Sonic Mania Plus - Nintendo Switch

  • Publisher: Sega
  • SKU: 6235603
  • Release Date: 07/17/2018
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Mild cartoon violence
$29.99
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Sonic Mania Plus
    • Holographic package
    • SEGA Genesis reversible cover
    • 32 page art book

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (290 out of 291)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Headcannon|PagodaWest Games
    • Publisher: Sega
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch
    • Genre: Platformer
    • Release Date: 07/17/2018

    Synopsis


    Enjoy a moment of nostalgia with Sonic Mania Plus for the Nintendo Switch. Play as the iconic Sonic as you spin across the landscape, or choose one the new characters: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. Sonic Mania Plus supports up to four players in its classic competition mode.

    Features


    A true, classic Sonic experience: Gorgeous pixel graphics featuring a variety of new Zones with iconic favorites from Sonic 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic The Hedgehog CD

    Definitive version: Pristine, high-quality HD version to enjoy Sonic and his friends as they face off against Dr. Eggman and his new robo-henchmen the Hard Boiled Heavies

    New characters join the fun with Sonic

    All-new Encore mode

    New and improved features including Competition mode



    Customer rating

    4.8
    100%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I got this early for some reason?

      Posted
      Snotnarok

      Alright, so Sonic Mania by itself is a gloriously great title. It's got 3 characters and a lot of really well designed levels that are both inspired and new from old levels (no, Green Hill from Sonic 1 doesn't have anywhere near the same layout as it does in Mania) . It has a lot of charm and a lot of obvious passion put into it. It's a must have as is this game for sure. I have both the PC and Switch versions and have played both a ton. (Filled all the character slots, with emeralds on every save slot) So, Sonic Mania Plus then. It adds 2 new characters, a 4 way competition mode and an encore mode as well as some other extras. Short: Is it worth it? Yes. As good as Mania? Yes but needs a patch. Okay so if you have the digital version already and were thinking about this? Don't bother. It's not worth the money vs the upgrade cost. The artbook is nice, there's no manual and it's nice n' all to have a physical cart but...I'll get to it. There's a good amount of content as an expansion but it's not perfect. The Encore mode is a remix of Mania mode, levels have slightly different layouts and way harder special stages and a new bonus stage that replaces Blue Sphere. The mechanics are different in that, you have no lives and instead you have the characters you've rescued. You find them in TVs or the bonus stages and can ONLY switch between characters via TV's with a ? on it or a switch icon....or if you die with a character. While this is interesting, this does leave you in a bit of a pickle since all of the characters have different perks so it can be hard to mentally adjust but also some paths are specifically made for Knuckles and if you die you get kicked back to a checkpoint. Rescuing the characters is a bit of a pain, the boxes to rescue them are a bit rare in later levels and the new bonus game? Needs a patch at the time of this review. Badly. The hit detection is really, really janky. It's a pinball table but it doesn't seem to work as intended in a lot of ways, there's rescue bumper between the flippers and I've shot straight through it 4/5 times and when playing the 'rescue mini game' I've been way off and succeeded and close and missed when trying to get characters/power ups. Hopefully that'll be patched. Encore mode as a whole I'm not super into, it's good but I'd rather stick to Mania mode- thankfully the new characters work in that 100%. The short: -Do you like Sonic games from the Genesis / Mega Drive? You'll really enjoy this, it's accurate to the old games but improves upon them in many ways. -Do you have the digital version of Mania and were thinking about this? Unless you're an avid collector I'd say avoid. The digital version is much cheaper and the extras aren't worth the cost even when discounted by the GCU. -Are you new to Sonic but like platformers? Grab this, it's a really good platformer with a lot of variety and it's easy to learn and has a lot of tricks to master.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Only purchase if you don't have the original.

      Posted
      Scotty
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      For $30, getting the entirety of Sonic Mania, the new Encore Mode, and the artbook is a great value. However, I would recommend against the purchase if you already have the original Sonic Mania on your system. The Encore Mode is priced at $5 separately, so you're essentially paying $25 for the physical version and the artbook (and although it's a neat addition, it's just a small paper book, not something that will look great on a shelf). I honestly wouldn't recommend Encore Mode for even the $5 asking price individually. It is extremely similar to the main game, so much so that you'll just feel like you played the same game a second time rather than a new experience. It changes things up a bit, so you might as well try it if just want to play the game again anyway, but it really feels like it should be part of the base game rather than paid DLC. So in short; an excellent purchase if you do not have Sonic Mania, but not so much if you do (and if you really, really want Encore Mode, it would be a better idea to simply pay the $5 digitally rather than paying for the entire game all over again, and then some). I took off a star because of how disappointing the new Encore Mode was (which is the only real "new" feature of Plus aside from the four-player competitive mode), but the game altogether definitely gets a solid five from me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sonic is back!

      Posted
      Christine
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      After years of mediocre Sonic games, the blue hedgehog has been downgraded to meme status these days, with most people expecting each release to get worse and worse. Some people even question if older sonic games were even good in the first place. Let me tell you, this game proves that the old formula still works better than ever. Sonic and friends return to their 2D roots and it' glorious. Blast through well designed classic stages at sonic speed, find hidden bonus levels to collect Chaos emeralds, and unravel the mystery of the Phantom Ruby. Sonic isn't alone in this endeavor. Knuckles and Tails return, their classic gameplay intact, along with old retro throwbacks of Mighy the Armadillo and Ray the flying squirrel. All five character control wonderfully and are quite fun. After you beat the main game? You have a Encore mode to playthrough with revised levels and even harder bonus stages. This mode has a added feature of being able to switch between characters during levels to change up how you progress. The only downside, the boss's are kinda easy and your able to spam them. But the levels more then make up for this. Now if only we could get 3D Sonic games to this caliber.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Sonic Game in Years

      Posted
      trey5678
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      Sonic Mania Plus is an enhanced version of the Sonic Mania game that released digitally last year. For this release not only have they made the game physical with an old school Genesis reversible cover but they have included an art book with characters and designs from the game. The game now has Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel as playable characters and a new Encore mode which can be played with any character and they added Angel Island Zone to the game. There are several improvements and other features added to the game including new bonus levels. Overall Sonic Mania Plus is the type of game I wish the 3D Sonic games would take notes from. If you are an old school Sonic Fan you will love this game. It is a love letter to all things 2D Sonic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Superior to Forces

      Posted
      GuyWithASwitch
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      Until the real Sonic Team can figure out how to make a Sonic game, we've got this excellent fan made game! These fans know how classic Sonic gameplay is supposed to work and every character feels so fun to control. While we mostly got levels that we're basically ripped from other Sonic games, I'm not complaining as the few new zones we have are fantastic. Every time I boot up this game, I go straight to Studiopolis Zone; so much fun! Also this launch version of the physical package is fantastic as well. DLC is included on the cartridge, you get a shiny slip on cover, the reversible box art is amazing and the art book is filled with fun doodles and other art to see.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bought for the third time

      Posted
      Adam
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      I mainly bought this a third time because I just had to have the awesome box copy with its physical extras. But the extra characters and new encore mode are really fun and worth the slight extra price. Which include more special stages that were so much fun in this game. If you already have the game digitally, I do recommend buying the Encore dlc for $5 if you really want to play the extras without having to spend too much money. This is exactly the Sonic game we needed and I hope there is a sequel to this game as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Sonic Returns!

      Posted
      SaBarreto
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      This game reminds me of playing Sonic 3 a lot, and that’s a good thing! Whenever I play it I feel like I’m tapping into my 10 year old self playing Sega Genesis in my bedroom at my parents house. The gameplay is so familiar but new and with enough twists to keep you on your toes. This is definitely the definitive version also, the whole game just flows better with the small things they added. And Encore mode is amazing! The new characters kinda break the game a little, but in a fun way for returning gamers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome physical release for a simply awesome game

      Posted
      Dpishere
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      Fans of old school Sonic rejoice! This is exactly the game you were waiting for, from the music to the physics and the graphical style this is exactly like the Genesis games we all grew up on and is in many ways better. The plus version of the game just makes it that much better and with this physical version you get a cool art book and a reversible cover themed after the Genesis ones. Truly an excellent deal for an excellent game and a must for Sonic fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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