Did Sega wait too long to release Sonic The Hedgehog 4?

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode I was the highly anticipated 2010 sequel to Sonic The Hedgehog 3 which came out for the Sega Genesis console back 1993. The Sonic trilogy which began in ‘91 and technically ended with Sonic & Knuckles during’94 were arguably the most popular set of games within the entire series. Despite, each 16-bit Sonic title not selling nearly as much as its competitor Super Mario World for the SNES the series itself had a ton of momentum during the early 90’s. While we did get to see games such as Sonic 3D Blast for Sega Saturn along with Sonic Adventure for Dreamcast they were not nearly as popular as the 16-bit installments that the world saw between’91-‘94. Many people believe that Sega should have created a Sonic the Hedgehog 4 game for the Sega Saturn back in the 90’s. Even though, older fans of the Sonic series were thrilled to see Sonic 4 in 2010 it did not live up to the expectations of some people despite being a solid 2D platformer. By the time we got to the early 10’s decade 2D side-scrolling platformers had greatly declined in popularity as 3D gaming had evolved significantly.

If Sega had released a Sonic the Hedgehog 4 game between ‘95-‘97 it could have been a huge attraction on the Saturn console; especially seeing how the Sega Saturn had more RAM & VRAM than the PS1. Towards the mid 90’s 2D gaming in general was starting to evolve while 3D visuals & gameplay were at abysmal levels compared to what we see today. A 2D Sonic the Hedgehog 4 game for the 32-bit Sega Saturn could have possibly of saved the console itself from being a complete failure. Also, if Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was released for the Saturn console the mid 90’s Sega could have of kept the same plot with Eggman as the main antagonist while allowing characters to control Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Amy Rose to stop him. If Sonic the Hedgehog 4 had the same type of visuals, gameplay and soundtrack as Sonic CD from ‘93 while appearing on the Saturn console it could have been a huge deal. That is not to say that the Sonic 4 game from 2010 was terrible. However, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 could have been released a lot sooner than it was while being much better than what we saw; if Sega made a modified version Sonic CD and passed off as Sonic 4 it could of have possibly worked back in the 90’s.

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