Sonic the Hedgehog will be celebrating his 25th Anniversary this year, and Sega has tons in store for fans. Between various birthday party events, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, the second season of the Sonic Boom television show, tons of merchandise and the soon to be announced next main series Sonic game, there’s a lot to keep up with. But one thing that I thought would be sure to release this year is a Sonic Anniversary Collection. While there is still time for it to be released this year, I’m genuinely shocked it hasn’t already been announced. Personally, I still think there’s a chance they may do it, so I may as well talk about what I’d like to see in a potential collection.
The Sonic series is no stranger to ports and compilations. We’ve had Sonic Jam, Sonic Mega Collection, Sonic Classic Collection, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, the Backbone ports of Sonic 1-3, and the Christian Whitehead ports of Sonic 1, 2 and CD. So yeah, that’s quite a few collections. Let’s go over what I’d like to see in what I’m calling the Sonic Anniversary Collection. First off, I’d like to see the game on PS4, XB1, Wii U and PC. Maybe on 3DS and Vita if they’ll be good quality. Obviously the game would be in full HD and have trophy/achievement support.
As far as games to be included, I wanna at least see Sonic 1, 2, 3 & Knuckles and CD. I’m not really sure what games to include outside of the classics. Maybe the Game Gear games? Some of the spin-offs like Spinball and 3D Blast? Personally, I only need to see the classic side-scrollers. This is because I’m basing a lot of this off of a recent compilation, the Mega Man Legacy Collection. Legacy Collection was really well received, and was actually developed by the same team that handled the PS3/360 ports of the classic Sonic games. The collection included each of the 6 NES Mega Man games.
Who would handle development of these ports? Well, we have a few options. The most recent Sonic ports have been done by M2 and Christian Whitehead. M2 is a Sega owned developer that was responsible for all of Sega’s 3D Classics line, including Sonic 1 and 2. Christian Whitehead is a guy who is pretty well known in the Sonic community. Whitehead and his retro engine were responsible for the console re-release of Sonic CD, as well as the mobile versions of Sonic 1 and 2. While M2 did great work on their Sonic ports, I personally prefer Whitehead’s versions. I mean heck, Whitehead and his team even created a finished version of Hidden Palace Zone for Sonic 2. I would love to see more stuff like this in the collection, as well as music, trailers, concept art and developer diaries.
You might’ve noticed a lack of a mention of Sonic 3 & Knuckles in the previous paragraph. For some reason, Sega has had a weird thing with this game recently. Christian Whitehead’s team began work on porting the game, but were not allowed to finish. When the obvious follow-up to M2’s port of Sonic 2 was 3 & Knuckles, Sega announced that Sonic 2 would be the finale of the 3D Classics series. I’m not going to get into their reasoning why, but I felt like it was worth mentioning. If you wanna find out more, a simple Google or YouTube search will put you on the right path.
Would you be interested in a Sonic Anniversary Collection? What games would you wanna see in it, who would you want to develop it. Let me know in the comments, and follow me on Twitter to stay updated on the latest posts. Thank you for reading, and make sure you have an awesome day!