Sonic Mania simply couldn’t have come at any better time. It has been popular amongst many of the classic sonic fans and revitalized the love for fans of the series. It may have its few drawbacks, but we still love our favorite Blue Hedgehog like we did from the beginning. The game made by Fans for Fans clearly shows a lot of love towards the fan-base. And the fans who got to test it already made a few cool additions to the experience.
The Intro of a Great Sonic Game on the Genesis!
Let’s start with one of the biggest creations made by enthusiasts of the series. Youtube user Matt B. has made an amazing discovery by displaying the game Introduction to Sonic Mania on the SEGA Genesis hardware. Yes, this is absolutely real! This presentation would’ve looked amazing 20 years ago if it were presented as another game in the franchise.
The new intro keeps the visual aspect of the original intro, although at a much lower framerate due to obvious reasons. There are also instruments that the Genesis CAN replicate that couldn’t be included in the release. This IS the recreation of a fan using limited resources, however, Matt B. also encourages the community to improve this version of the intro and make something better.
In the description of the video. The user mentions the process behind the creation of this mod: “I rewrote the way frames are loaded into VRAM. I’ve also received a heavily tweaked VGM file from Alianger that plays better with Stef’s XGM driver. I’ve changed the measure used to tweak the frame rate. We now work with subticks which are a much finer grain of delay at a hardware level”
Man, even I’m impressed at how much work the fans have done on this game in such a little time. I am beginning to wonder when we’ll get an actual reproduction of Sonic Mania made for the Genesis. Or the Saturn! You can view a special video I made comparing the two intros below: