- This article is about the first video game in the Sonic series. For other uses, see Sonic the Hedgehog (disambiguation).
|Sonic The Hedgehog|
North American box art.
|Release date||June 23, 1991|
Mega Drive / Genesis
NAJune 23, 1991
EU June 23, 1991
JPJuly 26, 1991
WWOctober 25, 1991
JPDecember 28, 1991
Game Boy Advance
NAJanuary 13, 2006
EUNovember 14, 2006
|Ratings||VRC: GA Pan European|
|Platform(s)||Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, iPod, iPhone OS Mobile phone, Virtual Console, Game Boy Advance, Xbox 360 (XBLA)|
|Input methods||Game controller, Click wheel|
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ) is a platform video game and the first game in the Sonic series. It was released as SEGA's in 1991 response to Nintendo's mascot, Mario. The game's development began in 1990 when SEGA ordered its AM8 development team to create a game featuring a mascot for the company. After considering a number of suggestions, the developers decided on a blue hedgehog with spikes along his head and spine and renamed themselves "Sonic Team" to match their character. Sonic the Hedgehog, designed for fast gameplay, was influenced by the games of Super Mario series creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. Sonic the Hedgehog uses a novel technique that allows Sonic's sprite to roll along curved scenery, which originated in a tech demo created by the game's programmer, Yuji Naka.
In Sonic the Hedgehog, the player guides a blue hedgehog through several levels while collecting rings and extra lives in order to stop the plot of an evil mad scientist called Dr. Ivo Robotnik (a.k.a. Dr. Eggman).
In the Super Smash Flash series
The eponymous main character Sonic the Hedgehog, who is playable in both Super Smash Flash and Super Smash Flash 2, first appeared in this game. Some of his trademark moves and abilities are taken from this game.
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