Did you know that Sonic the Hedgehog once had a human love interest called “Madonna”? I didn’t but thanks to the excellent Sonic Game Development Guide over at Sonic Retro, I now know a lot more about Sega’s famous blue speedster!
According to their guide, the concept of Madonna was toyed around with but ultimately dropped from the final product. The concept art for the character was featured in the compilation title Sonic Gems Collection, although artwork had been on the Internet prior to the game’s release. Apparently she didn’t get beyond the concept stage primarily because of the stark comparison her presence would have made between Sonic and the Mario series – having a heroine who would be kidnapped and subsequently rescued by the hero of the game was such a cliche at that point that Sonic Team wanted to focus on the battle between Sonic and Eggman.
I’m pleased that they dropped the Madonna character from the final game. Why would a fast blue hedgehog need to date a busty blonde human anyway?
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