In the aftermath of Sonic the Hedgehog's meteoric 1991 rise, publishers scrambled to copycat SEGA's success by cobbling together their own platformers starring anthropomorphic animals. And every single one of them had to have 'tude, because the full word "attitude" was for your old man. In fact, Sonic inspired so many of these copycats that they practically became an entire subgenre for the platformer.
And so, IGN Retro chronicles the legion of Sonic impersonators in a continuing series: What Hath Sonic Wrought? This week's entrant is Gex, the sassy gecko that predated the Geico spokeslizard by several years.