Sonic the Hedgehog Turns 20: A Look Back at His Achievements

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Your Games!

250px-Sonic1_box_usaSonic, you are a great business-hog. Your series of games has sold over 80 million units, according to a crowd-sourced encyclopedia we’re not supposed to link to.

But you achieved great sales success by leveraging your “brand”—were you the title character in every game? No! Work smarter, not harder. Did you make walk-on appearances from time to time? Yes! That’s branding and you “get it,” as they say.

To type out each and every Sonic title would leave me with Popeye-sized forearms, but let’s go through some of the classics:

Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D, Sonic Adventure, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic Drift, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Tails, Bowling, Olympics, Mario & Sonic, and the unfortunately-named Sonic X-Treme.

Without even doing a cursory search on the internet, it’s powerfully clear that Michelle Branch’s 2001 megahit Everywhere (You’re ev-ry-where to meee!) was written just for you, Sonic.

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