It can't be easy being Sonic the Hedgehog. Though his Sega Genesis outings remain blistering, beautiful blasts of fun to this day, ever since then the hedgehog with attitude has had the misfortune to appear in countless terrible titles with little to redeem them.
Like Sonic 3D Blast. And Sonic Adventure 2. And Sonic Heroes. And Shadow the Hedgehog. And Sonic Riders. And Sonic and the Secret Rings. And Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). And Sonic Unleashed. And Sonic and the Black Knight. And half of Sonic Generations. And Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. And Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. And Sonic Lost World. And Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. And Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. (Disclosure: I did like Sonic Rush on Nintendo DS.)
And now the character appears doomed to a lifetime of free-to-play mobile spinoffs and Saturday morning cartoons. Which would be depressing, except for the fact that Sonic himself appears to have made peace with this. You see, Sonic the Hedgehog has a brand new Twitter presence, and he's tackling questions with charming self-deprecation that suggests he's fully aware of his less than stellar performance over, say, the past two decades, and understands the torturous relationship that his fans just can't quit. Even if he is promoting a new Sonic Boom game.
@Charganium Maybe, but only if we give Sonichu blue arms, three scarves, and ultimately just redesign him as Big the Cat.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 10, 2015
@ThatBritYoshi Bounce Pads: Yes. Characters yelling "Bounce Pad!": Nope!— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 10, 2015
@TrevorBurgan Nope. Never happened. Nope nope nope.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 11, 2015
Could an endearing attitude toward social media prove to be the redemption of a character some have suggested should be unceremoniously shot in a dank back alley?
@mr_chun One chili dog at a time, dear Maxwell. But we'll get there.— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) June 9, 2015