1993 was a strange year for Sonic. There was no numbered sequel, but he did make his first 'next-gen' appearance on Mega CD in the shape of Sonic CD. I didn't play it because, like everyone else in the world, I hadn't bought a Mega CD. Because it was over-expensive and a bit pap, really. Still, it did have a rival technology to Nintendo's Mode 7, so that was a bonus.
Sonic himself could still do no wrong, as he hadn't appeared in very many games yet, and all had been great. He was a balloon in the Thanksgiving parade and made it onto the Williams Formula One team's cars. There was even a decal sticker that suggested Prost and Hill's feet were, in fact, Sonic's feet. Awesome. Sonic was associated with speed and with winning, as Prost claimed his fourth title, this time powered by Sega. Well, and Renault, obviously.