Sonic the Hedgehog (video game)
Sonic the Hedgehog, often times called Sonic 1, is the first video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.[a] It was made by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991. It has many sequels and spin-offs. In the same year, Ancient made a 8 bit version the Master System and Game Gear.
In order to steal six Chaos Emeralds, Dr. Ivo Robotnik traps the animals from South Island in robots. The player controls Sonic, whose goal is to free the animals and retrieve the emeralds. If the player collects them all, the game will have a good ending. If the player does not succeed, the bad ending will show Robotnik keeping the emeralds for himself.
In 1989, Sega began development on the Sega Mega Drive. They needed a video game character to compete with Nintendo's Mario. Sega began a competition for their employees to make a character to rival Mario. Concepts included a man with resemblence to Mario's outfit and Bart Simpson's head, a Japanese ancient warrior, and a jester with a puppet in hand. It came down to 4 concepts by Naoto Ohshima. The man mentioned above, a man in pajamas with a large mustache and resemblence to Theodore Roosevelt, a hedgehog with arms and legs and conjoined eyes, and a grey rabbit that could grab with his ears. It obviously boiled down to the hedgehog becoming Sonic, and the mustached-man becoming Dr. Ivo Robotnik. There were more scrapped ideas including a human female love interest for the hedgehog, and Sonic fighting living monster alien creatures instead of the robots we are used to. These concepts were scrapped to strangely avoid resemblence to 1985's Super Mario Bros.. At Tokyo Toy Show 1990, a prototype for Sonic the Hedgehog was shown. Only magazine photos exist to prove that it's real.
- "Prerelease:Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis)/Concepts & Ideas - The Cutting Room Floor". tcrf.net. Retrieved 2024-02-24.
- "Prerelease:Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis)/1990 Tokyo Toy Show - The Cutting Room Floor". tcrf.net. Retrieved 2024-02-24.