Sonic the Hedgehog
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If anyone has ever told you Sonic is dead, it couldn't be further from the truth. Sega Sammy has posted its latest unit sales data for fiscal year 2021 and it appears the company's longtime mascot is right out in front.

Yes, even after 30 years the blue blur is still leading the charge for the Japanese developer and publisher - with his "full game unit sales" over the past fiscal year peaking in the fourth quarter by surpassing the four million mark. This puts him ahead of the juggernaut Sega franchises Total War and Football Manager.

The Persona series (by Sega subsidiary Atlus) placed fourth on the list with three million sales, and below this were "other" games such as Yakuza: Like A Dragon and Two Point Hospital.

Perhaps most interestingly in the Sonic section is the mention of Sonic Generations. While nothing but the name was referenced, it seems the 2011 release might still be doing better than the much newer 3D entry, Sonic Forces. Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Mania and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have also played a part in Sonic's ongoing success.

All of this follows on from last year's Sonic the Hedgehog movie, which will be followed by a sequel in 2022. So, there you have it - Sonic is alive and well, despite some people on the internet always telling us he's finished. Have you purchased a Sonic game over the past year? What about any other Sega titles? Leave a comment down below.