CGR's On This Day In Gaming - June 23, Sonic the Hedgehog

"... Classic Game Room presents CGR's ON THIS DAY IN GAMING! Seeegaaaa On June 23, 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the Sega Genesis in North America and Europe. The spiky speedster would not only revolutionize the art of platforming, showcasing the Genesis' hardware power and making the system a viable contender to challenge the NES, but it would also reshape the model of marketing, introducing strategies like AAA tie-in bundles and co-ordinating a worldwide launch, as in Sonic 2sday, which set the precedent of crowds and lines eagerly awaiting one singular title. Sequels and spin-offs would follow, good and bad, but despite a decade-long slump, Sonic remains as one of the most cherished icons in the industry's history."

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