Ray the Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo are two fine additions to Sonic Mania Plus, but if the upcoming Japanese soundtrack release is anything to go by there may be more callbacks to the game these two characters debuted in – SEGASonic the Hedgehog – than we thought.
On SEGA Japan’s official website for the game (which we covered right here), the track list for the 2CD pack contains an entry for ‘Trap Tower – Pinball Bonus Stage’ under the header ‘Sonic Mania Plus Additional Tracks’.
SEGASonic the Hedgehog was a 1993 arcade release that saw Sonic, Ray and Mighty run and jump their way around various traps against the pressure of a moving camera and chasing environmental dangers. The game used a unique trackball controller for players to navigate the stages (which has made it notoriously difficult to emulate accurately since its release), so it kind of makes sense that SEGASonic the Hedgehog would be referenced in Sonic Mania Plus by way of a pinball stage.
No official word from SEGA on this, as you’d expect, so we have no idea if there is a plan to formally reveal this ahead of the game’s release in July, but if we hear more we’ll be sure to let you know!