Welcome to a new SEGA News Bits, now that the SXSW Sonic the Hedgehog panel has passed we sit down and discuss what we learned regarding Sonic Mania. We talk about Sonic Mania being delayed, Sonic & Knuckles‘ Flying Battery Zone being announced as a new remixed level, new official Sonic Mania artwork, the Sonic Mania soundtrack vinyl, and even the first real life look at the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition. So all you Sonic Maniacs tune in and what are your opinions on all the new Sonic Mania news? Let us know in the comments below.
While we know that Sonic Mania is delayed, we got a tease that Flying Battery stage from Sonic & Knuckles will be remixed and featured in Sonic Mania. We got a short clip of the game in action (which you can see the direct footage above). The game will feature a new tune remixed by Tee Lopes who is responsible for the Sonic Mania soundtrack.
What is your thoughts on Sonic Mania remixing old stages like Flying Battery Stage from Sonic & Knuckles? What other stages do you want to see? Let us know in the comments below.
Sonic Mania release date has been moved to Summer 2017, it has been revealed in the SXSW panel. While its not an exact Sonic Mania release date, it is postponed and the reason was to get more time to develop the game. While it sucks that we won’t be getting the game during the spring time, at least SEGA is delaying games to make them a more complete package.
Another thing that SEGA did was tease a Sonic Mania vinyl. He said he wanted to gauge the community and see if its something they want. Seeing the response on the SXSW stream and the fact that they already had mockups (below), i’d say its pretty much confirmed that there will be a Sonic Mania vinyl. As for the game’s digital price point, SEGA isn’t ready to reveal that. Will it be more than $15? Time will tell.
It seems a trend for Nintendo Switch games is to cost slightly more on the platform, what with Puyo Puyo Tetris costing ten dollars more physically compared to the PlayStation 4 (and yes, I know it comes with a key chain). But Nintendo fans looking forward to Sonic Mania need not fear, since the game has been confirmed to hit the Nintendo Switch the same day as other platforms and cost the same. Woot.
The news has been confirmed by SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog social media meme master Aaron Webber during a interview with Nintendo Everything. Sadly SEGA has been mute on the release date for Sonic Mania, but we may soon find out more news concerning it since the SXSW 2017 Sonic the Hedgehog panel will happen in two days.
How many of you will be picking up Sonic Mania on the Nintendo Switch? What do you think about the news of it being priced the same as other versions? Let us know in the comments below.
We finally got some new Sonic Mania gameplay, boss and more revealed. So on this ‘BREAKING‘ episode of the SEGA News Bits George and Barry sit down to discuss our thoughts on the new information, what Sonic Mania means to other SEGA fan game creators and how the game is being advertised compared to Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Like always let us know what you think of the new Sonic Mania gameplay that has been revealed in the comments below. While its not a new stage, having new Sonic Mania gameplay is always nice, right?
In the latest reveal for the upcoming Sonic Mania, Sonic the Hedgehog brand social media manager, Aaron Webber, gave a special first look at Green Hill Zone Act 2 and how transitions work between acts similar to Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The second act of Green Hill Zone demonstrates a new mechanic such as the zip line, interactivity with the elemental shields to enter secret routes, and reveals a much closer look of the mountains and waterfalls in the background.
Aaron also noted that the background layout of Act 2 is a reference to the early prototype of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. While the boss for Act 2 cannot be revealed at the time, Aaron has mentioned that are brand new badniks introduced in Sonic Mania known as the Hard Boiled Heavies and Heavy Gunner which have been revealed on the Sonic Twitter account and are detailed in a new article from Game Informer. What are your thoughts on Green Hill Zone Act 2? Feel free to leave a comment below.
For the video without the commentary and artwork of the new badniks, be sure to hit the jump below.
The latest Nintendo Dream Magazine from Japan has revealed new information about the upcoming Project Sonic 2017 game for the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. The blurb states that Dr. Eggman will be the main villain, that there will be no multiplayer features, and that the genre for the game is “adventure”. The magazine also features Sonic Mania, but the information included was revealed months ago.
There will be more information on Project Sonic 2017 and Sonic Mania on March 16th during the SXSW 2017 panel for Sonic the Hedgehog, which you can learn more about here.
Update: the magazine also confirms that Sonic Mania will feature multiplayer.
Those of you waiting for new Sonic Mania or Sonic Project 2017 news won’t have to wait long. Next month at SXSW 2017, there will be a Gotta Go Fast panel featuring Aaron Webber, Mike Pollock, Roger Craig Smith, and Takashi Iizuka. This follows last year’s fairly divisive panel with the same set of speakers.
At this year’s panel, they’ve promised some new Sonic Mania and Sonic Project 2017 content will be revealed for the first time, in addition to answering questions about both games.
This year’s panel will happen at 5-6PM CT on March 16th, 2017. That’s just over a month from now, folks! With new game content promised, I’m sure the reception to this one will be a lot better this time.
Are you looking forward to seeing what the panel reveals? Do you plan on attending it like the hardcore Sonic fan you are? Let us know in a comment below!
The full panel description is below:
Dive into the world of Sonic the Hedgehog in this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both Sonic Mania and the upcoming Sonic 2017! With presenters from SEGA and Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka, this panel will answer questions about both games, showcase a new reveal for each title, and will discuss Sonic’s resurgence in the world of gaming since the reveal of both games. Of course, with Sonic involved, who knows what other surprises might be in store?
SEGA hasn’t given a solid release date for Sonic Mania, outside that its set to come out this spring, but it seems that Amazon might have leaked the release date a tad earlier. According to their Sonic Mania product page, the game is set to release on April 25, 2017. Is that true? Who knows, Amazon has been known as being funky with their release dates. For example, the product pages for the PC and Nintendo Switch say its coming out May 31, 2017.
Honestly though, Sonic Mania coming out on April 25, 2017 seems to make sense, but I wouldn’t hold my breath until its officially announced. Thanks to Ghast06 on Twitter for the heads up. What is your opinion on the date change, you think Sonic Mania makes it to store shelves on April 25?
Seeing as we are big SEGA fanboys, it is safe to say we care about what their developers think about a upcoming console. This month on Famitsu, SEGA Japanese developers talk Nintendo Switch and their thoughts on the big reveal presentation. The original news piece, posted by Nintendo Everything, also had other top Japanese developers. So check that out if you want to learn what other top Japanese talent from other publishing companies thought about the Nintendo Switch. So what SEGA Japanese developers talk Nintendo Switch? We have Takashi Iizuka (Sonic the Hedgehog series), Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza series) and Mizuki Hosoyamada (Puyo Puyo series).
Up to this point, we knew that the anticipated Sonic Mania was coming to the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and more recently Nintendo Switch as a digital download. However, recent images suggest that Sonic Mania may also get a physical release, at least for the Nintendo Switch version. @SuperAj3 on Twitter recently posted an image of mockup cases for Sonic Mania, originally from EBGames Australia. According to him, he asked the people behind the counter about the game, and it was in their database. Later, another Twitter post from the official EBGames Australia account claims that they are “expecting” a physical release for Sonic Mania at this stage.
Together, this hints at Sonic Mania getting a physical release, at least for the Nintendo Switch version in Australia. However as of this writing, nothing from SEGA has been officially confirmed. It’s also unknown if a physical release will be available in other regions or if there will be physical releases for the other versions such as for the PS4 and Xbox One.
[Update] Sonic the Hedgehog social media manager, Aaron Webber, has taken to Twitter to set the record straight. According to him, there isn’t ‘currently’ news on the physical release.
“Hi guys – there’s currently no news on a physical release for Sonic Mania, sorry. We’ll let you know if anything changes. Thanks!” – Aaron Webber
Weird choice of using ‘no news on a physical release’ instead of ‘no plans’, but we shall see what happens in the near future. [/update]
SEGA of Japan has announced two streams for January 24th, one for FreshLive and another for NicoNico. The streams will be about three games, the upcoming Sonic Mania, and the recently released Valkyria Revolution and Yakuza 6 in Japan. Both the FreshLive and NicoNico streams will be live on January 24th at 8:55pm local time, or about 6:55am EST/3:55am PST. If you have interest in any of these titles, please have a gander, especially for potential new information about Sonic Mania.
Sonic Mania is coming to Nintendo Switch, and now you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition of the game for the upcoming home console. As with the other Sonic Mania Collector’s Editions coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC the list price is $69.99 and Prime members save an additional 20%. The edition comes with a deluxe collector’s box, a 12″ statue with SEGA startup audio, a SEGA cartridge cast with golden ring and a metallic collector’s card with download key.
If you’re going with the Switch version, you can pre-order the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition here. The game is due out Spring 2017, and Amazon lists a placeholder date of May 31, 2017.
Following the Nintendo Switch conference, and Nagoshi’s presentation which offered little information on upcoming games, SEGA shared some cool announcements. Puyo Puyo Tetris is coming to PS4 and Switch in the Americas and Europe, and Sonic Mania is confirmed to be releasing to the Nintendo Switch in the spring of 2017, in addition to the already announced PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms. This makes the Switch the only handheld version of the game, in a sense. However, one downside is that there appears to be no collector’s edition of the game for Nintendo Switch owners, unless of course SEGA reveals one in the coming weeks.
More information as we hear it.
On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we see a end to 2016 and get ready for another year full of SEGA games. Well, at least SEGA in 2017 will be having bigger titles than they had this year. We discuss all the games that SEGA have officially confirmed for 2017, discuss the SEGA games we are looking forward to and even throw some predictions for announcements that might be made by SEGA in 2017. So listen in and tell us what titles you are looking forward to, what are some predictions about SEGA in 2017 you have and what you wish was announced for next year in the comments below!