Nature’s Influence: Sonic & Animal-Powered Robots

Posted on October 16, 2010

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Animals are prevalent in many video games. Some, like Sonic the Hedgehog, have animals as the main protagonists and as victims.

In Sonic the Hedgehog, gamers can play as the world’s fastest hedgehog and have their friend join to control Tails, the two-tailed copter-fox.  Your goal is to defeat the baddie, Dr. Robotnik, aka Dr. Eggman, who has been capturing cute critters and using them to power his evil animal-like robots.  Watch the video below for a fast run-through of the first level.  When Sonic jumps on any of Dr. Eggman’s evil robotic creations, it bursts and allows an animal to escape. (In some of the older Sega Genesis versions, there would be a container at the end of levels which Sonic could jump on to set a large number of animals free.)

According to Wikipedia, these are the original animals:

  • Flicky: The most prominently used animal in Eggman’s implantations, this small bird’s first appearance in a game predates Sonic. Flicky and its respective game were alluded to inSonic 3D Blast. Of the seven initial animals, this is the only one to have a consistent name in all regions. Flickies were last used by Eggman to power his E-Series line in Sonic Adventure.
  • A squirrel or chipmunk. Named Ricky in Japan, but gender-swapped for Western markets and named Sally Acorn, serving as the inspiration for the Archie Comics character.
  • A grey rabbit. Named Pocky in Japan, called Johnny Lightfoot in Stay Sonic and Sonic the Comic, and the basis for Archie Comics’ Bunnie Rabbot.
  • A white seal. Named Rocky in Japan, called Joe Sushi in Stay Sonic, and the basis for Archie Comics’ Rotor.
  • A small pig. Named Picky in Japan, called Porker Lewis in Stay Sonic and Sonic the Comic.
  • A black penguin usually freed in aquatic levels. Called Pecky in Japan, named Tux in Stay Sonic.

There are almost too many Sonic titles to count; there are versions on the DS, GameCube, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, the older consoles and with the release of Sonic 4: Episode 1, it is also available through download.  Some are great, some are good, and some suck.  Due to this, Sega has realized that is best to control the number of Sonic releases and to pull poor-scoring Sonic titles from store shelves.  For more information, visit NeoSeeker here: http://www.neoseeker.com/news/15042-sega-pulls-poor-sonic-titles-from-retail/

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