Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sonic celebrates his 20th anniversary

Remember 1991? It was a very special year in gaming terms. You may recall that the very first web site emerged or that the SNES was launched to great acclaim... equally important, however, was the arrival of one of gaming's greatest, and most iconic, characters.

Sonic the Hedgehog is 20 today - and Megabits salutes you! Happy anniversary!

No sooner had the call of SAY-GA come from on the speakers all those years ago, than everyone’s favourite spiky blue Echinacea burst on to our screens, wagging his finger and winking knowingly. Even on his debut, he knew he’d give the moustachioed Mario a run for his money.

The past two decades years have sped by almost as fast as those trademark sneakers attached to Sonic’s spindly legs. And he’s been a busy lad in recent years too, amassing over 70m game sales and appearing not only in his typical platform fare but turning his hand to kart racing, competing at the Winter Olympics, hoverboarding, pinball and countless other spinoffs.

That’s not to say he hasn’t appeared in some absolute stinkers, mind. However, there have been suggestions of a return to form lately with Sonic Colours on the Wii and Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode 4 on the PS3 and 360. Fans are hopeful the upcoming Sonic Generations – due later this year – will live up to expectations and take us back to those halcyon days.

Sonic's debut all those years ago was awe-inspiring. Amazing graphics, great tunes and rocket-fast gameplay. And isn't it fantastic that even at his ripe old age, he's showing no signs of slowing down and taking it easy? Happy birthday, old timer!