Sonic Generations 3DS braves comparison with famous fan vid. Yup, we're going to Mushroom Hill

You may remember how angry I got when a Sonic fan video took Sonic and Knuckles' first level, Mushroom Hill, and reimagined it in glorious 3D. I wasn't angry because it was bad - I was angry because it was so good, it made every real modern side-scrolling Sonic game look a bit crap in comparison. Well, never one to shy away from potential outcry from its fanbase, Sega's tempting a direct comparison by making a 3D-ised version of Mushroom Hill in the 3DS version of Sonic Generations. There are screens. You can see them here. But is it looking good, or am I going to have to turn green and bust out of my shirt again?

Above: Colours? Check. Leaves kicked up as Sonic passes? Check. Authentic physics model? Well...

Firstly, the graphics look good, following the source material closely so that retro fans get the nostalgia kick the game has been designed to deliver. It appears Modern Sonic will be racing through the orangey, autumnal version of the level, while Classic Sonic will be enjoying a stroll around the greener version, complete with those weird pulley things from the 16-bit original. I never really liked them, but you can't say they don't look authentic here.

Above: Squeak... squeak... squeak... squeak...*checks watch* squeak... squeak... squeak...

Modern Sonic's into-the-screen sections do look a tad basic, but perhaps that's to exaggerate the 3D effect (am I being too kind on it by saying that?). Take a look and see what you think:

Above: More PSP than Gamecube quality, wouldn't you say? Also, grinding leaves must surely hurt his feet

3DS' graphical capabilities are limited compared to the big consoles and that into-the-screen sections require more scenery to be drawn at any one time, so the compromise is fair enough. But I am liking the look of the side-scrolling sections a lot more at this stage. Look:

Above: Why don't hedgehogs live in toadstools? Cos there's not mushroom inside

Hopefully we'll get to see the level in motion soon. In the mean-time, there has been a new trailer released for the big version of the game, which shows previously unseen areas, like Seaside Hill from Sonic Heroes. Check it out below, then head on over to our screenshots page to see the rest of the new 3DS screens.

17 Aug, 2011




  • UsernameLoser - August 18, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    OK, everyone who doesn't want Tails in this game, here it is: MOST OF THE SHITTY SONIC CHARACTERS WILL BE IN THE CONSOLE VERSIONS, 3DS VERSION ONLY HAS A FEW.
  • UsernameLoser - August 18, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    I swear (not to God, I'm Agnostic, I don't want religion), if someone makes another mushroom pun, I will kick Ma Pignon's ass, in 3D, on Cave Story 3D, repeatedly.
  • Moss257 - August 17, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    I'm tearing up right now. In fact, as I'm writing this I just began crying. This is simply astounding! THIS is the game I, as a day one Sonic fan, have been waiting so long for. Sega... I feel like we can be friends again.
  • LucasP - August 17, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Please tell me that it was just a joke when I saw Tails.
  • badgraphix1 - August 17, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    I'll see what people think about this before buying it.
  • XLGirthMan - August 17, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    I honestly don't get the shroom joke. Can someone fill me in?
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 17, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    "THE TOWELLY JOKE FACTORY HAS RISEN FROM THE ASHES OF DEMOLITION LIKE A SHONKY PHOENIX, AND IS RUNNING AS SMOOTHLY AS EVER!!!" I've never really been a big fan of Sonic, but...I still prefer the look of that stop-motion/claymation-looking "Sonic&Knuckles 3D" video over this 3DS one. But that's just my opinion...
  • tuomotaivainen - August 17, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Please tell me seeing Tails at the end was a joke, why would they bring him back? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
  • darkpigraph - August 17, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Just out of curiosity, does the fact that we see mushroom hill and chemical plant in this trailer intimate that those stages will be in the 360/ps3 version as well or is it a completely different game?
  • Vincemaster - August 17, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Doesn't look toooo bad but it's coming out in November, therefore no can do. Because... SKYRIM.
  • ThatGamerDude - August 17, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    It seems like a new trailer is released every week but the more I watch it, THE MORE I WANT!
  • QWERTYCommander - August 17, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    Umm... why aren't the graphics better? MGS Snake Eater 3D looks better than the PS2 version and Sega gives the system PSP-level graphics? The behind the back sections don't need to be "simple" because of the 3DS's specs. The 3DS should be able to handle the console version's levels JUST FINE with it's specs.
  • therawski - August 17, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    This does look really fun, the 3d might make up for the graphics, but there's too much stuff coming out in November I don't see how people are going to be able to make a decision ($60?, $120?, or $180?), but I can guarantee we'll see a price drop on this before anything in that e-shop.
  • RareHero - August 17, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    The 3DS may not have the raw graphical power of most platforms, but I'd say Dimps is doing a good job with what they have to work with. Cannot wait for this.
  • mothbanquet - August 17, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    So long as they keep that goosebump-inducing bassline in the music then I'm sold. Oh, uh... and something seems FISHY here...
  • raptorak - August 17, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Fair enough, different stalks for different folks.
  • BlueScorpion91 - August 17, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    @Raptorak I have tried to like it, but i just think that there all the same. And like i said, I'm not a big fan on him as a mascot.
  • raptorak - August 17, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Oops someone did that pun already, someone put a cap in my ass.
  • raptorak - August 17, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    @BlueScorpion91 Never liked Sonic? Not a very funghi are you?
  • BlueScorpion91 - August 17, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    I still think it looks rubbish to be honest. But then again I've never liked Sonic, I don't even think he's a perticular good character, especially compared to Joe Danger and Mario.

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