Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series was a worldwide sensation in its early days, as evidenced by this vintage commercial from back when Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was first launched in Brazil. As it turns out, Sonic the Hedgehog is slightly terrifying when he speaks Portuguese.

It's interesting to see the Sega Master System version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 promoted here instead of the Genesis edition, which was much more popular elsewhere in the world. In Brazil, the Master System had a greater install base than the Genesis, and outsold many successor consoles leading up into the 2000s. It's hard to imagine a Master System game being promoted so heavily stateside, as the console had long been phased out by the time Sonic 2 launched.

[via @GDRI]