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The Iconic Sonic Statue from Segaworld London Returns to Gamescom

Many UK gamers have fond memories of Segaworld, a massive arcade billed as the largest in Europe during the 1990s. One of the most memorable features of Segaworld was the giant Sonic the Hedgehog statue at the entrance, spinning a globe on his finger. IGN Japan editor, Daniel Robson, describes the statue as “seared permanently” into his memory.

After the closure of Segaworld in 2000, it was assumed that the Sonic statue was lost forever. However, a new video released by Sega Forever reveals that the statue has been uncovered and beautifully restored. This unexpected find has brought joy to many nostalgic gamers.

This is not the first effort to save a Sonic statue. In 2019, there was a similar initiative to rescue statues of Sonic and Princess Sally from a theme park in Sydney, Australia. These statues hold a special place in the hearts of fans, representing a beloved character from their childhood.

The restored Sonic statue will now make its appearance at Sega's booth at Gamescom, an annual gaming event. Gamescom will showcase upcoming games such as Mortal Kombat 1 and Alan Wake 2, in addition to Sega's promotion of Sonic Superstars, a retro-style platformer.

The return of the Sonic statue to Gamescom is a momentous occasion that allows fans to relive their nostalgic memories from Segaworld London. Its presence at the event serves as a symbol of the enduring popularity and impact of Sonic the Hedgehog in the gaming industry.

Sources: Sega Forever, IGN

Definitions:

  • Arcade: A place where people can play games, usually video games, for a fee.
  • Sega: A Japanese video game company known for its popular games and consoles.
  • Nostalgic: A feeling of affection or longing for the past.
  • Restored: To bring back to its original state or condition.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: A popular video game character created by Sega, known for his speed and blue color.
  • Gamescom: An annual gaming event held in Germany, featuring new video game releases and announcements.
  • Mortal Kombat: A popular fighting game series known for its intense battles and unique characters.
  • Alan Wake: A psychological horror video game series that follows the story of a writer caught in a mysterious supernatural phenomenon.
  • IGN: A popular gaming and entertainment website.