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The Sonic the Hedgehog Band was the title given for an early idea of the Sound Test in the early development of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). The band would consist Sonic the Hedgehog as the lead singer, with Sharps the Parakeet on lead guitar, Mach the Rabbit on drums, Max the Monkey on bass guitar, and Vector the Crocodile on keyboard. Like many other early ideas, all the characters (except Sonic) were scrapped before the final release, with only Vector appearing in later games.

Overview

Not much is known about the members of the band other than they all wear Sonic's shoes. According Yuji Naka, the early idea of the Sound Test would involve Sonic breakdancing while his band played the music.[1] However, several sketches featured in SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Collected Works art book reveal all the band members had more relevant roles in the game, such as appearing in the Sega screen.[2] One member from the band, Mach the Rabbit, is shown to be imprisoned along with other Animals in the capsule, as each of the band members had to be saved in each Zone of the game.[2] The early idea for the game's ending would involve Sharps the Parakeet saving Sonic from falling and sending him back to Green Hill Zone after destroying Dr. Eggman's escape plane.[2]

All members of the band were later scrapped due the time constraints of programming them into the game. Yuji Naka states them being removed in favor of the iconic "SEGA" chant used in Japanese TV commercials, as the single sound took 1/8 of the 4 megabit ROM.[1]

History

While never published as part of Sonic's core team beyond the period of Sonic 1's publication, elements of the band's concept would not stay unused.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic would move forward as the sole hero in Sonic the Hedgehog, starting his rivalry with Dr. Eggman. He would become the face of his franchise and challenge Mr. Video Game for the title of number 1, leaving his band in the concept stage. However, remnants of his starring role in the band would remain.

Sonic singing, from Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit).

In the Sonic the Hedgehog Technical Files, Sonic's profile indicates his role as a singer in a rock band[3] and despite the lack of backup support from the band, Sonic appeared as a singer in the end credits of Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit).

Vector the Crocodile

Years later after the the release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the band member on keyboard, Vector the Crocodile, was reinvented from his original concept. He officially was introduced in the games in Knuckles' Chaotix and would get included in all ongoing comic book publications.

Transitioning into 3D, Vector would further get reinvented as the lead detective managing his own team, Team Chaotix, leading him to receive animated adaptions in Sonic X and Sonic Boom. However, throughout the decades, Vector's characterization for his love of music would stay consistent with all his reinventions.

The Band

The band would not make it over to any game-related material. However, they would make cameo appearances in various official comic publications.

In other media

Books and comics

Story Comic

Sharps, Mach and Vector at Sonic’s concert, from Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic Volume 1.

Excluding Max, in Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic, a manga published in 1991 to promote Sonic the Hedgehog in Japan, Sharps appeared as the guitarist, Mach as the drummer and Vector on keyboard, as Sonic led as the singer.

They were preparing to play a concert for the Critters and Sonic's Bodyguard Platoon right before Eggman attacked. Sonic returned after Eggman blew up the stage but his fellow band members were never seen again in the book.

Archie Comics

Sharps, Mach and Max at Mina's band Forget Me Knots in Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Sharps, Mach and Max would have cameo appearances together. This would mark Max’s first appearance out of the concept art. Vector would not return being depicted as a member of the band since having been established as a member of the Chaotix earlier on in the book.

In this continuity, they are enlisted band members of Mina Mongoose's Forget Me Knots with Sharps as the guitarist, Mach as the drummer and Max as the bassist, as Mina led as the singer.

They appear to have been added to Mina's band sometime after Heavy and Bomb's attack on Mina's concert. While they are not characterized as their own individuals, they shared Mina's concerns about Nicole's potential danger to New Mobotropolis, promoting them to work together on a new song to raise awareness on the matter. They were last seen playing another concert to raise positivity in the city. The Band would not be heard of again in the book after the Super Genesis Wave blew up.

Trivia

Gallery

Gallery

Concept artwork

Sprites

Merchandise

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Heidi Kemps (30 September 2005). Sega's Yuji Naka Talks!. GameSpy. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sonic the Hedgehog 1′s Original Intro & Ending Revealed!. The Sonic Stadium (5 November 2014). Retrieved on 1 May 2015.
  3. "Sonic loves to sing in his own rock band and enjoys being with his friends but he is just as happy to be alone", Sonic the Hedgehog Technical Files.

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