Sonic Team is a video game development team and a subsidiary of Creator/{{Sega}}. The team was formed with the express purpose of creating a mascot for Sega to compete directly with Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]. The studio was initially composed of 15 people, called Sega [=AM8=], and these 15, with the leadership of Naoto Oshima and Yuji Naka, produced the original ''VideoGame/{{Sonic The Hedgehog|1}}'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis. The game was an instant success and instantly propelled Sega to being one of the top video game companies in the industry. Sega [=AM8=] later renamed itself after their BreakthroughHit, calling itself Sonic Team.

As suggested by their name, they are pretty much known only for their development of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. Sonic Team works directly on the main series console games and supervises development on spinoffs and handheld titles in the series developed by other companies.

However, they have produced other well-known games besides their namesake series. Other titles they have developed include ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams'', ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'', and ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}''.

!!Games and game series produced by Sonic Team:
* ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg''
* ''VideoGame/BurningRangers''
* ''VideoGame/{{ChuChu Rocket}}''
* ''VideoGame/FeelTheMagic''
* ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams''
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' (''Online'' onward)
* ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' series (''Puyo Pop'' onward)
* ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}''
* ''VideoGame/SambaDeAmigo''
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series