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Check out more pics of the Sonic Mania physical release

Due out very soon

Earlier in the week, we found out that Sonic Mania is getting a retail release. This is the standard Sonic Mania without the 'Plus' content, and it's priced at $20. Now you can get a better look at the full package, and just how similar it is to Sonic Mania Plus' retail release!

SEGA explains how Sonic Mania's animated shorts came to be

Absolutely wonderful stuff

Sonic Mania was a fantastic experience top to bottom, and the icing on the cake were the animated shorts that released alongside the title, and were part if it through the intro and more. In an interview with ComicBook.com, we hear from Sega's Director of Animation, Yukio Kusumoto, on how the shorts came together.

ComicBook.com: How did these animated shorts come about? How did this all come together?

Yukio Kusumoto: I joined Sega about two years ago and this creating short-form content was a brand-new initiative following Sega's last effort of creating a series called Sonic Boom. And production wrapped for Sonic Boom, and we were thinking about doing something new. Thus, this short-form content idea came, and the original purpose of creating this short-form content is to create something like a companion piece to the game, really. And at that time, when I joined, Sega previously released Sonic Mania game, as a digital download I believe. And then when I joined there was a plan of creating additional SKU. It's a physical package branding called Sonic Mania Plus, and Sega had the idea of adding a few new elements to the game, and we thought, why not create a short-form content to highlight that new element and start with a companion piece, but also promote the brand as a whole. And it was, again, it was a brand-new initiative. Sega had the idea for a while, but they just didn't have a person to do it. So I joined, and that was the very first thing I did with Sega and we created six episodes so far on Sonic Mania Adventure series, and it's been a great success.

ComicBook.com: What was the actual process like for creating the series? Designing stuff, making sure things looked right -- that the series was what you wanted it to be.

Yukio Kusumoto: So as you know, Sonic Mania the game is all about nostalgia, if you will. It's recreating the old side-scroll platform game. So I wanted to make something to speak to that. So my first mission is to find somebody who's really in tune with the original world of Sega. The creator I hire has to be a big fan of Sonic, and has to know about Sonic in and out, and it wasn't too hard to find that person. We were very lucky to have Tyson Hesse as a director who has been working with some Sega projects on and off prior, but at that time I believe he was a storyboard artist, and this was a really nice opportunity for both sides to make something brand new and having Tyson as a supervising director.

And then once we have Tyson on board, we had been discussing how we can replicate this innocent, untapped original world of Sonic, and how we can replicate the ‘90s Saturday morning cartoon type of feel. So our conclusion was we're not gonna do 3D, but let's do hand-drawn animation. And that was a challenge itself, 'cause as you know, only a very handful of production houses does hand-drawn animation at this time, and we were searching Japan, Korea, the U.S., but finally we reached this production house called Neko Productions, located in Burbank, actually not too far from our office in Burbank, and it's a little bit small production but they have a really good pool of hand-drawing animators. And we talk about the style and something close to the game, yet original. So we came up with this look that is hand drawn and not too polished to have kind of, you know, “for the fans, by the fans” type of feel. And we spent a few months designing the character, and we worked very closely with Mr. [Takashi] Iizuka, the head of [Product Development] here, and we finally nailed the look. And the rest is history.

Standard Sonic Mania seeing physical release on Nov. 5th, 2019

This is going to cause some trouble

In a move that's sure to confuse consumers, SEGA is releasing the standard Sonic Mania as a retail release on Nov. 5th, 2019 for $20. Just to be clear, this doesn't include the "Plus" DLC, so that will have to be downloaded separately. Hopefully people pay very close attention to the cover art when making their purchase.

Sonic Team feels the Sonic franchise has 'turned a corner' following Mania's release

How about a sequel?

Sonic Mania was a very special moment for the Sonic franchise. After years of releases that were pegged as good-to-mediocre, Sonic Mania became a major hit with both critics and gamers alike. It was a return to form for Sonic, and it absolutely paid off.

In an interview with LadBible, Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka mentions how important Sonic Mania has been for the franchise in general.

"...post-Mania, I feel the character, and the games, have really turned a corner, towards where we want it all to go."

Sonic Mania Adventures - "Discovery" Remix by Tee Lopes & Jun Senoue!

SEGA continues their Sonic Mania Adventures soundtrack remix series with this Discovery remix, coming from Tee Lopes & Jun Senoue. This remix gives me a real Wii-era vibe in some parts, and I mean that as a compliment!

SEGA releases a Sonic Mania Adventures papercraft episode for Valentine's Day


These animated features for Sonic Mania Adventures have been so damn good. So much charm and just a lot of fun to watch. With Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Adventures, I really feel like at least part of the Sonic franchise is back on track!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

SEGA Releases Remixed Songs From Sonic Mania Adventures

Grab your headphones, Sonic fans! Today, SEGA has announced plans to release brand new remixes of select songs from the popular animated web-series, Sonic Mania Adventures. Revisit Sonic’s quest to outsmart the evil Doctor Eggman on Angel Island, with reimagined tracks from iconic Sonic series by composers Jun Senoue and Tee Lopes.

The remixes include the iconic sonnet, “Big Arms,” which plays during the legendary, final boss battle in Sonic 3, as well as more recent tracks including Sonic Mania’s title theme song. The duo will release a total of four tracks together with a fifth by Tee Lopes, all arriving exclusively on the Sonic the Hedgehog official YouTube and social media pages.

Head over to the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel now to hear the first track release, “Big Arms”, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2HNh9W-bhU

Sonic fans can hear more high-energy music tracks from Jun Senoue and Tee Lopes in upcoming kart-racing experience, Team Sonic Racing. Developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line. Team Sonic Racing is set to release both physically and digitally on May 21, 2019 on Sony PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC. To pre-order the physical edition of Team Sonic Racing, please visit www.teamsonicracing.com.

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For more information, please visit www.sonicthehedgehog.com

SEGA releases Sonic Mania Adventures short papercraft skit


Looks like SEGA wasn't done with their Sonic Mania Adventures animated series just yet! They've released a new papercraft short today, which you can see above. The visuals are giving me a real classic South Park vibe!

Sonic Mania Adventures - Part 6 due tomorrow


The absolutely wonderful Sonic Mania Adventures animated series is returning tomorrow! SEGA has confirmed that Part 6 of the series is going to drop on Thursday, Dec. 20th, 2018. We'll be sure to share it with you when it goes live!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Son of a Glitch - Sonic Mania Plus Glitches

In this episode, we check out some of the bugs and glitches within Sonic Mania Plus, and even though a lot of the glitches were patched from Mania, plus opened up some new possibilities. Remember they are all Dr. Eggman's Traps!

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