ByMarlon McDonald, writer at Creators.co
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Marlon McDonald

It easy to forget that SEGA's number one icon Sonic The Hedgehog is over twenty years old now! That's a feat to celebrate in itself. He must have one high functioning heart to have been pretty much non-stop for two decades!

Over the years of being gaming's anthropomorphic poster-hog, he's appeared in over seventy games, six animated series and six comic book series! Spending that long in the public eye, I guess, would warrant a change in aesthetics. He is a superstar after all and stars need to stay fresh.

Gotta make a visual timeline
Gotta make a visual timeline

(via XxNinja-PikachaoxX)

And keeping him fresh is the idea with the recent release of the Sonic franchise's latest iteration Sonic Boom, which will be hitting your screens on the Nintendo WiiU and 3DS, making this the third game in SEGA's deal with Nintendo, after Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Sonic Lost World, to appear exclusively on Nintendo consoles.

Gotta be exclusive
Gotta be exclusive

So now that Sonic's new incarnation has hit the ground running, it's fair to say that people's reactions to the latest redesign of everybody's favorite super fast, super snarky legend have been...mixed! Mixed is a nice way of putting it. Let's have a look then.

Gotta grow up
Gotta grow up

Okay so now Sonic has a scarf and a plenty of athletic tape. So much tape! Why does he need all of that tape? Does moving at supersonic speed tear at his fur, exposing the soft flesh beneath? Are they there to keep his limbs from flailing at top speed?

And the long legs! They're all pretty tall now too, as highlighted by games radar...

Gotta go vertical
Gotta go vertical

And Knuckles, dear old steroid addled Knuckles. Looks as if he should have put more leg work into his time in the gym. I understand his over use of the bandages, they're evidently there to stop him from straight up exploding in a fuzzy, muscular mess!

The internet's take on the changes has been incredibly imaginative and hilarious.

Watch Hogs

Poking fun at Sonic's trendy scarf, Kotaku writer Steve Marinconz 'shopped this beauty.

Gotta go stealth
Gotta go stealth

Hipster Sonic

And, you know, fur is so mainstream. (via Chris Person, Kotaku)

Gotta go is so last season
Gotta go is so last season

Sonic Cosplay

Here's 90's Sonic cosplaying his older self, thanks to msdbzbabe!

Gotta go to A&E
Gotta go to A&E

Cracked Knuckles

This is terrifying and terrific. Thank you, phantasm_nohma!

Gotta get SWOLE
Gotta get SWOLE

Adventures In Redesigning Sonic

Though the changes to Sonic's design were slightly minimal, despite his jump in height...and the rest, the rejected concept art from Nicolas Villarreal and Craig Harris, amongst others, displayed more rather radical attempts at modernizing the hero.

Sonic: Tomb Raider

With the boots and cargo shorts, this Sonic looks better suited for liberating cute animals from crypts rather than bouncing around on jump pads.

Gotta get OUT OF THIS DAMN CAVE
Gotta get OUT OF THIS DAMN CAVE

Sonic Jr.

I like this design, it's pretty cute, like a high school Sonic or something. This would be great for a graphic novel.

Gotta get to school
Gotta get to school

(via Craig Harris)

Rave Sonic

Heavy brush stroke Sonic looks like he's midway through a rather exuberant night out on the town.

GOTTA WAIT FOR THE DROP
GOTTA WAIT FOR THE DROP

(via Craig Harris)

And A Few Worthy Additions...

At least the first four sketches are closer to the Sonic Team of yore. The colored sketch looks like something from a Don Bluth animation, which is in no way a bad thing.

Gotta try 'em all
Gotta try 'em all

(via Craig Harris)

The Eggman Cometh

Here are a few of Nicolas Villarreal's designs for the revamped Dr. Robotnik. Once again a sweet re-imagining better suited for a possible Sonic Kids comic. I'd read that!

Go check out more of Craig Harris and Nicolas Villarreal's work at their respective websites, they're very talented!

SEGA and the artists gave the re-imagining a good go, but it does make you wonder why try and fix something that isn't broken? The best Sonic, for me, lives in my Master System as well as fond memories of our childhood adventures together. The new adult Sonic is here to stay, so we should probably just learn to accept him just like any other of our friends that go through a drastic fashion change.

(Sources: Kotaku, Neogaf, Destructoid)

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