I was 9 when Sonic first debuted.Ã‚Â Oh, the memories, the painful, prolonging memoriesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
According to SEGA, the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s answer to Mario sells over 8,000 games worldwide everyday. Since his first appearance in 1991, that adds up to – well, a whole helluva lot of games.
Today, the gaming icon turns 15 years old. SEGA will join Ã¢â‚¬Å“millions of fans around the worldÃ¢â‚¬? to celebrate Sonic the HedgehogÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 15th birthday and his continued success with four new upcoming games. (Details as to where this mega-bash is taking place are scarce. There are few venues large enough to host millions of peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦)
Born on June 23, 1991 as the fastest, bluest character for the SEGA Genesis console, Sonic is preparing to blast onto next-gen consoles and the PSP with three new adventures shipping later this year. An original game titled Sonic the Hedgehog is racing to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall. Sonic the Hedgehog melds classic gameplay with next-gen art, physics, and game design to create the fastest and most intense Sonic experience yet. Featuring brand new interactive 3D environments, the tried-and-true gameplay is taken to a whole new level with a large cast of new and returning characters and a blistering sense of speed.
Sonic will also debut this fall on the PSP with Sonic Rivals, a one-on-one racing platformer that features Knuckles, amongst other rivals. The all-new title combines classic 2D gameplay with 3D worlds.
Additionally, in honor of its beloved mascotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 16-bit roots, SEGA will release the game that started it all with Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis, exclusively for the Game Boy Advance this November. The game will feature two new additions to the classic 1991 debut: SonicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s famous Spin-Dash move and a new save ability. The remake will retail for $19.95.
Available in 2007, a new Sonic adventure is also in development for the Wii console, combining SonicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high velocity with the unique Wii controller and a colorful retelling of the classic tale Arabian Nights.
Looks like SEGAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flagship franchise is showing no signs of slowing down.