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Sonic the Hedgehog series to receive Outstanding Contribution Award

It has been announced that Sonic the Hedgehog is to be awarded the first ever Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards, due to take place this Friday.

A suitable award to receive during his 20th anniversary year, SEGA’s Sonic series has achieved sales of over 70 million copies worldwide during such a period. 1991 Mega Drive release Sonic the Hedgehog was where it all began, allowing the speedy blue hero to begin to amass a loyal legion of fans.

“We are so excited that Sonic has been awarded the first-ever Outstanding Contribution Award at the Golden Joysticks,” commented Sonic Brand Director David Corless. “In today’s ever changing market it’s rare for a character to last for 5 years – let alone 20. And that’s testament to the popularity and longevity of our blue blurred mascot. This award couldn’t have come at a better time as we celebrate Sonic’s 20th Anniversary and with the amazing Sonic Generations just around the corner. Here’s to the next 20!”

[Thanks Official Nintendo Magazine]

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