When Sega throws a party in honor of its favorite little blue mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, they do it up right. After all, doesn’t a classic figure like Sonic deserve a great party for turning twenty. Despite the fact that everyone’s favorite blue blur is still one year away from the legal drinking age at Club Nokia—the party’s venue—Sonic and every peripheral possible was present and accounted for.
Held in conjunction with the E3 conference just a block or so away, the Sonic Boom was a celebration of 20 years of Sonic, as well as the pending release of Sonic Generations. The party offered demonstration kiosks for the 360 and PS3 versions of SG and fans packed the playing stations.
There were plenty of other attractions at the event. Members of past and present development teams, Yuji Naka, Takashi Iizuka and Hiroshi Miyamoto were greeting fans, snapping pics an signing autographs. A huge cake was presented to members of SonicTeam Japan.
Crush 40 provided live music from various Sonic games and the ensuing video played above the lead singer’s head for each tune. Cupcakes and other refreshments…all with a Sonic blue theme…were available throughout the night, and there were naturally cosplays by both pros and fans.
If you missed the party, you can still have a little retroactive enjoyment by mixing your own version of the Sonic Rocks beverage, offered at the event for eight bucks a glass. Vodka, sprite, a lemon wedge, a Blue Curacao float and top it with a cherry…you’ve got it. Here’s to you, Sonic. Happy Birthday!!
Sonic the hedgehog (Sega Genesis)