Sonic the Hedgehog speeds onto Minecraft to celebrate 30th birthday

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Thirty years speeds by, too fast for the naked eye.
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It’s somehow been 30 years since Sega’s rapid blue hedgehog mascot, Sonic, first speeded his way onto the Genesis and into video game history on June 23, 1991.

To celebrate the occasion, Minecraft has released an official DLC pack that lets you play through recreations of some of Sonic’s most iconic levels from the original Sonic the Hedgehog inside, well, Minecraft. It even includes blocky rings to collect.

If you’re a fan of Sega’s iconic spiky mammal, it looks like it’s well worth checking out. This 3D endless runner is all yours for 1,340 coins — or, approximately, $8 in real world terms. Check out the trailer below.

While they didn’t make their debut until later games, the 30th anniversary DLC tribute also includes a few more notable Sonic characters. These include two-tailed fox Tails, punch-happy echidna Knuckles, and pink hedgehog Amy Rose. No, they don’t share Sonic’s thirtieth birthday with him, but they’re also such an entrenched part of the franchise it’s hard to imagine Sonic without them. At the least, it would be a very lonely birthday!

Minecraft is available on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. You can check out more details here. If you fancy playing through the original game, you can also get your hands on a port of the original Sonic the Hedgehog Classic from the iOS App Store.

Were you a Sonic youth? What was your favorite game in the franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.