Sonic the Hedgehog

Released on December 21, 2006 by Sega

Developed by Sonic Team

The evil scientist Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) has snatched the poor animals of South Island and and turned them into robots.
Only one hero can defeat Dr. Eggman and rescue the animals from his vile clutches – it’s the super-cool hedgehog with the blue spiky hair, Sonic!

Games Done Quick is the premier game charity speedrun that raises money each year for The Prevent Cancer Foundation. It started on Sunday with a collection of incredible runs and is going strong today with a really unique Sonic block. If you are working from home and have the ability to put some cool speedrun videos on the in the background, you really should! While you are at it donate some money to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, it's a great charity and the donation is tax deductible!

Let me know what runs you plan on watching and if you've seen anything awesome so far!

TiagoSC on the NES Dev forums brought an early version of Sonic to Super Nintendo. Some have said Sega does what Nintendon't but apparently it's more like NintenDOES! Digital Foundry has a great break down video of it and some of the tradeoffs TiagoSC made. The SNES version is cut down visually a bit but I appreciate the SNES soundchip for Sonic a bit more than the original.

There is quite a bit one could say about the new Sonic the Hedgehog trailer but I want to focus my thoughts down to one basic thought. I love campy movies. Movies that are intentionally or unintentionally made with a nod and wink that revel in the underlying silliness of the premise can be some of the coolest theater experiences. The first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog seems to hat tip to the fact that this movie is gonna dial the camp factor to 11. Also, I wasn't interested in this film until I saw Jim Carrey doing his "Ace Ventura but with a bit more restraint thing" and I absolutely love it. Perhaps I'm a soulless nostalgia zombie tethered always to the 90's. Or... Read All

If you love retro games and want a pristine HD experience usually you can buy a clone system that emulates the games well but can introduce latency or emulation artifacts you might not want. Typically Speedrunners and folk that prefer playing on original hardware play retro games as they were originally intended but those retro systems are limited to analog video, something that doesn't look great on modern displays. Analogue decided to solve this problem by not emulating the original video game hardware in software but by creating chips that recreate the original systems bit for bit. To-date Analogue has released a version of the original NES, Super Nintendo and now... Read All

Many companies make TV streaming boxes such as Apple, Google, Roku and Amazon. Typically they are really just used for streaming video or listening to music but a few companies have a raft of games available and Apple TV is such a device that has access to quite a few. Metal Jesus reviewed the recent release of the Sega Collection on the Amazon Fire TV stick and it looks like the games work really well on it. It seems Sega is aiming to release all its classic games on all of the devices it can and the Amazon Fire Stick is the next platform to get them. Jesus suggests you get a controller that works with the device as the remote just doesn't cut it and from playing a... Read All

I didn't know that Sega released the Nomad which was a full blown Genesis that you could play on the go or connected to a TV. It's a great idea and something that people love about the Switch but Nintendo wasn't the first to do it. DF Retro talks about what worked about the Nomad and other consoles that tried to do that before the Switch became so popular.

"Nintendo Switch is rightly lauded for its hybrid console concept - the idea of having a fully mobile console you can also use for living room play, with full multiplayer support. But whether through design or through sheer luck, Sega actually got there first with its Nomad, way back in 1995. John picks up the story.... Read All

AtGames, the current keeper of the Sega Brand and games is releasing a new console next month that aims squarely at the success of the NES & SNES Classic called the Sega Genesis Flashback HD. Sporting an 85 game lineup, 720p HD, wireless controllers and the ability to play Sega Genesis games and use your old controllers it's a pretty interesting prospect. It's just that... well... it's not reviewing very well.

Kotaku gave the system and resounding "meh" while Kotaku basically think's it's terrible. How is it actually? I'm not sure, but it's a compelling system with actual Sega Genesis playback and the 85 included games is a compelling prospect. I think i'm going to... Read All

OCRemix released a new remix album celebrating "25 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog" that adds up to 23 tracks over 3 albums that you can download or stream right now for free. The album remixes the game music from Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic the Hedgehog (GG), Sonic Lost World, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic Advance 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Adventure, Sonic the Hedgehog (XB360), Sonic Heroes, Sonic Rush Adventure & Sonic Colors. Apparently there have been a ton of Sonic games over the years and this album aims to pay tribute to them all.

Jack and Rich Evans from RedLetterMedia have a new video up that asks the question "Is Sonic, The Most Overrated Game Ever?" While those are fighting words for some, they bring up good points in the video.

After I picked up my Wii and the luster of Wii Sports wore off I started collecting used games for the Gamecube(The Wii can play Gamecube games, YAY!). One game I picked up was the Sonic Mega Collection. The Sonic Mega Collection was fun in that I was able to play all the classic Sonic games but it wasn't fun enough for me to spend much time playing them. Somehow, the fun, just never arrived for me with Sonic.

What do you think, is Sonic awesome or something else?

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These kinds of videos are always interesting. The film has James Rolfe the Angry Video Game Nerd as a news caster and features the original voice of Sonic in the Cartoon Jaleel White.

What did you think of it?