Twenty-three years ago today, SEGA changed the future of video games with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, and to celebrate Sonic’s golden birthday (that’s when your age matches your birthdate) we’re teaming up with The Sonic Stadium and SEGAbits. All week long, all three sites will form Team SegaSonic*, bringing you Sonic the Hedgehog articles, original content, videos, streams, and more from today through to the 29th! Also, as part of the celebrations, we’ll be hosting a panel with SEGAbits at Too Many Games in Oaks, PA on Saturday the 28th at noon – featuring a Dreamcast round table, a My Life with SEGA episode premiere, the history of Sonic the Hedgehog 2‘s Hidden Palace Zone, and a trivia contest with rare SEGA prizes including The House of the Dead 3 & 4 posters signed by series director Takashi Oda. There will also be several Sonic prizes on hand.
Readers can join in on the celebrations as well! All you have to do is follow SEGAbits, The Sonic Stadium, and Sonic Retro on Twitter and share your Sonic the Hedgehog photos and memories with the hashtag #Sonic23on23. The best tweets will be retweeted and shared to over 11,000 SEGA and Sonic fans, and we all know that in today’s world nothing is more rewarding than a retweet.
Happy Birthday, Sonic! The party has just begun!
*And now we wrestle over which one of us gets “speed”, because we all know “flight” and “power” are kind of lame.
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Harrr harrrr! Thank ya! Thank ya! I am humble!
You mean most hilariously broken.
I got into Sonic thanks to a buddy of mine who invited me to his house to “play Sega”. He got Montana sports talk football and we were playing for hours. Later that evening I saw a box with a “cat” (I thought that was a cat at the time). I asked my buddy and he said, “oh yeah, that’s Sonic the Hedgehog, wanna play?” I said “sure, why not”.
Since that day, my life was changed and history was rewritten. Instead of saving for a SNES for Christmas, I got the Genesis and Sonic.