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During a recent interview with Axios (thanks, IGN), the head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka laid down a few rules regarding the creation of games featuring Sega's mascot, Sonic.

The first two are relatively self explanatory and serve as the "official" rules: number one, Sonic needs to display a strong sense of speed, and number two, Sonic doesn't have the ability to swim. Indeed, Iizuka went so far as to point out that Sonic requires the use of a flotation device during swimming events in the likes of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The third rule is more of an unofficial addition courtesy of Iizuka, but it's perhaps an important one for the reputation of the franchise: Sonic will no longer be kissing any human characters - probably. Iizuka simply said "I don't think we'll be doing that again" when discussing the infamous scene in 2006's Sonic the Hedgehog between Sonic himself and the human character Princess Elise the Third.

So there you go; we probably won't be seeing Sonic kiss any human characters from this moment on. Having said that, a quick search on the internet will likely demonstrate that folks have a keen fondness for such a concept. Cheeky!

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[source axios.com, via ign.com]