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Sega wanted 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 and development department, including an armadillo (which then developed into Mighty the Armadillo), a dog, a Theodore Roosevelt look-alike in pajamas (which would later be the basis of Dr. Robotnik/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 teal hedgehog, initially codenamed "Mr Needlemouse", was chosen as the new mascot. (Note that "needlemouse" is a direct translation of the Japanese word for hedgehog ハリネズミ (harinezumi).) Sonic's blue pigmentation was chosen to match Sega's cobalt blue logo, his shoes were a concept evolved from a design inspired by Michael Jackson's boots with the addition of the color red, which was inspired by both Santa Claus and the contrast of those colors on Jackson's Bad, while his personality was based on Bill Clinton
Sonic Is a Smasher (DUH!)
Use Lots Of Punches and Kicks Try To Catch Up Or Look ahead When He Runs
Win: See I Told You I Could Win! Lose: *Mad Eyes and arm Crossing* Drown: *Drown Noise From Sonic 1* Taunts: Oh Did We Start already? IM TOO FAST!
- Spins Into Needlemouse**Shakes back into Sonic*
Sonic Has The Longest Taunts In Super Smash Bros Showdown Sonic's End Pic Featured Sonic Dazed Looking at his Old Self (Sonic Pocked adventure Sonic in Neo South Island Level)