Sonic Mania is an upcoming platformer game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon and, PagonaWest Games to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the series releasing for Nintendo Switch, as well as other major platforms in August 2017. The Switch version of the game is being ported by Tantulus Interactive. The game will emulate the 2D sprites and overall gameplay of the main series Sonic games for the Sega Genesis. The game will have a mix of brand new levels and remixed levels.
The game emulates the gameplay of Sonic 1, 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. There is a new technique called the Drop Dash where Sonic will rev up into a ball midair and then dash forward as soon as he lands. This can be used as an attack. The game is playable with either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles with Tails and Knuckles having their abilities from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.