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Sonic The Hedgehog is a video game character and the hero of a Sonic the Hedgehog video game series released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, cartoons and books. The first game in the franchise was released on June 23, 1991 (also Sonic's birthday) in order to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo's flagship character Mario.[1] Since then, Sonic has become one of the world's best-known video game characters, with his series having sold over 45 million copies.[2] In 2005, Sonic was one of the first game character inductees into the Walk of Game alongside Mario and Link.

Artist Naoto Ōshima, designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and game programmer Yuji Naka are generally credited with the creation of the character,[3] a blue, male, anthropomorphic, humanoid hedgehog, whose ability to run faster than the speed of sound[4] is a major part of the gameplay of the series.[5]

Sonic Main Series appearences

Other game appearences

In the Smash Bros. series

Main article: Sonic (SSB)

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