In 1990, Sega hasn’t made much progress gaining a foothold in the video game console market. With Mario being the face often seen as proof of Nintendo’s dominance, Sega needed a flagship to rise up to the challenge. So came Sonic to the rescue!
Sonic The Hedgehog to the Rescue
Their current business strategy of porting arcade games to their Sega Genesis home console did little to promote the hardware’s potential. A contest in coming up with a flagship game was held within Sega’s offices – the winner was a teal hedgehog created by artist Naoto Ohshima. The original platform gameplay of a sprite rolling in a ball through long-winding tubes was made by programmer Yuji Naka.
Sonic’s speedy gameplay gave it critical acclaim and helped a lot in making Sega Genesis more popular in North America. Many Sonic titles were released across Sega’s 8-bit consoles not long after the first game’s heyday in 1991.
Sonic The Hedgehog Legacy
The franchise had many successful runs, along with tumultuous times as Sega shifted its direction to meet the demands of a new gaming market. Sega continued to release Sonic games long after they stopped making gaming consoles.
Sega has collaborated with its then-rival Nintendo to produce Sonic titles for the Wii U and 3DS platforms in May 2013. Sega has also extended its reach to the mobile phone market during the same year, remastered versions of the original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 were released for iOS and Android.
FREE Sonic The Hedgehog Fonts
There had been quite a few iterations for the logo of the Sonic the Hedgehog, and these included the fonts used. For the word ‘Sonic’ you can use Nise Sega Sonic font designed by ActSelect, which is free for personal use. The Fonts Magazine has a free version that looks similar. For the words ‘Hedgehog’, you can employ either Helvetica or Univers.