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Sonic the Hedgehog celebrates with special Sega promo

sonichedgehog062311_optBY PAM LOBLEY

Sonic the Hedgehog is 20! I feel old.

I didn’t realize he had been around the long. I first came to know Sonic at Christmas time, when Santa brought him for my oldest son. Sonic Heroes, I think it was, but that was just the beginning. Sonic showed up on every birthday list for several years.

A blue, spiky haired hedgehog with a fighting spirit, my kids just never got tired of him. I have to admit, I’ve always found these adventure games weirdly existential. You turn on the game, and there you are with a blue hedgehog standing in the middle of a forest. He needs to collect rings and turn robots into animals until he gets enough points to fight the boss. During this time floating platforms appear out of nowhere and Sonic jumps on them. Sonic’s nemesis is Dr. Robotnik. He is the Eggman. Goo goo ga joob.

As a special promotion, Sega is offering a Sonic bundle for $19.99 for just 20 days. The bundle is reported to include the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic Adventure (and the DX Upgrade pack), Sonic 4: Episode 1, and a theme taken from the world of Sonic 4.

Fun facts about Sonic:
  • He is actually 15, even though he has been around 20 years. Seventy million Sonic video games have been sold worldwide since the series’ debut.
  • In 1993, Sonic was the first video game character to be a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Take that, Mario!
  • The new game, Sonic Generations, will be available in November. Right now though, you can download a Sonic Generations demo via the Xbox Live Marketplace or the PlayStation Network. The demo is only available for 20 days, and it gives players access to the series' most iconic environment, Green Hill.

Green Hill … I just know Jean Paul Sartre would feel comfortable there.

Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Sign up for her mailing list at


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