As some of you may know, today is the release of Sonic Mania! So I thought while you enjoy this title, it’d be appropriate to dive into a little history behind the console that started it all.
The Sega Genesis was announced in a Japan Magazine entitled “Mark V” in June of 1988. It wasn’t until October 1988 that it released in Japan and branched out. Of course, Sega changed this due to them not believing it was a strong title name(they were right to). However, Sega was only able to sell 400,000 of their latest console in their first year. Let’s not forget that at the time the Genesis was released, Super Mario Bros. 3 was near its completion ready to be released.
This meant that there was some competition in the air and with Sega’s current Mascot, it wasn’t enough to keep them in the competition.
That’s where this little guy came in
Of course, this isn’t how you know sonic, but he his original concept is pretty cute haha. With the competition of Mario out there Sega had to come up with a character to rival Mario. But this photo doesn’t give him justice:
Thus the blue blur was born
That’s better! He looks a little surprised
A contest was made for drawers to send their ideas of a Sega Mascot. Naoto Ohshima was the winner of this contest with his character called “Mr.Needlemouse” Of course his named was eventually entitled to Sonic The Hedgehog and became one of the best selling Video Games worldwide. The best part was the Sega logo fitted perfectly with his blue color design and red: white shoe color.
I’d say it fits perfectly don’t you think?
This creation led to several more titles and became the ultimate rival to Mario. With Games such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and so Much More!
Sonic The Hedgehog has been around for as long as we can remember and continues to be the fastest thing alive! Without the Sega Genesis, this blue blur wouldn’t be here today, you can even find Genesis consoles at some retailers up to this day.
And that’s it for Techy Tuesday, hopefully, you enjoyed learning a bit more about the console that started it all! And Enjoy Sonic Mania!