Sonic CD races to XBLA, PSN

A new port of the Sega CD original makes its way to current-gen systems, PC, and mobile platforms.

Today, Sega officially announced that a port of Sonic CD will be making its way not only to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Steam, but also to iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices later this year. Sonic CD once again pits the eponymous hedgehog against Dr. Eggman (or Robotnik) in a battle across time as Sonic travels through past, present, and future versions of levels to recover the Time Stones.

Sonic and Metal Sonic will reprise their rivalry this year.

Despite being one of the most fondly remembered 2D Sonic games, Sonic CD has never quite received a proper port. The PC and more recent GameCube and PlayStation 2 ports all carried some small differences from the original, including changes to sound and water effects as well as distorted visuals caused by stretching. However, later ports featured enhanced and extended versions of the Sega CD's animated full-motion video intro and endings.

North American versions of Sonic CD also featured a different soundtrack from the Japanese and European versions when they were originally released, but that will change with the upcoming port, which will carry only the Japanese soundtrack. In addition, the new port will also have proper widescreen support that required Sonic Team--and a yet-to-be-named independent developer--to go back and rework some of the original physics so that they would work properly in the new screen format.

As to whether or not the FMV sequences will also be enhanced in some form, Sega representatives said only that they would be pulling from the original source. Finally, at this stage in development, Sonic CD also features two filters--one that displays the original in its pixelated glory and another that tries to smooth out those pixels--but that might change before its final release.

In GameSpot's brief time with an XBLA demo that will be playable at this weekend's Penny Arcade Expo, the game appeared fairly accurate to the original, and the Japanese soundtrack was already in place. Sonic CD is set for release later this year.

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90 comments
aryoshi
aryoshi

Pardon my French but who gives a rat's ass what soundtrack they use? It's Sonic CD, one of the most obscure and overlooked Sonic games ever to exist, and one of the best in my opinion. It's going to be available for download and that's more than enough for me, insta-buy.

pszone
pszone

Im buying this but i wish let again bring the whole sonic out i mean every game of sonic since 2D Days since they a lot miss in the sonic collection last time

Spacerac
Spacerac

Alright! About time they brought this sucker out. Buying it!

BMWPro77
BMWPro77

O.k. Sega. Listen up. Here's your chance to really do something extra special for all of the Sonic Fans and Fans of this particular version of this game. Include the option to choose between the U.S. Soundtrack and the Japanese Soundtrack. I listened to both and honestly the U.S. one is better even though I like some of the tracks from the Japanese version. You'll really cater to fans across the globe by offering this. Please here my cry!!!

TsunamiRoar
TsunamiRoar

@Nemezzis You're in luck, because Sonic CD came out before Sonic 3.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

@garland51 Hmm...that's why Super Meat Boy was canceled for Wiiware :(... They should do something about that. I doubt it's because the Wii can't handle it (seriously?), I think it's because of the Wii Shop servers.

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@Super-Poke-Bros, @Smithers2286, @Freezezzy, & @Blaketoberfest: The biggest reason why it isn't coming over to Wii is because of Nintendo's 40 MB size limit for downloadable games on Virtual Console &/or Wiiware. Sonic CD is definitely more than 40 MB's long (we're talking about MB's in the hundreds for Sega CD/Mega CD games). So, if anything, blame Nintendo for that & for not making their machine more powerful enough with enough RAM in their system to handle the game properly.

Flint247
Flint247

Please remake Sonic R with online play/more levels, Sega. :D

NeoSkyte
NeoSkyte

@warhawk-geeby Handheld & Colours are good Sonic games though.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@MetalMajorWolf Also my favorite game of all time! Sonic CD rocks, can't wait!

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i hope theres an option to choose between the japanese soundtrack and the american soundtrack. i played both versions of the game when they both originally came out in their respective territories. i know im a minority here but despite hearing the japanese soundtrack first, i ended up liking the modified american soundtrack much more. the soundtrack might not seem like a big deal to most these days but back in the days of the sega/mega cd and tg16/pc engine cd-rom days, video game music was a pretty big deal so to me it would heavily determine my choice to buy this or not if both soundtracks were included. personally i would prefer only the american soundtrack to be in there but i say include both just to be fair to the fans of the japanese soundtrack. back when this game first came out, there were heavy debates regarding which soundtrack was better so itd be fair to include them both.

Sam9016
Sam9016

A classic revived...

Capristrider
Capristrider

I just can't wait to play this and listen to the classic EU/JP soundtrack. This is THE Sonic game!

mtait01
mtait01

ace, I was a massive Sonic fan when I was little and this news is awesome... my parents never bought me a sega CD so I've never played it

Nemezzis
Nemezzis

Im done with Sonic since Sonic 3 for Mega Drive. What they did with this character is very very sad.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Only the Japanese soundtrack? Why not just include both?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I appreciate re-releasing old classics so that everyone can play them again, but why can't SEGA just sort it out? Sonic needs to properly be re-invented, instead of re-hashed and put with a Werewolf etc. Sonic STILL remains my favourite game ever, I've still got my old Mega-Drive and absolutely love it. But the series has been trampled in to the ground. Screw the Olympic games, screw the HD remakes.. Make a decent Sonic game and I will be there in a shot. I miss the blue hedgehog, the only good games are the old ones :(

franzito
franzito

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X-TOR-DEN-AIR
X-TOR-DEN-AIR

who ever downloaded sonic 4 should get this for free

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Glad to finally see a modern rerelease of one of the least advertised true Sonic games that people should definitely play.

franzito
franzito

Well, the Japanese soundtrack of the game is much better than the american one! Glad to know SEGA will relaunch the decent version only ; )

Flint247
Flint247

Now I feel like playing this again. o.o

Byaku524
Byaku524

I lost my copy of Sonic CD for the PC years ago. Good to know that PSN is getting it. Now...about SA2...

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sonic CD was great, I will be buying this

XeonForce
XeonForce

I'm still eagerly awaiting a Sonic Adventure 2 port/update, but a standalone version of Sonic CD is actually more surprising and welcome to me. It's fairly easy and fast to play through the original, but the worlds really are enormous, and add on top of that traveling into the future and past versions of each stage and you'll never experience the same game each play-through. Can't wait!

lordquasar
lordquasar

I just played this at a friends house and I did not like it very much.

dicegamer
dicegamer

after of all sonic games i never play sonic cd but i will be getting this because i got money this spend

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

I might buy this, the game is fun and has a decent challenge to it. Hard to believe it's been almost twenty years since it was released. This and Sonic Generations could be a good year for the old blue hedgehog.

HipsterDude778
HipsterDude778

Suddenly, I want to buy a Sega CD! Granted, I always want to buy a Sega CD, but...

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

Definitely one of the best games in the series.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Sonic 4 needs to be finished... That's the main reason why I didn't buy it. It was unfinished and probably due to the bad support of it, will never be either. If I had to choose, I think Sonic Generations is a much better game. Speaking of which, when will we actually see that one? I'd like to hope that they've already finished Sonic CD for PSN and the 360 by now. I'd like to see it by the end of the year with the new graphics in place. Personally, if they tried to make it look as pixellated as it looks in these videos, they can keep it.

kkee
kkee

As long as this port is true to the original, and not like the disgrace that was Sonic 4, I'm all over this.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

This is a definite buy for me. This is the only old school Sonic game I've never played, and I've always heard great things about it. I'll get it on PS3 and, depending on how I like it, I may get it for my Android so I can play it on the go.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

never played it but i now own every sonic game on the genesis no thanks to xbox live and now this? OH YEAH! CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

dartmanoncaws
dartmanoncaws

I've never played this, although I've always wanted to since I love the oldschool sonic games. This will be a definite download.

reyace
reyace

Ok...now this is awesome.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I loved the Sonic 4 episode 1 on the PSN, anyone know when the next one coming?

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

Why this isn't on WiiWare just baffles me. If the Wii can play Genesis games via Virtual Console, shouldn't it run Sonic CD as well? I can understand Sonic Generations not being brought over to the Wii, but this is truly questionable.

silverwings21
silverwings21

I wasn't going to get this because I already have it for the Sega CD, but since it's going to have the Japanese soundtrack, I might just get it.

Charization
Charization

Nice to see a non-shooting game gettin' some love around here. Without games like these, the gaming world would be extremely boring.

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

Never played Sonic CD the first time around, so I'm looking forward to this!

airfoemoe
airfoemoe

Hopefully they don't add those awful "Sega Vintage" menus in this game. Those menus ruined Sonic 3 & Knuckles on XBLA, you can only play with savestates rather than the original genesis feature.

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

This is my most played Sonic game. I think it's probably the best one as well. And it has one of the best "boss fights" in the form of the racing level with Metal Sonic. It is an essential part to my nostalgia of the Sega CD. Can not wait.

CallmeSoren
CallmeSoren

so this is a reharsh? No updated graphics? Just added widescreen support? -.-

Giancarlo
Giancarlo moderator

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Dezuria
Dezuria

Japanese soundtrack, boo.