It’s hard to say right now how well Sonic Mania will do in terms of sales for game consoles such as the Nintendo Switch or the PlayStation 4. Back when Sonic the Hedgehog was released for the 16 bit Sega Genesis consoles in the early 90’s the series ended up becoming one of the regards to platform games during the 90’s. However, the landscape of gaming has changed dramatically since then.
The idea of using 16 bit like graphics for the Sonic Mania is something that would definitely appeal to retro gamers along with modern day gamers who missed out on how exciting 2D platform titles were back then. In terms of popularity the Sonic the Hedgehog series has never been quite the the same as it was back in the 90’s. However, Sonic Mania can play a significant role in revitalizing the series overall since some of the 2D titles are considered to be more popular then some of the more recent 3D games in the series.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that at one point there was an RPG for Sonic the Hedgehog. But considering the fact that Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood was released back in 2008 for the Nintendo DS and since then the game had sold close to one million units worldwide. Even though, Sonic Chronicles Dark Brotherhood was in no way the most popular title in the series during the 00’s there are some people would love to Sega sequel for this game.
While we have heard nothing from Bioware or Sega about a potential sequel for Sonic Chronicles 1 the idea of having such a game featured on the Nintendo 3DS sounds like a great idea considering all of the momentum the Sonic the Hedgehog series has. With upcoming releases such as Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces another Sonic RPG title would be something that turns heads if the game is released at the right time.
The Sonic the Hedgehog series was very popular during the 90’s during the 16 bit era and it included the best set of platform games that anyone could have ever played for the Sega Genesis. Even though, the Sega Genesis was mainly in competition with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System some people wonder what things would have been like if The Sonic the Hedgehog series would have been like for the SNES during the first half of the 90’s.
When it comes down to platform titles of the 16 bit era the SNES had many popular titles including Super Mario World, Mega Man X, Aero the Acrobat, Sparkster and more. When it came down to sprits and graphics some might argue that the SNES was slightly better than the Sega Genesis. However, those who are fans of the Sega Genesis might argue that games such Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was more creative when it came down to gameplay and soundtrack development. Even though, the SNES has arguably had more success in terms when it comes down to platform titles the Sonic the Hedgehog series may not have been as popular as it was during the 90’s if it was featured on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In fact the Sonic the Hedgehog series could have been easily overshadowed by Super Mario Bros in the platform genre if it was on Super Nintendo Oporto the Sega Genesis.
When it comes down to Sonic the Hedgehog games many people generally think about the older 16 bit titles from the 90’s opposed to some of the recent games that have been released for consoles such as the Wii-U. When a Sonic the Hedgehog was featured on the Sega Genesis or the Sega CD it was considered a memorable classic because when it came down to gameplay, level design and soundtracks Sega was on point back in the 16 bit era. Since the Sonic series became 3D it started off pretty good with Sonic Advance 1 &2 but since then some people would argue that the series had slowly started to go downhill. While we still had some pretty cool 3D titles such as the Sonic Advance series and Sonic Colors the older 16/32 bit Sonic games are generally regarded as the best when it comes down video game titles developed by Sega for over the past two decades.
When it come down to video games that are considered to be among the most popular platform games of all time Sonic the Hedgehog I-III are among few games that instantly comes to mind. While the 3D Sonic titles such as “Generations” for the Xbox 360 were fun titles to play many people are happy to see the Sonic series return to its 2D roots later in 2017. Sonic Mania is very similar to the 2D classics that were featured on the Sega Genesis back in the early 90’s. Also, there has been a greater desire among Sonic the Hedgehog fans for 2D games to make a return because they seemingly have a higher replay value than 3D titles.
The platform genre of gaming has been around since the 80’s and since then many people have wondered which decade was the best for that particular genre. The original Super Mario Bros game is quite possibly the most popular title ever in the platform genre of gaming. While the 80’s included mostly 8-bit gameplay for various Mario games we eventually got titles like the Sonic the Hedgehog series during the 16-bit era in the of gaming.
As the Super Mario Bros series was slowly transitioning into the 16-bit Super Nintendo game console the Sonic the Hedgehog series was starting to become increasingly popular for the Sega Genesis. Not only was the gameplay for both the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog series impressive but the colorful graphics led and sprites used in most of the titles added to the appeal of those games.
By the time we reached the mid to late 90’s we got games like Super Mario 64 and Sonic Adventure which introduced players to a whole different style of platform gaming. The concept of a 3D open world environment was something that many people were amazed by when Super Mario 64 was released. Instead of simply just running and jumping Mario could utilize various attacks against his enemies. While Sonic Adventure was similar Sega had decided to Main the fast paced run and jump formula that was popular in the older Sonic games.
By the time we reached the 00’s the platform genre started to improve visually with some games such as Super Mario Galaxy. The 2000’s was a good decade to be a fan of open world 3D platform gaming despite not being the most popular genre during time. We got so many classics such as the New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 along with others.
When it came down to platform gaming in the 10’s we began to see more creativity develop in this genre. Super Mario 3D World for the Wii-U was a great example of this. The idea of having multiplayer open would gameplay with up to four characters was something that many peopl believed should have happened sooner. Along with Super Mario 3D World we got Kirby’s Return to Dreamland which had simultaneous multiplayer gameplay which is something that we might start to see more from platform games in the near future. While many people argue on which decade is better in relation to the platform genre some would say that things are starting get even better going into the 2020’s.
When it comes down to games for the Sonic the Hedgehog series most people would probably agree that Sega had produced more memorable 2D titles than 3D, The release of Sonic Mania is something that many people are looking forward to because will it be available on multiple game consoles such as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. Along with being available for multiple game consoles Sonic Mania will have that old school Sega Genesis look that made the series popular to begin with.
While the Sonic Advance series from the early 00’s s was possibly the closest thing that we had got to the classic games for the Sega Genesis Sonic Mania almost feels like a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 3. In fact, some people would probably agree that Sonic the Hedgehog 4 should have looked similar to Sonic Mania in terms of visual display. The use of 16 bit sprites and graphics was something that many people found appealing back in the 90’s and its something that retro gamers still love to see to see to this day.
While the two Sonic Adventure games were fun there were a few 3D games in the series that were well received by fans and critics alike including Sonic Colors along with others that were heavily panned such as Sonic the Hedgehog for the Xbox 360. Usually, when it comes down to 2D Sonic the Hedgehog titles there is rarely ever a bad game in the series that Sega is involved with. Sonic Mania is going to be developed by Headcannon and PagodaWest Games and has of right now it looks very promising because they seem to have a better idea of what fans of the Sonic series are looking for in today’s games.
When it came down to 3D platform games the early 10’s was quite possibly one of the best time periods ever to be a fan of the genre. During the early 10’s we got many cool games such as Super Mario 3D Land, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, Super Mario 3D World and others. In terms of 3D platform titles Sonic Generations was among the few that was very impressive due to the designs and concept used in developing this title. Sonic Generations allow people to play as both modern and classic Sonic while playing through some old school and modern day levels of the series. In Sonic Generations people have the opportunity to play through famous levels from the 90’s including Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone and Sky Sanctuary in both 2D and 3D. Along with playing through stages from the 90’s people can also adventure through popular Sonic stages from the 00’s including City Escape & Speed Highway in 2D which was pretty cool. Also, player in many exciting boss battles with the likes of Shadow the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic, Silver the Hedgehog and Chaos.
The visual presentation for the stages in this game were fantastic thanks to the Hedgehog Engine which has been utilized for multiple games feature on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The concept of being able to play as both classic and modern day Sonic was nice because it felt like Sega’s way of blending nostalgic elements of the classic titles with the in game mechanics of the more recent titles. As cool as Sonic Generations was one of the few downers about this game was the fact that players only got to choose modern and classic Sonic. The same concept alternating between modern and classic characters could have been used for Tails & Knuckles since they were both featured in the older games for Sega Genesis. Despite, the fact that both versions of Sonic are the only playable characters in the Sonic Generations the overall quality of the game is excellent.
Since its release Sonic Generations has done great in sales and has sold over one million units on consoles such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo 3DS individually. Despite, the fact that the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations was different from the home console versions many people still enjoyed since it looked and felt similar to Sonic Rush. Since its release Sonic Generations has been considered by many to be arguably one of the best games in the series along with Sonic Colors to have been released in the 2010’s.