Time flies very quickly, and you are convinced of this when you find out that one of the heroes of video games, with whom many of us sat until the morning, is already 30 years old. It seems that the first game about a high-speed blue hedgehog appeared quite recently, but no – on the nose, in June, Sonic’s round anniversary.
Over time, the general style of drawing the character, some of its characteristics and even the declared age have changed. Now Sonic is a little more mature, or something, the character is very different from the original concept. But this is still the same hero. Under the cut – the story of a hedgehog protecting his friends from the antagonist, Dr. Robotnik, and a description of the most interesting games with these characters.
When and why was Sonic created?
Sega needed a hero as popular as the plumber Mario, who was one of the most famous playable characters in the 90s. In April 1990, the AM8 team began development. The character was invented and implemented by artist Naoto Oshima, programmer Yuji Naka and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara.
But do not think that the hedgehog appeared suddenly and immediately. Before him, the team came up with many other heroes, including an armadillo, a rabbit, a dog, and even US President Theodore Roosevelt. He was drawn as a man in pajamas, and the image turned out to be so successful that even after choosing Sonic as the protagonist of the second character, they decided not to forget, but to make him an antagonist, slightly changing his appearance so that he no longer looked like Roosevelt.
At the general meeting, which was organized by Sega, the hedgehog was chosen by the decision of the majority. After that, it remained to come up with a simple and memorable name. First, the name Needlemouth was suggested.