Sonic the Hedgehog games from the Sega Genesis era still elicit fond memories from gamers who experienced the fast-paced side-scrolling action. With the launch of the Dreamcast, the Sonic franchise found itself in a different format that never really quite worked. Transferring Sonic from 2D to 3D was the start of the franchise’s decline and has been like that since 1999. There have been a couple of exceptions like Sonic Generations and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2.
Sonic Returns To His Roots
A new title, Sonic Mania, is coming soon and goes back to Sonic’s roots. This 2D side-scrolling game looks to conjure up nostalgic memories for those of us who played the Genesis titles. Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and Pagodawest Games have teamed up to bring us a faithful resemblance of the original 2D Sonic games. Plus, they’ve added a new move to Sonic’s arsenal of spin-dash attacks.
There have been attempts to return to Sonic’s roots before with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, but the game generated controversy concerning the physics of Sonic’s movement. Fans of the game complained about the “feel” of controlling Sonic feeling off. I agreed with the comments, Sonic felt too sluggish and didn’t have that sense of weight and momentum that the Genesis era Sonic had.
However, I have high hopes for this game considering fans reactions to it so far. Everything from the music to the level design feels right. This is an all-new Sonic game with new levels, but some re-imagined fan-favorite levels from the Genesis era will be present. This game also draws heavily from the aesthetics of Sonic CD which was a Genesis-era Sonic game but required the Sega CD attachment to the Genesis. Also, Sonic Mania is going to run at 60 Frames per Second. Knuckles and Tails will be playable characters with their signature climbing and flying skills, respectively.
Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition
Sonic Mania’s release date is set for May 30, 2017, according to the websites for Gamestop and Amazon. Sonic will be available on PS4, as well as PC, and Xbox One. A collector’s edition has been announced; it comes with a collector’s box, a digital code for the game, a metallic collector’s card, a replica Sega Genesis cartridge with a golden ring inside, and a 12” Sonic figure standing on a Sega Genesis. You can pre-order from Amazon, Gamestop, or Bestbuy for $69.99. As of now, there have been no reports on the price of the stand-alone digital game.