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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.png ESRB eC.png Early childhood (eC) 3-5
ESRB K-A.png N/A Kids to Adults[note 1] (K-A) All ages
ESRB E-old.png ESRB E.png Everyone (E)
N/A ESRB E10+.png Everyone 10+[note 2] (E10+) 10+
ESRB T-old.png ESRB T.png Teen (T) 13+
ESRB M-old.png ESRB M.png Mature 17+ (M) 17+
ESRB Ao-old.png ESRB Ao.png Adults Only 18+ (Ao) 18+

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. "Kids to Adults" was changed to "Everyone" in 1998, as this was the desired name for the rating in the first place.
  2. 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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