Happy Birthday Sonic – 23 on the 23rd!

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Okay, so Sonic isn’t exactly alive but characters can still have birthdays! On this day in 1991, Sonic made his first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog which came out for the Mega Drive system.

Sonic, like many characters made at the time, was a mascot created to compete with the likes of Mario, who was already extremely popular. Sonic’s color was originally teal but was changed to cobalt blue to match Sega’s logo and his shoes were modeled after Michael Jackson’s boots with some added red. He was created by Yuji Naka of Sega and released to the world on June 23rd 1991.

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Through the years, the Sonic franchise has pumped out 33 main games with the newest Sonic The Lost World released  last year and Sonic Boom in the works currently. The games feature Sonic as the protagonist but also feature Tails, his fox sidekick and include many more characters such as Knuckles, Amy, Mr.Big and etc. Sonic games have included titles like one of my favorite games of all time, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the GBA iterations Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2Sonic and Knuckles, Sonic Generations and many more. 

My favorite Sonic memories include my younger brother and I going to my grandma’s house after school and playing Sonic 2 on the Sega Genesis (which belonged to our uncle) for hours. After playing it for months, we only ever got to Metal Sonic but couldn’t ever beat the game. We got really good at coordinating on the extra Emerald stages and could get Super Sonic in the least amount of levels possible.

Despite what you think, I played as Tails. This was partially because I was never good at the game, but also because I loved Tails as a character as much as Sonic. There was also the added bonus of not being able to die while playing as Tails which is where I shined, taking on the bosses almost single-handedly.

Sonic and his friends’ new look for the upcoming Sonic Boom game has been met with contempt by many fans of the series. Although I don’t distinctly remember the first time that Sonic went through his 1998 change, I can imagine that his redesign was also met with some of the same feelings. We can only hope that Sega continues to make good decisions for the sake of the mascot that they created many years ago.

Despite what Sonic may look like in the future, we can’t forget the great memories that we have of him. Sure, there have been failures and there will be more to come but nevertheless, Happy Birthday Sonic! May the wind be at your back and your feet ever faster! 

What are your best Sonic memories? Playing as Tails as the younger sibling? Beating that final boss? Sound off in the comments!

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After her first gaming memory of playing Final Fantasy 7, she became a lover of JRPGs, RPGs and even MMORPGs. Her backlog keeps getting longer as she finds more games from the retro side of video games to play alongside the new. Over the years she has been expanding more into the action side of video games with the purchase of her PS3 however still has a insatiable craving for everything RPG. Introducing the often sarcastic Canadian RPG gamer, Charnelle.
  • PedroToTheX

    Sadly, I have forgotten the good memories sonic provided.

  • Dan Brown

    Happy Birthday Sonic………..even though you’ve been beaten down by crappy game after crappy game for many years, and dragged through the mud by horrible decision making……Happy Birthday anyway 🙂

    Anyway, my most vivid memory of Sonic was playing the second game on an arcade machine at my old dentist when growing up (they had a Super Mario World arcade to), while waiting to have whatever horrible thing the dentists were going to do to me. So thanks for getting me through those tough times Sonic…..until I was pulled away 🙁

  • That moment you realize you’re older than one of the oldest characters in modern gaming. :/