The official Twitter page for Sonic the hedgehog has released the 25th Anniversary image of Miles “Tails” Prower one of the most iconic characters in SEGA’s Sonic The Hedgehog video game franchise.
The concept for Tails was founded during the development of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. After some discussion about making a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), a fraction of Sonic Team went to work with Sega of America’s Sega Technical Institute.
A new element they wanted to introduce was a new character that would both serve as a accompaniment to Sonic the Hedgehog and draw attention and new players to the franchise.
An internal contest was held at STI which Yasushi Yamaguchi, originally the main artist and zone designer for Sega‘s Sonic Team, won. Yamaguchi originally created Ray the Squirrel (who would only appear in Sega Sonic Arcade) to be used as a sidekick, but designed Tails for the internal competition after Sega of Japan rejected the Flying Squirrel idea. The character was meant to hold a “deep admiration for Sonic.”
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Date published: 21/11/17
Written by: Joseph Opoku