It is no revelation that Sonic the Hedgehog has drawn upon pop culture in its creation (the Death Egg probably being one of the more obvious tributes to Star Wars), but it appears that the influences from Dragon Ball extend further than super forms and collecting 7 powerful objects!
In a recent translation of an interview article from a Japanese gaming magazine, Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka revealed that the 3D special stage (sometimes referred to as “Get Blue Spheres”) was inspired by the miniature world of King Kai’s planet, which featured in Dragon Ball Z.
Other revelations from the interview include:
- Initial ideas for names for Sonic included “Raisupi” and “LS”, truncation and plays on the word “light speed”
- Naka quit SEGA after finishing work on the first Sonic game with aspirations of joining Nintendo
- Tails was initially a Tanuki, modeled after a UFO catcher plush
- Sonic was purposefully made more of a “bad boy” for Sonic Adventure, so that his character didn’t become too cutesy like so many other character mascots (Naka stated that Hello Kitty already owned the market in cuteness)
- Naka saw protecting Sonic’s image as being very difficult, citing Sonic Underground as an example of something damaging to the character’s image (making reference in particular to Sonic’s siblings)
Check out the full interview translation, along with other Sonic Team interviews at Shmuplations.