There once was a time where having Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog in the same game was nothing but an impossible pipe dream. The 90s Console Wars that sparked between the giants kept the two famous mascots apart, until SEGA folded as a first party hardware and software developer come the new millennium. With the company going third party, Sonic was quick to adapt, and he found a new home on the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.
Around the release of Sonic Advance, former rivals Shigeru Miyamoto and Yuji Naka sat down together for the first time for a joint developer interview with Famitsu. Having gone untranslated until just recently, it turns out that the pair have entertained the thought of having the Blue Blur in Super Smash Bros. for quite some time!
Naka: I’d like to see Sonic in a Smash Bros. game someday. (laughs) Actually, I talked about it at Space World with the director of the last Smash Bros. He said “I wish you’d have said something sooner!” (laughs)
Miyamoto: Well, if Sega is ok with it, we can add him anytime. I like that idea! (laughs)
To think we were actually that close to having Sonic as a playable fighter in the series, and as early as Super Smash Bros. Melee! Perhaps EGM's infamous April Fools' prank might not have been a hoax after all.
At the very least, Naka ultimately got his wish, as Sonic the Hedgehog went on to become a staple of the series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii.