Trivia / Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

  • All-Star Cast: In addition to the Sonic X voice cast, they also have Lacey Chabert voicing Princess Elise.
  • Blooper: During Shadow's story, you can hear the voice actor for the G.U.N. soldier flub his line and repeat it again... and it's all unedited. Also, another G.U.N. soldier over Rouge's radio refers to the Scepter of Darkness as the "Book of Darkness" at one point, though the subtitles are correct.
  • Creator Killer: A handful of Sega employees, including two of the three game's story writers, were fired from the company after Sonic 06. In addition, Shun Nakamura, who was one of the leaders of the project and one of those story writers, became less involved with the Sonic franchise as a whole, and the controversy did not do Yojiro Ogawa and Yuji Naka (the latter of whom had departed Sega by this point) any favors for their careers; Takashi Iizuka was eventually put in charge of Sonic Team at the end of the decade to try and fix their mess.
    • It also ended Sonic Team's independence in developing the games after a few cult classics that got a few scathing reviews and Shadow the Hedgehog cast doubt on their and Sega's ability to make quality games; Dimps, who were responsible for the handheld games, was charged with assisting Sonic Team on future main games after Sonic 06.
  • Development Hell: A major reason for the game's lack of quality. The game's original director, Yojiro Ogawa, split the team up, and personally oversaw the team in charge of the Wii port. However, Ogawa decided that porting 06 to the Wii wasn't worth it, and decided that his team would make Secret Rings instead. He then abandoned 06 entirely, leaving it in the hands of Shun Nakamura, and taking his part of the team with him. Later, Yuji Naka left to start his own studio, Prope, downsizing the team again.
  • Executive Meddling: This arguably explains why the game was such an Obvious BetaSonic Team wasn't given enough time to fix the bugs in the game.
    George Weidman: The first level is a tire fire. Almost as soon as you walk off the beaten path, the game breaks. Hell, stay on the beaten path, and the game breaks!
    • Christmas Rushed: It was rushed into production for a Christmas release to mark it as the 15th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Fan Nickname: The game was known as Sonic Nextgen or Sonic 360 amongst fans for quite some time before the official title was announced at E3 2006. Nowadays, it's usually known by Sonic '06.
    • There was also Sonic the Disaster, Sonic O'Dicks, Sonic: Birthday Bust, and Sonic: Now Loading.
    • Some people, such as Clement J 642, think it should be called "Sonic Adventure 3", considering the multitude of elements it borrows from those games.
    • And now "WHAT IS THIS!?" thanks to one Egoraptor.
    • A variation: when they reconvened to do Sonic Unleashed, Pokecapn's band usually referred to this game as "that other game" whenever the subject came up. Not surprising considering the effect "that other game" had on their sanity...
      "NO! Shut up! Shut the fuck up right now! We vowed never to speak of that whole ordeal..."
    • They also refer to the magma-lizard enemies as "Dodongos" or "Thriller lizards" (after the funny dance they do when Silver telekinetically picks them up) and the flying magma enemies are "Fire Keese", after the flaming bat enemies in the Legend of Zelda, in keeping with Medibot's need to make everything fit into some other game's logic.
    • They dub the Demonic Spider black hole things from End Of The World "Time Dimensions".
    • They also give Sonic the name Rockman Classic/Rockman Blue, Shadow the name Rockman Charcoal, and Silver the name Rockman Steel / Rockman Chrome.
    • Mephiles is referred to as Mephistophiles, Satan, or Mephisto.
    • Referring to Silver's Psychokinesis as "Physics". As a result of their Sanity Slippage they use the word "physics" as a verb.
      "My rings! They're getting physics'd!"
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: While used copies aren't too difficult to find, Sega pulled all new copies from store shelves in 2010, so don't expect a rerelease in any form.
  • Let's Play: The video marathon playthrough (i.e. the whole game is played from start to finish with only breaks for bathroom and such) of the game done by pokecapn, Kung-Fu Jesus, medibot, and IlluminatusVespucci (and NoTimeForSocks, but he leaves fairly early) is possibly one of the most popular LPs on the Internet, for reasons including their Sanity Slippage throughout the ordeal, the many, many Cluster F Bombs, and medibot's wonderful Cloudcuckoolander tendencies. It has its own tropes page.
  • Medal of Dishonor: Meta-example; the game won the "Worst Game of the Decade" award over Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.
  • Milestone Celebration: Released for the 15 Anniversary of the franchise. One of the rare cases where such a thing went terribly wrong, due to the game being rushed to ensure it was finished in time.
  • Name's the Same: Don't confuse this game's Princess Elise with a Nohrian princess also named Elise or an infamous Hell's Kitchen contestant who was also disliked by the masses.
  • Old Shame:
    • ZigZagged. SEGA fired the game's writers, apologized on its multiple issues, and later pulled it from stores entirely. All as an effort to forget that the game existed, and to hope that this problem never happens within the series again. However they weren't quite ashamed enough to write it out of Sonic canon forever, as several elements from this game appeared in later installments. Silver appears in a few later games like Sonic Rivals and one of the levels with a boss fight are in Sonic Generations, albeit with a major gameplay overhaul.
    • The official Twitter account for Sonic the Hedgehog has made fun of the game more than once.
    • During the 25th anniversary event, all the Sonic games up to that point were listed and each game was given a cheerful description. When the list got to Sonic '06 its description was just the game's loading screening.
  • The Other Marty: Veronica Taylor was the original choice to voice Elise before being replaced with Lacey Chabert, but her voice can still be heard in early trailers.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Actress Lacey Chabert, a longtime Sonic fan, voices Elise in the English version.
    • Lee Brotherton, who sings "Dreams of an Absolution", got his start making music on Overclocked Remix.
  • Stunt Casting: See Promoted Fangirl.
  • Vaporware: There was originally meant to be a PC version, which was never released. A Wii version was also planned but abandoned.
  • What Could Have Been:

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