RetroMinute Memories: Sonic’s First Appearance!

Like me, I’m sure if you were a Sega fan back in the day, you’d pickup the latest issue of whatever magazine you were reading at the time to get the latest news about new and upcoming games. When Sega first unveiled their most beloved character, Sonic, it was definitely a monumental moment in Sega’s history, and would change the course of the company for many years to come.

Here’s the first ever issue of the Sega Visions magazine, where we were first treated to a glimpse of Sonic The Hedgehog!

The artwork was fantastic, and I think they did a fantastic job of creating a character that speaks to the Genesis generation. The character was created as Sega’s answer to Mario, which I think was rather successful, and spoke to a slightly older audience, simply based on the “speed” aspect. Sonic always felt a little “cooler” than Mario, despite coming a little later and although Sonic’s past has been a little rocky, we have definitely had some fantastic releases that are still fun to play to this day.


Now, I could be wrong, but in the centre level on the above publication, it looks as though there is a level that wasn’t included in the final game – which is very interesting to see. Perhaps they felt the level was too hard, so they took our the horizontal spike. Perhaps this level is out there and playable somewhere?

The way these old publications described games was far beyond anything we are given to read now and the pages are so bright and eye catching. Now, everything is dark, moody and “edgy”. I know I’m looking back through nostalgia glasses, but there’s definitely something much nicer about these old magazines. The artwork just captures the imagination of our childhood.

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Still learning about the retro world, and sharing my findings as I go. I love writing and I love games!

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