Sonic's Shoes Inspired by Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson and SEGA had a long history with Jackson appearing in and working on SEGA games. But his connection to SEGA goes deeper — right down to Sonic's shoes.

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When Sonic character designer Naoto Ohshima was asked by game site Gamasutra the obvious question as to why Sonic's sneakers are white and red, it got a less than obvious answer: "His shoes were inspired by the cover to Michael Jackson's Bad, which contrasted heavily between white and red — that Santa Claus-type color. I also thought that red went well for a character who can run really fast, when his legs are spinning."

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Also know that Sonic is blue because SEGA's official color is blue, not because he is sad that Sonic games aren't good any more.

Out of the Blue: Naoto Ohshima Speaks [Gamasutra]

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Isaiah Bradley

How far has Sonic fallen?

What is so hard about Sega just making a new, 2-D sidescrolling Sonic with 3-D graphics? Don't make a new engine, don't add any 2-1/2D moments, just take the Sonic 3 engine, add some polygons, make some cool levels with some cool powerups and a level editor, add online multiplayer, and release it.