Welcome to this week's, "Sequel, Spin Off, Start Over or Stay Dead?" Each week Diehard GameFAN is going to look at a dormant franchise that was once pretty popular, but for some reason has disappeared into the sands of time. Diehard GameFAN staffers will have four options for what they want to have happen to the series and you can see them in the title of this piece.
This week, they're looking at Sega's first mascot. Yes, you may be surprised to learn that Sonic was not the original Sega Mascot. Before the Sega Genesis, there was the Sega Master System and its flagship character was a young pixilated boy named Alex Kidd. He starred in six different games from 1986 to 1990 and then abruptly disappeared save for cameos in Sega Superstars Tennis and Segagaga. These games were Alex Kidd in: Miracle World, BMX Trial, The Lost Stars, The Enchanted Castle, High-Tech World and Shinobi World. All were SMS only games save for The Enchanted Castle. Although a few of his games have made it on to the Wii's Virtual Console, it's been twenty years since Alex Kidd has had a fresh game. Is time for a return to greatness, especially after what Sammy Sega has done to Sonic, or is Alex Kidd best left in the era of 8-Bit goodness?