Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sonic The Hedgehog

Thursday 23 June marks the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest gaming icons in the word – Sega's little blu mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog.
From the day of release of the first game, Sonic The Hedgehog, back in 1991 on the Mega Drive console, Sonic quickly became a popular gaming icon due to his super speed and his cool, edgy character.
According to game developer Sega, since then Sonic has become a hero for a generation, and has appeared in more than 65 games. As well as games, the little hedgehog has enjoyed huge success in areas such as comics, clothes and toys – and even starred in his own animated series.
Despite 20 years of fame, the prickly creature is just 15 years old and has not aged a day since his first appearance. With more than 70m copies of his games sold worldwide, and two more coming along later this year, Sonic's popularity looks set to continue.
20 facts about Sonic that you may have already known
1. More than 70m Sonic games have been sold
2. "Project Needlemouse" was the name given to the Sonic project
3. Sonic is 15 years old and has never aged
4. An estimated 60 million people have played at least one Sonic game
5. Sonic runs faster than the speed of light and is officially the fastest video game character of all time (according to the Guinness Book of Records)
6. Sonic was voted the No.1 gaming icon of all time, according to an MSN poll conducted in 2009
7. Sonic's shoes were inspired by a combination of Santa Claus and the colour red for speed and fire
8. Sonic originally had a girlfriend called Madonna and was in a rock band
9. Sonic's first appearance was a humble one – as a toy hanging from the rear-view mirror in the little-known arcade racing game Rad Mobile
10. Sonic has starred in his own line of comics and in four animated TV series
11. Sega sponsored the Williams Grand Prix team and the team's lead driver, Alain Prost, during the 1993 Formula One championship
12. Sonic fans have collected more than 70bn rings between them
13. Sonic was the first video game character to have a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
14. Sonic has made cameos in various games including, The Simpsons Game, The Incredible Hulk, Tom and Jerry: The Movie and he has also featured in the Simpsons TV show
15. Sonic has appeared in more than 65 games
16. Sonic's arch-enemy, Dr Eggman, has an IQ of 300
17. Sonic's personality is a juxtaposition of kindness and ferocity
18. Sonic hates boredom and being tied down, so much of his time is spent running
19. Sonic's favourite food is chilli dogs
20. Sonic cannot swim