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  1. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    It might allow many DLC zones/zone packs where they are continuing to roam free and surely also changing their strategies? These zones might have to be implied to exist prior to the game's full concluding sequence in which they may have all turned back into their original basic forms.
  2. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    There must be a desire to have them be fairly unique and completely link both zones somehow; contrasting with a desire to finally share the playable parts of the game without delaying it much longer! It is possible that it could be more of a free DLC+patch combo that would add the full series of transition sequences and possibly other aspects that we cannot see were in development but temporarily left out of the game!
  3. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    I blieve that the creator of the mod D.A. Garden chose their name from the Sonic CD music listening mode! It is indeed though; Sonic 3: D.A. Garden Edition. (https://forums.sonicretro.org/?showtopic=34864) It is as special a transformation of a 2D Sonic experience as Mania is; after years and years of work, all of the zones and special stages too were redesigned and feel basically like an alternate version of the game that could have been released (Although as D.A. says, with more inspiration from Sonic 1 level layout, which works really well actually).
  4. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    The music has been posted! Yes; it is a special treat! I have relocated the stream, it is viewable at 6:03:35 onwards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKJmzVILsDM The mini boss is a very special throwback too!
  5. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    It is; and it is quite amazing! It has design homages to other Knuckles-only areas and their dynamics, including Angel Island and Sandopolis; and of course an entirely different music track that fits the moods.
  6. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    I am realizing even more than before how much the transporting of Sonic as a result of the good/complete ending will allow for a new storyline to happen. It's possible for example that Sonic will remerge teleported somewhere unfamiliar on the planet. Tails may be needing to defend against a new threat near to home, while Knuckles may go to find Sonic, and, Sonic may find himself asked to help in the new area that he encounters! Eventually of course their story arcs would merge! It is a very much a blessing in disguise!!
  7. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    I would hope there has not been legal interventions; but maybe they did want to test their available ways of cancelling out streams in case of future games that they would prefer keep the official release window. I think that by now the Mania team at least has seen that there is if anything much more hype than before; including the amount of views on the animation video that otherwise wasn't even going to be released yet!! We will still look forward to watching and experiencing their official stream of playing through Mania on Tuesday! Then of course where the sphere of memes has long been key part of the extended culture of Sonic, it is very much a positive for example to have the new meme context for Press Garden, among others, that would probably not feel as completely memetic without it having happened during the unofficial reveal of the zone.
  8. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    Yes; I agree that definitely for Sonic to be pulled out and brought back to his current timeline/dimension etc will allow something to have changed enough for there to be a new plot for the next entry in the series: either a zone pack DLC using the Mania engine and assets, which may be what happens?; or of course a second, separate Retro/PGW/Sega 2D Sonic!! it is probably unwise to get into it (but the pages here are moving fast enough that it will not really be noticed!) but maybe there is a Mania Epilogue DLC eventually to arrive, which would be incredible and well worth this sort of intermingling!!
  9. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    I understand now basically why Hydrocity, Flying Battery and Lava Reef do not have second Acts that diverge as much musically and structurally from the originals; so that there can be some amazing tribute paid to the original "reimagined zones" including the music, rather than replacing those special moments from Sonic history (and present day for everyone still revisiting S3K) with something too different! I wish that Studiopolis was a later zone as it seems to be one of many highlights of the game. Of course once clearing the game, the zone order is up to us via the select screen! i might end up using this sequence! Green Hill -> Hydrocity -> Press Garden -> Flying Battery -> Mirage Saloon -> Lava Reef -> Metallic Madness -> Chemical Plant -> Studiopolis -> Stardust Speedway
  10. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    Yes; after all, Sonic 3 & Knuckles / Sonic Adventure were tied together in a fairly similar way, in that S3K introduced many important plot elements that would be developed in unique ways throughout Adventure! This also keeps open a door for the next 2D and 3D games to be related: this could be very special, as we are nearing the 20th anniversary of Sonic Adventure!!
  11. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    Have there been any signs of the zone corresponding to the image, yellow and blue among other colors if that helps you remember!) that was revealed many moons ago? (It seems like fortunately a good page to pop in on without spoiling too much; although with the PC version delay, i will want to be seeing what the game actually is within just a few days as though it was released)
  12. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    Yes; in the recent panel Christian mentioned that it is "comparable to" S3K which was the first time they have made an official statement publically which was/is exciting! Theoretically it may actually be longer, which would still be "comparable": I don't think they would necessarily want to call it the longest Sonic game publically themselves: it would be more of a positive for the game if this fact was realized excitedly by fans after release and built word of mouth excitement; rather than mentioned ahead of it; some more casual or new fans might think it will be too long of a game.
  13. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    It is from a real already released fan ROM reworking so you can play it right now!! See my above post.... if this is not on the next page for you; otherwise: Markey Jester 's The Next Level, one of the most interesting, highly creative ROM reworkings in existence, from autumn 2015! https://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?s=6f7ebaeac03969cc0c966aa5c7681391&showtopic=34835&st=0 http://mrjester.hapisan.com/01_Public/S1NXL.bin it is actually a great one to play in the days before Sonic Mania.
  14. Sonic Mania SPOILERS Thread

    https://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?s=6f7ebaeac03969cc0c966aa5c7681391&showtopic=34835&st=0 It is actually from a special one zone game created by Markey Jester; to me something about it feels like the predecessor to Mania and Studiopolis, although Studiopolis may have already existed around the same exact time of this game's release! Please enjoy playing this if you haven't yet, via this link if you don't have time to read the original thread http://mrjester.hapisan.com/01_Public/S1NXL.bin
  15. The Sonic Mania Soundtrack thread!

    Yes; Mirage Saloon Act 2 is surely to be featured, I would think both acts is possible even with some of the remixes of classic zones, or otherwise if the album is limited, I think that the official youtube channel may upload full versions of the remaining music!