Best Things About Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania is a rehash of the classic Sonic Games from the 90's, and there are quite a few changes that freshen it up. This game is a great value for $20 on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

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The animations look amazing at 60 FPS
There are quite a bit of substantial changes in the Second Act of returning levels

Oil Ocean and Flying Battery are the best examples of this.

That's because it's the "third" act. The first act of these throwback stages are actually a mashup of the original act 1 and 2. - mattstat716

The new levels have some amazing creativity
It looks amazing and will likely age very well

No surprise as to why fans call Sonic Mania the true Sonic 4. Not only does the game have graphics that call back to the days of the Genesis port's graphics, but these graphics could very well surpass those graphics too. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

It has memorable boss fights

They sure are. I actually haven't played the game myself, but based on a boss rush video of this game on YouTube, a lot of the bosses have unique and different fighting styles that truly shakes things up rather than using stale and formulaic combat. One boss is even a shout-out to Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, for those who don't know! Man, the nostalgic appeal is real in this game. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Two words: Metal. Sonic. - HeavyDonkeyKong

God, these bosses...

...excluding the final one, not the true final one. The normal final one.

Doesn't the electric shield cripple that boss? - mattstat716

The special stages are a great edition

Gonna have to disagree. They suck. I like rewards like shields or rings in my bonus stages, and the special stages are a pain (4th, 5th, 6th and 7th emerald) - mattstat716

It has great replay value
There are multiple routes in every stage

FINALLY! NO MORE LINEAR SONIC GAMES! They all have the same end goal, but the route is entirely different now! - mattstat716

The Water Level is not as frustrating as Labyrinth Zone and actually utilizes the water to progress through the stage

Hydrocity in the original game did this too...

Just saying. - mattstat716

Tails & Knuckles are playable

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There are New Power-ups
"& Knuckles" Mode

That was good... & Knuckles! - Drawbox

The soundtrack is amazing

Listening to a lot of this game's soundtrack just makes me so happy. - thunderstar1124

The opening animation is the icing on the cake on all of that. And if I may add, lights, camera, action! Studiopolis gives you a pretty good case of ear worm, to say the least. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Lights, Camera, Action. *BADAM DAN, DANANANA- (Studiopolis Act 1 intensifies)* - mattstat716

It's actually fun to play

We've waited SEVENTEEN PLUS YEARS for the ACTUAL sonic 4. An ACTUALLY GOOD game.

...Why?! - mattstat716

The platforming elements are really fun to use
Debug Mode
Competition Mode
Mean Bean Mode
It has a very high emphasis on going fast
Some of the returning Zones are Fan-Favorites
CD mode
Hard-Boiled Heavies
Complete Soundtrack
Mean Bean Machine
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