Sonic The Hedgehog: The Early Years


Hello again everyone, I’m Eric and I’ll be sharing a little history with you. I’m sure everyone is aware of our favorite “need for speed,” “way past cool hedgehog.” Shadow? NO. Silver? NO. I’m talking about Sonic. Sonic The Hedgehog. Trademarked as Sega’s mascot and released in June 23, 1991, as a rival to Nintendo’s mascot, Mario, Sonic as been with us for a long time. Dating back to his first video game release, Sonic was just a normal hedgehog with abnormal speed, who cared nothing for relaxing and chili dogs. That is until the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik started taking over his home planet of Mobius. Since then, Sonic has been saving his home world time again. This all began with Sonic the Hedgehog for the sega dreamcast, the first ever Sonic game.

In 1992, Sega had released Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which not only introduced some new levels and enemies, but it was the birth of Sonic’s faithful sidekick and best friend, Miles “Tails” Prower. Addition to getting a sidekick, Sonic gained the ability to transform into Super Sonic, but only when he has gathered all 7 Chaos Emeralds. In Super form, Sonic is invincible from anything and everything. However, the time required to stay in Super form depends on the number of rings Sonic has collected.

Next to the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in 1992, Sega had promoted some spin-off t.v series featuring our “way past cool” hero. The first released series was named The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. In this series, Sonic, with the company of his sidekick/best friend/little brother, Miles “Tails” Prower, goes around his home planet, Mobius, protecting it from the evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik, and genius who plans on ruling Sonic’s planet with an iron fist. This series wasn’t very popular, in my opinion, however, another spin-off series was released in the same year, dubbed, Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM). In this new series, Sonic’s world is already taken over by the tyrant, Dr. Robotnik. Dr. Robotnik managed to control Mobius due to his army of Swat-bots and with work of Sir Charles Hedgehog’s invention, the Roboticizer. Sir Charles is Sonic’s uncle, a.k.a Uncle Chuck. He made the Roboticizer to help people with their health, in short, prolonging their existence. Alongside Dr. Robotnik is his nephew, Snively, who can debated as the real genius of the two. While Dr. Robotnik may have controlled the planet of Mobius, he did not control it 100%. A small part that he did not control was Knothole Village, where Sonic, along with Princess Sally Acorn, Rotor the Walrus, Miles “Tails” Prower, Antione D’Coolette, Bunnie Rabbot, and Nicole, make their plans to overthrow Robotnik and free their world from his tyranny. These friends are known through out the show as the Freedom Fighters.

Alongside the t.v series, Sonic the Hedgehog was published into a comic book by Archie comics. The story in the comic books co-exists with the show. However, the story in the comics goes further beyond than where it left off in the show, including some new Freedom Fighters, the Chaotix, the Destructix, and much more.

Back to his video game legacy, Sonic the Hedgehog come out with Sonic CD for the the Sega CD on September 23, 1993.  In this new video game, we not only meet the Sonic obsessed pink hedgehog, Amy Rose, but we also meet Dr. Robotnik’s newest creation, Metal Sonic. Metal Sonic was built to not only look like Sonic, but to be better than Sonic in every way possible. In the end though, Sonic still managed to triumph over this mechanical look-a-like. However, unlike the previous models Robotnik had built to defeat Sonic, this particular one couldn’t process the meaning of “Give Up.”

Well, I’ll stop here for now, but I will continue with this little history lesson. However, there are some games I will not mention. So, please come back again to see my next post: Sonic The Hedgehog: 1994-2001

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