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Sonic Origins Plus

Sonic Origins Plus Will Give the Game Gear Sonic Games Their Due

Sonic Origins Plus, the new iteration of Sonic Origins, is set to add twelve Sonic the Hedgehog Game Gear games to the collection.

Sonic Origins Plus will be available as a new collection as well as an upgrade for the original Sonic Origins. It also introduces other features, such as the ability to play as the hammer-wielding Amy Rose in the regular 16-bit Sonic games. Plus, you can be Knuckles in Sonic CD.

But it’s the Game Gear titles we’re really stoked for. All too often, Sonic collections have overlooked the 8-bit versions which were entirely different to the their 16-bit counterparts. The first Sonic game we played was Sonic the Hedgehog 1 on the Sega Master System.

Sure, there weren’t any loop-the-loops in the site but it introduced the idea of hiding the Chaos Emeralds around the level instead of having you win them in a bonus stage. There were different bosses and later games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble had their own storylines.

The latter, in fact, was recently remade as a 16-bit style game, which is also worth diving into. Not all the 12 Sonic Game Gear games are platformers, though, there’s a puzzler and a racer in there. The games that arrive as part of Sonic Origins Plus are:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Sonic Blast
  • Sonic Drift
  • Sonic Drift 2
  • Sonic Labyrinth
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Tails Adventure
  • Tails’ Sky Patrol

That’s great news, right? Essentially, yes. But there’s a catch. Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Chaos are also available on the Master System and have a larger visible play area than the Game Gear versions.

Why is that better? Because it makes the games a little easier, compared to the Game Gear versions which are noticeably zoomed in. That might not seem like a big deal and, until earlier today, we were wondering what all the fuss was about.

But then we remembered Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and its ant-lion boss. This stage had you dodging bombs which then rolled down to hit the ant-lion. It was pretty hard, for our younger selves, at least. Years later we tackled the Master System version and it was night day. The extra room made the fight much easier.

Master System Game Gear Sonic Comparison 1

You can check out the picture above to see what we mean. But Sega haven’t included the Master System versions and apparently have no plan to.

Sonic Origins Plus arrives on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC this June 23rd (a year after it originally launched). It’ll cost $39.99, physically and digitally. Those who own the standard, digital version can update for $9.99.

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