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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ creator and former Square Enix employee arrested over insider trading

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  • Legendary Sonic designer Yuji Naka is among several former Square Enix employees accused of insider trading.
  • Naka was reportedly arrested on Friday for allegedly buying 10,000 shares of the Japanese game developer Aiming prior to the company’s announcement that it would be working alongside Square Enix on the “Dragon Quest Tact” game.
  • After working as the lead programmer for the original “Sonic the Hedgehog” series for Sega and creating his own studio Prope, Naka joined Square Enix in 2016 to work on the “Balan Wonderworld” platform game.
  • It was during his time at Square Enix that Naka learned about the company’s joint venture with Aiming.
  • Two other employees, Taisuke Sazaki and Fumiaki Suzuki, were also arrested on insider trading charges.
  • “We deeply regret the great concern this has caused to all concerned,” Square Enix said in an official statement. “We have dealt with this incident strictly, including internal disciplinary actions taken against the suspected employees.”

Legendary Sonic designer Yuji Naka is among several former Square Enix employees accused of insider trading. 

Naka was reportedly arrested on Friday by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly buying 10,000 shares of the Japanese game developer Aiming for 2.8 million yen (around $20,000) prior to the company’s announcement that it would be working alongside Square Enix on the “Dragon Quest Tact” game.

Vintage ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ game sold for astronomical $430,500

Sonic the Hedgehog vintage game

A new contender has run into the arena of extremely high-priced games and it’s none other than Mario’s long-time rival, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Another clash: On Sunday, Goldin Auctions tweeted an image of a Wata-certified copy of the 1991 video game “Sonic the Hedgehog” stating that it sold for $430,500 and set an all-time record for the highest price for any Sega Genesis game.

Sega Produced a Fan-Made Sonic Game and It’s Rad AF

Sega has asked fans of their most popular franchise, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, to create their newest game, “Sonic Mania”.

“As the name implies, we developed this as a game for the maniacs by the biggest maniacs,” said Takashi Iizuka, current lead of Sonic Team and long-time producer of Sonic titles. “That special feeling you got when you first tried a classic Sonic game —- we’ve recreated it this time.”