Sonic the Hedgehog (character)

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Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog
Gender Male
Age 15 (born 3222), Age 0 (1976,3222), Age 15 (1991,3229), Place of birth Mobotropolis, Mobius
Fur color Blue
Eye color Green

Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Sonikku za Hejjihoggu), trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog,[1] is a video game character and the hero of the video game series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, cartoons and books. The first game in the franchise was released on June 23, 1991 in order to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo's flagship character Mario.[2][3] Since then, Sonic has become one of the world's best-known video game characters, with his series having sold millions of copies.[4] In 2005, Sonic was one of the first game character inductees into the Walk of Game, alongside Mario and Link.[5]

Artist Naoto Ōshima, designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and programmer Yuji Naka are generally credited with the creation of the character,[6] a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog, who has the ability to run faster than the speed of sound[7]. This is a major part of the gameplay of the series.

[edit] References

  1. Kent, Steven. "Chapter 23", The Ultimate History of Video Games: The Story Behind the Craze that Touched our Lives and Changed the World. Roseville, California: Prima Publishing, 428. ISBN 0-7615-3643-4. “the "t" in Sonic the Hedgehog is capitalized. Sega marketing wizard Al Nilsen had the "the" registered as Sonic's middle name.” 
  2. Kennedy, Sam. The Essential 50: Sonic the Hedgehog. 1up.com. Retrieved on 2006-06-03.
  3. Davis, Cameron and Shoemaker, Brad The History of SOnic the Hedgehog, GameSpot, Accessed June 16, 2008
  4. Sega Announces Sonic's charge onto the Wii Console. Sega of America. Retrieved on 2006-06-17.
  5. Walk of Game 2005 inductees. Retrieved on 2008-04-02.
  6. Horowitz, Ken. Sega Stars: Yuji Naka. Sega-16. Retrieved on 2006-06-20.
  7. Matte, Jared. Sonic Encyclopaedia: Sonic the Hedgehog. The GHZ. Retrieved on 2006-02-17.
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