Has it really been 20 years?

On 23rd June 1991, SEGA released Sonic the Hedgehog in Europe and America and changed the world forever. The now-iconic hero captured the imagination of millions around the world, igniting the Nintendo vs. SEGA battle for console supremacy.

Nowadays the two companies are far friendlier of course. In fact, thanks to Wii's Virtual Console service and backwards compatibility with GameCube it has the largest library of Sonic the Hedgehog games of any console ever: including Game Gear unlockables in Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Gems Collection, more than 40 Sonic games are playable on Wii, from series-starter Sonic the Hedgehog to his most recent and welcome return to form Sonic Colours.

We have plenty of celebratory Sonic content coming up for the rest of the week, so we hope you join with us to pay tribute to one of gaming's greatest icons.