Sonic Mania is a celebration of gaming of the bygone era of 90s
The style of Sonic Mania is very reminiscent of a bygone era, even though it has all the technological advances of this time
Sonic Mania is doing exactly what most of the Sonic fans would have wanted since the blue hedgehog transitioned into three dimensions: taking it back to the original quadrilogy. Not only the new Sonic Mania‘s gameplay reflect the 90s era of gaming, its opening animation sets the stage perfectly for a time period that loved pastel colors, bizarrely abstract backdrops, and less-than-lean protagonists.
The Sonic franchise is one of the most endured and popular ones. Although Sonic is one of gaming’s most classic and beloved faces, the game has not fared well in the years since its mid-’90s peak. There have been awful lacks in terms of Sonic games over the past years. While many users say that the reason being the Headcannon and PagodaWest’s decision of straying from the classic formula and that’s why Sonic Mania goes back to Sonic’s 2D roots.
More than that, Sonic Mania is looking more and more like a celebration of the early ’90s era. The style of its opening animation is very reminiscent of a bygone era, even though the game has all the technological advances of this time.
Sonic Mania‘s opening cinematic is so retro, it’s even got a slightly chubby main character again. This is the original character, who could have been ripped right from any of the original games or one of the two very different TV shows based on the character.
Notice too another nod to Sonic Mania‘s place in the franchise. The clock-like dial in the game that shows up briefly at the beginning of the animation goes from 1 to 2 to 3, and then on to K and M. That’s the game’s way of telling out that as far as Mania goes, it’s a sequel to Sonic and Knuckles, the fourth game in the original Sonic series of games.