Sonic the Hedgehog celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday, and to compliment the occasion SEGA have unveiled the first (of two) playable demos for the upcoming Sonic Generations, for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 owners to sample immediately. Be quick though, the demo is only going to be available to download – over Xbox Live or Playstation Network – for 19 more days before it’s gone forever…

This unique 20 day demo gives fans the chance to sample the most iconic environment of all Sonic the Hedgehog™ titles, Green Hill. The level from the upcoming Sonic Generations has been redesigned in stunning high definition and will be available for download in all its Classic Sonic side-scrolling glory and is also playable in stereoscopic 3D.

Sonic Generations will be the jewel in the crown for Sonic’s 20th Anniversary celebrations this year. Since the first day of the release of Sonic The Hedgehog™ back in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis™, SEGA has sold over 70 million Sonic the Hedgehog™ games worldwide and Sonic has appeared in four animated TV series. SEGA’s blue hedgehog has also starred in his own line of comics and been officially declared by the book of Guinness World Records as the fasted video game character of all time. It is estimated that a staggering 70 billion rings have been collected during Sonic’s 20 years of gaming!

Sonic Generations is currently due for release on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii on Friday, November 18th 2011.

Watch the Sonic: Generations trailer here:


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