Sonic the Hedgehog has been with us for a long time now – 25 years in fact! 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favourite blue hedgehog, which is a huge milestone for any fictional character, in any piece of media.
Sonic has enjoyed a lengthy success due to his ability to adapt to new technologies and gameplay genres, much like how Mario has over the course of his own lifespan. So GameSpew takes a look at all of the memorable titles Sonic has brought us, and where we’ve been with him over all those years.
10. Sonic Shuffle
Basically, Sonic Shuffle is Mario Party as done by Sonic and his friends. It’s very comparable in terms of quality, and was pretty fun to play on the Dreamcast back in the day. It was yet another chance to see the Sonic franchise in a different light, and wasn’t a bad attempt at all at trying to emulate a competitor’s success.
9. Sonic Riders
Sonic’s fast speed makes him ideal for racing games. However, Sega experimented with a few games (and more than once!) in trying to see what the Sonic franchise could do with vehicular racing as opposed to a running racer (as the abysmal Sonic R showed us had the potential to fail miserably…). Whilst I always hoped for another attempt at a Sonic running racer game in the style of something like Mad Dash on the original Xbox, the Sonic Riders series was pretty enjoyable as a different approach to the Sonic franchise.
Sonic is cool, snowboarding is cool; mix them together and you have a marketing department’s wet dream.