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Sonic Riders (ソニックライダーズ Sonikku Raidāzu?) is a racing video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the first entry in the Sonic Riders series. The game was developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in 2006 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sonic franchise.


Spoiler warning: Plot, ending details or any kind of information follow.



Sonic Riders Heroes intro 28

Sonic facing Jet the Hawk for the first time.

One night in Metal City, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are looking for a Chaos Emerald. However, Tails' Emerald Detector alerts them that something is jamming the Emerald's signal. Suddenly, three figures crash out of a nearby window, riding on Extreme Gear, with the police on their tails. Tails discovers that these figures have the Chaos Emerald, and thus the trio gives chase to them. While one of the the green figure is able to cut past Sonic with no problem, Knuckles punches the grey one off his Extreme Gear. A purple figure picks up her companion and rushes off, as Tails notices that the Extreme Gear they dropped features a symbol of a bird on it. Sonic then uses this Gear to chase them down, and he is able to reach the green figure, who admits that Sonic is not bad at using Extreme Gear. However, the figure takes Sonic by surprise and jumps above him, knocking him out. As the figure mocks Sonic and leaves with his teammates, Sonic is reunited with Tails and Knuckles, excited that he now has a new rival to compete against.

The next day, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles notice a local screen being broadcasted by Dr. Eggman, who announces that he has organized an Extreme Gear tournament known as the "EX World Grand Prix", with the participants needing to pay an entry fee in the form of a Chaos Emerald, and that the winner will receive all seven Chaos Emeralds. Though Sonic seems unsurprised at first, Eggman presents the three current contestants: Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow, and Storm the Albatross; the same three figures Sonic encountered. This gets the hedgehog's attention, making him, Tails and Knuckles join the tournament.

After a few races in Metal City and Splash Canyon, the trio runs into Amy, who reveals that she has signed up for the tournament as well to be with Sonic. Tails then says that he believes that Jet, Wave, and Storm are a part of a legendary group of thieves known as the "Babylon Rogues", who, according to rumors, live on a floating island known as Babylon Garden. He also explains that, according to legends, the Babylonians' actions enraged the Gods, who cast Babylon Garden into the depths of the earth. However, the same legends claim that there is a treasure on the island. After this, the heroes meet Wave, who mocks the Extreme Gear Tails is holding, the Blue Star, by calling it a "piece of junk". While the heroes are infuriated by her actions, they do not notice that she has tampered with the Blue Star by placing a bomb on it.

Later, at Egg Factory, Knuckles has a short fight with Storm, accidentally damaging an E-10000R in the process. In the end, they decide to settle things with a race, which Knuckles wins. Afterward, the heroes find themselves at Green Cave watching Sonic practice on his Extreme Gear. There, they find Jet, who says that while Sonic is very fast on his feet, he is not very impressive on Extreme Gear. Jet then leaves, and Tails remembers Wave's comments about his Extreme Gear. Refusing to let Wave get the better of him, Tails promises Sonic that he will unlock the secrets of the Extreme Gear for them. Afterward, Tails has a race against Wave, which he manages to win.

Next, at Sand Ruins, Omochao is hosting the final race of the EX World Grand Prix. Amy cheers Sonic, who is about to compete against Jet. The hawk mocks Sonic once again, saying that he obviously was able to win his previous races because of luck rather than skill, though Sonic is confident that he will win. At the end of the race, Sonic is about to beat Jet. However, Wave then detonates the bomb on Sonic's Extreme Gear, destroying Sonic's Blue Star and allowing Jet to win and obtain the Chaos Emeralds. Jet proceeds to use the Emeralds and the Key to Babylon Garden to summon Babylon Garden, which raises out of the nearby desert and into the sky. Suddenly though, Dr. Eggman snatches the Key to Babylon Garden from Jet's hands and flies off to Babylon Garden in his Egg Mobile.

Using the Tornado 2, the heroes reach Babylon Garden. Next to the Babylon Rogues' ship, the trio notices Dr. Eggman passing by on his E-Rider. Sonic prepares to chase him, but not before Tails gives him the Blue Star II. However, he is met by Jet, who challenges him to a final race. In the end, Sonic is able to win. While Jet throws a tantrum in frustration, Sonic sees Eggman in front of a giant door on the Babylon Garden. Sonic is about to attack the doctor, but not before Eggman reveals that he is holding Amy hostage. Sonic then uses two Tornadoes to attack Eggman and get the Key to Babylon Garden. Having no need for the treasure of Babylon, Sonic gives the key to Jet, who complains that he has lost and does not want his pity. Insisting that "treasure is treasure", Wave takes the key anyway, and Jet begrudgingly accepts it. Just before the heroes leave, Amy shows up, enraged because Sonic attacked Eggman knowing that she was there. Sonic attempts to come up with an excuse to calm her down, though with little success. Amy then chases Sonic around with her Piko Piko Hammer, while Tails and Knuckles watches in amusement.


While in his office onboard his ship, Jet looks at the Key to Babylon Garden in his hand, carefully examining it. Suddenly, Storm comes in, making Jet comically fall off his seat. Wave walks in as well, scolding Storm for his impoliteness. Storm then notices the Key to Babylon Garden, with Jet explaining that he had inherited it from his father. Wave and Storm proceed to argue with each other, before Jet breaks it up and asks them why they entered his office. The two then tell him that Dr. Eggman wants to visit him. The doctor then steps into the room, noticing the Key to Babylon Garden in Storm's hands. Eggman tells Jet that he needs to collect the Chaos Emeralds, and while Jet believes that his mission is going to be easy, Eggman warns him of Sonic the Hedgehog. Nevertheless, Jet shows no concern, and is convinced that he will easily beat Sonic in an Extreme Gear competition (as he comments that while Sonic may be the fastest on the ground, but in the air, he's nothing but a joke).

After Jet proves himself to Sonic in Night Chase, Wave meets Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy in Red Canyon. She sees the Blue Star, an Extreme Gear Tails modeled and customized himself, and Wave says to herself that it does not look bad for an "amateur". She then mocks Tails by calling his Gear a "piece of junk" and secretly plants a bomb on it and proceeds to win a race against an enraged Amy.

Back on the Babylon Rogues' ship, Jet is once again in his office examining the Key to Babylon Garden, before Storm abruptly bursts in once again. Storm says that he lost a race against Knuckles in Egg Factory, and Wave criticizes him, which starts another argument between the two. Jet, suspicious of Eggman's intentions, tasks Storm with going to Ice Factory, one of Eggman's bases, to find clues of what the doctor is really up to.

While Storm is exploring Ice Factory, Jet and Wave are waiting for him in White Cave, complaining that Storm is taking too long. Nevertheless, Jet does not really care, causing him to be scolded by Wave for a while because of his lack of responsibility as a leader. Jet then notices Sonic doing some tricks as Tails and Knuckles watch and quietly sneaks away without Wave noticing. When Wave sees that Jet is gone, she complains about him before leaving as well.

Later, at Dark Desert, Jet and Wave reunite with Storm, who gives them a small microchip he found. Wave takes it, revealing a holographic monitor with Eggman's diary. This reveals that he intends to find the Babylonians' ancient technology and claim it for himself to conquer the world. After learning of this, Jet decides to leave, thinking that all of this was just a waste of effort, and having no interest of world domination or advanced technology. However, Wave stops him, convincing him that this advanced technology that Eggman seeks must be worth much more than silver or gold. After imagining himself resting in riches, Jet decides to participate in the finals of the EX World Grand Prix.

After the final race, Omochao broadcasts the news of Babylon Garden having mysteriously appeared near Dark Desert, and that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles have gone to investigate. There, Wave and Storm meet Tails and Knuckles, accidentally starting an argument with them. The heroes offer Jet the Key to Babylon Garden, as they have no use for it, but Jet refuses, seeing it as an act of pity. Regardless, Wave takes it on behalf of the Babylon Rogues, noting that "treasure is treasure". The Rogues then use it to open a large door, accidentally summoning the Babylon Guardian in the process. Teaming up with Sonic and his friends, the Babylon Rogues defeat the Guardian, revealing the treasure of Babylon. However, it turns out that this treasure is just a Magic Carpet, surprising everyone. Having arrived to claim the treasure himself, Eggman deems his plot with the EX World Grand Prix a waste of time, and proceeds to faint from the subsequent shock. Jet sees the carpet as a sign that the Babylon Rogues are descendants of genies. Afterwards, the Babylon Rogues part ways with Sonic and his team, with Jet vowing to return and face Sonic again.


Image Character Biography
Sonic Riders Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic hates evil as much as he loves freedom. Sonic can be short tempered at times but will always show a gentle side to those in trouble. He's normally carefree and easy going, even when the going gets rough; but when it comes to a showdown he's aggressive and focused like a hedgehog possessed!
Sonic has always been known as the world's fastest, but inexperienced with Extreme Gear, he will have to fight to hold onto this reputation.
Jet 1 Jet the Hawk Known as the "Legendary Wind Master," Jet leads the Babylon Rogues, a talented group of thieves. Jet's Extreme Gear skills are revered far and wide, earning him an impressive reputation.
He carries a mysterious "control box" said to have been passed down from the ancient Babylonians.
Tails 53 Miles "Tails" Prower His real name is "Miles Prower," but his friends just call him "Tails." He's a little kid fox with two tails and a heart of gold. He loves tinkering with machinery and has made various devices to help Sonic. This time he's pitching in as the team mechanic, fixing up the Extreme Gear.[12]
Wave the Swallow Wave the Swallow A superb mechanic, Wave takes care of all of the Babylon Rogues' Extreme Gear. While she's capable of fixing many things, Extreme Gear is her specialty, and her knowledge and experience surpass both Tails and Eggman in this area.[12]
Sonic Riders Knuckles Knuckles the Echidna Born on Angel Island, Knuckles spends his days guarding a precious stone called the Master Emerald; for reasons he himself doesn't understand. His hard headed demeanor makes him gullible, and he has been tricked by Eggman on more than one occasion. Bringing his inherent aggression to the race, he plans to show Eggman that this time he really means business![13]
Storm The Albatross 1 Storm the Albatross Storm is the muscle behind the Babylon Rogues' nefarious schemes and Jet's right-hand man. What he lacks in smarts, he makes up for in raw power. He has a quick temper, but is slow in movement. He tends to stutter when excited or flustered.[13]


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Knuckles in Metal City.

Sonic Riders is a 3D, third-person racing video game. Here, players race against seven other competitors on a total of sixteen tracks, nine of which must be unlocked through progress in the story mode, and two that are unlocked by winning Gold in each World Grand Prix (5 tracks per Grand Prix). The game features two main teams with three characters each: Team Heroes, with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles; and the Babylon Rogues, with Jet, Wave, and Storm; although additional characters can be unlocked. Just like in Sonic Heroes, while all of the characters play the exact same, they each possess different stats and character types that determine at what they excel at:

  • Speed Type: These characters have the highest top speed stats, but only average acceleration and durability. They can grind on rails placed around some parts of tracks by pressing A Button GameCube v2/Cross/XboxA/[X] twice (once to jump over the rail, second to grind on it).
  • Flight Type: These characters have the highest acceleration stats and good top speed stats. Their durability and cornering differs between character to character however, making them somewhat ambiguous in terms of these stats. They can air ride through Accelerators, often accessing shortcuts and different objects.
  • Power Type: These characters have the best off-road durability and can break through Barricades and other objects on tracks, though their speed and acceleration stats are only average.

The races in Sonic Riders start with the playable character and their opponents on foot in a small area with a countdown and an electric barrier. Once the countdown has reached zero, the barrier will be deactivated and the racers will be able to pass, starting the race. However, if a player touches the barrier before the race begins, they will be shocked until a second after the race has begun.

Sonic Riders makes use of Extreme Gear as vehicles, which are basically hovering vehicles that take the form of hoverboards, motorbikes, or rocket skates. Each Extreme Gear differs in performance and stats, and might even give a character abilities they would not normally have. Extreme Gear are powered by Air, which is limited and stored in an Air Tank. While the Extreme Gear has a large supply of Air, the player will be able to perform jumps, steer, and brake. However, if the player is running out of Air, steering and braking will be much more complicated, if not impossible. Once the Extreme Gear has completely run out of Air, the playable character will be left running around on foot. Air can be obtained by performing Air Tricks while airborne, picking up Air Item Boxes, or by utilizing Air Pits, amongst others. After preforming Air Tricks, the player will be given a specific rank based on their performance; the higher the rank, the more Air will they obtain:

Rank Points earned
X Rank (Sonic Riders) 10
SS Rank (Sonic Riders) 8
S Rank (Sonic Riders) 6
AA Rank (Sonic Riders) 4
A Rank (Sonic Riders) 2
B Rank (Sonic Riders) 1
C Rank (Sonic Riders) 0

Sonic Riders also features Rings, which can be sparingly found on the races. Rings can be used to instantly upgrade the player's Extreme Gear to make it faster. Thirty Rings allow the player to move faster and attack opponents on the character's range. They also fill up the Air Tank, which will be able to store more Air. Sixty Rings improve these features to make the playable character faster. However, the player will lose all their Rings if they get attacked by an opponent or fall off of the track. Doing so will cause all of the upgrades the player obtained to get reversed.


Button formation Movement
GameCube PC PlayStation 2 Xbox
P1 P2
Analog-Stick left/right [←]/[→] [8]/[6] on numpad Left-Analog-Stick left/right Left-Analog-Stick left/right Steer
A Button GameCube v2 [X] [END] Cross XboxA Jump
Lgame/Rgame [A]/[S] [DELETE]/[PAGE DOWN] L1/R1 Xbox-Button-LT/Xbox-Button-RT Brake
Steer + Lgame/Rgame Steer + [A]/[S] Steer + [DELETE]/[PAGE DOWN] Steer + L1/R1 Steer + Xbox-Button-LT/Xbox-Button-RT Air Slide
SNNBGAMECUBEDISCO/Gamecube X Button [Z] [HOME] Square/Circle XboxB/XboxX Air Boost
Lgame + Rgame [A] + [S] [DELETE] + [PAGE DOWN] L1 + R1 Xbox-Button-LT + Xbox-Button-RT Tornado
A Button GameCube v2 near a Grind Rail [X] near a Grind Rail [END] near a Grind Rail Cross near a Grind Rail XboxA near a Grind Rail Grinding
(Speed Types)
Analog-Stick while midair [↑]/[↓]/[←]/[→] while midair [2]/[4]/[6]/[8] while midair Left-Analog-Stick while midair Left-Analog-Stick while midair Air Tricks
Analog-Stick up/down after touching an Accelerator [↑]/[↓] after touching an Accelerator [2]/[4] after touching an Accelerator Left-Analog-Stick up/down after touching an Accelerator Left-Analog-Stick up/down after touching an Accelerator Float up/down
(Flight Type)
Analog-Stick while on foot [←]/[→] while on foot [8]/[6] while on foot Left-Analog-Stick while on foot Left-Analog-Stick while on foot Move
START [F] [.] START Pause



Gimmicks and obstacles[]



Icon Character Type Stats
Dash Limit Power Cornering
Sonic (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Sonic the Hedgehog Speed ★★★☆ ★★★★ ★★★☆ ★★☆☆
Tails (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Miles "Tails" Prower Flight ★★★★ ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ ★★★☆
Knuckles (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Knuckles the Echidna Power ★ ★ ★ ☆ ★★★★ ★★☆☆
Amy (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Amy Rose Speed ★★★☆ ★★★★ ★★★☆
Jet (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Jet the Hawk
(first appearance)
Wave (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Wave the Swallow
(first appearance)
Flight ★★★★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Storm (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Storm the Albatross
(first appearance)
Power ★ ★ ★ ☆ ★★★★
Dr. Eggman (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Dr. Eggman
Cream (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Cream the Rabbit Flight ★★★★ ★★★☆ ★★☆☆
Rouge (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Rouge the Bat ★★★☆
Shadow (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Shadow the Hedgehog Speed ★★★☆ ★★★★
Elog (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) E-10000G
(first appearance)
Power ★ ★ ★ ☆
Elor (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) E-10000R
(only appearance)
Speed ★★★☆ ★★★★ ★★★☆
Aiai (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) AiAi Power
NiGHTS (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Nights Flight
Ulala (Sonic Riders - Shop icon) Ulala Speed
N/A Super Sonic N/A


Extreme Gear[]

Main article: Extreme Gear

Sonic Riders is the first game to introduce Extreme Gear, high-tech hoverboard vehicles powered by air that the characters ride on, and which are the central component in the gameplay. Every playable character has their own unique default Extreme Gear, which only they can use, but additional Extreme Gear can be obtained in the game by either buying them in the shop for Rings, or fulfilling certain requirements, such as completing one or more missions with a given Rank. They all come in different sizes, appearances and colors.

The Extreme Gear in Sonic Riders come in three different types, each with their own attributes and basic appearances:

  • Board: Resemble regular boards. The Board types are a more balanced class of Extreme Gear, having average statistics and an average rate of fuel-consumption.
  • Bike: Resemble motorbikes. The Bike types are a more powerful class of Extreme Gear, but less maneuverable and less fuel-efficient. They can first be unlocked by completing the Babylon Story mode before they can be bought, much less used.
  • Skate: Resemble roller skates. The Skate types are a less powerful class of Extreme Gear, but are more agile and more fuel-efficient. They can first be unlocked by completing the Heroes Story mode before they can be bought, much less used.

List of Extreme Gear[]

There are a total of 54 different Extreme Gear that can acquired in Sonic Riders. The following Extreme Gears are listed as they appear in the Gear Gallery. Extreme Gear no. 1-38 are Board types, no. 39-48 are Bike types, and no. 49-54 are Skate types.

Gear No. Name Image User(s)
1 Blue Star Blue Star - Artwork - (1) Sonic
2 Yellow Tail Yellow Tail - Artwork - (1) Tails
3 Red Rock Red rock SR Knuckles
4 Pink Rose Pink Rose SR Amy
5 Type-J Type-J SR Jet
6 Type-S Type-S SR Storm
7 Type-W Type-W - Artwork - (1) Wave
8 Temptation Temptation SR Rouge
9 Smile Smile SR Cream
10 High Booster High Booster SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
11 Auto-Slider Auto Slider SR
12 Powerful Gear Powerful Gear SR
13 Fastest Fastest SR
14 Turbo Star Turbo Star SR
15 Speed Balancer Speed Balancer SR
16 Blue Star II Blue Star II SR Sonic
17 Access Access SR Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Shadow, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
18 Beginner Beginner SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
19 Accelerator Accelerator SV v2
20 Trap Gear Trap Gear SR
21 Light Board Light Board SR
22 Slide Booster Slide Booster SR
23 Legend Legend SR
24 Magic Carpet Magic Carpet SR Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Shadow, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
25 Air Broom Magic Broom Tails, Knuckles, Wave, Storm, Cream, Nights, Rouge, AiAi, E-10000G
26 Hovercraft Hovercraft Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
27 Chaos Emerald Chaos Emerald SR Sonic/Super Sonic
28 Faster Faster SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
29 Gambler Gambler
30 Power Gear Power Gear SR
31 Opa Opa Opa Opa SR
32 The Crazy The Crazy SR
33 Night Sky Night Sky SR Nights
35 E-gearG E-gearG E-10000G
36 E-gearR E-gearR E-10000R
37 Channel5 Channel5 SR Ulala
38 Berserker Berserker Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, Ulala, AiAi, E-10000G, E-10000R
39 E-Rider E-Rider SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, AiAi, Dr. Eggman
40 Air Tank Air Tank SR
41 Heavy Bike Heavy Bike SR
42 Destroyer Destroyer SR Sonic, Tails, Amy, Jet, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights
43 Omnipotence Omnipotence SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, AiAi, Eggman
44 Cover-S Cover S SR Sonic, Amy, Jet, Shadow
45 Cover-F Cover F SR Tails, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Nights
46 Cover-P Cover P SR Knuckles, Storm, Eggman, AiAi
47 Hang-On Hang On SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, AiAi, Eggman
48 Super Hang-On Super Hang-On SR
49 Darkness Darkness SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, AiAi, Ulala
50 Grinder Grinder SR Tails, Knuckles, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Nights, AiAi
51 Advantage S Advantage S SR Sonic, Amy, Jet, Shadow, Ulala
52 Advantage F Advantage F SR Tails, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Nights
53 Advantage P Advantage P SR Knuckles, Storm, AiAi
54 Cannonball Cannonball SR Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Jet, Storm, Wave, Cream, Rouge, Shadow, Nights, Ulala, AiAi


There are a total of nineteen courses in Sonic Riders, thirteen of which appear in the game's Story Modes, one additional course, two nostalgia stages, and one stages in the Survival Battle Mode.

No. Heroes Babylon
1 Metal City Night Chase
2 Splash Canyon Red Canyon
3 Egg Factory Ice Factory
4 Green Cave White Cave
5 Sand Ruins Dark Desert
6 Babylon Garden Sky Road
7 Digital Dimension Babylon Guardian
8 Sega Carnival Sega Illusion

Survival tracks[]

Story Mode[]

Heroes Character Babylon
Metal City Sonic Jet Night Chase
Splash Canyon Tails Wave Red Canyon
Egg Factory Knuckles Storm Ice Factory
Green Cave Tails Jet White Cave
Sand Ruins Sonic Dark Desert
Babylon Garden Wave Sky Road
Sonic Babylon Guardian

Cast and Voice Direction[]

Julie Rath was the voice director for the English dub and Keiichiro Miyoshi was the voice director for the Japanese dub.

Role Voice Actor(s)
English Japanese
Sonic the Hedgehog Jason Griffith Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Miles "Tails" Prower Amy Palant Ryō Hirohashi
Knuckles the Echidna Dan Green Nobutoshi Canna
Jet the Hawk Jason Griffith Daisuke Kishio
Wave the Swallow Bella Hudson Chie Nakamura
Storm the Albatross Dan Green Kenji Nomura
Amy Rose Lisa Ortiz Taeko Kawata
Dr. Eggman Deem Bristow Chikao Otsuka
Mike Pollock
Shadow the Hedgehog Jason Griffith Koji Yusa
Rouge the Bat Kathleen Delaney Rumi Ochiai
Cream the Rabbit Rebecca Honig Sayaka Aoki
E-10000G Maddie Blaustein Daisuke Kishio
Babylon Guardian Maddie Blaustein Kenji Nomura
Omochao Liza Jacqueline Etsuko Kozakura
Babylon Computer Bella Hudson Chie Nakamura
AiAi Kaoru Morota
Ulala Apollo Smile

Some clips of Wave are actually clips of Blaze from Sonic Rush, as Bella Hudson voiced both characters. In addition, most of Dr. Eggman's gameplay dialogue is recycled from Deem Bristow's recordings for Sonic Adventure 2.


The original soundtrack of the game is Speedbeats Grand Prix: Sonic Riders Original Soundtrack and was composed by Tomonori Sawada, Kenichi Tokoi, and Fumie Kumatani. Sawada directed the sound and recorded the sound effects, while Tokoi and Kumatani did the music for the game. Most of the game's music involves techno and synthesizers, as such it has an electronic, futuristic-type of feel.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 63.46% (GCN)[14]
59.70% (PS2)[15]
58.84% (Xbox)[16]
43.33% (PC)[17]
Metacritic 59% (GCN)[18]
55% (PS2)[19]
56% (Xbox)[20]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 5.5/10[21]
Eurogamer 5/10[22]
GamePro 3.125/5 (Xbox)[23]
GameSpot 6.6/10[24]
Hyper 65%[25]
IGN 6.2/10[26]
Nintendo Power 8.0/10 (GCN)[27]
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) 5/10 (PS2)[5]
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) 4.9/10 (Xbox)[9]

Sonic Riders received mixed reactions from reviewers, with Metacritic sitting at 59% for the GameCube version,[18] 55% for PlayStation 2,[19] and 56% for the Xbox version.[20] The later released PC port of the game received the lowest scores overall compared to the other three versions, with a 43.33% on GameRankings.[17]

With many criticizing its confusing gameplay,[25] Alex Navarro of GameSpot praises the turbulence mechanic along with the game's multiplayer modes.[24] Matt Casamassina of IGN said that at least "this is a much better game than Shadow the Hedgehog, exclaiming that the game does a good job at "mixing up the levels".[26] Frank Dry of Hyper criticizes the fact that "the blue wonder is forced to hop on a naff hoverboard to race",[25] as the game strays from the Sonic series' trademark gimmick: running. The replay value given by the three character types was praised[27], but the little incentive to do so overshadows it.[5]



Cover of Sonic the Hedgehog #163.

Archie Comics made a two-part arc covered in Sonic the Hedgehog #163-#164, which served as a loose adaptation of Sonic Riders, with the art for the story mimicking the game's 2D art style. It was also stated that the events of the game happened in the Post-Super Genesis Wave timeline, though no adaptation was ever made.


  • Unlike other contemporary multi-platform games in the Sonic series, the console differences in all four versions of Sonic Riders are largely negligible:
  • The PlayStation 2 version contains freely selectable text languages, though there is no voice setting unlike previous PS2 Sonic games.
  • The Xbox version contains dual languages dependent on system settings. This release also has the highest resolution. However, the FMV cutscenes have frame rate issues and lagging.
  • The GameCube version also lacks voice language settings, however unlike previous GameCube ports, the controls here are almost as good as the other versions thanks to it being a racing game.
  • The PC version is an up-scaled port of the Xbox version, therefore it features selectable voiced languages. The audio in this version has been down-sampled and the game only supports two players. There is also no exit game option.
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Animation difference for Storm between the PlayStation 2 version (left) and PC version (right).

  • The PC version also features an error where the characters' mouths and animations are misplaced.
  • There was a demo available for the PC version of the game, which featured running-only gameplay in Metal City.[28]
  • During development, Nintendo Power announced AiAi as a playable character in the game. Nintendo Power also claimed that Mario would be a GameCube exclusive character, which was later proven false.
  • All Xbox and PlayStation 2 copies of the game bought at Target came with a free Sonic X DVD.
  • This is the first Sonic game since Sonic the Hedgehog CD to have an anime-style opening cutscene.
  • Sonic Riders is the first Sonic game to support widescreen display.
  • Shadow and Eggman are the only characters that do not have Extreme Gear exclusive to themselves, as Darkness and E-Rider, can be ridden by any character in the game.
  • In one of the Babylon story cutscenes, when Jet opens a door with his control box, the control box disappears but is then in is his hands again in the next frame.
  • In the last cutscene, Amy's gloves are different.
  • In one of the Babylon story cutscenes, Wave is shown detaching the red jewel from her necklace, which is a small computer, to look at Eggman's diary entry bought by Storm. However, if one looks carefully in one of the scenes while Jet is reading what Eggman says, the red jewel is reattached to her necklace again as she is still showing the digital file.
  • Normally, the tip of Knuckles' tail would be pointing downwards, but it points upwards in this game during gameplay and the non-CG cutscenes. Strangely, his tail is also not crooked at all and is rather straight in the CG cutscenes, this would be the case in the CG cutscenes of Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity as well.
  • This is the only Sonic Riders game where the Air Tricks are named.
  • This was the last Sonic game Yuji Naka produced before leaving Sega.
  • Sonic Riders was the last Sonic game released for both the Xbox and the GameCube, along with being the last for the PlayStation 2 in Japan.
  • Ulala has 3D artwork in this game, but Nights and AiAi do not. However, her artwork is recycled from Sega Superstars.
  • In Rouge's official art her eyelids are blue, but in gameplay, her icon on the tailing map at the bottom of the screen has pink eyelids.
  • This is the second Sonic game where Amy chases Sonic with her Piko Piko Hammer at the end of the game, with the first being Sonic Rush.
  • Whenever a male character performs a complex trick, Omochao exclaims: "And she sticks the landing!" and vice versa for female characters.
  • This is the only game in the Sonic Riders trilogy that doesn't have a robot as the final boss.
  • In the opening cutscene of the Heroes story, just before the Babylon Rogues show up, the SEGA Carnival music is played in the background.
  • In the opening cinematic of the game, while the members of Team Sonic and the Babylon Rogues are passing through a wall of graffiti paintings, if one looks very closely, it features the painting taken from the cover art of Limp Bizkit's second studio album, Significant Other.
  • The PC version's instruction manual features an advert for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) that states that it would be released on Xbox 360 and PC, instead of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  • A Game Boy Advance version of Sonic Riders was in development by Backbone Entertainment, but it was cancelled due to a tight schedule.[29] Despite this, Sega liked the company and worked with them again for the Sonic Rivals series.
    • The Game Boy Advance version was initially pitched to Sega as Sonic Extreme, similar to the cancelled Sonic the Hedgehog Extreme, which was skateboarding game.[30]



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