Sonic CD coming to Xbox Live Arcade

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 22, 2011 6:30pm PDT

A number of Xbox Live Arcade titles will be available at the Microsoft booth this week at PAX. Major Nelson points out the selection: Trials Evolution, Skulls of the Shogun, Crimson Alliance, Splatters, Orcs Must Die, Ms. Splosion Man, Retro City Rampage, Sonic CD, War of the Worlds and, Trine 2. While all of these are familiar names, one game stands out the most. Sonic CD has (until now) been unannounced for any current generation console.

Sonic CD first released in 1993 for the Sega CD. Due to the limited appeal of that platform, Sega CD is one of the most obscure releases in the mascot's long history. It has yet to be re-released on any current generation console, last appearing on the PS2 and Gamecube in the "Sonic Gems Collection."

Sega is no stranger to bringing its classic titles to downloadable platforms. A number of Dreamcast games, including Sonic Adventure, are already available on the Xbox Live Arcade on PlayStation Network.

The game is highly regarded by fans, partly due to its obscurity, and partly due to its soundtrack. Sonic CD actually features two soundtracks, produced for different regions around the world. But don't let us explain it for you, when this random guy from YouTube can. (His dream is finally coming true!)

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