Back in the 90s, there was a bitter rivalry between Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. Mario came out on top, by a wide margin.
Sonic and SEGA’s fall from grace began when consoles moved to 3D graphics. Nintendo debuted Mario 64 (which rocked) and SEGA released Sonic Adventures (which sucked). It was apparent 3D Sonic games lacked the magic of 2D Sonic games.
This failure led to SEGA losing the console wars. Luckily, they did manage to keep their name alive as a game developer. Good news, but for some reason their developers refused to learn from their past mistakes, and so they continued churning out terrible 3D Sonic games.
Then back in 2010 (in a moment of sanity) they created a pair of short, downloadable 2D Sonic games titled Sonic 4: Episode 1 & Episode 2. They had the look and feel of the classics and received decent praise. Seemed like SEGA finally came to their senses, and now it seems they’re keeping that momentum rolling…
SEGA is bringing Sonic the Hedgehog back, in all his 2D, 16-bit, “SEEGAAA” glory.
Sonic Mania looks just like the original, but with improved animations, new zones to play through, and some new moves. You can choose from the games 3 protagonists – Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles – and, yes, you’re still battling Dr. Eggman’s evil robots. Check out their official page to catch a glimpse.
What’s interesting about this release, and what sets it apart from the Sonic 4 games, is that it’s a AAA release – you’ll actually see this on the shelves. Really makes you think they’ve managed to figure out what audiences want – old-school, seizure inducing, Sonic goodness.
So if you never had the pleasure of experiencing Sonic in action, pick Sonic Mania up. You won’t be disappointed. For even more 90’s nostalgia, grab the collector’s edition that looks just like the original SEGA Genesis box.
Glad to hear team SEGA has managed to keep Sonic alive! He’s too good to let slip away into obscurity.
Sonic Mania is scheduled for release Summer 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Anyone else planning on picking up this throwback gem?