Sonic Mania Plus is the first physical version of 2017’s acclaimed, throwback Sonic the Hedgehog game. Released this week, the package includes not only additional content for the original Sonic Mania, but also a perfect reversible cover that reminds us of Sonic and pals’ good ol’ Genesis (or Mega Drive) days.
Those who picked up the game on Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 have already shared wistful pics of the previously announced cover art. In North America, you naturally get a Sega Genesis-inspired one. Europe got the same art, albeit with Mega Drive packaging.
Both versions, seen below, harken back to tons of Sonic screensavers and other pieces Sega released back during the Hedgehog’s height. Seeing Sonic, Knuckles and Tails alone (literally, alone) inspires some fond memories in anyone who grew up with the trio.
Sonic Mania Plus physical edition is worth it just for this reversible cover art. pic.twitter.com/CuctLwJLJi— Johnny "Chi Guy" Zaccari (@JohnnyZaccari) July 17, 2018
Bought Sonic Mania Plus for Switch and I love that reversible cover! pic.twitter.com/WbuJdFs2Mn— Adam Lee (@Shiroth) July 17, 2018
The differences are slight: The Mega Drive package notes how many players the game supports at the top, while the Genesis has that info at the bottom. Otherwise, North Americans and Europeans are getting the same thing. That being said, we expect collectors to want to grab both.
Xbox One owners may find that they’re missing out on this nice touch, however. Several people have tweeted at Sonic’s official account about how their copies of Sonic Mania Plus are just basic white on the other side of the cover. Aaron Webber, who runs social media for the franchise, posted on his personal Twitter about how anyone who didn’t get the intended cover can get the corrected version.
“If you get an Xbox One physical copy of Sonic Mania Plus and don’t have a reversible cover, e-mail email@example.com and let them know your country and address - they’ll hook you up with a (free) fixed one!” he wrote.
That being said, if you already have the digital Sonic Mania and are trying to cut down on your physical media, all of the Plus additions are available for $4.99. Those additions include Encore Mode, where players can go back through the various acts to see them in a new light; and two extra playable characters, Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. These guys may be Sonic Mania Plus’ biggest throwbacks of all, as they both debuted in 1993 arcade game SegaSonic the Hedgehog.
Correction: Owners of the original release of Sonic Mania must pay pay $4.99 to unlock the new content. The story has been amended to reflect this.