The Confusion Is Finally Settled

Its someway to think that there’s a main villain in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise yet no one seems quite sure what to call him. The age of Doctor Robotnik-vs-Eggman debate has raged since the early 1990s. While many have picked sides, let’s get to know the correct answer to this question.

In 1990, after the messy launch of the Mega Drive. It was rebranded as the Sega Genesis in the US, but it needed more than that to take off. It needed a must have game. After an internal contest seeking character designs for potential heroes in a new franchise was held Hayao Nakayama, Sega’s President at the time. The winner of the contest Naoto Oshima, drew Mr.Needlemouse ( who would go on to become Sonic the Hedgehog). There was another design by Oshima that the development team loved. This one featured a round man in a set of polka dot pajamas and a nightcap. He had a bushy beard and round, Coke bottle glasses.

Eggman

While Mr.Needle mouse was a clear hero, the development team fell in love with this round man and felt he needed to be included in some way. He would go on to become Sonic’s main antagonist. The development team in Japan named the new character Doctor Eggman ( a reference to the Beatles song). But when Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the US on June 23,1991 the instruction manual listed him as Doctor Ivo Robotnik. So where did Robotnik come from?

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