'Sonic Mania Plus' speeds to retailers

'Sonic Mania Plus' features four-player competitive play. 'Sonic Mania Plus' features four-player competitive play. SEGA

Sonic Mania Plus, what SEGA is calling "the definitive version of the critically-acclaimed platformer Sonic Mania," is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Developed by Hyperkinetic Studios in collaboration with Sonic Team, Sonic Mania Plus builds off 2017's well-reviewed Sonic Mania with a pair of new playable characters from past Sonic games: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel.  The new release also features a new Encore mode that provides a fresh look to familiar zones with new challenges and layouts for new and veteran players alike.  Competition and Time Attack modes also receive an update allowing four player competitions and time trials now get ghost challenges.  Furthermore, Sonic Mania Plus comes with more than just an awesome gaming experience: the all-new physical edition is encased in holographic packaging, which includes a reversible SEGA Genesis cover and a 32-page art book.

SEGA says that Sonic fans who already own the digital version of the original Sonic Mania game can download the Encore DLC pack for $4.99 to upgrade to Sonic Mania Plus.

Sonic Mania Plus is rated "E for Everyone" by the ESRB.

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