and mobile applications in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Rating system[]

Image Rating Intended age group[1]
1994-1999 1999-present
ESRB eC-old ESRB eC Early Childhood[note 1] (eC) 3-5
ESRB K-A N/A Kids to Adults[note 2] (K-A) All ages
ESRB E-old ESRB E Everyone (E)
N/A ESRB E10+ Everyone 10+[note 3] (E10+) 10+
ESRB T-old ESRB T Teen (T) 13+
ESRB M-old ESRB M Mature 17+ (M) 17+
ESRB Ao-old ESRB AO Adults Only 18+ (AO) 18+
N/A ESRB RP Rating Pending N/A

Age ratings for Sonic games[]

Early Childhood[]

Kids to Adults[]


Everyone 10+[]




  • So far, not a single Sonic game has been rated above Teen.
    • However, discounting crossovers, no Sonic game has ever been rated above E10+.
  • The PlayStation Network version of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) was rated Everyone 10+ until 2013.
  • Due to its dark nature, Shadow the Hedgehog was originally going to be rated Teen, with the game containing red blood, violent scenes, and more instances of cursing. The Everyone 10+ rating was created during the game's development, causing some changes between pre-release and the final version.


  1. As of 2018, "Early Childhood" ceased to be used due to its rarity.
  2. "Kids to Adults" was changed to "Everyone" in 1998, as this was the desired name for the rating in the first place.
  3. Created in 2005, this is why no Sonic games prior carry the Everyone 10+ rating.


  1. Ratings Guide. Entertainment Software Rating Board.

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