UPDATE Oct. 27: Additional commentary-free footage of Mirage Saloon, Tails, and Knuckles has been added to the original story, courtesy of Polygon and GameSpot.
At the 25th anniversary party, the debuting Sonic Mania trailer confirmed that Tails and Knuckles would be returning as playable characters for the retro celebration title. Today, we finally have footage of the pair, along with the reveal of a brand new desert-type Zone, seemingly inspired by the cut Desert Dazzle stage from the Sonic CD remaster.
See Mirage Saloon Zone in action in Kinda Funny Games’ playthrough—featuring Sonic Mania producer Lola Shiraishi—as well as additional gameplay below!
Shiraishi confirms that the Drop Dash is a Sonic-exclusive technique, and the video shows off Sonic and Tails being paired up as a playable unit as well. In a similar fashion to City Escape from Sonic Generations, Mirage Saloon Zone also features wanted posters for Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite, and Bark the Polar Bear.
What do you think of Mirage Saloon? How do you like Tails and Knuckles’ newer designs for the game? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!