Sonic the Hedgehog has had his share of ups and downs since Sega exited the console wars, but he is still seen as a popular character in the gaming world. While Sega has worked hard to revitalize the Sonic franchise and develop games that will appeal to both diehard and new fans, they haven't had much luck. Consequently, Sega recently decided that allocating money to developing future titles will not be profitable, and is set to retire the Sonic the Hedgehog game series at the end of 2012.This announcement comes at an odd time considering the success of last year's Sonic Generations for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles and the Nintendo 3DS handheld. Yet with the exception of Sonic Colors in 2010, the franchise has had a fairly steady chain of subpar entries since 2003.
Sonic was originally created as competition for Nintendo's flagship character, Mario. These two characters served as the faces for their respective companies and became icons for gamers. While Mario is still going strong, Sonic has been left in the dust, struggling to reclaim his former glory in the gaming world.
Fortunately for Sonic fans, representatives from Sega did mention the likelihood of Sonic making cameo appearances in other game titles. After his appearance in the most recent Super Smash Bros. game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it's unlikely that Sonic won't be back for future installments