Sega announced that PagodaWest Games’ Sonic Mania will not only launch for home consoles and PC this year, but they also have plans on bringing the retro remastered redo of re-imagined Sonic stages and all new levels for Nintendo Switch gamers as well.
The announcement did not take place during the Nintendo Switch live-stream presentation, but instead Nintendo uploaded the official trailer to their YouTube channel, which you can check out below.
It’s the same trailer for Sonic Mania that we’ve seen previously, only this time they have the added bonus of revealing the Nintendo Switch logo at the bottom of the screen alongside the other consoles at the end.
The confirmation of the spring release means that it’ll likely be available during the launch window of the Nintendo Switch but not likely to release day and date with Nintendo’s new hardware.
Some gamers have expressed concerns about the software line-up that Nintendo has in store for the Nintendo Switch come March 3rd, given that the only games confirmed for absolute release are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch. Most people are expecting and hoping that there are more games made ready and available at launch so that they’ll actually have something to play.
While it would have been awesome to have Sonic Mania release alongside the console, hopefully the slight delay will enable them to have all the necessary polish put into the game so that it’s a thorough and excellent piece of standalone software.
The game will feature re-imagined levels from the four famous Sega Genesis titles, including Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. They will also include several new worlds as well, a few of which they’ve showcased briefly in trailers. We’ll have to keep watch of the press circuits for a full release date from Sega for Sonic Mania, but at least it appears as if the game will land on shelves for the Nintendo Switch before spring is out, so that’s anywhere between March and June.