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The Power Team debate whether Sonic Mania is better than Sonic CD

What do you think?!

Our friends at iRetroGamer have recently joined forces with fellow YouTubers to assemble The Power Team, where they debate and discuss various topics near and dear to our hearts.

Their latest video touches on a pretty sensitive topic – which is the better game between Sonic Mania and Sonic CD. Personally, Sonic Mania edges out Sonic CD for me because I was never that big of a fan of the time-traveling aspect in Sonic CD, and Mania builds upon every classic Sonic game that came before it while also not forgetting its past, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

I guess it really doesn’t matter either way, because topics like this are totally subjective, and this is the Internet, so we’ll always respect each other’s opinion even if they differ radically from our own, right? 😀

Anyway, how ’bout you weigh in on this topic and let us know which game you think is better and be sure to explain yourself!

Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief of Mega Visions Magazine and the co-creator of SEGA Nerds. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. He's also an avid pro wrestling fan, and it's still real to him, dammit.

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  1. Sonic Mania easily. Sonic mania took a lot of the questionable level designs in sonic cd and made them much better. Metalic Madness in mania is now one of my favorite levels in the series.

    I must say though, I really do like collision chaos. Especially the part of the level where there are random springs on the ground and bumpers in the sky. It’s so weird and makes no sense and its awesome.

  2. IMO, Sonic Mania beats almost every other classic. It’s very close to Sonic 3 & Knuckles, though. Sometimes I like Mania better, sometimes S3&K.

    I miss Sonic 3’s Sonic sprite in Mania, but Tails’ and Knuckles’ sprites are better. I also miss a proper bonus stage (I love Blue Spheres, but it should have been a separate game mode; it doesn’t qualify for bonus stages as it stops the game’s flow too often), but the special stage is awesome. Also, Mania introduced Drop Dash, something I now miss on every classic Sonic game.

    That’s about comparing Mania to all the classics. Now, compared to Sonic CD:

    -You can play as Tails and Knuckles (ok, Sonic CD Remastered lets you play with Tails).
    -Level design is way better (Sonic CD always seemed a mess to me).
    -Boss batlles are more exciting in general in Mania. The Heavies are a great addition.
    -You can save game and select stage when you finish the game (you can’t do the latter in Sonic CD Remastered).
    -Mania’s Special Stage is much more playable than Sonic CD’s.
    -Drop Dash!

    Mania all the way. Looking forward to the “Project plus” release 😀

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