10 Fun Facts About Sonic The Hedgehog

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Sonic the Hedgehog dashed onto the scene in 1991 to challenge the Super Mario Brothers’ video game dominance. Here are a few things you might not know about the game that pretty much defined gaming in the mid-90s…


1
Before Sega landed on a hedgehog, Sonic was a rabbit.

2
Even after Sega settled on the hedgehog, Sonic name was to be Mr. Needlemouse.

3
Designer Naoto Ohshima borrowed Felix the Cat’s head, Mickey Mouse’s body, and Michael Jackson’s boots from the Bad album for Sonic’s basic likeness.

4
Sonic's original game’s most iconic level, the Green Hill Zone, was modeled after the landscape of California.

5
It was Sonic’s “power sneakers” that afforded him his renowned speed, not any innate superpowers.

6
Sonic drowns because Sega didn’t think hedgehogs can swim.

7
Sonic was a lab accident which turned him blue as well.

8
If you leave Sonic long enough in "Sonic CD", he'll commit suicide.

9
Sega of America believed that Sonic the Hedgehog would fail because Americans “had never even heard” of a hedgehog.

10
Sonic was originally going to have a girlfriend named Madonna. Unfortunately, SEGA returned to this idea in Sonic the Hedgehog 360… and we all know how that turned out.