The concept art of Madonna, taken from Sonic Gems Collection.
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Madonna was supposed to be a love interest for Sonic the Hedgehog during the early development of Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). She was being scrapped from the final release along with along with other ideas, including the early idealized Sound Test with Sonic and his band.
Concept and creation
Madonna was a blonde haired skinny human woman in a form-fitting red dress and was actually going to be Sonic girlfriend. At some point in the early development, Madonna was dropped from the final game along with other Naoto Ōshima's ideas.
There have been two kinds of claims for the removal. Madeline Schroeder from Sega of America claims to be one who removed her from the final release as her reason being to "soften" Sonic for children and foreign countries, because she thought it was too "Japanese". In Summer of Sonic 2011 however, Yuji Naka stated that reason for removing her was to due the overuse cliche of saving the kidnapped heroine that is also featured in the rivaling Super Mario Bros. series, so the staff team decided to change the story direction to center around the conflict between Sonic and Dr. Eggman.
While many concept illustrations of Madonna has circled around the internet for years, two concept art related to her are featured as unlockable content in Sonic Gems Collection.
- In an episode "Sonic is Running" of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the look of Sonic's female disguise to fool Robotnik was similar to Madonna, but only the hairstyle was different.
- Madonna may generally be based on the real-life performer with same name.
- Head writer Ian Flynn as revealed that Madonna will appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs, albeit "not in any way [we'd] expect."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sonic the Hedgehog GameTap Retrospective Part 2. GameTap (17 February 2009). Retrieved on 3 May 2015.
- ↑ SGGG MANIAX - 幻のソニック. Retrieved on 3 May 2015.
- ↑ Summer of Sonic - Sonic Team Q&A 2011. The Sonic Show (2 July 2012). Retrieved on 3 May 2015.
- ↑ Ian Flynn on Twitter (25 March 2014). Retrieved on 19 March 2015.