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Everyone (except Wii owners) getting Sonic CD in time for holiday season

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If it seemed like not much an official fanfare was being made of the triumphant return of Sonic CD in the form of an XBLA port, perhaps that’s only because the game’s new audience is much wider than that. Sega has announced that the game will be making it to pretty much every platform you give a damn about by the end of the year, unless you give a damn about something that’s not XBLA, PSN, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Phone. Notable by its exception is the platform plenty of people still technically give a damn about, the Wii. Wii. Is the Sega/Nintendo enmity making a late comeback? (No).

In an excuse that carries a whiff of that old “the SNES doesn’t have the technology to render blood” chestnut, Sega has explained that the WiiWare platform lacks the chops necessary to replicate the CD-quality sound of the technologically-mindblowing-circa-1993 original – so, no Sonic CD for Wii owners. Everyone else, on the plus side, will get both sets of audio, Japanese and English – which is basically the best possible answer to the first question everyone would inevitably be asking. Exact release dates haven’t yet been given, but the title will be available on all the listed platforms by year’s end, and a playable demo will be available at PAX this weekend.  

Aug 25, 2011

Source: Joystiq

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29 comments

  • UsernameLoser - August 28, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    Already have Gems. Perhaps a new mode or stage will get me to buy CD again. I'm pretty pissed people don't give a sh*t about this game, who would not give two hours of their life watching the anime opening and ending?
  • ThatGamerDude - August 26, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Ive been wanting to play this game since I first heard of it and now I can finally get it!
  • Ariaka - August 26, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    I can replace my aged DinoLib copy now XD Go me! Somethign that won't have to be hacked to work on XP or 7! XD Also, achievement whore on the 360 go! Also, if you're really that desperate for a Wii playable release, it's still cheap and easy to pick up Gems Collection for the GCN, which contains a (rather mackered) port of the game.
  • shawksta - August 26, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    I bet you its because Mario will be getting the christmas sales (especially on 3DS) the most which is why Sonic's going solo on the other platforms. Ah the hidden rivalries even after they settled it in the olympics!
  • WTeen8 - August 26, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    "Sega has explained that the WiiWare platform lacks the chops necessary to replicate the CD-quality sound of the technologically-mindblowing-circa-1993 original" So the Wii cant but the gamecube can? SEGA, sometimes, I don't believe I know you. (Although it doesn't bother me because back in March I bought a pre-owned copy of Sonic Gems from Gamestop, along with Crazy taxi and Pokemon White.)
  • TimmiT - August 26, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    Sonic CD by itself is 88 MB big (mostly because of the music). Wiiware has a stupidly low file size limit of 40 MB. Blame Nintendo, not SEGA. Besides, how many of you would buy this from Wiiware and not XBLA, PSN or Steam?
  • LBD_Nytetrayn - August 26, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Those who only own a Wii, perhaps? Incidentally, I prefer the Wii Remote as a controller for Sonic games, though the 360 controller did work well for Sonic 4...
  • TimmiT - August 27, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    Like I said, it's coming to Steam, thus on PC. Even if you own a Mac, there are still ways to play PC games.
  • myguyfromthe80s - August 26, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    Best Sonic Game made in my opinion. As someone has already mentioned you can play it via the Gamecube release, it was also released on a compilation for the PS2. First they give Front Mission 3 on PSN Now this? Wow! Wow - All I need now are Eternal Champions (Mega CD Version) and Snatcher!
  • LBD_Nytetrayn - August 26, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    I thought the PS2 version was Japan-only?
  • Tomontherun99 - August 26, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    The PS2 port on the Sonic Gems disc was available in both Japan and Europe I believe
  • shawksta - August 26, 2011 5:52 a.m.

    I call BS, but whatever, thats what being a multigamer is about!
  • Linktoreality - August 25, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    No Wii or 3DS? I call bullsh*t. I'll just dig up my old copy of this for PC and have another go. (P.S., since when has sh*t been a banned word on GR?)
  • NanoElite666 - August 25, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Definitely going to look into this, since I never owned a Sega CD back in the day and therefore have never played this game.
  • oshunanat - August 25, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    I look forward to this game draining my iPhone battery for hours on end!
  • soranamineforever - August 25, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    This is something not brought up in this article, but this isn't a straight up port. Its going through some physics changes by some guy well known in the SEGA community for good fangames. That, and you'll have the option of using the Sonic 2 spindash here, rather than the one Sonic CD originally had. And this is good, because that one was crap. Wow, I can't swear anymore? I am disappoint.
  • Ariaka - August 26, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    Taxman XD At least, I hope it's his Retro Engine.
  • it_burns - August 25, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    This is an Oprah moment right here. "You get Sonic CD!" "You get Sonic CD!" "You get Sonic CD!" "Everyone gets Sonic CD!" "... except you, Wii."
  • abhinav-rao - August 25, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    A rather lame sounding excuse for not bring able to port it to Wiiware. Still, I look forward to this remake. :)
  • abhinav-rao - August 25, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    That's a rather lame sounding excuse for not bringing it to the Wii. But I still look forward to playing this remake on PC.

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