SEGA has officially confirmed that Sonic the Hedgehog CD, arguably one of the blue blur's finest platforming adventures, is heading for Xbox Live Arcade - as well as PlayStation Network, PC, iOS, Android and Windows 7. Blimey.
The game was originally released in 1993 for the Mega CD add-on, with a storyline set at an unspecified point between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2's timeline. Although nothing appears to have changed with this 2011 update, SEGA is treating it as a prequel to fellow digital download Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1.
"Sonic CD marks an important chapter in Sonic’s history, bridging the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits like Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I," said Sega West digital business VP Haruki Satomi ("Wrong!" screams resident Sonic nut, me, in the corner).
"We’ve made sure the re-mastered edition has everything that Sonic fans want to see with all of the original colourful classic zones." At least there's that. Best of all, this version will include the original Japanese soundtrack rather than the remixed American one - a key sticking point of all heated Sonic CD discussion has always been which of the two is better.
No doubt we'll get some similar debate in the comments box below. In the meantime, while I start feeling weird about the concept of Sonic CD being a prequel to Sonic 4 and SEGA buggering up the franchise timeline, you can watch a trailer of the remake below, courtesy of Gamespot.
It looks more like a prequel to Sonic 4 episode 2, as if it takes place between episodes 1 and 2 or something. Episode 2 features Metal Sonic, so it's like it's saying "See how [Metal Sonic] all began"
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