Sonic Mania is an upcoming side-scrolling platforming game developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games and published by Sega for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The game is set for a Spring 2017 release. The game is a new entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that is a throwback to the classic Sonic games on the Sega Genesis with retro visuals and gameplay.
Sonic Mania is a 2D side-scrolling platformer that plays like many of the original Sega Genesis Sonic games. The game will feature three different playable characters which consist of Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, and Knuckles the Echidna. Along with classic moves, Sonic gets a new move called the drop dash which allows Sonic to instantly dash into a spin attack after landing from a jump. The elemental shields and giant special stage rings from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 also make a return.
- The song "Checkpoint" which was used in the reveal trailer from the San Diego Comic-Con event was performed by Hyper Potions and Nitro Fun.