Yesterday I finally sat down, gathered some patience, and beat the original Sonic The Hedgehog for the first time. Having never owned a Genesis, the first time I played it was a few years ago when I got the Sonic Mega Collection on the Gamecube, which is how I finished it yesterday (playing on the Wii.) I managed to get all 6 chaos emeralds, too (what a lame bonus ending.)
The main reason I'd never made it that far before may form the basis for a full post later, but it has to do with a short attention span and impatience for certain older games, especially when they come as part of an anniversary collection or other bundled budget retro release. I own and love a number of those, but this curious behavior in the way I play old games is something for which they are partly to blame.
Anyway, woo, Sonic. Maybe one day I'll muster the patience to unlock Green Hill Zone 3D in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.