Game Corner [Sonic 2sday]: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007; Xbox One)

After the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991), Sonic had firmly established himself as the hot new icon on the block and catapulted SEGA to the forefront of the Console Wars. Anticipation was high for a sequel and, in keeping with their aggressive marketing strategies, SEGA dubbed November 24, 1992 as “Sonic 2sday”, … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic 2sday]: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007; Xbox One)

Back Issues [Knuckles Day & Knuckles]: Sonic’s Friendly Nemesis: Knuckles

With the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1994), gamers were introduced to Knuckles the Echidna. This mischievous, dreadlocked antagonist was created by Takashi Yuda and his debut was made all the more impressive by virtue of the fact that Sonic 3 was too big to fit on one cartridge, which meant … Continue reading Back Issues [Knuckles Day & Knuckles]: Sonic’s Friendly Nemesis: Knuckles

Game Corner [Sonic CDay]: Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Xbox One)

Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sonic Team, 1993) released on this day back in 1993. Produced alongside the blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1992), Sonic CD expanded upon the Blue Blur’s original debut title with lush graphics, a time travel mechanic, gorgeous anime cutscenes, and introduced players to Metal Sonic (one of Sonic’s … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic CDay]: Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)

Released: 9 February 2012Developer: SEGA Sports R&D/RacjinAlso Available For: Nintendo Wii The Background:During the “Console Wars” of the nineties, there were no truer rivals than Nintendo’s Super Mario and SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog; both went head to head as their respective company’s mascots, spearheading the release of some of the greatest and most influential videogames … Continue reading Game Corner: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS)

Game Corner [Sonic’s Anniversary]: Sonic the Hedgehog (2007; Xbox One)

Sonic the Hedgehog was first introduced to gamers worldwide on 23 June 1991 and, since then, has become not only SEGA’s most enduring and popular character but also a beloved videogame icon. This year, the Blue Blur turns thirty and what better way to celebrate than by dedicating an entire month’s worth of content to … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic’s Anniversary]: Sonic the Hedgehog (2007; Xbox One)

Game Corner [Sonic 3’s Anniversary]: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Xbox One)

Following a highly anticipated release, bolstered by an extravagant marketing and release schedule, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1992) not only improved on every aspect of its influential predecessor but also went on to become the second best-selling SEGA Mega Drive game of all time. Expectations were high for the equally-anticipated third entry, … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic 3’s Anniversary]: Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Sonic Adventure 2 (Xbox 360)

Released: October 2012Originally Released: June 2001Developer: Sonic Team USAAlso Available For: Dreamcast, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 3 The Background:After Sonic Adventure (Sonic Team, 1998) finally brought Sonic into the third dimension and proved to be a rousing success, despite a few flaws, Sonic Team passed development of the sequel over to their US branch. Drawing inspiration … Continue reading Game Corner: Sonic Adventure 2 (Xbox 360)

Game Corner [Bite-Size]: SEGASonic the Hedgehog (Arcade)

Released: 1993Developer: SEGA AM3 A Brief Background:I may have mentioned this before but, back in the early-nineties, SEGA’s super-speedy blue hedgehog of a mascot was on something of a roll; Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991) had finally swayed videogame fans away from the Nintendo Entertainment System then, after the unforgettable and highly marketed release … Continue reading Game Corner [Bite-Size]: SEGASonic the Hedgehog (Arcade)

Game Corner: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Nintendo 3DS)

Released: March 2012Originally Released: November 1994Developer: M2Original Developer: AspectAlso Available For: Game Gear, Gamecube, and PlayStation 2 The Background:A lot of people forget that, alongside Sonic the Hedgehog’s iconic and much-lauded Mega Drive titles, SEGA also released a fair few Sonic videogames for their 8-bit consoles. The 8-bit versions of Sonic the Hedgehog (Ancient, 1991) … Continue reading Game Corner: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Nintendo 3DS)