This opinion piece is based on a preview build debuted at Summer of Sonic 2016, but also present at EGX 2016. A full EGX article will go up soon, and will be linked to here once completed.
Sonic Mania effortlessly harkens back to the early 1990s, where Sonic was the king in the rise of mascot platformers. If the need for speed is resisted, references to SEGA’s past can be seen as broadly as daylight, such as an enlarged SEGA Sonic popcorn machine. These throwbacks show that the people behind the project are big Sonic enthusiasts.