Happy Japanese 30th Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog!

Did you know that Sonic the Hedgehog technically has TWO anniversaries? That’s right – even though SEGA’s blue blur first landed on the Mega Drive and Genesis on June 23rd, 1991, that was only in Europe and North America. In Japan, the original Mega Drive release of Sonic the Hedgehog was a month later, on July 26. That makes today Sonic’s official 30th Anniversary in his creators’ homeland!

To celebrate, SEGA’s Japanese Sonic Twitter account has shared a cute piece of artwork that sees our hedgehog hero resting in front of a fan from Sonic 1’s Star Light Zone. As you might have guessed, July is a particularly warm and humid month in Japan, so it’s very important to drink lots of water and cool off in the summer – seems like Sonic is doing just that!

As Japanese fans celebrate Sonic’s 30th Anniversary, it’s time to revisit the discussion over the first game. What are your fondest memories of the original Sonic the Hedgehog game on Mega Drive / Genesis? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. Gotta love the Sonic Channel Japanese artwork of Classic Sonic resting in front of a fan from Star Light Zone and it looks good and great.

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