It is fairly exhausting to imagine that Sonic Mania is already 5 years previous. It looks like solely yesterday that we had been getting excited a few return to the traditional Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Sonic video games of previous, and Sega, Christian Whitehead, and everybody concerned knocked it out of the park.
Sonic Mania was an enormous hit, and it grew to become the highest-rated Sonic sport in fifteen years when it was first launched. It additionally made family names of the individuals who labored on the sport — a lot of whom initially labored on Sonic fangames and ROM hacks.
Whitehead had beforehand labored with Sega on porting most of the Genesis titles to cell, and the Taxman ports are often cited as a few of the greatest variations to today, however he quickly obtained the thought for a brand new Sonic sport. After taking a couple of months to develop a prototype (Sonic Discovery), Whitehead confirmed this to Sonic collection producer Takashi Iizuka, who preferred the thought. Then the identify Sonic Mania was steered by Iizuka, together with the little phrase “by the mania, for the mania” — a nod to the concept that followers can be making a sonic sport for the followers.
Followers have gathered on social media to rejoice Sonic Mania’s fifth anniversary in type — and we’re positive Sega and others will be part of within the occasion too — and there is a beautiful present of celebration on-line for what many think about to be one of many Blue Blur’s greatest.
@AStarShow, recognized additionally as Son of a Glitch, kicks issues off with a rousing tribute to Sonic Mania — the very sport that impressed him to take up pixel artwork and ultimately result in him engaged on the Sonic Origins model of Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
Paul Veer, who labored as a pixel artist and animator on the sport, shared his personal tribute for the anniversary, together with a nod to an previous joke previous to the sport’s launch.
Sonic Stadium additionally shared its congratulations to the staff who labored on the 2017 launch — alongside its 2018 enhanced launch / DLC growth, Sonic Mania Plus, and requested followers to share their favorite reminiscences from the sport.
As with all gaming anniversaries, we have additionally seen some reasonably beautiful fanart being shared on-line too.
There’s additionally simply been an terrible lot of healthful positivity surrounding this retro-style Sonic sport.
And, whereas not strictly associated to Sonic Mania, Tee Lopes — composer of the sport — shared this uncommon remix of Labyrinth Zone’s music utilizing Hill Prime Zone’s instrumentation.
We’re amazed it is already been 5 years, and once we’re not-so-secretly wishing for a Sonic Mania 2, we will at all times boot this up on our trusty Change and provides the sport an excellent ol’ spin.
Share your reminiscences of Sonic Mania down under within the feedback, and tell us what your dream new ranges can be in a dream sequel! At some point…