Sonic Colors

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Sonic Colors
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.


60FPS hack

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0090DB0B 00000001

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). Check "Store EFB Copies To Texture Only.". It may also be advisable to increase the emulated CPU clock to maintain 60FPS rendering, although this option is not available in recent builds and is not required.

Known problems:

  • Aquarium Park, Act 1: The scripted loop at the beginning of the level bugs out, sending Sonic out of the stage to his death. To fix this, simply disable the 60FPS patch for that particular section. Save states can be used even when the patch is enabled/disabled.

HD Texture Pack

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Odd Spring Textures

In OpenGL, springs appear with weird textures, even when turning on Safe Texture cache (though, when turned on, it TEMPORARILY solves the texture problem).

OpenGL Startup Screen Hang

In OpenGL, the game may hang after the SEGA logo if you have EFB Copies enabled at game startup. Disabling EFB copies resolves the issue. However, EFB copies need to be enabled for proper emulation. To fix this, use D3D. If using OpenGL, you can disable EFB copies when starting, and re-enable after the main menu appears.

FIFO Overflow Hang

This may occur at the end of Asteroid Coaster Act 1 and possibly in other areas. To fix this, turn off Dual Core for the problematic area. As turning off Dual Core tends to slow down emulation considerably, save states are recommended.

Boost Effect

Some people have reported that boosting causes a large portion of the viewable area around Sonic to go completely black, making navigation quite difficult, though this bug does not affect game performance. It seems to happen mostly when the internal resolution is set to above 1x native (640x528). This has been fixed in recent builds.

Low Performance Crash

If running the game with low performance computer with low FPS and slow emulation speed, the game may crash after Sega title cutscene. You can use "accurate v-beam emulation" to help with this.

Glow Effects

Glow effect are less subtle than on the Wii.

Text in Credits

Letters on the credits are invisible (but still interactable).

Missing Hud and Menu

The Menu and the In-Game Hud may be invisible if you don't enable "Custom Projection Hack" on "Game Properties" ON Development builds the "Custom Projection Hack" is missing, so the game is broken right now until fixed. Fixed by 4.0-4451.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Skip EFB Access from CPU On If otherwise, black screen may occur.
Enable Progressive Scan Off When enabled, it may result in a black screen.

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.

5.0-15586 (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 Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r3661 Windows XP x86 Intel NVIDIA GeForce 7100 Around 15FPS.
r3661 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom X4 @ 3GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Around 30FPS, lags in some places.
r6423 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 ATI Radeon HD 4650 Around 20FPS
r6423 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Around 20FPS, some minor glitches, black screen on Act II
r6473 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom X4 ATI Radeon HD 4850 Around 20FPS, black screen when using pink wisp
r6790 Windows 7 x86 AMD Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.81GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 OpenGL: 15-20FPS, no graphic or sound problems at all.
^r6603 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-750 @ 4GHz ATI Radeon HD 5870 Around 43+ FPS (unlimited, normal is 30). Only Some graphic problems, but barely noticeable.
r7045 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT DirectX11: 15-20FPS
r7128 Windows XP x64 AMD Phenom II X2 @ 3.50GHz ATI Radeon HD 4650 25-30FPS (80%-100%), Perfect game play.
^r7027 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.93GHz ATI Radeon HD 4550 20-28FPS (75%-98%), Perfect game play. With No Problem
r7259 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-760 @ 2.8GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 DirectX9: Locked at 30FPS, perfect game play & sound. (1920x1080) Louie82Y
r7259 Windows 7 x64 AMD FX @ 4.5GHz AMD Radeon R9 295X2 DirectX11: Super Perfect Gameplay, use this emulator for sonic colors(1920x1080) Angel X
r7332 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4GHz 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 x64 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.5GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 Perfect: 60FPS Menu etc 30FPS in game With DX9 Plugin, Dual Core Enabled, 16x Anisotropic Filtering enabled, Scale 3x, 1920x1080, x64 RDilus
r7473 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2GHz 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 x64 AMD Phenom X4 9350e @ 2.01GHz 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 x64 Intel Quad Core @ 3.33GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Around 25-30FPS (75-100%), no graphic & sound problem Sonic1993
r7719 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz AMD Radeon HD 6950 Perfect. 30FPS in DX11 with AA Samples 4 (quality 16), AF x16, and Internal Resolution x4 (2560x2112), at 1920x1080.
^r7670 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.1GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Works totally fine. Slight random slowdowns during intense action. MegaJump
^r7671 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-860 @ 2.8GHz 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
3.0-363 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core i5-750 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 x86 AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.825GHz 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
3.0-715 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-950 @ 4GHz 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
^3.0-458 Mac OS X 10.7.4 Intel Core i7 @ 2.6GHz 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
3.0-776 Windows 7 x64 AMD Athlon II X4 645 @ 3.1GHz 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.)
3.5-607 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2630QM @ 2.9GHz 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
^3.5-367 Windows 7 x64 AMD Phenom II x6 1090T @ 4.5GHz 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
^3.0-787 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-2430m @ 2.4GHz Intel HD Graphics 3000 Playable at 19-25FPS, no HUD, and slow gameplay. Ace12182
^3.5 Windows 7 x64 AMD FX-6350 @ 3.9GHz AMD Radeon HD 7770 Completely playable. Slight to moderate slowdown in some areas. 25-30FPS. OpenGL, 2x Native, HLE Audio. Randompc1
4.0 Windows 8.1 x64 Intel Core i3-4130 @ 3.4GHz 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
4.0-1546 Windows 7 AMD FX-4130 @ 3.8GHz 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 @ 2.53GHz 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 x64 Intel Pentium G3258 @ 3.8GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 30/60FPS All the time with these settings: DirectX 11, 4x Anti-alising, 16x AF, 1366x768 Internal Resolution Quote
4.0-7005 Windows 8.1 x64 Intel Core i5-4590 AMD R9 280 30FPS with OpenGL and 3X internal §resolution Mors
5.0 Windows 10 Pro x64 Intel Core i5-2500k @ 3.3GHz Geforce GTX 650Ti Boost Emulação Perfeita 30FPS Full Speed com OpenGL, 1080p e 3X Resolução Interna e 4x AA, 16x AF Willjay_01

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