Sonic CD spinning onto Xbox Live

Microsoft's Larry Hryb confirms an XBLA release for Sega's iconic hedgehog; PAX Prime 2011 appearance confirmed.

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This week's Penny Arcade Expo won't go by without a handful of announcements and reveals. In addition to the debut of Portal lead Kim Swift's new title at Airtight Games, the show will serve as a coming-out event for Sonic CD.

Amy and Metal Sonic did not hit it off.

The news comes by way of Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's company blog. According to the Xbox Live director of programming, Microsoft will be showing Sonic CD at its PAX Prime 2011 booth alongside other Xbox Live Arcade titles, such as Trials Evolution, Skulls of the Shogun, Crimson Alliance, Splatters, Orcs Must Die, and others.

Major Nelson offered no other explanation on the heretofore unannounced title. Sonic CD debuted in 1993 but has been rarely rereleased since then. The game's only other console appearance came as part of the Sonic Gems Collection for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in 2005. The game saw the titular hedgehog attempting to rescue his companion, Amy, from the clutches of Dr. Robotnik and his latest nefarious machination, Metal Sonic.

GameSpot will be on hand at PAX Prime 2011 to provide more information on Sonic CD as it becomes available.

Discussion

47 comments
NerfedFalcon
NerfedFalcon

Land-0-Funk, from what I hear, only the Japanese soundtrack is in the game. Yeah, we lose out on stuff like Sonic Boom, and it probably won't hit as many nostalgia triggers, but both versions of the soundtrack are really good... It's just licensing issues that prevent the American version being used (ironically, the same reason there are two versions in the first place.)

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

That's nice. I hope there is an option where we can select the Japanese or American soundtrack...but probably won't be.

avery04
avery04

It's about time, now if we can only get Eternal Champions CD.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

"Sonic boom..Sonic Boom..Sonic Boooooooom!" :D

mustained13
mustained13

Funny story. Took out my Model 1 Sega CD last weekend to play a few games, one being Sonic CD. A couple of days later, I see this. Cosmic weirdness. Will be getting this for sure.

JOKER677
JOKER677

More good news after seeing generations. Hopefully Sonic Adventure 2 gets a date too.

PartyOnGarth
PartyOnGarth

The original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sega Genesis were my introduction to video games back when I was a wee lad of 3. Since then, I have always been a sucker for 2D Sonic re-releases. The rarity of this one makes it a no brainer.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Sonic CD is a classic. Sonic the hedgehogs last great game outing. Which was one of the few great games for the Sega CD add on.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Hopefully Sonic Adventures 2 will follow later on.

ChameleonX
ChameleonX

One of the few 2D Sonic games that has always escaped me, even though I did end up getting it in a Sonic PC compilation and the Sonic Gems Collection for Gamecube. I will gladly buy this one again.

Wings_008
Wings_008

YES i was waiting for this to happen for a while now. if only SEGA can also release The Revenge of Shinobi on XBLA, that would be sweet!

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

Suhweeettt!!!!!!! Now if they would just release the Game Gear Sonic games, I would be the happiest ever!

AdderD
AdderD

My life is... complete.

bortbortson
bortbortson

Finally a chance to play Sonic CD. I will definitely be buying this one

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

now all we need is sonic adventure 2 and sonic heroes then we have a set DO IT SEGA!!!!!

Terminal_Omega
Terminal_Omega

Wow, I haven't played Sonic CD since it originally came out. This will be a fun trip down memory lane.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

im still waiting for sonic adventures 2 and jet grind Radio!!! c'mon SEGA!!

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Sonic CD is actually pretty good, it may not be the best in series but sure is worth for people like me that love Sonic games in general, if you do not like it however, chances are your opinion won't change by playing this one.

xcollector
xcollector

I just bought the gamecube version so I won't be downloading this.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Provably the best Sonic ever (although I played the 3&knuckles a lot more). Awesome news.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Never got a chance to play it. I'll be picking this up for sure

Evenios
Evenios

release it on the 3DS!

Kcube
Kcube

I liked the music and time travel stuff but it wasn't as good as the Genesis Sonic games.

starfox15
starfox15

Sonic Boom on Smash Bros. btw... Awesome.

starfox15
starfox15

flint247 stole the words out of my mouth. Great music, but level design wasn't on par with other sonic titles. Anything to get more people to understand the past of sonic though, is a good thing.

sonic-boom
sonic-boom

Sonic CD, arguably the peak of Sonic games

Flint247
Flint247

I have Sonic CD on PC. Not really into the level design but the music is amazing. I still think Sonic 3 and Knuckles is the best.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Bring this to PSN and I'll download it pronto.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sonic CD is great, may have to download this game

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Wow - this and Guardian Heroes both coming to XBLA, time to re-live some of the Sega glory years.

kaizerkakai
kaizerkakai

come on sonic R remake...i can dream :D

Barighm
Barighm

I hear this was the best of the old school Sonic games. I wasn't too impressed with Sonic Adventure, so hopefully CD will be better.

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

This is good for people who haven't played, but now I feel less special for owning Gems Collection.

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@Ryusui & @MetalMajorWolf: I agree with you. If Sega doesn't give us the option to even let us choose between the Japanese & the English soundtrack, or if they just give us the English soundtrack, I'll be changing the music through the 360's custom soundtrack feature. @EasyComeEasyGo: You should look at this [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_CD#Music]here.[/url]

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Sonic CD. In my opinion, one of the most underappreciated games, and one of the best. Oh yeah, not forgetting Sonic Boom! One hitch: I have a PS3, not an XBOX. Bring it to PS3 as well!

Cantido
Cantido

Sonic boom, sonic booooom!

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Sonic CD was one of the few Sonic games that I miss in my childhood to play and know I get the chance to play this game at last. Edit: what is this Soundtrack version everyone is talking about? Is it some kind of Sonic Rock music or what?

beuneus12
beuneus12

these games were fun when i was a kid, but now i'd say either make an epic groundbreaking sonic or just let him RIP

MetalMajorWolf
MetalMajorWolf

Please have an option to choose either the Japanese or American soundtrack...

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

I guess this means an eventual PSN release? If so, I'd buy it in a sonic second!

Icehearted
Icehearted

I still have the Sega CD copy, this really was one of the best of the series, but that music, dear gawd! I always thought it sounded like a techno version of those girls from Little Shop of Horrors.

hobotech64
hobotech64

Sonic Boom or Toot Toot Sonic Warrior?

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Ehhh... Classic Sonic games are amazing in theory, and then you pick them back up and you realize that, once again, nostalgia has played a dirty ****in' trick.

Linkari
Linkari

WHOO-HOO! PLEASE don't "enchance it," half the time it just ruins the original game.

Ryusui
Ryusui

Not interested unless they give us the option to use the original soundtrack.