Like the vast majority of gaming icons who appeared during the 16-bit era, Sonic the Hedgehog was a silent protagonist. However, his journey into 3D saw him gifted - if that's the right word - with a voice, and in his most recent outings, he rarely shuts up.

As if to prove that less is most definately more, hacker VAdaPEGA has taken the various phrases uttered by the Blue Blur in Sonic Boom and placed them in a special version of the original Sonic from 1991. The result is both hilarious and troubling, as it shows that these mascots don't have to be making wisecracks every few seconds to have charm and character - in fact, the less they say, the more appealing they tend to be.

If you want to experience this mod for yourself, you'll be pleased to know it works with any Mega Drive / Genesis flash cartridge, and we're guessing it runs fine on the Retron 5 and Retro Freak, too.

[source retrocollect.com, via sonicresearch.org]