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The Art of Sonic Mania: Giving it Back to the Fans

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The Pro Sonic Project (1 month ago)
This is she and rubbish, I hate sonic
someotherkindofuser (1 month ago)
Mania is WAY better than Forces. I love 2D Platformers just as much as any other genre yet sonic mania has outdone my expectations
Null Bot (4 months ago)
Honestly, I think the opening is slower than CD's, since it's using flash animation instead of traditional animation. It's still amazing though
Ghaith Abu-Rub (4 months ago)
SOnic Mania 2 needs 100% original levels. Otherwise, that game was perfect
Bob Usualis (4 months ago)
Sonic was never fat. He is a hedgehog. Ever see their bellys? And if this is for fans you commission the OG artists, not fans.
El Mantishrimp (6 months ago)
Aaaaaand then they hit us with Sonic Forces
Quetzal2007 (6 months ago)
Nice that Sega let's Christian whitehead to make this game if he made super mario bros on the phone nintendo will shut him down is 3 seconds, #sega>#nintendo (BTW I still want the nintendo switch (>v <)
Mate sonic unleashed is easily the best looking sonic game without a shadow of a doubt
I M A QYN (8 months ago)
I got creeped out because of the hands....
spared Channel Omari 73 (8 months ago)
Sonic R is great
Brian Alleyne (8 months ago)
I love it but modern is forever #1
BLOODY__FATALITY (8 months ago)
I love Sonic Mania. It is just as awesome as I expected. I really feels like a continuation of tge Classic games.
They should make a sonic xtreme game that actually works
AVM3798 (8 months ago)
When fans make a better game than a multimillionaire gaming company
Pheonix Hazel (8 months ago)
Now all we need is a sequel to this game with lengths that reach Sonic 3 & Knuckles (including Super Emeralds) and we have what may be the "BEST" of the "BEST".
Michael Hughes (8 months ago)
Dude get a shirt with longer sleeves
adf (8 months ago)
they should do a Mania sequel (the 5th, 6th I guess of the main ones) except they should move on from recreating old levels as its clear that Mania didn't need to rely on nostalgia. so maybe we could get another classic with all new levels and no remakes, like it used to be
Red6095 (8 months ago)
Ok but why does everyone forget about Falk
Nat. P. (8 months ago)
I appreciate Mania's intro but nothing could nor will ever beat CD's intro
CONAN 2603 (8 months ago)
Game is incredible! Can't wait for forces
Daniel Huseynov (8 months ago)
If only christian whitehead made a remake of sonic r
A Hedgehog's penis is a small round belly button looking thing that is found on their stomach. So that means sonic's belly isnt an actual belly
Blue Storm (8 months ago)
I Love Sonic R
Cee Woo (8 months ago)
I dunno I feel they used the sonic sprite of sonic 1, not sonic 2/
Katsu San (8 months ago)
I adore mania, it's by far the best sonic game now and I think Sega should learn from this and make more classic games. This could save sonic completely. I would love to see a completely new classic game with 100% new levels. Don't get me wrong I love modern sonic but I grew up with classic and mania is perfect. What Sega should do to please both sides of the sonic fan base is make a modern game one year and a classic the next or do what they did this year and make both. Hopefully they continue to release games like this, it might revive the franchise to its former glory.
Peter Gasoline (8 months ago)
I can't believe I'm a Sonic fan again. Is this even real life?
brion (8 months ago)
lol, me
robotdude1000 (8 months ago)
I feel so nice about being a sonic fan since this game came out, i truly wish the best for forces but I wont be surprise if its a disappointment
MrDannyloco (9 months ago)
Spoiler alert: "Tai Lopez" did the OST
anna (9 months ago)
I honestly prefer the S3 sprite
trent williams (9 months ago)
tbh i the conematic remembered me of the best sonic animated piece ive seen so far,toei sonic...and it reminisce that one a lot
Jeremy Seal (9 months ago)
Sega does what Nintendont-AM2R.
Minefan48 (9 months ago)
I beg for someone to make this a Sega Saturn port, idk why but it would be AMAZING!!
FullmetalSonic260 (9 months ago)
The only thing very disappointing about Mania is that there isn't zone transitions throughout the whole game like Sonic 3 & Knuckles, it makes the game seem smaller in scale and lack the amount of set-pieces that 3&K had that made that game so epic in scale. Even so, Mania does have the zone transitions in the first half, eventually the zones get more and more disjointed in terms of continuity. This could be the case, because of the Phantom Ruby which is the gem Eggman and the Hard-Boiled Heavies used to warp dimensions, but otherwise the zones are organized in a way that makes sense and does give the game an identity, despite it using the zones from the classics. Mania is tied with 3&K as my favorite video game of all-time! :)
Devaglitch . moved (9 months ago)
I'm so hyped to play it on my pc! :D
SkodeTehFox (9 months ago)
Everything about Sonic Mania i LOVE TO DEATH, but the Animations and the Music in the Animations, YESSSSSSS
FluteGeek (9 months ago)
Love the game even though I'm pretty bad at it. It's great that I can play co-op right at the start because I need all the help I can get 😅
Soniko (9 months ago)
to add, the Polygonal sonic was also in sonic Jam and Sonic 3d blast (saturn special stages)
Superkirby982 (9 months ago)
Finally somebody mentions S2HD
Bunny L. (9 months ago)
Im probably gonna buy this game
Wrath of The NORSEMAN (9 months ago)
Love Sonic Mania. Everything I could have wanted
Flamingoodness (9 months ago)
Sonic mania shouldve played like sonic boom( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )
mettle (8 months ago)
SkodeTehFox It's a joke retard.
SkodeTehFox (9 months ago)
So you want the sonic series to go to hell?
Sharif Sourour (9 months ago)
I prefer Sonic 2 so nice to see the design was strongly inspired from there.
Brandon x22 (9 months ago)
I love how Sega supports and even hires the community, more developers should do this
Daniel Anyamele (9 months ago)
I fucking love Sonic Mania, for me it's "The Force Awakens" of the Sonic franchise.
Shadow650Nintendero (5 months ago)
Even The Phantom Menace is better than The Force Awakens.
Villager of SmashVille (7 months ago)
The Force Awakens was a horrific rehash if the originals, trying to get money with a horrible director. Sonic Mania is made by fun fans who are celebrating Sonic's 25th anniversary with what they love.
Cameron Moore (7 months ago)
Except it's gotten universal acclaim, instead of the divisive reception that The Force Awakens got. So, it's even _better_ than The Force Awakens!
gold creeper (9 months ago)
If u ask me this is 1 of or is the best sonic game
Brobore (9 months ago)
*"The most beautiful sonic game ever created"* um.... No. This game looks good, but im going to give the medal for the best looking sonic game to sonic unleashed. Say what you want about sonic unleashed, but you have to admit, it looks beautiful!
Owen Zhang (6 months ago)
It does look beautiful but I still like mania idk but hey everyone has their own opinion that’s what makes gaming cool
Brobore (8 months ago)
Cool you sir, have my respect!
Cool (8 months ago)
Sonic Unleashed is a serious contender for best looking Sonic game. The attention to detail has yet to be matched by any other title, at least until Forces. The greenery in Jungle Joyride, the Pixar-style human characters, and the sun shining on the water as you run on top of it in Cool Edge are fantastic and hold up well to this day. And it was all done using original graphics not pulled from other games! I understand Mania looks excellent, but come on now.
Bengals crap (8 months ago)
Bruh let my man have an OPINION for fuck sake
Ice Cream n' Waffles (9 months ago)
Well, That was just in my opinion... But I'm not saying you can't like them! I knew that I was gonna get a reply like this, so Here I am. And I Don't think it looks _crap_ , I should've used a better word there. But, In my honest opinion Super Mario World looks better. Now, This is getting off topic from the original comment by BroBore, so lets not talk about this too much
LaVar Green (9 months ago)
I disagree about the 3D Sonic looking like Sonic R. I think if you look closer, the 3D Sonic is way more closer to the Sonic in Sonic World/Sonic Jam. I think the creators of Sonic Mania was going for a look that was by the Original Sonic Team games.
TurboPikachuX (9 months ago)
Though a Sega Saturn could never dream of running Mania (or even the Sega Dreamcast, for that matter), Sonic Mania itself is just so passionately Sega Saturn that it essentially answers the questions of "What would Sonic have been like on Sega Saturn if the Xtreme project never existed" and "What if the creators of Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD collaborated on a Sonic 4?"
DDDJr (9 months ago)
The weirdest looking boner - ever @ 3:52
JD GAMiNG (9 months ago)
Oh God. XD
Bank21khz (9 months ago)
When you realize Sonic Mania is made by Deviantart Sonic fans that the internet condemned for years...
raelv_gaming (9 months ago)
Some people hate sonic R put I love the music from it.
MC. Gemstone (9 months ago)
I'm happy for sonic mania its a perfect middle ground balance for new people and old time fans alike!
ThePKLucas (9 months ago)
All i want to know is where or how did you get that sonic statue.
ThePKLucas (9 months ago)
Nina Flac (9 months ago)
ThePKLucas amazon sonic running light up statue
Green Thunder (9 months ago)
I wonder if anyone if anyone's excited for Sonic Forces?!
Fastest Nigga Alive (5 months ago)
I'm here from the future Forces is trash.
Holiday (5 months ago)
Are you disappointed?
Brian Alleyne (8 months ago)
Mr. L The Green Thunder me
Korean Takeout (8 months ago)
Mr. L The Green Thunder Of course
TeamSky f.t.w (9 months ago)
Seriously cant wait though
Dvir Arazi (9 months ago)
1:58 His running cycle did not look like that in the final game in Sonic 2
Superkirby982 (9 months ago)
It says beta
SuperSpindash64 (9 months ago)
Dvir Arazi no shit Sherlock.
ikagura (9 months ago)
Sonic never worked in 3D
Fastest Nigga Alive (5 months ago)
Adventure 1&2 only good ones.
CrackerDamDacker Gaming (7 months ago)
ikagura if it's your opinion, fine. If your going with the crowd and your a 3D Sonic hater then 🖕🖕🖕🖕
CrackerDamDacker Gaming (7 months ago)
ikagura Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure 2 Sonic Heroes Sonic Unleashed Sonic Colours Sonic Generations
Cool (8 months ago)
Adventure 1, Adventure 2, Heroes, and Unleashed. The masses outside of the Internet disagree. They all sold millions.
ikagura (8 months ago)
Sa1&2 are garbage
PandaKnifes (9 months ago)
Why doesn't AJ have a capture card
Dennis Löfgren (9 months ago)
If this team gets to make a second Sonic game, I'd like to see them use the art style of the intro in the entire game.
CrackerDamDacker Gaming (7 months ago)
Dennis Löfgren Lol your dream is already being brought to life by tripplejaz
mettle (8 months ago)
Tapu Kek I did. Thanks for telling me about it.
Tapu Kek (8 months ago)
Jupiteroni Look it up buddy, it exists. It comes out in next month.
mettle (8 months ago)
Tapu Kek Holy shit I've never heard of that.
Tapu Kek (8 months ago)
Jupiteroni He means Rayman Legends Definitive Edition for the Switch.
graefx (9 months ago)
I'm a Sonic CD kid, so the references to that animatic hit me right in the juicy bits. The Mania intro is just stellar and as much as I appreciate the games look, they nail that rose-tinted-glasses mark but in real life excellently, I want to see them move past the pixel aesthetic. If they could take all that work and instead do it with almost a flash look, emulating the opening or other hand drawn 2D games, I think we'd have a true successor to the 2D sonic games. I appreciate the continuation and love all the bits I never noticed until now, but I want to see the next step forward.
Peter Gasoline (8 months ago)
I disagree, I'm glad they used pixel art and it's something I hope that this particular team sticks with. For the most part I think games that use the flash style of animation end up feeling cheaper than pixel art. There are the odd exceptions, but generally I'm just not a fan of that look. Take a look at the Sonic 2 HD fan project he mentioned in this video and compare that to Sonic Mania, for instance. That uses the style of animation you're talking about here and, in my opinion, doesn't hold a candle to Mania's visuals. Mania had the budget going for it, of course, but it's something I truly believe has more to do with the style than resources. On top of that, the decision to go for pixel art visuals ensured they'd keep their target demographic happy. If you're making a callback, continuation, sequel, or what have you to the Genesis era games, why use any visual style other than pixel art? I'm not saying that a cleaner animation style can't work for Sonic at all, but for this particular project I think pixel art was the only decision that made sense, and like I said I hope it's something they stick with, if we end up getting a sequel to Mania.
Kirbysmith64 (9 months ago)
I'd love to see a Sonic game but with an art style like Sonic 2 HD.
isaboll1 (9 months ago)
Gordon Freeman or more accurately, proof that Classic Sonic's _Momentum-Based_ gameplay can be preserved and utilized in a 3D space, to create a great experience
Gordon Freeman (9 months ago)
+ikagura Look up Sonic Utopia. It's proof that Sonic can work in 3D.
graefx (9 months ago)
+ikagura I think he can and honestly has? But yeah, 2D is where traditional sonic thrives. I'd like to see them continue with that. Just take the next step for animation.
RenaissanceWok (9 months ago)
You're straight to the point. Love the channel. Keep up the good work.
Alejandro Romero (9 months ago)
Sonic mania made me cum over 10 times, for real thoe
The Wulff Den (9 months ago)
i guess you could say... 10 out of 10 8)
ArielPlayzz2590 (9 months ago)
It came out?! Wow!
Tevya Smolka (9 months ago)
Yay sonic mania
sonic mania made me a sonic fan again
Atrodix Productions (7 months ago)
SalmaGamer (9 months ago)
Me too!!
TheJavyop (9 months ago)
Fuck... what an awesome video.... We need more videos like this
Will Bowden (9 months ago)
Sonic is alive again!
Xan (9 months ago)
Mania Is Everything I wanted in a sonic game, The gameplay, the animation and more. I hope we see more of this in the future!
Kniffel101 (9 months ago)
Is Tee Lopes really part of Pagoda? 😮
Zaid Hikmet (8 months ago)
He worked on every pagodawest title
Superkirby982 (9 months ago)
Kniffel101 well kind of yeah, he composed the music for Sonic 2 HD the fangame
Kniffel101 (9 months ago)
0:44 Careful, Bob! The iOS/Android versions are _not_ HD remakes, like the Sonic 2 HD project you mentioned! 😉
The Wulff Den (9 months ago)
Audric Adonteng (9 months ago)
This is an auto-response. You have been blocked for making Audric cry. Bye.
DonkeykongIsYTPooping (9 months ago)
Food of food

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