Happy 25th Birthday Sonic the Hedgehog
Over 25 years ago Sega decided they wanted a mascot for their company. In 1991, an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog, was born. Could they have predicted that Sonic would become one of the most iconic characters on Earth? Out to protect the world from the evil Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, Sonic has been gathering rings and searching for the powerful Chaos Emeralds ever since.
In 1992, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released. Sonic learned his “spin dash” maneuver. Meanwhile, we were introduced to his pal Miles “Tails” Prower. The next year Sonic became a pinball game appropriately called Sonic Spinball. That same year Sega CD was released introducing Amy Rose and Metal Sonic. In 1994, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was released and Sonic got a shield maneuver. He also met another antagonist, Knuckles the Echidna. Additionally, this was the year that Sega introduced the lesser-known character, Nack the Weasel, to their Japanese audience. Sonic also tried his hand at racing in Sonic Drift. The next year, Sonic was slowed down by Dr. Eggman when his shoes were replaced with Speed Down Boots in Sonic Labyrinth. Sonic made up for that by racing again in Sonic Drift 2. In 1996, Sonic said goodbye to the Sega Genesis and makes his way to the Sega Saturn. There he was given a little depth in the isometric, Sonic 3D Blast. He also had his first game canceled this year, Sonic X-treme.
In 1997, Sonic became fully 3D in the racing game Sonic R. The next year, Sonic meets PC, when they port Sonic R. He also moved to Sega Dreamcast in the same year with Sonic Adventure. However, the game was re-released for PC and GameCube as Sega decided to move away from console production after the failure of the Dreamcast. In 1999, Sonic went portable in Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventures on SNK’s NEO GEO Pocket Color. After 10 years, Sonic tried his hand at board games in the franchise’s last Dreamcast title, Sonic Shuffle. The next year he went on another adventure in Sonic Adventure 2. He also transitioned to the Gameboy Advance in Sonic Advance, and released first in Japan. In 2002, Sonic Adventure 2 became Sonic Adventure 2: Battle when it reached the GameCube.
Sonic Advanced 2 was released in 2003, quickly followed by Sonic Advanced 3 the next year. In 2005 Sonic moved to Nintendo DS in Sonic Rush and that same year, players got to know Shadow the Hedgehog a bit better. The next year Sonic returned to racing again in Sonic Riders. In 2007 Sonic got to play with jet skis and submarines in Sonic Rush Adventures and he also met Mario for the Olympic Games. The next year BioWare developed a turn-based spinoff game called Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. And in 2009 Mario and Sonic traveled to the Winter Olympic Games. Sonic never grew out of racing and was back at it the next year with Sonic Free Riders.
Sonic’s Adult Life
His 20th birthday, in 2011, brought Sonic Generations and in 2012 we saw Sonic All Star Racing Transformed. Sonic Dash came out the next year and he was back to the Winter Games in 2014. Last year we had Sonic Runners and now we have Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice to look forward to. Whether we’re trying to save the world, win the Olympics or simply playing with Chao in the Chao Garden, Sonic continues to be a much-loved character and fans can continue to rest easy knowing that their hedgehog friend won’t be disappearing anytime soon.