Sonic the Hedgehog is a character in addition to the franchise that has sprung up around the character. In short, Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog who uses his speed to fight the evil Doctor Eggman alongside other anthropomorphic animal characters such as the two-tailed fox named Tails and the red enchilada named Knuckles. However, the Sonic franchise is huge, which means that it has seen a wide range of other stories even though this particular plot retains a central role.
Originally, Sonic the Hedgehog was created for Sega to have a pet capable of rivaling Nintendo’s Mario. (1) However, it soon took on a life of its own when the Sonic games were hugely successful, which in turn led to respectable sales of Sega game consoles. This eventually led to Sonic appearing in other media ranging from comics to cartoons, which are still ongoing to this day. In short, while the most successful days of the Sonic franchise seem to be behind us, it is still a success in every respect other than relative.
What are the components of the Sonic franchise?
The games starring Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends are still the most important component of the Sonic franchise, which is fitting because that’s where it started. The games initially started out as platformers but soon spread to encompass other genres as Sonic became more and more popular. For example, Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3 were all platformers in Sega Genesis that retained key platformer features while introducing refinements to the already successful formula by introducing new characters and improving game elements.
In contrast, Sonic Spinball was a pinball game, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine was a puzzle game, while Sonic 3D Blast was an unusual game that featured the main character racing through the pseudo 3-D environments that gave their name. Sonic games were released for the Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, and Sega Dreamcast, but when Sega stopped making game consoles in 2001, they soon began to appear on Nintendo, Sony, and even Microsoft game consoles.
However, Sega seems to have had the best relationship with Nintendo, which is why Nintendo consoles have had more Sonic games than the rest, as well as a sense of closeness that is lacking elsewhere. For example, Sonic is one of the playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, which tends to have rosters made up of Nintendo’s own famous characters. (two)
Sonic the Hedgehog has had various cartoons over the years. For example, DIC Entertainment has produced three separate Sonic cartoons between 1993 and 1999, which saw enormous variation in their characters, their plots, and even their degree of resemblance to the original material. Additionally, there was a two-episode original video animation made in Japan, as well as a later and much longer Japanese series that came to the United States under the name Sonic X. Finally, there was Sonic Boom, which was made using animation by computer in order to coordinate with games that are being released under the same name, which constitutes a sub-franchise of the Sonic franchise. (two)
There have been a total of three Sonic the Hedgehog comics, created by independent publishers in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Of these three, the Japanese and the US comics are still ongoing, although they have undergone significant changes over time, which is not surprising because they have been in publication since 1992. By contrast, the comics of the UK were published from 1993 to 2002, which is a more than respectable time period in its own right. Since the Sonic franchise has little interest in maintaining a single canon among all of its entries, each of these comics has its own continuity along with its own set of characters, plots, and other narrative elements, which in turn have at times come to light. they also influence other entries in the Sonic franchise. (two)
Finally, the Sonic franchise is like other successful franchises in that it has also had a number of other associated products over the years. For example, there are a fair amount of Sonic the Hedgehog toys that are still in production today, which means another source of income for Sega along with all the other sources of income collected under the same franchise. Perhaps most notable among these products is the Sonic the Hedgehog theatrical film which will premiere in …