Blast From The 16-Bit Past

How many of you remember this character:Sonic

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game character and the protagonist of the hugely popular video game series released by Sega, as well as in numerous spin-off comics, cartoons and books. The first game in the franchise was released on June 23, 1991, in order to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo flagship character Mario. Without ever playing a game with Sonic in it or seeing the character you would more then likely know the hedgehog’s name.

Now how many remember this one?


Rocket Knight Adventuresis a 16-bit generation side scrolling platformer produced and released in 1993 by Konami for the Sega Mega Drive console. Sparkster, an opossum knight who fights an army of robots and pigs, many of whom are piloting various mechanical vehicles is the main character.  The game was designed by Nobuya Nakazato, designer of several titles in the Contra series such as The Alien Wars, Hard Corps and Shattered Soldier.

What do Sparkster and Sonic have in common that make them special, 0ther then both being rodents that fight bad guys? They are both 16-bit characters that survived the evolution into new era systems and are getting new game titles. Sonic has continued to produce games keeping up with the times, his newest  the currently-codenamed Project Needlemouse, a high-definition 2D game scheduled for release in 2010. This game should take him back to his roots making you remember the good old gaming days.  Sparkster is now getting back into the market in October 2009, Konami announced they would release another sequel, currently titled Rocket Knight, on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, made by the British developer, Climax Group. Konami has not yet stated whether series creator Nobuya Nakazato is involved in any way. So in closing if you were a fan of either game or are just getting into the games check out these blasts from the 16-Bit past.

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