Sonic the Hedgehog Oddities

Posted by  | Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sonic the Rabbit

Around 1990, Sega decided it was time to to formulate its own answer to Mario. Executives solicited ideas from the entire company for characters that could star in their own Mario-whupping title. Among the suggestions were a large man with a mustache, a clown, a hedgehog with a ‘tude, and a jubilant rabbit (seen here in a Sega development sketch).

The rabbit character became a strong contender, and Sega developers put together a demo game in which the rabbit used his ears to pick up and throw objects. The hedgehog won out in the end, however, and the rest is history.

(Illustration: Sega)

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Max Says:

    You cant go wrong with an article about sega that includes reference to Steve Urkel 🙂

  2. guest Says:

    This trivia is very cool. But have many people actually played the original Sonic recently? Give it a try and then read this and see if you don't agree:

  3. Esteban Says:

    My favorite bit of Sonic weirdness? The Sonic / Harry Potter / Barack Obama backpack: