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Sonic the Hedgehog  is the blue, anthropomorphic hedgehog protagonist of the Sega video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog, in which he must complete courses in an allotted time span and collect golden rings while fighting against the antagonist Dr. Eggman, also known as Dr. Robotnik.
On June 23rd, 1991, the 2D platform game Sonic the Hedgehog was released on the Sega
Genesis video game console, in which the character assumes the role of the title character Sonic who runs through various levels to defeat the villain Dr. Robotnik (shown below).
Two sequels were released on the Sega Genesis in 1992 and 1994, which introduced the playable characters Tails the fox and Knuckles the echidna. In November 1996, the 3D game Sonic 3D Blast was released for the Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn, which featured an isometric 3D perspective (shown below, right).
Following Sega’s withdrawal from the console market, many Sonic games made their way on to other systems. On the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube, Sega released several Sonic ports, including Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut (shown below, left) and the spinoff Shadow the Hedgehog (shown below, right).
The first Sonic game to launch on the next generation consoles was the Sonic the Hedgehog reboot released in 2006 on the Xbox 360. In 2010, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was released for iOS, WiiWare, PlayStation, Xbox, Windows and Android. The game was a return to 2D game play, with level designs based of the original games.
Sonic Boom Franchise
On February 6th, 2014, SEGA announced the launch of the Sonic Boom franchise, which would include the release of new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles (shown below, left), a new toy line and a CG-animated television program (shown below, right). The television series will debut on the Cartoon Network in the United States during the 2014 season, consisting of 52 episodes that are 11 minutes in length.
On the same day, several Twitter users mocked the new character designs, including the length of Sonic’s legs, his white handwraps and Knuckle’s increase in size. Meanwhile, the video game news blog Kotaku published a round-up of Twitter reactions to the new franchise.
There sure is something different about you today Sonic : pic.twitter.com/ThNxx16hAX— GamesRadar.com (@GamesRadar) February 6, 2014
Hewwo it me Sonic time for a weboot Sonic BOOM ha ha WEE pic.twitter.com/5Q7Dwshkqb
— Shmorky (@sashmorky) February 6, 2014
Knuckles in sonic boom, more like… pic.twitter.com/Okd8tzJwpn
— Nohma – Human (@phantasm_nohma) February 6, 2014
Fans of the series have created newcharacters inspired by the Sonic franchise for online roleplaying games and as subjects for fan art and fan fiction. The fandom has connections to the Furry fandom, as well, as both the games and fan content feature anthropomorphic animals.
Sanic is a photoshop and video meme inspired by a poorly-illustrated Sonic the Hedgehog fanart.
Gotta Go Fast
Gotta Go Fast is a catchphrase commonly associated with a poorly-drawn illustration of Sonic the Hedgehog. The phrase itself was taken from main theme for the english dub of the Japanese animated series Sonic X .
Sonichu is a fan-comic series that was written and drawn by vlogger Christian Weston Chandler. The comic’s main character Sonichu is a hybrid character of Sonic the Hedgehog and Pikachu from the Nintendo video game series Pokemon.
You’re Too Slow!
Green Hill Zone remixes
The Green Hill Zone is the first stage for the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Often considered as the series’ most memorable stage, remixes, YTPMV and musical tributes of the background theme can be found on YouTube.