For millions of kids in the ’90s, the war between Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog was serious business.
And for Nintendo and Sega, it was actually serious business. Nintendo controlled north of 90% of the video game market before Sega — and a speedy blue cartoon hedgehog named Sonic — showed up.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” — the original Sega Genesis game, not the character — is beloved among game fans of a certain age. It starred the hard-edged Sega equivalent of Nintendo’s goofy, floppy-hatted Super Mario. It was fast, it was edgy, and it was fresh. (It didn’t hurt that Sega included the game for free with new Genesis consoles, making it the first-ever successful free-to-play game.)
For years, fans have wanted a return to the original, 16-bit-era version of “Sonic the Hedgehog” that they grew up with. And now, those fans are taking over the creation of exactly such a project.
This is “Sonic Mania”:
If “Sonic Mania” looks familiar, that’s because it’s a spitting image of the original “Sonic the Hedgehog” games.
It stars Sonic (the hedgehog), Tails, and a third playable character….
Knuckles! He’s an echidna.