It’s incredible how time flies, isn’t it? One moment, you’re seven years old, sitting on your living room floor with eyes glued to the screen as a speedy blue ball bounces around to the tune of Green Hill Zone. The next, you’re replaying those golden oldies as an adult, celebrating 25 years of epic platforming fun.
Happy Anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog. We know SEGA has plenty of plans in store for you, but we at the Sonic Stadium have some plans of our own too.
As you will have probably noticed by now, we recently changed our entire site design. I like to think it nicely sets an atmosphere that celebrates both the classic games and the modern approach to Sonic platforming. It’s also a hell of a lot easier to find and read content, right? But part of that redesign is to make it easier to find content related to everything we’ve written in the past related to the Sonic franchise.
Check out the INFO tab in the menu – click that button to see a complete introduction of the sections we currently have live on the new-look Sonic Stadium. From Games, to Comics, Cartoons and Merchandise, you can filter through our collection of post tags to find a wealth of content from our archives.
For example, you can check out everything to do with Sonic Adventure 2 (the first new game that Sonic Stadium ever covered, back when we launched in 2000) by adding the url ‘/tag/sonic-adventure-2‘ to the end of the domain name url. You can also drill down deeper if you want something specific, by adding a plus (+) sign (so, for example, http://www.sonicstadium.org/tag/sonic-adventure-2+screenshots will find screenshots related to SA2).
(Bear in mind that we’re still re-tagging a bunch of our legacy material, but we wanted you to be aware of these pages now so you can refer to them later)
Soon, we’ll also be revisiting all of the major Sonic the Hedgehog video games to celebrate the 25th Anniversary! All of the Sonic Stadium staff will be picking a number of games to cover, and we will be taking you all on a trip down memory lane. We hope you’ll enjoy it – I’ll be starting the series with the game that kicked it all off, Sonic the Hedgehog on Mega Drive. You can expect the feature sometime this weekend.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a series that has endured because it is still a franchise that connects with game players, young and old, around the world. You only need to go to events like Summer of Sonic to see that, in real life. And whether you’re a 25-year veteran of the blue blur, whether your first taste of speed was on the Dreamcast or Gamecube, or if you’re just now starting to get into the series with Sonic Boom, there’s plenty to like and enjoy about the series.
Except for Sonic snogging Elise that one time. We don’t talk about that.
We hope you’ll enjoy what we have planned, and that you’ll celebrate Sonic’s 25th with us! Let us know your favourite Sonic memories in the comments below – we’ll be thinking of our favourite memories here at TSS, which we’ll collate and share with you shortly…