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Computer game - Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog

  • Object:

    Computer game

  • Place of origin:

    Thailand (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1991 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sega Entertainment Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic and paper

  • Museum number:

    B.13:1 to 3-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 22 []

There was fierce competition in the computer games' market in the 1990s between the two Japanese companies, Sega and Nintendo. Each adopted what has since become an iconic character to star in their games. Nintendo had Mario, a short Italian plumber, and Sega had Sonic, a blue hedgehog. This is the earliest Sonic game, the first of many. The other main characters in the Sonic games are his friend and rival Tails, a fox with two tails, and his arch-enemy Dr Robotnik.

Physical description

Boxed black plastic game cartridge with a sicker on the front with a picture of Sonic The Hedgehog and Sega Mega Drive written on it. The box has paper insert the same image on the front cover and text on the back. Inside there are plastic mouldings to keep the game cartridge and booklet in place.

Place of Origin

Thailand (manufactured)


1991 (manufactured)


Sega Entertainment Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Plastic and paper


Length: 10.8 cm cartridge, Height: 7 cm cartridge, Width: 1.5 cm cartridge, Height: 17.8 cm box, Length: 12.5 cm box, Width: 2.5 cm box

Descriptive line

Boxed computer game, Sonic The Hedgehog, made in Thailand for Sega in 1991

Labels and date

Sonic the Hedgehog
The first Sonic game made in Japan by Sega in the early 1990s.
Sonic was Sega's first computer game character in competition with Nintendo's Mario. Sonic is a blue hedgehog with a fox friend called Tails and an archenemy Dr Robotnik. There were several later versions of the Sonic game. [October 2004]


Plastic; Paper


Games; Type: computer games
Subject: naval; Digital play

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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