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This fan article was originally posted on 15 June 2004 by @Dark Sonic.

[Archive] A Brief History of SEGA and Sonic



A brief timeline of SEGA and Sonic, and how SEGA is perceived.

Okay, we all know that the Sega Corporation and Sonic have been 2 key icons in gaming as well as many other things. So let’s recap. It all started in 1991 when the Sega Corporation released the game Sonic the Hedgehog. That was an excellent game and Sonic’s name became known throughout the world. Soon there was merchandise, comic books, and cartoon shows featuring Sonic. The game systems Sega released was the Sega Genesis as well as others.

In 1992 Sega released Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This game was even better than the first Sonic game. Sega was becoming even better than Nintendo. In the years to come they would make even more games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. But soon the Sega Corporation knew that they had to make a new system to compete with the other companies. So they came out with the Sega Saturn. This new system was 3D.

But it couldn’t compete with the N64 and the Playstation. Sega and Sonic went down the tubes. The Saturn was at the bottom of the charts. So they knew they had to build a very powerful system to compete with the other companies. So they came out with the Sega Dreamcast which in my opinion is one of the greatest systems of all time. Sonic made his debut on this great system in Sonic Adventure. But unfortunately, the Dreamcast didn’t sell. I think it’s because the other systems had more games than the Dreamcast. So that failed.

The Sega Corporation had no choice but to make games for other companies which is what they are doing currently. But Sonic hurt from this. I should know because EVERYONE at my school thinks Sonic stinks. And I do mean everyone. One time my friend made fun of Shadow (who is very cool even though I think it was a bad idea to bring him back in Sonic Heroes) and I was ready punch his lights out. I only know of 3 people, including me, in America that still like Sonic which is pretty sad if you ask me. So here it stands, Sega has to stop acting on its own and sell its games to other companies, Sonic is going down the tubes in America at least, and now people like me have to try to get people to like Sonic again.

This shouldn’t be necessary, I think. But it does appear that Sega has started to get back on their feet which is a good thing (Of course). Once they get rid of all the problem areas (such as bringing back characters from ten years ago) then they might be able to start making systems of their own again (which would be great). So currently Sega is getting back in the swing of things and Sonic is doing a little better (even though my fellow peers suck and have no idea what they are talking about when they make fun of him). You can bet when Sega makes a new system I’ll be one of the first to buy it.


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