25 Things You May Not Know About Sonic the Hedgehog
Since we already did a 25 Facts You Didn’t Know About Mario list, we figured it was only right to do a Top 25 Things You May Not Know About Sonic the Hedgehog list as well. After all, they are the oldest video game rivals in the history of our medium. While Sonic may not be as big of a star as Mario he certainly competes with him when it comes to odd trivia. Check out these 25 Things You May Not Know About Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic Spinball Is the Only Sonic Game to Feature Characters From the Archie Comics Continuity
Sonic has a few distinct continuities. The Archie Comics/Saturday Morning continuity is widely considered to be the better Sonic canon, yet rarely shows up in games. In fact, the only game to show off characters like Sally and Bunnie was Sonic Spinball, a spin-off (get it!) game made early in Sonic’s lifetime. Even then, they only showed up in bonus stages.
According to the Sonic Comic, Sonic’s Speed and Color Are a Result of a Lab Accident
According to the Sonic Comic series, Sonic had a weird lab accident involving a hamster wheel and some sneakers and this managed to give him blue fur and super speed. No, really! Sonic was supposedly a normal brown hedgehog until this accident took place.
Sonic Cannot Swim Due to Mistaken Information About Real Hedgehogs
When Sega first made Sonic, they were under the impression that hedgehogs couldn’t swim so they made Sonic drown if he stayed under water for too long. This, unfortunately, is not true and if Sonic’s creators simply double checked their facts, we wouldn’t have had to put up with all of those frustrating drowning deaths.
Though Sonic Canonically Runs Faster Than Light, He Has Never Been Clocked at That Speed
Canonically, Sonic can run faster than light (light speed dash and all that). However, no game with a speed meter has ever clocked him as running at that speed. Heck, most games have him struggling to break the sound barrier. It’s all well and good though. If Sonic actually could approach the speed of light, his surroundings would begin to distort and chromatically shift in weird ways making the game almost unplayable. Also, it wouldn’t be that hard to get to the end of a stage at the speed of light, as Sonic would essentially be massless.
Sonici is Suicidal
Well, not in all games, but if you wait around long enough in Sonic CD, Sonic jumps off the ledge and kills himself. That’s dark, SEGA. That’s dark.
Sega Used Fear to Combat Piracy
Speaking of Dark, Sonic CD’s original piracy check would bring unwitting pirates to a strange screen if it failed. The screen had some weirdly distorted images of Sonic with what appears to be an old man face along with the message “Fun if infinite with Sega Enterprises” signed by Majin. Majin can be translated as “devil” in English, and the screen had some pretty creepy music playing in the background along with an ominous laugh. Perhaps this was SEGA’s way of scaring pirates out of their pirating ways. You can still access the screen on a legit copy by entering specific sound test codes.
The Sega Chant Took Up One Eighth of Sonic: The Hedgehog’s Data
Sonic the Hedgehog 1 was supposed to have a Sound Test, much like other games in the Sonic series. Unfortunately, it was cut for time. This lead to a large blank space on the cartridge which was then used to put in the iconic SEGA splash screen chant. That one chant took up one eighth of the available space on the cartridge and was bigger than some whole levels!
Sonic’s Skid Noise Comes from Outrun
Not all of Sonic’s sound-effects are his own. His iconic skidding noise was actually first used in Outrun. However, it has since become far more associated with the Sonic franchise, so the question of who owns the noise is debatable.
Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles are Actually the Same Game
Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles combine to create Sonic 3 & Knuckles when you insert one game into the other. This was all thanks to SEGA’s lock-on technology, except that technology was actually kind of a sham. You see, Sonic 3 & Knuckles was originally one game but was too big to fit on one cartridge. So SEGA split the game up into two parts, with the data for Sonic and Tails along with the first half of the game on one cartridge and the data for Knuckles along with the second half of the game on the other. Connecting the two would just give you access to the full original game. Connecting the game to Sonic 2 would simply cause Sonic & Knuckles to load Sonic 2’s stage data along with the Knuckles character data. This is why Eggman wouldn’t be wearing his robot mask in the Knuckles version of Sonic 2. This is also why no other game worked with Sega’s supposed lock-on technology.
Sega Most Likely Hired Michael Jackson to Compose Music for Sonic: The Hedgehog 3
Many people say that Sonic 3’s music sounds a lot like Michael Jackson’s music. This is because SEGA actually did ask the king of pop to record some tracks for the game, according to Jackson’s composer and musical director Brad Buxer, Supposedly, Michael Jackson was not credited in the final version because he was not happy with the sound that came out of the console. SEGA has not yet confirmed this fact, but several sources have supported these claims, and it’s hard to deny the similarities to Jackson’s music in the game’s soundtrack.