I’ve been a fan of collecting video game merchandise ever since I was a little kid. I remember collecting various Sonic toys with happy meals and things like that growing up, not including Sonic books, shirts, gum holders (remember the Game Gear shaped gum holders?) and that has gone well beyond Sonic by now. I have a Foxy Five at Nights at Freddy’s plush on the bed right now. I have Digimon toys. A Sonic wallet and various Sonic toys. I have a Sora KH2 toy, and more. I love video games and I love to collect merchandise as well like shirts so I have quite a few video game items laying around the house in various places. I think you can tell that Sonic is the leader of the list and I haven’t even mentioned all of the different Sonic items I have. It’s my favorite game series of all time so it makes sense that I’d have more Sonic stuff than anything else gaming wise.
So why bring all of this out? Well because there is some new Sonic stuff (which is gaming related obviously so there’s that connection too) that came out recently that’s only available for this month on Amazon, which you can find right here. Hopefully there is more to come but for now we have not one but two new Sonic Mania t-shirts that are out! I bought one of them the other day. It’s a nice shirt featuring the brand new Zone (the first revealed one anyways) Studiopolis. If you look at the various gameplay videos on YouTube you’ll see that this level looks really cool. It sort of has that Casino Night vibe while looking entirely differently so that’s always a cool thing, plus it has a really nice soundtrack.
It’s nice to see Sega returning to their roots with Sonic Mania and to see them releasing shirts as well, at minimum as far as merchandise is concerned. If it matters to you the manufacturer is listed as Sonic the Hedgehog/Sega, that it’s an official Sega shirt, not that it’s an officially licensed Sega shirt. So that’s even cooler! I’m almost positive we will be seeing more from Sega in connection with this game and I can’t wait for that. They have said they’re going to pull out all the stops to get Sonic back to what he used to be and if you look at the gameplay online then you’ll see that they truly have done a fantastic job so far. Sure, Sonic may still be a bit of an experiment in the 3D gaming (outside of a few of his games like Generations and Colors and so on) but the 2D games have always been incredible, the Genesis based ones for sure, so this game I think earns the hype so far.
The Sonic Cycle is dead with this game as far as I’m concerned. There has been too much good come out of the Sonic CD, Sonic 1, Sonic 2 phone rebirths to have lacking faith in Mania. It looks phenomenal and sounds good as well, so be on the look out for more Sonic Mania related news as 2017 approaches and its release comes upon us! And be sure to check out Amazon for the shirts if you’re interested!