SEGA Brings Twice The Fun To Switch With Sonic Double Packs

Two for the price of one

We learned about the existence of these two double packs quite some time ago, but SEGA is just getting around to confirming them today. That's because both are available at retail now! Get the full rundown of these special double packs in the press release below.

Good things come in pairs, Sonic fans! SEGA® of America, Inc. today launched two exciting new game packs, bringing everyone’s favorite Blue Blur to the Nintendo Switch in double form. Players can pick up bundles of Team Sonic Racing and Sonic Mania or Sonic Forces and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD to try their hand at some of SEGA’s ultimate, fan-favorite titles.

Each pack brings together unique gameplay styles. With Team Sonic Racing and Sonic Mania, fans will experience adrenaline-pumping races and speedy side-scrolling gameplay with familiar faces from the Sonic universe. With Sonic Forces and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, players can step into Sonic’s shoes to become a hero in a world ridden with evil and race through stages and challenges with 10 thrilling Party Games as the fastest, most maneuverable monkey around.

SEGA’s new game packs are available today on Nintendo Switch for $39.99 physically at authorized retailers.

Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack on the way to Switch

Two Sonic games in one package

Amazon has added a new listing for a double-dose of Sonic heading to Switch. According to the retailer, a Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack is going to hit Switch, and it's due out Oct. 26th, 2020. We've seen SEGA do a double pack of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces in the past, so this combination isn't all that surprising.

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

LEGO Ideas campaign for Sonic Mania 'Green Hill Zone' reaches 10k supporters, now officially being reviewed

Gotta build fast

Ironically just one day after the announcement of an official Super Mario x Lego collaboration, there is now a possibility that Sonic joins the construction game!

LEGO Ideas allows for Lego fanatics to build the Lego playsets of their dreams, and with enough support from the public, they could actually be considered for official release. This elaborate Sonic Mania creation by toastergrl has reached the required 10,000 supporter threshold, and will now be reviewed by the Lego team. Due to licensing negotiations, not all requested LEGO Ideas become an actual product. Hopefully this one happens however, as having both Mario and Sonic Lego sets would be a dream come true to kids and adults everywhere!

SEGA running Sonic eShop sale until Feb. 28th, 2020

RUNNING until February 28th

Likely done to capitalize on the success of the Sonic movie, SEGA is hosting an eShop sale across all Nintendo platforms for many Sonic the Hedgehog titles. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is also included in the sale, which the blue blur makes a cameo appearance. Check out all the updated prices below, lasting until February 28th, 2020 at 8:59AM PT/11:59AM ET.


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – $39.99 (was $59.99)
SEGA Ages Sonic the Hedgehog – $3.99 (was $7.99)
Sonic Forces – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Mania – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Team Sonic Racing – $19.99 (was $39.99)


3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $2.99 (was $5.99)
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.99 (was $5.99)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Wii U

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – $9.99 (was $19.99)
Sonic Lost World – $9.99 (was $19.99)

Check out more pics of the Sonic Mania physical release

Due out very soon

Earlier in the week, we found out that Sonic Mania is getting a retail release. This is the standard Sonic Mania without the 'Plus' content, and it's priced at $20. Now you can get a better look at the full package, and just how similar it is to Sonic Mania Plus' retail release!

SEGA explains how Sonic Mania's animated shorts came to be

Absolutely wonderful stuff

Sonic Mania was a fantastic experience top to bottom, and the icing on the cake were the animated shorts that released alongside the title, and were part if it through the intro and more. In an interview with ComicBook.com, we hear from Sega's Director of Animation, Yukio Kusumoto, on how the shorts came together.

ComicBook.com: How did these animated shorts come about? How did this all come together?

Yukio Kusumoto: I joined Sega about two years ago and this creating short-form content was a brand-new initiative following Sega's last effort of creating a series called Sonic Boom. And production wrapped for Sonic Boom, and we were thinking about doing something new. Thus, this short-form content idea came, and the original purpose of creating this short-form content is to create something like a companion piece to the game, really. And at that time, when I joined, Sega previously released Sonic Mania game, as a digital download I believe. And then when I joined there was a plan of creating additional SKU. It's a physical package branding called Sonic Mania Plus, and Sega had the idea of adding a few new elements to the game, and we thought, why not create a short-form content to highlight that new element and start with a companion piece, but also promote the brand as a whole. And it was, again, it was a brand-new initiative. Sega had the idea for a while, but they just didn't have a person to do it. So I joined, and that was the very first thing I did with Sega and we created six episodes so far on Sonic Mania Adventure series, and it's been a great success.

ComicBook.com: What was the actual process like for creating the series? Designing stuff, making sure things looked right -- that the series was what you wanted it to be.

Yukio Kusumoto: So as you know, Sonic Mania the game is all about nostalgia, if you will. It's recreating the old side-scroll platform game. So I wanted to make something to speak to that. So my first mission is to find somebody who's really in tune with the original world of Sega. The creator I hire has to be a big fan of Sonic, and has to know about Sonic in and out, and it wasn't too hard to find that person. We were very lucky to have Tyson Hesse as a director who has been working with some Sega projects on and off prior, but at that time I believe he was a storyboard artist, and this was a really nice opportunity for both sides to make something brand new and having Tyson as a supervising director.

And then once we have Tyson on board, we had been discussing how we can replicate this innocent, untapped original world of Sonic, and how we can replicate the ‘90s Saturday morning cartoon type of feel. So our conclusion was we're not gonna do 3D, but let's do hand-drawn animation. And that was a challenge itself, 'cause as you know, only a very handful of production houses does hand-drawn animation at this time, and we were searching Japan, Korea, the U.S., but finally we reached this production house called Neko Productions, located in Burbank, actually not too far from our office in Burbank, and it's a little bit small production but they have a really good pool of hand-drawing animators. And we talk about the style and something close to the game, yet original. So we came up with this look that is hand drawn and not too polished to have kind of, you know, “for the fans, by the fans” type of feel. And we spent a few months designing the character, and we worked very closely with Mr. [Takashi] Iizuka, the head of [Product Development] here, and we finally nailed the look. And the rest is history.

Standard Sonic Mania seeing physical release on Nov. 5th, 2019

This is going to cause some trouble

In a move that's sure to confuse consumers, SEGA is releasing the standard Sonic Mania as a retail release on Nov. 5th, 2019 for $20. Just to be clear, this doesn't include the "Plus" DLC, so that will have to be downloaded separately. Hopefully people pay very close attention to the cover art when making their purchase.

Sonic Team feels the Sonic franchise has 'turned a corner' following Mania's release

How about a sequel?

Sonic Mania was a very special moment for the Sonic franchise. After years of releases that were pegged as good-to-mediocre, Sonic Mania became a major hit with both critics and gamers alike. It was a return to form for Sonic, and it absolutely paid off.

In an interview with LadBible, Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka mentions how important Sonic Mania has been for the franchise in general.

"...post-Mania, I feel the character, and the games, have really turned a corner, towards where we want it all to go."

Sonic Mania Adventures - "Discovery" Remix by Tee Lopes & Jun Senoue!

SEGA continues their Sonic Mania Adventures soundtrack remix series with this Discovery remix, coming from Tee Lopes & Jun Senoue. This remix gives me a real Wii-era vibe in some parts, and I mean that as a compliment!

SEGA releases a Sonic Mania Adventures papercraft episode for Valentine's Day

These animated features for Sonic Mania Adventures have been so damn good. So much charm and just a lot of fun to watch. With Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Adventures, I really feel like at least part of the Sonic franchise is back on track!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!


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