Sonic Colors

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Sonic Colors
Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) AUS November 11, 2010
EU November 12, 2010
NA November 16, 2010
JP November 18, 2010
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (2)
Input methods Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GameCube Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Sonic Colors
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Sonic Colors (ソニック カラーズ Sonikku Karāzu in Japan, Sonic Colours in European and Australian markets) is a 2010 platforming game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The game has similar gameplay to the 2008 game Sonic Unleashed, using both side-scrolling and third-person perspectives.

Emulation Information

Shut Down

This game's online functionality has been shut down as of May 20, 2014 and works in neither Dolphin or on Wii hardware.

Controller Map Overlap

Sonic Colors is capable of using both GameCube controllers and Wii Remotes. If a physical controller is set to emulate both a GameCube Controller and a Wii Remote concurrently, it will operate both devices at the same time. To fix, migrate controls to use separate physical controllers.

Excessively Dark Rendering

When playing the PAL version in 50Hz mode, the game is significantly darker than in 60Hz modes. This occurs on console and is not an issue with Dolphin. To avoid this, use PAL60 mode when playing the PAL version of the game.


Missing Audio

Certain music effects, such as muffled and quieter music in underwater sections and muted music while going though pipes with the Drill wisp, are missing under DSP-HLE. The effects don't play in HLE. Boosting music plays properly though. All music effects work properly under DSP-LLE. Refer issue 10069. Fixed with 5.0-14712.


Anti-aliasing Lines

Noticeable lines appear under Sonic and stay for the whole game. Disabling anti-aliasing fixes this.

Arbitrary Mipmap Detection Distorts Textures and Models at Higher Resolutions

Arbitrary Mipmap Detection heavily distorts the look of textures and models when using higher resolution than native, especially noticeable in areas like Asteroid Coaster. Disable it to make the game look much sharper.

Bloom Effects

The game uses bloom effects that are not displayed correctly if playing at higher than native resolution. Enable 'Native Resolution Bloom' in the graphics mods section of the game config to render bloom correctly.

Linear 16:9 support

This code straightens the 16:9 view to be expanded for monitor display, although widescreen is natively supported.

F6000001 80008180
14000004 3FE38E39
E0000000 80008000

Open Matte mode

Only when 4:3 is set in the Wii Options, this code makes the view appear open matte. For a better result, enable the straight 16:9 code above.


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48000009 3FE38E39
7C6802A6 C0030000
C022FA48 FC1F0000
EFFF0024 FC000890
41800010 EC21F824
D02298E4 4800000C
C02298E4 D02298E8
C002FA48 EC1F0028
C3E2FA58 EC0007F2
3C608073 38638FF0
881E0074 7C000034
5400F0B8 FC000050
7C03056E FC000050
C3E2FA48 EC00F82A
D0030004 EC00F828
FC000050 3C608072
3863C638 7C03056E
FC000050 EC00F82A
D0030004 C01F000C
38000000 901F000C
60000000 00000000
C205DF38 0000001E
3C008005 6000DF3C
4800000C 3C00803C
600016CC 9421FF00
90010048 7C0802A6
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D0410020 D8610028
D8810030 DBA10038
C3A2FA58 EC3D0072
3C008038 60007410
7C0803A6 4E800021
C0410020 C002802C
FC020040 41800008
FC400090 EC420024
EC211024 3C008038
60006A94 7C0803A6
4E800021 EC21E824
80610000 8081004C
80A10004 80C10008
80E1000C 81010010
81210014 81410018
8161001C C0410020
C8610028 C8810030
CBA10038 80010040
7C0803A6 80010048
7C0903A6 38210100
4E800420 00000000
C205E030 00000004
3C60807B C003B924
C0E28A2C EC070024
EC210024 EF8107F2
60000000 00000000
C205E168 00000004
3C60807B C003B924
C0E28A2C EC070024
EC210024 EFE107F2
60000000 00000000
C2084F64 00000002
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38610038 00000000
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FC4000AE EC420024
EFDE1024 EFFF1024
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C042FA58 ED6B00B2
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60000000 00000000
C20B3658 00000005
80C10010 D03C0030
C0060008 C022802C
FC01082E EC000824
C03C0030 EC210024
D03C0030 00000000
C20B49A0 00000007
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ED6B0072 ED615828
C0E2FA58 ED6B01F2
EC42582A EC21582A
3C008034 60008A90
7C0803A6 4E800021
60000000 00000000
C20F6C00 00000004
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C06CB924 C0828A2C
EC641824 ECE71824
60000000 00000000
C210AE9C 00000006
3C00805E 60003B5C
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FC030040 41800008
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4E800021 00000000
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C082FA58 ECC60132
EC003028 00000000
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60000000 00000000
C219D954 00000009
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C3C2802C FC1DF000
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EC42F028 EC84F02A
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60000000 00000000
C22CF378 00000005
48000009 3FE38E39
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FC000800 41800008
FC000890 EC000824
EC220824 00000000
C22DEEE0 00000009
80610008 C3A30008
C3C2802C FC1DF000
41800008 FFA0F090
EFDE0772 EC00F028
EC42F028 EC84F02A
60000000 00000000
C22F48E0 00000005
48000009 3FE38E39
7C6802A6 C0430000
FC000800 41800008
FC000890 EC000824
EC220824 00000000
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4E800021 00000000
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48000009 3FE38E39
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FC000800 41800008
FC000890 EC000824
EC220824 00000000
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4E800420 00000000
C25DFA74 00000009
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EC200824 C0180004
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EC200828 C002FA58
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60000000 00000000
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C0028A2C C023B924
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60000000 00000000
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Enter this as an AR code in the game's configuration settings. This patch will unlock the game's frame rate from 30FPS on actual hardware to 60FPS. It can cause some minor physics issues (nevertheless, the game can still easily be completed). Reaching frame rates >30 FPS may require checking Store EFB Copies To Texture Only and/or increase the Emulated CPU Clock.

008F2D97 00000001
0090DB0B 00000001

Known problems

  • This code will make completing Asteroid Coaster Act 2 difficult at the point shown below. Using Boost should allow getting past.
  • Aquarium Park, Act 1: The scripted loop at the beginning of the level bugs out, sometimes sending Sonic out of the stage to his death. To fix this, simply don't touch the controls at the start of the level. Sonic will get stuck in the loop, but then he'll get unstuck and continue through the loop. You can also disable the 60FPS patch for that particular section. Save states can be used even when the patch is enabled/disabled.
  • Tropical Resort, Act 1: If you jump at the right spot, the game will freeze.
  • Boosting in between a set of springs will cause Sonic to get stuck infinitely bouncing on the springs and cause the level to softlock at which point the level must be restarted. This is easiest to do in the first set of springs in Tropical Resort Act 1 but can be done in any area.
  • Terminal Velocity, Boss: After executing a chain of attacks on boss, Sonic will not always be able to boost into it for extra damage. Sonic will seldom be able to boost into it and is very inconsistent when it will work. You may disable the 60FPS patch for this particular stage. Boosting for extra damage is not required to beat that boss, but is needed if the player wishes to obtain an S rank.

HD Texture Pack

Download here


No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this title.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Sonic Colors since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21736 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
r3661 Windows XP Intel NVIDIA GeForce 7100 Around 15FPS.
r3661 Windows 7 AMD Phenom X4 @ 3 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Around 30FPS, lags in some places.
r6423 Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 ATI Radeon HD 4650 Around 20FPS
r6423 Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Around 20FPS, some minor glitches, black screen on Act II
r6473 Windows 7 AMD Phenom X4 ATI Radeon HD 4850 Around 20FPS, black screen when using pink wisp
r6603 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-750 @ 4 GHz ATI Radeon HD 5870 Around 43+ FPS (unlimited, normal is 30). Only Some graphic problems, but barely noticeable.
r6790 Windows 7 AMD Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.81 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 OpenGL: 15-20FPS, no graphic or sound problems at all.
r7027 Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.93 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4550 20-28FPS (75%-98%), Perfect game play. With No Problem
r7045 Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT DirectX11: 15-20FPS
r7128 Windows XP AMD Phenom II X2 @ 3.50 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4650 25-30FPS (80%-100%), Perfect game play.
r7259 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-760 @ 2.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 DirectX9: Locked at 30FPS, perfect game play & sound. (1920x1080) Louie82Y
r7259 Windows 7 AMD FX @ 4.5 GHz AMD Radeon R9 295X2 DirectX11: Super Perfect Gameplay, use this emulator for sonic colors(1920x1080) Angel X
r7332 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 DirectX9: Locked at 30FPS, sometimes drops to 26-28FPS during small scale explosions, perfect game play & sound. (1920x1080) Grounder
r7436 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.5 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Perfect: 60FPS Menu etc 30FPS in game With DX9 Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled, Scale 3x, 1920x1080, RDilus
r7473 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz ATI Radeon HD 5750 Perfect: Menu: 60FPS, Game: 30FPS (sometimes drops 25~28), with DX11 Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled, Scale 3x, 1680x1050, EFB Copy: Texture, OpenCL enabled, 64 bits mode. Juliannb
r7564 Windows 7 AMD Phenom X4 9350e @ 2.01 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Black screen after SEGA logo with Direct3D9; crashes at start up with OpenGL. UPDATE: Perfect with Direct3D9. I've disabled Progressive Scan, so black screen... never again!
r7612 Windows 7 Intel Quad Core @ 3.33 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Around 25-30FPS (75-100%), no graphic & sound problem Sonic1993
r7670 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.1 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Works totally fine. Slight random slowdowns during intense action. MegaJump
r7671 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-860 @ 2.8 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4850 60FPS in menus and 30FPS in levels with DirectX11 16x Anisotropic Filtering, Scale 4x and Resolution 2560x1440. Deactivate V-Sync, Audio Throttle and uncheck RAM in EFB Copies TimeWalker
r7719 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6950 Perfect. 30FPS in DX11 with AA Samples 4 (quality 16), AF x16, and Internal Resolution x4 (2560x2112), at 1920x1080.
3.0-363 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.66 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6950 30FPS in DX9 (AF16x, AA 9XSSAA), random slowdowns but average is 30FPS,Lock threads to core and OpenMP. MinorOS
3.0-421 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.825 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPS varies between 20-30FPS, no matter what settings or plugin I use. "Skip EFB Access from CPU" seems to help. Guess I need a better processor. The game plays perfectly however. AgainstYourThought
3.0-458 Mac OS X 10.7.4 Intel Core i7 @ 2.6 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Almost rock solid 30FPS, perfect on almost all menus, so much better than I could have dreamed for. For some reason, the only place that lags in the game is... map screen for Tropical Resort. For some reason there the emulator thinks it's running at full speed. Also for some reason loading times are drastically improved compared to the actual console experience. The boost effect glitch occurs if I use fullscreen. UPDATE: I replaced my computer with an identical model (older model developed issues)... and it does NOT work nearly as well as above. Very choppy and at times laggy. Odd and worrying to say the least. Ac
3.0-715 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-950 @ 4 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Rock solid 30FPS. It never drops at all and no glitches or anything. DX9, 4x Native, 16x AF, 0x AA, Skip EFB from CPU, Texture EFB Copy, Fast Texture Cache, OpenCL, OpenMP. Turning on AA destroys the performance. Zharay
3.0-776 Windows 7 AMD Athlon II X4 645 @ 3.1 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectX9: Works bad and slow. (15FPS) DirectX11: Some graphical glitches, often lags. (20-30FPS), OpenGL: Works great and mostly fast, sometimes little lags (25-30FPS)(1920x1080) SlaSh (L.V.)
3.0-787 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2430M @ 2.4 GHz Intel HD Graphics 3000 Playable at 19-25FPS, no HUD, and slow gameplay. Ace12182
3.5 Windows 7 AMD FX-6350 @ 3.9 GHz AMD Radeon HD 7770 Completely playable. Slight to moderate slowdown in some areas. 25-30FPS. OpenGL, 2x Native, HLE Audio. Randompc1
3.5-367 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 4.5 GHz ATI Radeon HD 5850 Perfect, 60/29-30FPS, DX11, 1920x1080, Scaled EFB copy, pixel lighting, 16x AF, OpenMP texture decoder. Only one of the cutscenes had minor sound issues. ekp
3.5-607 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-2630QM @ 2.9 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560m Seems to lag with all graphics cores and settings. I can only get around 60-70% speed (and 21-25FPS). performance is even worse with LLE. Very odd indeed, seeing as other people have it working near perfect, at least on older dolphin releases. Vgf89
4.0 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i3-4130 @ 3.4 GHz Intel HD Graphics 4400 Playable, 30FPS in-game and stage select, 60FPS in others menu. The game HUD does not appear without Custom projection hack marked zNear (Nothing typed in the box) MMU unmarked. 1x native resolution. Texture EFB copy. DirectX 9. Narvy
4.0-135 Windows 7 Intel Core i7 @ 2.6 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Runs well at solid 30FPS at 1440x900 with no glitches. For the most part, it can handle the 60FPS patch, but certain sections lag badly and Asteroid Coaster suffers from the FIFO overflow bug described above. Ac
4.0-1546 Windows 7 AMD FX-4130 @ 3.8 GHz AMD Radeon HD 7850 Near perfect. 30FPS (no EFB, 30FPS framelimit) with occasional slowdown. Running at 1080p with 4x aa, 16x af and FXAA filter. Everything is emulated perfectly except for two minor graphical bugs: some glow effect are less subtle than on the Wii, letters on the credits are invisible (but still intractable). RedstoneForge
4.0-4760 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-540M @ 2.53 GHz NVIDIA NVS 5100M Playable, 30-60FPS during stages. Menus at 60FPS. HUD visible. Running at 1x IR, no AF or AA.
4.0-5899 Windows 7 Intel Pentium G3258 @ 3.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 30/60FPS All the time with these settings: DirectX 11, 4x Anti-alising, 16x AF, 1366x768 Internal Resolution Quote
5.0-rc-5 Windows 10 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Emulação Perfeita 30FPS Full Speed com OpenGL, 1080p e 3X Resolução Interna e 4x AA, 16x AF

Sonic Colors - Dolphin Perfeito 30 FPS - FULL SPEED

4.0-7005 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i5-4590 AMD R9 280 30FPS with OpenGL and 3X internal resolution Mors
5.0 Windows 10 Intel Xeon X5450 @ 3 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 730 While DirectX12 turned on with 3x native resolution at a window resolution of 1280x720 around 25-30FPS, but when it locks to 30FPS it feels way more than what it shows. ĐeäTh
5.0 Windows 10 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9505 @ 2.83 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Playable 30FPS most of the time, with some stuttering on first minutes of gameplay. FPS dropped to 22 on certain parts of Sweet Mountain. Using DirectX 11, 3x native resolution. jonasbantunes
5.0-200 Windows 10 Intel Core i7-5820K @ 3.3 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Runs at 4k 30FPS no problems runs at 2k 60FPS(With code) but needs to turn the CPU clock speed up a lot. Brimaster2000
5.0-13424 Windows 10 AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 The game runs at 4k30fps fine, and at 1080p60fps fine at 165% clock speed fine. The game is fully beatable with no discernible issues, though I'd actually recommend playing in native resolution. The bloom is broken above internal resolution with scaled EFB copy on, as is the depth of field, and turning off scaled EFB copy makes the game present at 480p frame anyways. Luig
5.0-14519 macOS 11.4 Apple M1 @ 3.2 GHz Apple M1 7-Core Near-perfect 30FPS (or 60FPS with patch) at 3x native resolution. Some stuttering seemingly at random, but otherwise no issues. Far better than my last attempt nearly a decade ago. Ac
5.0-16739 Windows 11 Intel Core i7-1185G7 @ 3 GHz Intel Iris Xe Graphics 720p 60FPS or 1440p 30FPS, the game ran surprisingly well and rarely stuttered. J-Meister

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