I found this series of Tweets between Yuji Naka and Sega's Yosuke Okunari hilarious. Background: As you probably know, Naoto Ohshima's original sketch for Sonic included the name "Mr. ハリネズミ", where the Japanese is read "harinezumi", meaning hedgehog. However, it's literally two words put together: hari = needle, nezumi = mouse. Someone, somewhere, at some point in time long ago, mis-translated "Mr. Harinezumi" as "Mr. Needlemouse" rather than the correct "Mr. Hedgehog." This mis-translation persists everywhere on the internet and has even been used officially. Even Sonic Retro's page for Mr. Needlemouse calls this "an alternative translation," which it isn't -- it's just wrong. OK, so back to the Tweet. Yuji Naka just finished taking Sega's 60th Anniversary Test, and he complained about one of the questions: Question: Choose the name given to Sonic before he was famous. Answer: Mr. Needlemouse (the actual Japanese was: ミスター・ニードルマウス) Here is a quick, partial translation of the Tweets: Naka: I took the test again and did even worse. I didn't know the answer to this: "Choose the name given to Sonic before he was famous." Even though I made Sonic. Okunari: That's from the rough sketch that Ohshima did. An American translated "Mr. Harinezumi" to "Mr. Needlemouse." Even though you made Sonic, that question's impossible for a Japanese person... Naka: What the heck? Shouldn't "Mr. Harinezumi" be translated as "Mr. Hedgehog?" I wonder who made up this "Mr. Needlemouse?" Okunari: I think the source is this North American fan site that picked up the sketch from some magazine or video: http://info.sonicretro.org/Mr._Needlemouse Naka: If this is something that a fan made up, isn't it weird for the question to say "before he was famous?" It's clear they just translated "hari" and "nezumi" separately. It feels wrong to talk about this "Mr. Needlemouse" which I have no memory of ever using. I can feel Naka's pain. It's amazing how this mis-translation has persisted and grown to the point where it's being included in Sega's official test.