Debut: Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Affiliations: the Chaotix, Knuckles, Freedom Fighters
Background: Sonic is Sega’s mascot, a blue hedgehog who can run really, really fast. Though sometimes naive and overly cocky, Sonic’s can-do attitude continually foils Dr. Eggman’s evil plots. Sonic has a number of other rivals from his many games, most notably Knuckles the Echidna. Sonic loves chili dogs and is the best friend of Tails.
Reasoning: Nintendo and Sega are joined at the hip now. Even if he is considered 3rd party, he is one of the most well known game characters of all time.
Thoughts: I used to love Sonic even more than the Mario games growing up. I think his physics are whack, but I hear that once you know how to play him he is actually OP. Super Sonic should remain his Final Smash, as I have heard ludicrous comments saying that it should be his Werehog form. Also I would like to see Metal Sonic as an alternative texture.