With a slew of dedicated new merchandise, special events, and new games on the horizon, it cannot be denied that SEGA aims to pull out all the stops to celebrate the silver anniversary of their mascot and legendary gaming icon Sonic the Hedgehog. The Blue Blur sped onto the gaming scene with his titular debut on the SEGA Genesis back in 1991, collecting rings, running through loops, smashing Badniks, and stopping Doctor Eggman's many evil plots ever since.
Information regarding some of the special events honoring Sonic's 25 year milestone is finally coming forward, as SEGA and some of its key figures will be present at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, and at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
At GDC 2016, taking place from March 14th to the 18th, the gaming company will be hosting a party to celebrate the success of mobile endless runner Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom. There will also be a presentation covering the "25 years of Sonic," as well as series art and music.
Meanwhile, for SXSW, a "History of Sonic" panel will bring together an impressive lineup of Sonic celebrities on Saturday, March 19th from 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM PT. Sonic Team director Takashi Iizuka and series co-creator Yuji Naka will be attending, as well as voice actors Roger Craig Smith (Sonic) and Mike Pollock (Doctor Eggman), Sonic social media manager and madman Aaron "RubyEclipse" Webber, and SEGA producer Austin Keys.
Other Sonic silver anniversary celebrations include an "art event and celebration mural," a "25th anniversary party," and events at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, though no additional details were provided.
With Sonic's 25th anniversary comes three known game releases: Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Nintendo 3DS on March 18th, the Wii U version of the crossover sports game in June, and Sanzaru Games' Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice this fall. The second season of the Sonic Boom cartoon is also slated to air on Cartoon Network around that same period.
We're only two months into 2016, but this year is certainly shaping up to be a great one for Sonic fans far and wide! What else do you think is in store in the coming year for Sonic the Hedgehog? What are you hoping to see out of the 25th anniversary celebrations? Give us your thoughts in the comments!