Sonic History



Sonic the Hedgehog better known under the name of Sonic is the main character of the Sonic video game series published by Sega, as well as a certain amount of spin-off comics, cartoons and a movies The first Sonic game, Sonic the Hedgehog, released June 23, 1991, was released in order to provide Sega with a mascot to strongly represent the image of Sega.

Since then, Sonic has become one of the most famous video games character in the world, with games that have sold over 70 million copies.

In 1990, while Nintendo, Sega's main competitor in the console market had already found its perfect mascot Mario in 1985, Sega was still looking for a charismatic figure able to truly compete with the famous plumber.
Finally, it is Naoto Ōshima's hedgehog , whose code name was "M.Needlemouse" (Needlemouse being a literal translation of hedgehog in Japanese), which was chosen to embody the new mascot of Sega.
The blue color was chosen to match Sega's blue logo, the shoes were inspired by Michael Jackson's shoes and a mix between the colors on its album cover "Bad" as well as Santa Claus's clothes.
The character eventually got called "Sonic" because of its speed. To appeal to the U.S. market and contrast with Mario, Sonic demonstrates a young, fast and slightly arrogant image. It nevertheless can not swim, because at the time, Yuji Naka believed hedgehogs were unable to do so (laughs). It will be realeased on Megadrive in 1991.

The appearance of Sonic differed depending the media and the style with which he was designed: The original Sonic designed by Oshima was short with short spikes, a round body and invisible irises, like the other video games artworks designed for the packaging of Sonic the Hedgehog and other games of the series.
When Sonic the Hedgehog 2 appeared on Megadrive, Sonic's proportions have changed and he became bigger and more imposing.

Since Sonic Adventure, released in 1998, Sonic was redesigned by Yuji Uekawa, giving him longer legs, a less spherical body, more falling spikes and green eyes.

But let's particularly remember the year 90 was the one of the creation of a legend that is now part of the list of the greatest video game characters; the one of the birth of an ambitious and talented team that has kept on providing quality work and really fun ideas; and the one of the emergence of a new gameplay which imposed new standards regarding gaming platforms.

Today ....

And today it's still has the same success as you know it, especially with games adapted on: PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita… Yes, not less !

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