Imagine being able to run faster than Usain Bolt, spinning more than Shane Warne and as being as blue as Eiffel 65 wanted you to be. That’s the world that Sonic the Hedgehog lives in, and he was one of the biggest stars of the decade.
After Nintendo had launched Super Mario as their mascot of sorts, Sega decided to respond. At the time the figurehead of their company was a character called Alex Kidd, who looked like the lovechild of Ian Brown and Superted. Noticing how stupid he looked, Sega decided a change was needed.
After rejecting an armadillo, a Theodore Roosevelt look-alike and a rabbit, Sonic was thankfully chosen. Blue was chosen to reflect the Sega logo, and whilst his shoes were inspired by Michael Jackson his personality was to mirror Bill Clinton’s. Thankfully Sonic was never caught shagging his co-workers and went about saving the world.
Sonic first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog, the first of his games released on the Sega Megadrive. Subsequent sequels would follow as the games proved incredibly popular, and are still classics to this day. Indeed, I just spent an enjoyable hour playing this game which I stumbled across. Well it would be rude not to wouldn’t it?
Soon there would be Sonic The Comic, and his television show was so good that even though it was shown at 6.30am on Channel Four, me and my sister used to watch it religiously. His likeness would appear on Formula One cars, football shirts and everywhere else in between. In a short period of time Sonic had conquered the world.
He was also a hero to me as despite being able to run as fast as the speed of sound, a misled assumption that hedgehogs couldn’t swim by one of his creators meant Sonic freaks out when he gets near water, just like myself. However he can use his speed to run across large bodies of water, whereas I just splash around trying to keep myself afloat.
Despite this flaw Sonic and his buddies would continue to save the world throughout the decade, and has been voted numerous times as everyone’s favourite computer game character. This popularity continues to grow as recently more Sonic games have been released and his legacy continues.
Whilst many of the other stars of the 1990s have disappeared without a trace, even though he is a cartoon character Sonic will live on forever, and generation after generation will be able to enjoy the wonders of the spiky little fella. Now, time for another hour of collecting rings and keeping that Robotnik guy at bay…