The Sega team probably never thought that the sonic games which they were releasing would capture such a large fan base. Beating almost all other popular gaming consoles of the time, the blue blur character called Sonic the Hedgehog, soon became the neck to neck rival of Nintendo's Super Mario.
The growing crowd following the main character in sonic games, are not restricted to just the online versions or the original gaming consoles. It has moved much further than the most of us can imagine. Because of its simplicity and ability to maintain high levels of adrenaline among it's fans, Sonic the Hedgehog has found a niche of his own as a video game superhero. Various other formats of entertainment media where has also started to appear include printed comics and movies.
Video Game: The birth of the character featured video games divided in many stages and lives. The stages depict higher levels of difficulty as the player moves on to higher levels. The main character, Sonic the Hedgehog is able to secure extra lives and powers as the game proceeds. There are also special stages that occur at random, and must be completed by the player in order to continue.
TV series: Sonic games were aired on television to provide a full time family entertainment at relatively no cost. It was more of a light hearted and humor driven plot aimed at entertaining young children. With time, the television series incorporated more complex plots to grab more age groups and increase the ratings. To enable the viewers not to miss out a single episode, the complete series with all the versions are available in DVD.
Movie: As unbelievable as it may sound, there is a two-episode movie on Sonic the Hedgehog. Though there are some offensive scenes, the movie succeeds in grabbing much attention and critic reviews. The movie was originally released in Japan but was later translated in many other languages.
Comics: Print media has also become part of the magic of Sonic the Hedgehog. There are comic books printed with the Hedgehog as the main character and stories dedicated to its actions and personal life. There is a separate comic series named Manga, which is published in Japan on Sonic the Hedgehog. In fact, there are full-fledged novels on the complete story line of the character. The most complete comic series on the Blue Blur is called "Sonic Universe".
Registering its presence all over the world and in so many forms, has definitely turned out to be a success story for Sonic the Hedgehog and for the Creators of sonic games as well.