Sega’s Sonic games were the only real competition to Nintendo’s Super Mario franchise. Many tried to emulate what they were seeing elsewhere but the makers of Sonic constructed a game faster paced and more aesthetically pleasing than any other platform had produced. The spiky, blue hedgehog not only became a beloved game franchise but was the mascot for Sega. There was even a short time in which Sonic dethroned Mario, who at the time seemed untouchable. Why was he able to? Because Sonic games were the first to be a ridiculously speedy game that moved quickly and had high drops, slopes, loop-de-loops, running and jumping in each level. The levels had enemies scattered all over the place so you had to adopt the “be quick, but don’t be in a hurry” motto to prevail. We know the Sonic series was good because even when they brought in Tails’ obnoxious ass in Sonic The Hedgehog 2, the game was still brilliant. Tails was one of the worst sidekicks in existence. Or perhaps it was the fact that the game’s rival, Mario had one of the all time great sidekicks in Luigi, which set the bar higher than Tails could reach… Which is really unacceptable since Tails had flying abilities. Either way, the blue hedgehog in red sneakers changed the pace of video games as we knew them.
SIDENOTE: Anyone remember the music that played when Sonic was drowning? HOW THE HELL is a kid supposed to do anything with this panicky, alarming tune playing. Take a listen to the link below and ask yourself if there is any task you can accomplish with that type of jingle going on simultaneously.
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Tagged 90s, Luigi, Mario, Nintendo, Sega, Sega Genisis, Sonic, Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario, Tails, video games
OK, so maybe half is an exaggeration but she honestly did perform a number of different characters voices. Chuckie Finster (Rugrats), Gosalyn Mallard (Darkwing Duck), Bunnie Rabbot (Sonic The Hedgehog), Oblina (Aaahh! Real Monsters), Babe (Babe), AND Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory). That’s pretty effin’ remarkable being that all of those characters are fairly well remembered. In fact Dexter and Chuckie are two of the most popular cartoon characters of that entire decade. Hell, we’ve probably heard this woman’s voice more than our own mother’s growing up.
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Tagged Aaahh! Real Monsters, Babe, Bunnie Rabbot, Christine Cavanaugh, Chuckie Finster, Darkwing Duck, Dexter, Dexters Laboratory, Gosalyn Mallard, Oblina, Rugrats, Sonic The Hedgehog
That’s correct, Jaleel White – the actor famous for his role as Steve Urkel was also the voice of our beloved Sonic The Hedgehog. When I originally discovered this, I was almost as shocked as I was when I found out about Realization #22. When I think of Urkel, I’m reminded of all things not cool. The suspenders, the thick glasses, the rolled up jeans and white socks, the accordion but most memorable of all: the obnoxious voice. In fact, if there’s any sound in the world that I think I could easily recognize – it’s Urkel’s voice. But, for whatever reason, when you don’t see the geek but you do see the awesome, blue hedgehog it’s harder to decode the voice. Sure he switched up the tone and pitch of his voice a little bit for the Sonic character but when I watch with the knowledge of the actor behind the voice, I don’t see how I didn’t pick up on this in the 90s.