Sonic the Hedgehog (Series)

Sega’s long-running series of mascot platformers, constantly playing second fiddle to Nintendo’s Super Mario series in terms of critical reception but nonetheless a banner beneath which hordes of loyal, dedicated fans rally to this day.


Developer: Various
Publisher: Sega
Available on: Various


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Sonic the Hedgehog: Introduction - “Sonic hasn’t been good for a long time.” “Sonic has never been good.” How many times have we seen articles about Sega’s incredibly popular mascot start this way? The fact is, despite enduring a consistently more mixed (at times outright cynical and negative) critical reception than longstanding rival Mario from Nintendo, Sonic the Hedgehog still has legions … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Introduction
Sonic the Hedgehog: Finding His Feet - So let’s start from the beginning. The year was 1990. Nintendo was enjoying a protracted period of dominance in the video game market thanks to a combination of high quality games and a highly recognisable mascot in the form of Super Mario. With the release of Super Mario Bros. 3, the company had become seemingly unstoppable. But … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Finding His Feet
Sonic the Hedgehog: Little Brothers - It’s fair to say that, for many people, Sonic’s “golden age” was the 16-bit era that encompassed his first four(ish) games. What doesn’t tend to get talked about quite so much is the fact that, around the same time, there were some fantastic 8-bit releases in the series on Sega’s Master System console and ill-fated … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Little Brothers
Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinning Off - So we’ve already talked about Sonic’s main 16-bit games on the Mega Drive, as well as his 8-bit adventures on the Game Gear and Master System. But we have a few more games to explore from this early era before we start exploring the blue blur’s oft-maligned jump into 3D space, and those are the … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinning Off
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Lost Game - After the success of the Sonic games on the Mega Drive, what was next? Sega had a difficult time ahead of it, since there was a certain amount of confusion over what the real successor to the 16-bit console would be. On the one hand, there was the American-developed, cartridge-based 32X, which would act as … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: The Lost Game
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Age of Adventure - Sonic’s earliest forays into 3D are, today, popularly regarded as where things started going “wrong” for the blue blur. But this is one of those viewpoints that has become so ingrained in popular gaming culture that many people simply take it for granted without actually checking the games out for themselves to determine whether those … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: The Age of Adventure
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Dark Age - Declaring anything the “best thing ever” or the “worst thing ever” is a dangerous game, for a variety of reasons. Tastes change over time. Preferences vary between individuals. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all that. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned since starting MoeGamer — well, quite a bit before that, … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: The Dark Age
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Storybook Adventures - The Nintendo Wii was a peculiar system, as those who have spent any time in its company will attest. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. Rather, I’m referring to the fact that out of all the consoles in that particular generation of hardware, you were most likely to find completely unique games … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: The Storybook Adventures
Sonic the Hedgehog: Dare to be Different - With how positively Sonic Adventure had been received on its original release — and many subsequent Sonic releases being compared unfavourably to it — it’s surprising that Sonic Team didn’t return to the concept sooner. Return they did, however, with an ambitious multiplatform title that was originally intended to be the third official Sonic Adventure game. Initially … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Dare to be Different
Sonic the Hedgehog: Erinaceidae of Colour - After 2008’s entertaining but divisive Sonic Unleashed, it would be another two years before we’d see the next mainline Sonic the Hedgehog game. There were two versions of Sonic Colours developed, both of which remembered to put the “U” in for the European version: a Wii-exclusive version that combined 2D and 3D gameplay in the way we’d … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Erinaceidae of Colour
Sonic the Hedgehog: Old Meets New - In 2011, Sonic turned 20. 1991 was a big year for the blue blur: he had his first ever public appearance in Sega’s arcade title Rad Mobile, then later in the year thrilled console gamers on both 8- and 16-bit Sega platforms with his first full adventures. Naturally, such a significant anniversary needed to be … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: Old Meets New
Sonic the Hedgehog: A New Twist - Sonic Generations rather ably demonstrated how the Sonic series’ gameplay had evolved over the years… but where could it go from there? Certain members of Sonic Team were already contemplating this by the time Sonic Colours had completed development and work on Generations was underway. The concept grew from experimental attempts to make use of the Nintendo … Continue reading Sonic the Hedgehog: A New Twist

Other Articles about Sonic the Hedgehog

The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Best Common Architecture - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of “alternative” awards that I’ve devised in collaboration with the community as an excuse to celebrate the games, experiences and fanbases that have left a particular impression on me in 2018. Find out more and leave a suggestion here! This award was suggested by spaktukal. Environmental design in gaming is … Continue reading The MoeGamer Awards 2018: Best Common Architecture
Sunday Driving: Pudding?! You Were Always So Quirky, Brian - It’s time for another Sunday Driving session as we continue our playthrough of Sega and Sumo Digital’s wonderful Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. We’re making good progress through the World Tour mode — it should only be another episode or two before we clear all the available events on the normal difficulty we’ve been playing … Continue reading Sunday Driving: Pudding?! You Were Always So Quirky, Brian
Sunday Driving: Arrow of Light - Let’s get ready to, uh, drive! Yes, it’s that time of the week again when I rev up my engines, grab my controller and jump into some of my favourite arcade racers from over the years. This week we’re once again continuing with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on PC, one of my all-time favourite kart racers, … Continue reading Sunday Driving: Arrow of Light
Waifu Wednesday: Blaze the Cat - As we approach the end of our official Sonic month (although coverage of the games will continue as there are still several more I’d like to write about!) it’s time we took a look at a less frequently seen member of the Sonic ensemble cast. In stark contrast to the series’ previous feline companion, the … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Blaze the Cat
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 8 – Sonic Sez - In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s been a month of Sonic funtimes here on MoeGamer, so what better opportunity to discuss the series as a whole on a podcast? Don’t forget the podcast is now available both on YouTube in its full video glory, and now as an audio-only version too. You can access this … Continue reading The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 8 – Sonic Sez
Waifu Wednesday: Cream the Rabbit - There are many reasons one can find a character appealing. Sometimes it’s as simple a base desire as “BIG FAT BAT TATS” — although many fans of Rouge will almost certainly point to other aspects of the character they like besides her formidable assets — but at other times it’s about a feeling of connection and … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Cream the Rabbit
Waifu Wednesday: Amy Rose - It’s Sonic month here on MoeGamer, so, well, we gotta do what we gotta do. The Sonic series as a whole actually has a decent number of fun, cute and sexy female characters, with probably the most well-known of them being Sonic’s not-girlfriend Amy Rose. With most gamers’ first encounter with her being 1993’s Sonic CD, what you may … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Amy Rose
Sega Mega Drive Classics: Yes, It’s That Time Again - You know a console generation has truly reached maturity when it gets a compilation of Mega Drive games. Sega’s library of 16-bit classics must surely, by now, be some of the most frequently officially and legally emulated games of all time — and yet we keep getting these packages. And people keep buying them. People … Continue reading Sega Mega Drive Classics: Yes, It’s That Time Again

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