[Daily article] April 20: Knuckles’ Chaotix

Knuckles’ Chaotix is a side-scrolling platform game developed and
published by Sega for the 32X, first released on April 20, 1995. A spin-
off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the game features Knuckles the
Echidna and the four Chaotix, who try to prevent Doctor Robotnik and
Metal Sonic from conquering a mysterious island. Development of the game
can be traced to Sonic Crackers, a 1994 prototype for the Sega Genesis
featuring Sonic and Tails. Development transitioned to the 32X under the
working title Knuckles’ Ringstar. Sonic and Tails were removed from the
game and replaced by Knuckles and four other characters, including
Mighty the Armadillo, who first appeared in the arcade game SegaSonic
the Hedgehog (1993). Critical reception to Knuckles’ Chaotix has been
mixed, and the physics of a new tethering system was faulted as
cumbersome. Some characters and concepts introduced in the game were
featured in later Sonic games and media. Despite interest from fans, the
game has not been rereleased beyond a brief period through GameTap in
the mid-2000s.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The appearance of sun dogs over Stockholm, Sweden, inspired the
painting Vädersolstavlan, the oldest colour depiction of the city.


Four days after the Court of King’s Bench in England upheld a
murder suspect’s right to trial by battle in Ashford v Thornton, the
plaintiff declined to fight, allowing the defendant to go free.


British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell made his
controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech in opposition to immigration and
anti-discrimination legislation, resulting in his removal from the
Shadow Cabinet.


Soviet fighters shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 902 after it
violated Soviet airspace.


American Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the
first woman to win an IndyCar auto race.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

words fail someone:
(transitive, idiomatic) Of a person: to be incapable of describing
something with words, especially due to fear, shock, or surprise.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  I can never regret. I can feel sorrow, but it’s not the same
–The Last Unicorn

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