Sonic Mania is due out this August

The ageing blue hedgehog who simply will not die was due to be back on all our machines by now in the retro-styled Sonic Mania [official site] but got delayed after, I don’t know, his shoes fell apart because he can’t afford new ones or something like that. It’s too late in the day to come up with a “Sonic is not being very fast” joke. Anyway, he’s been re-scheduled for an August 15 release date, according to a fresh pre-order trailer.

Sonic Mania will be “reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts, and bosses into the mix” Sega has said. They’ve also got the two fellows who remastered the first two original Sonic games, Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, working on this revamp.

From the footage we’ve seen so far it sure looks like the Sonic you remember. That is, if your confused memory is mixing up all the different bits of the levels and inventing things that weren’t really there. That could be good though – fresh bits! But I’m not sure if it’s enough to entice me back to the spikey fold. A part of me will always respect the Blue One’s place in history. On the other hand, I played Sonic 4.

NeVeR fOrGeT.

(Thanks for the heads up, Eurogamer)


  1. Phasma Felis says:

    “2D SONIC RETURNS”, it says. Isn’t this like the third time 2D Sonic has returned in the past few years?

    • Dinges says:

      Well, he has to, since people keep showing him the door. Cuz the games are bad, is why.

      Would’ve preferred a Sanik game where the camera’s a bit further from the action, so you can at least react to the course.

  2. TechnicalBen says:

    That trailer… you have no idea how many of us did drawings like that at school…

  3. StatsManSam says:

    Anyone else notice the elevator buttons go 1->2->3->K->M?

    Not a lot of Sonic 4 love from whoever made the trailer.

    • horrorgasm says:

      Why would there be? Why would a game that came out within the last decade, that’s already done in HD, be included in a collection of remastered/remade levels from old SD games?

  4. PancakeWizard says:

    God, I miss the old Sonic design. He looks like a hall of mirrors nightmare nowadays.