Sonic the Hedgehog wins for Outstanding Contribution at 2011 Golden Joystick Awards

Thursday, 20th October 2011 15:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sonic the Hedgehog has been handed the first annual Outstanding Contribution award by the 2011 Golden Joystick Awards.

“We are so excited that Sonic has been awarded the first-ever Outstanding Contribution Award at the Golden Joysticks,” said Sonic brand director David Corless. “In today’s ever changing market it’s rare for a character to last for 5 years – let alone 20. And that’s testament to the popularity and longevity of our blue blurred mascot.

“Since the days of the Mega Drive – he’s appeared on most consoles and handhelds going and also made the successful leap into the digital space. This award couldn’t have come at a better time as we celebrate Sonic’s 20th Anniversary and with the amazing Sonic Generations just around the corner. Here’s to the next 20!”

Other winners of this year’s awards will be announced tomorrow during the ceremony at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza.

In addition, the 29th annual Golden Joystick Awards has been handed a Guinness World Record for attracting 2.06 million votes.

Thanks, MVC.



  1. Deacon

    I think this award should be chosen by the people. I don’t remember getting to vote on this one! – correct me if I’m wrong.
    Sonic Generations is the only semi-decent-looking Sonic title in years, and it seems this has been awarded purely on nostalgia.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    That’s typically the point of Outstanding Contribution awards, innit.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. kupocake

    … Fictional characters get outstanding contribution awards?

    I mean, fictional characters that are the subject of imminently released games in their anniversary years that get annual outstanding contribution awards that have only just been invented. What?

    Do the Golden Joysticks do contributions awards to real people?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @1 Sonich Rush, Sonic Rivals and Sonic Colours all spring to mind.

    Just sayin’.

    #4 3 years ago

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