Sega's marquee mascot races onto Wii as a 3D throwback to the fast-paced Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s. In lieu of free-roaming environments, the disc features a series of linear levels that has the Blue Blur accelerating across stretches of land while dodging various hazards. Sonic is free to showcase his trademark speed as he zips past ancient ruins, collapsing columns, desert oases, and other exotic locales to locate pages from the Arabian Nights. While the storyline is different, the controls are where Secret Rings distinguishes itself from previous Sonic outings.
As in racing titles like Excite Truck, the Wii Remote is held horizontally so players can steer left and right by tilting the input device in either direction. Sonic can also run in reverse, smash into barriers, and jump to avoid obstacles or enemies. The hedgehog will soar at even higher speeds once players activate the character's "Wild Gauge" by collecting orbs scattered around each area. In addition to the main storyline, Sonic and the Secret Rings includes an assortment of mini-games that can be played alone or with a group of friends.