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History of Sonic the Hedgehog
History of Mario
Sonic the Hedgehog is a hedgehog
character that serves as the mascot of the Japanese video
game company Sega. The first game in the franchise was
released on June 23, 1991 (also Sonic's birthday) in order
to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo's flagship
character Mario.Since then, Sonic has become one of the
world's best-known video game characters, with his series
having sold over 44 million copies.
In April 1990, Sega requested a game capable of selling over
one million copies and a character to replace Alex Kidd as
the company's mascot. Several character designs were
submitted by its AM8 research & development department,
including an armadillo (who was later developed into Mighty
the Armadillo), a dog, an over-sized Theodore Roosevelt in
pajamas (which would later be the basis of Doctor Eggman's
design), and a rabbit (intended to use its extendible ears
to collect objects; these aspects were later incorporated
into Ristar). Eventually, Naoto Ōshima's spiky hedgehog,
initially codenamed "Mr Needlemouse", was chosen as the new
mascot. A group of fifteen started working on Sonic the
Hedgehog, and renamed themselves Sonic Team.
Artist Naoto Ōshima, designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and
programmer Yuji Naka are generally credited with the
creation of the character, a blue anthropomorphic hedgehog,
whose ability to run faster than the speed of sound is a
major part of the gameplay of the series.
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Mario is a video
game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru
Miyamoto and is the official mascot of Nintendo.Mario was
originally portrayed with two-dimensional sprites, but in
later games he is a three-dimensional, polygonal model.
Because of the common reference to him and his brother Luigi
as the "Mario Brothers," it has been speculated his full
name is "Mario Mario," and in certain non-game sources
(comic books and the Super Mario Bros. film), this is the
case. However, Nintendo of America stated in the 1980s that
Mario and Luigi do not have last names.
Mario is depicted as a somewhat short, pudgy, Italian
plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. He is well known
for constantly thwarting the plans of the evil King Bowser
to kidnap Princess Peach and subjugate the Mushroom Kingdom,
his plucky personality, enthusiasm and spirit in the face of
enemies, unexpected physical agility, cooperation with his
brother, and close relationship with Princess Peach whom he
has repeatedly saved. He has a greedy doppelganger by the
name of Wario.
As Nintendo's mascot, Mario is considered to be one of the
most famous characters in video game history. The Mario
series of video games has sold more than 193 million units,
making the Mario series the best-selling video game series
of all time. Outside of the platformers with which he is
traditionally associated, Mario has appeared in video games
in different genres, including the Mario Kart racing series,
Nintendo's arcade sports games (such as the Mario Tennis and
Mario Golf series), and Nintendo's series of Mario
role-playing games (including Super Mario RPG: Legend of the
Seven Stars, the Paper Mario series, and the Mario & Luigi
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