If you’re old (like us) or have been living under a rock (like us), you’re probably unaware of the latest streaming craze that’s swept the internet – ‘VTubers’. And this week, the internet has been going gaga over one particular hyper-popular virtual icon who’s on a quest to play all of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games for the very first time.
The female Japanese virtual YouTube star known as Inugami Korone (or Korone, for short), hooked up an old Sega Mega Drive to her streaming setup and ran through Sonic 1 from beginning to end. Because this was seemingly Koro-san’s first time playing the game, she runs into all kinds of mishap.
From the dreaded ‘spike glitch’ to the momentum-based terrain, the online celebrity responded to her trials in her trademark screams and infectious cackles. It’s quite a sight to behold – and an eye-opening playthrough for veteran Sonic fans who might not be aware that the classic 16-bit games aren’t quite as simple as we all remember them.
Her fanbase, of course, went wild over the stream, which took place earlier this week. Dozens of fan art and comments from Japanese and English admirers flooded Twitter as Korone played live. Even Sonic Creative Director, Kazuyuki Hoshino, weighed in on the stream.
It looks like this won’t be the last time Korone streams Sonic, either – she announced that Sonic 2 will be her next target, streaming a little later today. Check out her YouTube channel to see her tackle some Blast Processing!