Metamorphosis Of Sonic The Hedgehog

By: Gen Wright

Since its début in 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog has undergone many changes. Even though the basic design has remained constant, the look and feel of the character underwent a sea of changes depending on the designers and artists on the creative team. While the original Sonic designed by Ohshima was short, childish with small quills and round body, the Sonic redesigned by Yuji Uekawa was taller with long legs, longer and drooping spikes. It had leaner body and green eyes. Since then many less obvious changes have been brought forth in the design of our beloved hedgehog.

The platform game Sonic the Hedgehog, also known as Sonic 1, featured its arch-rival Dr. Robotnik, who later came to be known as Dr. Eggman. Next in queue was Sonic 2 which brought Tails, the lovable sidekick of Sonic. Released in 1992, Sonic 2 also introduced Sonic's Super Sonic form and its famous Spin Dash. In the following year, Sonic CD launched Amy Rose and Metal Sonic, Sonic's girl friend and counterpart respectively. This instalment for the first time had Sonic the Hedgehog time travelling to save the world.

1994 was the year when Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its sequel Sonic & Knuckles were released. While Sonic and Tails battled Dr. Robotnik in Sonic 3, its sequel featured Sonic fighting Knuckled the Echidna who had been swindled by Dr. Robotnik into fighting with Sonic.

Minor games like Sonic Chaos, Sonic Triple Trouble, Sonic Blast and Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure followed Sonic 3 and it appeared as if Sonic game series is facing its doom. But proving all its distracters wrong, Sonic Adventure was released in 1998 and became an instant hit with full voice over for Sonic and Dr. Robonik rechristened Dr. Eggman.

It took three years for Sonic Adventure 2 to hit the market. Sonic made its foray in Nintendo handheld devices with Sonic Advances in 2001 which was followed by Sonic Advances in 2002. Sonic Advances 3 was released in 2004 followed by Sonic Rush in 2005. It was in 2006 that Sonic the Hedgehog found its way to underwater city of Soleanna on a rescue mission to save Princess Elise from Dr. Eggman while keeping a wide berth from Silver the Hedgehog.

But that is not all, 2005 had another installment of Sonic in Game Boy with Sonic Rush Adventure. The Blue Blur has also been made into a number of television series four of which have been released in United States. The Blue Blur has made it as far as Hollywood with a feature movie presentation as well, which had its followers flocking to movie theaters.

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