Every once in a while, something that has been lost to the ages will creep up out of nowhere, be uploaded on YouTube and promptly ignored for weeks before someone goes “oh man, is that guy playing Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in a top hat?”
Uploaded by Chris Bieniek who was a writer for numerous gaming magazines in the 80’s and editor of the gaming mag VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, the video is clearly something that was meant to be cut up with voiceovers by local news anchors talking about groundhogs and hedgehogs and echidnas (oh my). Even if the film drags a little because it is meant to be edited, it is still pretty entertaining, especially when you get to see the crowds of people both playing the game and looking at the Sonic balloon from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which was dragged out of storage for the occasion. Everyone there is so very 90’s. But most important of all, it’s a rare look at just how popular Sonic was back then. Sure, we hear of the statistics that Sonic was the most recognizable character at the time, and seeing the sea of merchandise related to the hedgehog shows he was everywhere, but how often do you get to actually see it in a social context? Aside from hazy memories, that is.
Also, I hope that kid got a copy of Sonic 3. Even if he had one “B” in there. C’mon, mother of 1994, give the kid a break! Do you not realize that there’s a Sonic drought on the way?! You’re definitely not getting that kid a 32X.
Thanks goes to Retro forum member SonikkuForever for mentioning the footage was uploaded in the first place.