Sonic the Hedgehog turns 20 today. There's no denying that the blue hedgehog is one of the video game industry's most enduring characters, but his path has been bumpier than the Green Hill Zone itself. Here we take a look at Sonic's highs and lows over the years. For a more personal look at Sonic's influence in the 90s, head over to Martin's Sonic and Me article.
Sonic's impressive youth
There is a reason Sonic is one of gaming's most iconic characters: his initial games on the SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis to our US readers) and Mega CD were brilliant. Back in a time when SEGA fans fought with Nintendo devotees in playgrounds across the country, Sonic was a big deal. These 2D platformers are some of the best ever created.