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Sonic Mania is a side-scrolling platformer game released in 2017 for the eighth generation of consoles. It was released alongside Sonic Forces to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, and directed by Christian Whitehead who is best known for his work in the Sonic fan game community. While Sonic Forces was meant to celebrate the legacy of 3D Sonic titles, Sonic Mania is focused on capturing the fan fervor for classic Sonic the Hedgehog. The game incorporates remixed versions of levels from classic Sonic titles in its story, while also updating the engine to allow for smoother gameplay. Critics raved about Sonic Mania, calling it a return to form for the Blue Blur after the low critical reception of more recent Sonic releases. An update to the game called Sonic Mania Plus was released in 2018 to add more characters and an additional game mode.
Sonic Mania & Hatsune Miku is a mod for Sonic Mania created by Tracker_TD in 2018. As the name suggests, the mod replaces Sonic the Hedgehog with Hatsune Miku the Virtual Idol, and updates the story and general aesthetics for the game to create a wholly new experience. The core gameplay is the same, but the packaging around it is fresh and exciting. Commentators raved about the mod, calling it “shockingly really really good” and “epic”. An update to the mod called Sonic Mania & Hatsune Miku: Extend was released in 2019 to update the new art assets and add support for the new content from Sonic Mania Plus. This is the version we’ll be playing for the thread.
I’m everyone’s favorite LP idol ChorpSaway and I will be rolling through these levels to show you the sights and sounds of this Sonic Mania mod. Joining me are my team of TheJayOfSpade “Tails” Prower, who is the Miku maniac, and thatnogofella the Echidna, who is the Sonic lore expert. Together we’re going to protect Sonic’s world and jam out to some J-pop.
I will be completing the game and collecting all the Chaos Emeralds for the best ending, as well as exploring the references and Miku lore items that have been added to the game.