Is This How Sonic The Hedgehog Was Created?

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 4, 2014 in Fandom, Videogames

Sonic the Hedgehog

To answer the question above, no, it’s not. But when you think about it, little about Sonic the Hedgehog makes sense. Hedgehogs aren’t known for being fast (or blue), the game world — while creative and distinctive — couldn’t possibly exist in reality, and putting animals in robots is a pretty poor evil scheme. Even though Yuji Naka, Naoto Oshima, and Hirokazu Yasuhara created Sonic to become Sega’s new mascot, this sketch by BEASTS, in which a group of underlings at Sega create Sonic after a particularly unproductive brainstorming session, seems somewhat plausible. After all, it’s not like Mario made much more sense either. Read more…



Sonic & Other Classic Sega Games Go 3D On 3DS

Posted by Bob Muir on Oct 31, 2013 in Videogames

Sonic the Hedgehog

If you’re a retro games enthusiast, chances are you’ve bought certain games more than once. Sonic the Hedgehog has been rereleased at least ten times in the last decade, between Virtual Console releases, cellphones, compilation discs, and more. Now you can add yet another rerelease to it, but at least this release has something new to offer. Sega recently converted several Genesis games into 3D for Japanese release on the 3DS. Not every game released on the system needs to be in 3D, especially retro games, but Nintendo and other companies have done so occasionally to offer a new reason to repurchase old classics. It was strange that the games were Japan-only, but now Sega has announced that all eight of them will be coming West before the end of the year. You’ve got Sonic, Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage, Shinobi, and more to pick from. Check out the list below! Read more…

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Sonic Lost Worlds Looks… Good?

Posted by Ben Huber on Jun 8, 2013 in Videogames


IGN recently got a chance to look at the E3 demo of SEGA’s upcoming Wii U and 3DS exclusive, Sonic Lost Worlds. Now I know the prevailing narrative is that Sonic games suck, right? Aside from Generations, that is. Well, it looks like SEGA is on the right track here with Sonic Lost Worlds, because it looks great! I’m definitely getting some Super Mario Galaxy vibes here, but I don’t find that a problem at all. While the Wii U version looks great and I want to try it now, the 3DS version is also surprisingly good in the visuals department. Videos for both below the break. Read more…

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Sonic Lost World Harkens Back To Canceled Game

Posted by Bob Muir on May 29, 2013 in Videogames

Sonic Lost World

Nintendo had announced during a recent Nintendo Direct that Sega was making a new Sonic game exclusively for Wii U and 3DS. Now there’s a trailer for the game, titled Sonic Lost World. While parts of the trailer may make many wary — there are several new characters, which are always the weakest part of the game — there is something interesting going on that seems to reference an earlier, canceled Sonic game. Read more…

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Nintendo Forms Partnership With SEGA for 3 Sonic Games

Posted by Ben Huber on May 18, 2013 in Videogames


SEGA has been making a transition to a much more PC-oriented focus recently, but Sonic is still their big name brand. But what about on consoles? Nintendo has just snatched up a publishing and distribution deal with SEGA for the next 3 Sonic the Hedgehog games. The newly announced Sonic Lost World as well as Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be published by the Big N in Europe and Australia. While SEGA US will still publish the games here, the games themselves will be exclusive to Nintendo systems, aka the Wii U. It seems Nintendo’s new strategy of forming partnerships (like with Platinum Games) is solid, but will it pay off? Read more…

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Video Reveals How Sonic’s Dr. Robotnik Became Dr. Eggman

Posted by Bob Muir on Oct 23, 2012 in Videogames

Dr. Robotnik

In the old days of video game translation, English localization staff often changed characters’ names to appeal more to a Western audience. While we grew up knowing Sonic the Hedgehog’s nemesis as Dr. Ivo Robotnik, Japan knew him by his original name, Dr. Eggman. (It kind of justified all the egg references in the Sonic games, such as the Death Egg in Sonic 2.) In recent years, Sega has tried to reconcile these two names, stating that “Robotnik” is his real name and “Eggman” is his nickname, so that things can stay somewhat consistent. Videogame humor site Dorkly has another theory. Read more…



Nike’s Hidden Sonic x Vapor Mini-Game

Posted by Tim Sheehy on May 24, 2012 in Videogames

Sonic x Vapor

The other day, Nike released an over-the-top interactive video to promote their line of soccer — or football, if you prefer — cleats. The video, titled “My Time is Now” allows you to click on Easter eggs hidden throughout the clip for an in-depth look at the various aspects of the advertisement, some of which are more entertaining than others. One such hidden gem is this quick little Sonic the Hedgehog mini-game featured about two-thirds of the way through the ad, which can be accessed by clicking on a Sonic the Hedgehog-colored cleat pictured in the background. Read more…

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Sonic Falls On Hard(er) Times, Resorts to Selling Car Insurance

Posted by Ben Huber on Jan 8, 2012 in Videogames


The back of my mind is screaming out, “No, no, this isn’t real!” But if it’s fake it’s the best fake I’ve seen in a long time. And let’s face it, I don’t think any of us are that surprised here: Sonic is featured in a Progressive Car Insurance commercial. I love the guy, so it’s kind of sad to see this… and yet, amusing. Read more…



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