I remember the Christmas vividly. I had seen an advertisement for the Sega Genesis and was floored. I annoyed my parents for months in anticipation, and when December 25th rolled around I tore open the paper and gleefully surveyed my new Sega Genesis with its copy of Sonic the Hedgehog (Not for Resale) included. I still have it and it works. I put the cartridge in the console and was awed when a chorus of voices chimed “Sega” and the rousing soundtrack began.
Now, Sonic has hit the year of his 20th birthday, and, according to Sega, sold 70 million units. The high-speed hedgehog is still going strong after being featured on T-shirts, in comic books and in his own TV show.
Earlier today, Sega announced it will celebrate the blue hedgehog’s birthday with a number of special events, promotions and other commemorative activities throughout the year. The company is yet to release details of the first celebration, but plans to make a number of announcements over the course of 2011.