Sonic Mania: The Twitter Experience

While Sonic Mania is taking many gamers back in time to the nineties, much about the Sonic hype experience is very different to that enjoyed some twenty-plus years ago. One of the biggest changes to the gaming experience has been the emergence of social media, which allows developers, critics and fans to react and interact in a way that simply did not exist back when Sonic was rocking in 16-bit.

As the reception of Sonic Mania has been nothing short of phenomenal, we thought we’d take some choice posts from Twitter as a roundup –  we hope you enjoy!

Needless to say, this post will have some spoilers from the game.

First up, a collection of tweets from Sonic Mania’s developers, including former Sonic Stadium staffer and Sonic Mania’s level designer Brad Flick:

Naturally, some former Archie Sonic artists and writers had some things to say about the game. Artist Jon Gray (who worked as an artist on Archie Sonic, as well as much behind the scenes until his departure a few years ago) and Ian Flynn (Archie Sonic’s primary writer for over a decade, and the man who first put Bean, Bark and Nack/Fang together as a trio), also commented on the game’s release:

It is no secret that online games media hasn’t exactly had many kind words to say about Sonic over the last decade and a half. While many games have generally received reasonable scores, they’ve tended to focus on the poorer offerings. Here, I’ll be highlighting some tweets from both general gaming media as well as Sonic/SEGA news people and websites. The reaction to Mania’s release has ranged from glowing to downright perplexing, from the controversial “Sonic games have never been good” sentiments to some funny observations.

While I’ve enjoyed highlighting some tweets from Sonic creatives and games media people, the true highlight of my Sonic Mania twitter experience has definitely been the fan reactions – often the hardest demographic to please when it comes to Sonic games. I’ve also gone ahead and included some artists who posted their gorgeous fan art:

Do you have any favorite twitter reactions to Sonic Mania? Let us know in the comments!

3 Comments

  1. So glad the reaction around the internet has largely been immensely positive. This is exactly the boost in the arm the series needed. Finally Sonic has street cred again.

    The only thing that irks me is the comments that this is the only good Sonic game ever made. That basically displays a large ignorance of the previous classic games. Either they never had the opportunity to play Sonic 3 and Knuckles, they never actually played much or any of the old games, or their memories of the old games are so far past them they’ve forgotten how they worked. This game is so much so just an updated version of the classics that it’s impossible to claim Sonic Mania is the *only* good game in the series without irony.

  2. But where is Arin Hanson and his admittance that Sonic Mania is actually a pretty good Sonic game?
    Come on, that moment was legendary, even @sonic_hedgehog retweeted that. And Tyson Hesse made a small doodle about it!

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