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Sonic Mania’s Special Stages Revealed, Plus Blue Spheres Lives On

In less than two weeks, Sonic Mania will finally be available to the world at large. Counting down the days has become painful, the question being if there’s a way to make August 15th come any faster. Since no one here at Sonic Retro HQ has the extra eighth Time Stone hiding in a cabinet, we must instead whet our appetites on the teasers SEGA has been releasing.

Yesterday, the official Sonic YouTube account put up a video showcasing, among other things, the brand new Special Stage for Mania. Yes, we get some blue spheres going on, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that.

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Monday Links: Spherical Blue Objects Edition

Whoa, I’m actually available to do these today.  Aight.

Sonic Retro News

  • Techie MainMemory takes the lock-on out of the equation and delivers a stand-alone ROM of Blue Sphere. [Blue Sphere]
  • Ah, but what if you don’t want to play those old Blue Sphere levels again?  Well, make your own with this handy tool from member Trisphere, dummy! [TriSphere Thread]
  • We’ve featured a “Sonic 2 SMS Easy” hack before, where the 3rd act actually has rings, but this mini-hack by Ravenfreak makes it even easier by adding a double jump. [Random Hack/Mini-Project Thread]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • Sonic will be making a cameo in a Namco drumming game for iPod/iPhone because you just love Sonic 4 that much. [SEGAbits]
  • We all knew that SEGA’s tie-in game for Thor was going to blow.  Marvel knew it, too.  That’s why they released a 16-bit flash version of Thor before SEGA’s turd. Alternatively, you can not license your game to SEGA in the first place. [GamePro]
  • Guardian Heroes is coming out on XBLA and that’s a big deal, bro. [Ars Technica]
  • Eurogamer reflects on the original Sonic the Hedgehog.  Stop me if you’ve read this article before. [Eurogamer]
  • Joystiq got to play Sonic Generations late last month, noting that Classic Sonic’s jump is odd (Sonic Team struggling with gravity?  What an unsurprising revelation!) and Modern Sonic’s gameplay plays itself (NEWSFLASH!!). [Joystiq]

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