30 years of Sonic the Hedgehog
I have told this or rather shared this story so many times. Sonic the Hedgehog felt like it evolved the platformer genre. He was cool, he was a speedster and it gave gamers a different challenge. You have to understand, when I started out it was Nintendo and Mario who were cool, do not get me wrong. However, when Sonic dropped, it was a whole new cool beast. This blue streak that sped by had you go into overdrive.
30 years of Sonic!
It started on Christmas 1990 for me with a dual game pack Sega Genesis with Altered Beast and Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of you might remember that cartridge that said, “Not for Resale”. Which was weird to me, because why would I resell it? Either way, this little chubby speed bomber was unique and fun to get into.
There were times where you can go so fast that he would leave the level. You had to have the quick hand-eye coordination to play this game. Also, you had to slow down or you might speed past hidden areas. Even the weird antagonist Dr. Robotnik is now known as Dr. Eggman for obvious reasons. Had me looking at the dude as those creepy scientist experimenting on animals.
Which he was turning animals into robot minions that you would literally pop and the animal would be free. Interesting take versus having to save a princess all the time. That was a huge turning point for me and it felt like I had a better purpose.
Now, this is just my opinion and I know this might start was issues, but whatever. Sonic the Hedgehog to me forced Mario to evolve. I thought about this when Super Mario World dropped on the SNES. There was a bit more speed to the game and things to do. Sonic 2 drops and gives you a sidekick this time named Miles “Tails” Prowess who had a deeper story than I thought. He is a freaking intelligent engineer helping sonic as a two-tailed flying fox.
Definitely felt like a sibling relationship between the two and you never really questioned where he came from. He was just there and it was fine. Also adding multiplayer was a fun touch to the series.
The biggest game at the time was Sonic the Hedgehog 3. This to me was the Summer Movie Blockbuster of games where now we have a third party to the mix. Knuckles the Echidna enters the fight which confused you on where he stood. Is he an ally or a villain? This was intriguing and made you go, “Oh snap!”. As knuckles brought in a new game mechanic for the series as he glides and can climb up walls. This brought in a new strategy to the series.
Of course, another sequel came out Sonic and Knuckles which had a cartridge slot so you can play the previous games with knuckles as well. Things take a weird turn after that with Sonic Spinball, but we enter the next-gen consoles.
3D Sonic was weird…at first.
Sonic took a weird turn which wasn’t always successful with the 3D realm except when the Dreamcast dropped with Sonic Adventure and Adventure 2. Great concepts, introducing new characters and adding some RPG elements in a way as you get items to enhance characters. But do not get it twisted there have been rough games from sonic especially after Sega ended their consoles and just went straight to software.
It wasn’t a bad movie, but it took some getting used to. Especially seeing Sonic on Nintendo, but it worked out.
Sonic as a whole:
Sonic has been ingrained into almost everything. From Cartoons to comic books, anime, and of course a Toaster. Sonic the Hedgehog is part of my journey as a gamer and thanks to Naoto Ohshima and Yuji Naka. This was a grand experience that also paved the way to a damn good movie. I can’t wait to check out the sequel which already leaked details of Knuckles being in the movie.
Before we end this post I want to share a recommendation of Sonic Games for you to play.
- Sonic 1, 2 and 3
- Sonic and Knuckles
- Sonic Spinball
- Sonic Adventure
- Sonic Colors
- Sonic and Sega All-Star Racing
- Sonic All-Star Racing Transformed.
- Sonic Generations
- Sonic Mania
30 years of Sonic the Hedgehog makes me go down that memory lane and I am glad to share that with you all. Looking forward to seeing what comes next with sega and our blue speedster with his friends. – Beast Out –