Sonic CD confirmed for XBLA

Sega's Sonic CD never received the audience it deserved: a technologically supercharged (by 1993 standards) upgrade of the classic 2D Sonic formula, the game was intended as proof of the awesome power of the Sega CD add-on but ended up sitting unplayed in closets, sandwiched between unworthy cellmates such as Night Trap and Sewer Shark. Now, Microsoft's Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) has confirmed that one of the least rereleased Sonic title will get a new start on Xbox Live Arcade – and will be on show at PAX Prime this weekend.

This isn't the first rerelease for Sonic CD: the GameCube version of Sonic Gems Collection boasted a port of the buggy PC version, as did European and Japanese versions of the PS2 edition of that collection. However, besides this stalwart refusal to offer the title to US consumers in a format that might move more than a few copies, the title's never been canonized in the same way as the “classic” trilogy (the title was first released between Sonics 2 and 3). Some Sonic historians see CD as an alternate reality Sonic 2, as the original team split up after Sonic the Hedgehog, with some working in a new US office on Sonic 2, while the Japan-based group worked on Sonic CD, each creating a follow-up to the original separately.

Here's hoping the XBLA version irons out the buggy PC artifacts of earlier ports (and that Hryb isn't just messing with us), so that this title can be rediscovered by fans eager to collect all the forgotten gems of the series' classic era. We’ll be at PAX this weekend, so if Sonic’s there, keep a lookout for our first impressions from the show floor.

Aug 24, 2011

Source: Major Nelson




  • el.waxa - August 25, 2011 4:36 a.m.

  • DarkTone - August 24, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    Thats great news. Looking forward to this.
  • OhUltra - August 24, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Tears Tears of joy
  • birdro - August 24, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    I still have the PC case for sonic CD on my shelf, damned if I know where the disc has gotten to at this point. This will be yet another in my complete XBLA sonic collection.
  • soranamineforever - August 24, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    If the previous Sonic ports are any indication, there shouldn't be any problems here. Well, other than the fact it hasn't been announced for PSN yet.
  • ParanoidAndroid - August 24, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    Wanted to play this since those bonus videos on Sonic Mega Collection. Hope this isn't botched, but should be good.
  • Scammeleon - August 24, 2011 11:23 a.m.

  • GamesRadarBrettElston - August 24, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    I will be playing "the dickens" out of this.
  • veryweirdguy - August 24, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    Fo' sho'.
  • HumorTumor - August 24, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    as will I sir, as will I. Or well, SF3:3rd Strike, and this that is
  • DirkSteele1 - August 24, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    Still play this on the Mega-CD even now. Up there with Sonic 2 in my opinion.
  • HumorTumor - August 24, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    Finally Sega. After all those compilations (aside from Sonic Gems, which I think had CD), you finally learned to include this game.
  • NotBraze - August 24, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    I can't wait! I grew up playing Sonic on the Genesis, but I've never played Sonic CD, because I've never had the means. I'll be buying this on day one.
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - August 24, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    No love for PSN?
  • veryweirdguy - August 24, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    If the others are any indication, PSN will get it eventually, but it might take a wee while.
  • therawski - August 24, 2011 10:59 a.m.

    Hopefully we see this on PSN eventually, this exclusivity really gets under my skin especially since this is a Sega game.
  • veryweirdguy - August 24, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Microsoft are just better at paying for timed exclusives, they have deep pockets. Some good stuff coming out for PSN in the near future though, I think.

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