- Sonic 3 and Knuckles, released on February 2, hold a special place in the hearts of fans. The date is referred to as “Hedgehog Day” and continues to be celebrated by the Sonic marketing team.
- Knuckles the Echidna’s assumed birthday on Hedgehog Day is remembered by older fans and holds significance in the Sonic series. As such, fans can expect announcements or posts on February 2, 2024, which marks Knuckles’ 30th anniversary, potentially including the reveal of the Knuckles miniseries.
- However, while Knuckles will surely receive some special treatment for this anniversary, it may not be as significant as the focus on Tails and Amy or the attention given to Shadow the Hedgehog this year. Knuckles’ anniversary may involve a dedicated comic, anniversary merchandise, and some special social media acknowledgment on Hedgehog Day.
Back when Sonic was shorter, rounder, and had beady, black eyes, Sonic Team and Sega’s new mascot’s popularity was leading the team to do something far more ambitious. As strange as it may seem, the fourth Sonic the Hedgehog game known as Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was too large for the development team to finish in time, and what they wanted to do couldn’t fit on one single cartridge. What would become the fan-favorite Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis game would be released separately as Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles, with Sonic 3 being released on February 2.
As Sonic 3 and Knuckles would become one of, if not the most, popular game in franchise history, its release date was fondly remembered by many as it was marketed back in the 90s – “Hedgehog Day.” This release date would be a clever play on words around the Groundhog Day holiday, and it would continue to be used as a great day to market Sonic the Hedgehog for years to come, with fans able to expect anything from cute social media posts to proper announcements on that day with ease. Now, on its 30th anniversary, this date is primed to provide something special.
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February 2nd is Knuckles the Echidna’s 30th Anniversary
Throughout the many releases and games the Sonic series has to its name, it’s a common trend that the release date of games that introduce new characters is remembered as the character’s birthday. While only Sonic’s birthday is the one canon to series lore, other important dates such as the release of Sonic CD (which introduced Amy Rose) and Sonic Adventure 2 (Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat’s debut) are roughly assumed by fans to be meaningful in the same way. Only a few of these dates have been picked up by the Sonic marketing team, however.
As Knuckles’ assumed birthday is also remembered by older fans as Hedgehog Day, this is a date that has hardly been forgotten in the time since Sonic 3‘s release. As a result, it’s fair to say series loyalists can expect some sort of announcement or post on February 2, especially since 2024 marks the 30th Hedgehog Day, and the 30th anniversary of Knuckles the Echidna. Due to how it’s hard to see any prominent game projects coming out in 2024, the best announcement fans can hope for that day is the proper reveal of Paramount Plus’ Knuckles miniseries.
Knuckles the Echidna Has to Fight for His Spotlight in 2024
However, despite the fact that after 2022 and 2023 focused on Tails and Amy, it seems that the Sonic series wants to focus on Shadow the Hedgehog rather than the fact that Knuckles has a milestone anniversary this year. Sonic X Shadow Generations was recently announced at Sony’s State of Play presentation, and the end of the year marks Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (essentially Sonic Adventure 2 as a movie) entering theaters to shine the spotlight even more on Shadow himself. The recent announcement of Sonic X Shadow Generations makes it almost certain that an announcement for Knuckles might be a ways off.
Knuckles will likely still get some special treatment for his special anniversary, but it might be smaller compared to what Tails and Amy had, and even compared to what Shadow is getting this year. These will likely be in the form of a dedicated anniversary comic from IDW, 30th anniversary merchandise, and some acknowledgment on Hedgehog Day itself. Whether this nod to Knuckles turning 30 will be anything between a small social media post or the announcement of the TV miniseries for the echidna himself remains to be seen. Even if Shadow steals the spotlight from Knuckles this year, Rad Red will surely have at least one thing of his own, as the Paramount Plus series is currently still slated to come out this year regardless of the other Sonic franchise marketing plans.
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Inspired by the franchise’s 2D heyday, Sega’s Sonic Superstars is a co-op platformer that features Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Amy as playable characters.
- October 17, 2023
- 2D , Platformer
- Split Screen Orientation
- N/A (Shared Screen)
- Local Co-Op Support
- 1-4 Players