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Sonic Origins Plus is bringing more older Sonic games to the collection, though maybe not the ones you had in mind. The Sega Game Gear, although one of the more forgettable handheld consoles compared to the likes of Nintendo’s Game Boy line of handhelds, has its fans, and they will be glad to know that 12 Sonic Game Gear games are being added to Sonic Origins.
The game is slated to release on June 23 this year. It will have a physical release for the first time that comes with a 20-page art book, available for $39.99. If you already own Sonic Origins, you can download the extra content with the Sonic Origins Plus Expansion Pack for $9.99.
The 12 Game Gear games being added in Sonic Origins Plus include:
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Sonic Blast
- Sonic Chaos
- Sonic Drift
- Sonic Drift 2
- Sonic Labyrinth
- Sonic Spinball
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
- Tails Adventure
- Tails’ Skypatrol
Alongside the new games being added, Knuckles will be playable in Sonic CD, and young Amy Rose will be added to all four of the classic Sonic games already available. While she is obviously smaller than the other characters, she spins her hammer around her when she jumps, making her hitbox a bit larger.
While the content being added in Sonic Origins Plus is exciting for a subsection of the Sonic community, we would say we are a little underwhelmed that the Game Gear is being so heavily pushed here. While it is cool to see the handheld representation here, we would say that the Sonic Advance games would be much better received over any of these titles, especially ones that are considered to be not very good, like Sonic Blast.
Regardless of your feelings on the games being added, finally getting to play the mainline classic Genesis games as Amy officially for the first time is really cool and easily the most well-received news from this announcement. We also like that Sega is open to adding new content like this post-launch, similar to how they did with Sonic Mania Plus.