Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ, Sonikku za Hejjihoggu), referred to by friends as simply Sonic, is a video game character and the hero of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega, originally for their (Sega's) console Mega Drive. Sonic is Sega's mascot as Mario is to Nintendo. However, Sega has stopped consoles' production and made Sonic games for GameCube, GameBoy Advance, Wii, Wii U, 3DS and DS.
Sonic's main claim to fame is his ability to achieve speeds faster than Mach 1 (the speed of sound) which has earned him nicknames like "The Blue Blur" and "The Fastest Thing Alive". He is supposed to be very young and often recognized as being somewhat cocky, self-absorbed and ignorant, while still retaining strong sense of justice with a large heart, a friendly personality and an attitude like the wind.
Throughout the series, he has had many different rivals, such as Shadow the Hedgehog and Jet the Hawk. Among all, his oldest foe and perhaps arch-nemesis is Dr. Eggman. However Sonic does have many friends that help him complete his tasks, such as Tails, Knuckles the Echidna and Silver the Hedgehog. He does have some love-interest as Amy Rose has appointed herself his girlfriend and lover. Sonic, however, sees her as nothing more than a friend and finds her schemes to get him to date her quite annoying.
Sonic the Hedgehog began his life on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, and continued to be Sega's winning edge throughout their stay at the console department. However, when the Sega Dreamcast met it's gruesome fate at to the PlayStation 2, Sega saw fit to place Sonic on multiple platforms, as well as their other franchises. Sonic would continue to be Sega's mascot on foreign technology.
His first game outside a Sega platform was Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the Nintendo Gamecube, but the first multi-platform Sonic game was Sonic Heroes, released in 2003-2004. Sonic Advance was also a launch window title for the Gameboy Advance, created as a spiritual successor to Sonic the Hedgehog Neo Geo Pocket Color Adventure.
The last Sonic games during the sixth generation were Sonic Riders for the Nintendo Gamecube, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2, and PC. Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis for the Gameboy Advance marked the end of Sonic's life on the sixth gen handhelds. Sonic leapt onward to the seventh generation of consoles and handhelds with Sonic Rush for the Nintendo DS, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, and Sonic and the Secret Rings for the Nintendo Wii.
Sonic's last games for seventh gen consoles were Sonic Colors for Nintendo Wii and Nindento DS, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 for the Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, mobile devices, Pc, and Ouya, and finally Sonic Generations for Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and PC. Sonic would later shift gears to the 8th gen consoles starting with Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS and Sonic Lost World for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Sonic has appeared with longtime mascot rival, Mario, in Olympic Games-themed sports games: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which was released on the Wii and Nintendo DS near the end of 2007, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games in 2009 and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games in 2011. Sonic is also included in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character.
Main Stream Sonic games as of 2017: (Not necessarily in release order)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (video game) Platform: Virtual Console (Wii) Game Boy Advance
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Platform: Virtual Console (Wii)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Platform: Virtual Console (Wii)
- Sonic & Knuckles Platform: Virtual Console (Wii)
- Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut Platform: GameCube
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Platform: GameCube
- Sonic Heroes Platform: GameCube
- Shadow the Hedgehog (video game) Platform: GameCube
- Sonic and the Secret Rings Platform: Wii
- Sonic Unleashed Platform: Wii
- Sonic and the Black Knight Platform: Wii
- Sonic Colors Platform: Wii Nintendo DS
- Sonic Generations Platform: Nintendo 3DS
- Sonic Lost World Platform: Wii U Nintendo 3DS
- Sonic Mania Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Sonic Forces Platform: Nintendo Switch
|Main article: Sonic the Hedgehog (character)/gallery|
|Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Main heroes||Sonic • Tails • Knuckles • Amy Rose • Cream • Silver • Big • Vector • Espio • Charmy • Mighty • Blaze • Tikal • Marine • Chip • Caliburn • Ray|
|Main villains||Eggman • Mecha Sonic • Wend • Carrotia • Fockewulf • Bearenger • Nega • Metal • Fang • Biolizard • Babylon Guardian • Doom • Mephiles • Erazor • Whisker • Johnny • Mini • Mum • 3.0 • Ifrit • Ix • Dark Gaia • Black Knight • Infinite|
|Netural characters||Shadow • Rouge • Omega • Shade • Chaos • Gamma • Emerl • Jet • Wave • Storm • Pachacamac • Bark • Bean|