In an alternate universe, Sonic the Hedgehog instead looks like a little human boy with spiky blue hair. That's according to the original Sonic character designer, Naoto Ohshima, who recently shared some concept art of what would go on to become the iconic Blue Blur as we know him.
On Twitter (via CBR), Ohshima posted two images of concept art for early versions of the original Sonic the Hedgehog game. Ohshima wrote that the concepts were for "an action game about twin brothers who protect the dream world from Nightmare World's boss 'Thirteen'.
Ultimately, this concept evolved into Sonic.I made a draft of the game. An action game about twin brothers who protect the dream world from Nightmare World's boss "Thirteen".
It evolved into Sonic.私はゲーム原案書を作った。 ナイトメア世界のボス「サーティーン」から夢の世界を守る双子のアクションゲーム。 ソニックに進化した pic.twitter.com/nJECKnsI4wTaking a look at the images, it's easy to see how this concept eventually morphed into Sonic.Read more on ign.com