I’m four years older than Sonic the Hedgehog yet I think I get half the respect he does, which is incredible because Sonic doesn’t get that much respect, at least not these days (Thanks, Big the Cat …) But you can’t deny the fact that The Blue Blur forever changed the video game industry in the ’90s when he went head-to-head with Nintendo’s mustached mascot.
As part of Sonic’s 20th birthday celebration — punctuated by Sonic Generations, which is out now and will be reviewed by our very own Alexa Ray Corriea — Sega’s giving us a look at the origins of the world’s favorite chili-dog-eating mammal. I was particularly struck by the inclusion of Alex Kidd in the three-minute short. Not that I have any attachment to the Kidd character or anything, but it was more of an “oh, yeah, that used to be a thing” kind of reaction.
I had also completely forgotten that Peter Moore, now chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, once did the same for Sega of America. I wonder if he has a Sonic tattoo we don’t know about.
I’ll never forget my first memories of Sonic. I had nothing but Nintendo stuff when I was a kid and one of my cousins had a Sega Genesis. So, naturally curious, I picked up the controller and played the first couple of stages of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I loved the Emerald Hill Zone music. The rest of the game? I was indifferent (To be honest, I was kind of a jerk when I was a kid.) Take a quick trip past the jump for the first part of the Sonic documentary and tell us: What’s your first Sonic memory?