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Sonic the Hedgehog (series)
SonicTheHedgehog
Publisher SEGA
Year of creation 1991
Genre Platformer

The Sonic the Hedgehog series is one of video game's most famous franchises. The series is made by SEGA and Sonic Team.

History

The Sonic series was made to compete against Mario since Alex Kidd (SEGA's old mascot) wasn't able to do it. His first game was Sonic the Hedgehog, where he must defeat Doctor Ivo Eggman Robotnik and collect the six (now seven) Chaos Emeralds and save the captured animals. The game sold so well, Sonic Team was already making a sequel.

Sequels

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 debuted Tails, Sonic's best friend and sidekick, as well as Super Sonic and the Spin Dash move. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (& Knuckles) introduced Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog CD Introduced Metal Sonic and Amy Rose and then each game afterwards introduced some other characters. After these games, Sonic Team decided to experiment with the franchise. This lead to games like Sonic Labyrinth, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis for Gameboy Advance (a port of the original Sonic the Hedgehog), Shadow the Hedgehog (often made fun of because of the "edgier" style they were going for), and Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 (unanimously dubbed as the worst Sonic The Hedgehog game ever) to name a few. These games led Sonic to hurt his franchise ever so slightly. Until Sonic Unleashed, which was described to be going into the right direction in Sonic. And then Sonic Colors, a game that put Sonic back into the spotlight.

Sonic in Green Hill

Sonic as seen in Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog

Relationship with Nintendo

Sonic was Mario's rival in the famous Console Wars. After the Dreamcast failed, Sonic's next game was a port of Sonic Adventure 2. The port was released exclusively on the Nintendo Gamecube at the time, which was shocking to some since Sonic was exclusively on his former rivals console.

Since then, SEGA and Nintendo made the Mario & Sonic Olympic Games, which has Mario, Sonic, and their friends and enemies compete in Olympic Games. Sonic is also a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.

Memes

Sonic has become subject of many memes on the on the internet and of course with his popularity on Miiverse the memes have carried over to it as well. The most notable meme would be the Sanic meme and the troll fad "Sonic is a girl" which was a popular and controversial fad in the Super Smash Bros. Series Community during 2014. The Sanic meme is used frequently on the internet along with Miiverse and has become one of the most notable memes on Miiverse next to Shrek and Bigley. Users such as IvoEggman and Eggman (VGCGreg) give constant reference to Sonic and the memes based around him due to them having their Miis as Eggman who is Sonic's enemy.

The Fanbase

The Sonic fanbase has been a controversial topic for years. Tons of his fans attack Mario, saying that Sonic has the spotlight. Some fans make "original" characters (which are common to see on the internet), and some fans try to ship some Sonic characters with others. The fanboys are considered the worst part of the franchise. None of these fans can agree on what makes a good Sonic game. There are three main types of people in the Sonic Fanbase:

  • Classic Sonic Fans: People who think the classics are perfect and nitpick newer games (while some are open minded). This is often considered to be the worst type of the fanbase.
  • Adventure Fans: People who like the Dreamcast era while some give new instalments of the franchise a chance.
  • Modern Sonic Fans: A somewhat rare breed that likes the newer games more.
Sales Chart

Sonic Communities on Miiverse

Here is a list of every Sonic community on Miiverse:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble Community
  • Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Community
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Game Gear) Community
  • Sonic Blast
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Game Gear) Community
  • Sonic Labyrinth Community
  • Sonic Drift 2 Community
  • Sonic Lost World Community
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Community
  • MARIO & SONIC AT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES Community
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog Community
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Community
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Community
  • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Community

Trivia

  • The Sonic comics made by Archie Comics holds the record for the longest running video game comic series with over 250+ issues in the main series.
  • The worse selling Sonic game are the Sonic Boom games, with about 620,000 copies sold as of May 11th, 2015.
  • Sonic has had his own cartoons. These include: The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), Sonic Underground, Sonic X, and Sonic Boom. He has also had his own OVA called simply called Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Other than Super Sonic, Sonic can also transform into Hyper Sonic (Sonic 3 & Knuckles exclusive), Excalibur Sonic (Sonic and the Black Knight exclusive), Darkspine Sonic (Sonic and the Secret Rings exclusive), and the Werehog (Sonic Unleashed exclusive).
  • Similarly to Mario, Sonic debuted in a video game before his own series.
  • A lot of Sonic games have been rushed to meet the deadline. Starting with Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, to the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric.
Game Series
Nintendo

Super Mario Series * The Legend of Zelda Series * Star Fox Series * Kid Icarus series * Metroid Series * Pokémon Series * Super Smash Bros. Series * Pikmin Series * Kirby Series * Wario Land Series * Animal Crossing Series * Donkey Kong Series * Earthbound/Mother series

Other

Mega Man Series * Street Fighter series * Sonic the Hedgehog * Metal Gear Series * Ace Attorney Series * Pac-Man * Professor Layton Series

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