Ballot: Field Artwork Brawl #32 – Sonic The Hedgehog

Welcome to Field Artwork Brawl, the weekly battle between field artwork variants to search out out which fortunate area received the very best art work with their retro video games. Prepared for a change of tempo this week? That is proper, we’re getting an perspective, sticking it to the person and throwing out the rule e-book that is ruled the earlier thirty-one brawls. Sure, we’re opening Field Artwork Brawl as much as retro video games that did not initially launch on Nintendo programs. Extra on that in a second.

However let’s not get forward of ourselves! First a recap of final week’s bout between three teams of Ghosts ‘n Goblins throughout NES and Famicom. Japan managed to mop up 20% of the vote whereas Europe bagged 32%, however North America was the clear winner. It is most likely right down to the plural spectres in its title in comparison with the singular European Ghost ‘n Goblins. Congratulations to NA, commiserations to the remainder.

So then! As you possibly can see, our inaugural non-Nintendo entry brings Mario’s erstwhile platforming rival to the brawl. With the hedgehog at present cleansing up in cinemas across the globe and with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 getting re-released on Swap, he appeared like the right option to take us into the subsequent part of the collection.

Don’t be concerned, we’re not going all SEGA Life on you! Our new rule is that eligible video games will need to have appeared on a Nintendo platform in some unspecified time in the future. So, 1991’s Sonic the Hedgehog is protected territory seeing as Sonic’s 16-bit debut has graced just about each identified platform for the reason that millennium. 2006’s Sonic the Hedgehog, alternatively, wouldn’t be legitimate. In any means, ever.

Sufficient discuss. Gotta go quick, and all that.



Earlier than we start, let’s take a second to digest these phrases of knowledge:

Do not simply sit there and waste your valuable time. Once you wish to do one thing, do it straight away. Do it when you possibly can. It is the one strategy to stay a life with out regrets.

Phrases to stay by certainly, and it wasn’t till wanting intently on the entrance cowl of Japanese Sonic 1 that we realised the small print on the backside wasn’t legalese or technical information. Nope, it is a philosophy that focuses much less on going quick and extra on seizing the day; not letting alternatives slip via your fingers. It is a disgrace the lovable little man was pressured to change gears and switch bratty, however we have all the time most well-liked silent Sonic. Suppose we’re what you may name… await it… Sonic Growth-ers.

Eh?! EH?! Thanks very a lot, we’re right here all week – do not forget to tip your waitress.

Ahem. Again to the duvet, it could have been cheeky for SEGA to say he was ‘THE MOST FAMOUS HEDGEHOG IN THE WORLD’, however even earlier than his recognition hit the stratosphere, we weren’t precisely overrun with different well-known ‘hogs. As for the remainder of the duvet, it is vibrant, ’90s and charming. It arguably lacks focus, but it surely’s arduous to divorce nostalgia and familiarity from iconic covers like this. It is Sonic!

North America


Ah, right here we see the place the rebellious persona began to develop. Whereas proportionally he is nonetheless very a lot the recognisable blue hedgehog from the Japanese cowl, the North American model for the Genesis provides extra ‘tude’ along with his raised eyebrow and barely tapered ear ideas. His whole physique is extra aggressively shaded and he is received a glint in his eye. Gone is the odd inspirational message, changed with a easy emblem and the shiny gold SEGA Seal of High quality.

Once more, it is a traditional and we love the light artwork of Inexperienced Hill Zone within the background, though the black border has all the time felt a bit empty. Simply us?



The European model is the one we performed as youngsters, however even when we take away our nostalgia hats for a second, we personally nonetheless suppose this one is greatest. The Japanese key artwork sits barely off-centre with the background evoking the shapes and vitality of the Japanese model, but it surely additionally throws in a few Sonic’s animal buddies fleeing from Robotnik on the left. It is delicate, although, and you may simply miss it simply by glancing on the sport on a retailer shelf. The star of the sport isn’t in query, however the summary shapes of the Japanese model is made extra attention-grabbing right here. There is a bit extra context for the attention to discover, although it stops nicely wanting timber and loops.

On the danger of irritating North American readers, the shiny PAL Mega Drive emblem is a lot sexier than the Genesis equal. It appears prefer it ought to adorn a gorgeous automobile grille or one thing. Put it on the Out Run Ferrari rather than the prancing horse! The usual black-grey grid strains occupy the underside of the field however do not overwhelm the primary picture up the perimeters just like the North American variant.

It is robust! We’re clearly biased, however the listing of issues we like about this one is solely longer than the others. It is lower than us, although, is it!

Three fairly totally different but equally iconic covers to select from, then. Give your favorite one a click on under after which hit the ‘Vote’ button to register your vote. You have not received to go quick, though we encourage you to not waste your valuable time. It is the one strategy to stay a life with out regrets, you understand.

It is okay, you possibly can decelerate now. That is all for this week, however we’ll be again for an additional Field Artwork Brawl; identical time, identical place.

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