Sonic Origins to bring first three games, & Knuckles, and Sonic CD together in one set

If you long for the nostalgic days of Sonic on a new platform, Sonic Origins will give you some of the franchise's best all in one package.


It’s been an incredible day for the Sonic franchise. The 30th anniversary of the blue blur has brought us a mountain of announcements relating to the franchise. There have been plenty of reveals relating to returning and all-new games, but it wouldn’t be a proper 30th anniversary without a full-on dip into nostalgia would it? To that end, Sega delighted fans with the reveal of the Sonic Origins bundle.

The Sonic Origins bundle was announced during the Sonic Central 30th anniversary presentation on May 27, 2021, celebrating the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise’s three decades of fun and fandom. This new bundle is in the works at Sega for modern systems now and bring the first three games - Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and 3 - together alongside Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic CD. If you’ve longed for an easy way to bring you back to the golden age of 2D Sonic games, this is pretty much the complete package.

It’s unfortunately not Sonic Mania and doesn’t include that game in particular, but Sonic Origins is still a pretty nicely stacked package for those looking specifically to enjoy the pixelated days of the world’s favorite hedgehog. There were no release dates and specific platforms announced at this time, but Sega promised that new details would be coming on Sonic Origins very soon. This could also include further features that bundles like the Sonic Mega Collection back on GameCube included. Regardless, just being able to play these games in an easy-access place like the Nintendo Switch or Steam will be nice.

As we await further details on Sonic Origins, stay tuned here at Shacknews for release dates, platforms, and further features. Be sure to check out our other Sonic Central 30th anniversary coverage from today’s livestream event as well.

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      May 27, 2021 9:23 AM

      Widescreen, so probably running in Christian Whitehead's engine.

      Good, but they've been available in other forms before, so I'm more just asking why they waited literal years to release them more widely.

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        May 27, 2021 9:26 AM

        RetroArch has a 16:9 Genesis fork now,

        It could be either one, but the Whitehead engine would be more feasible since they employ his team now.

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          May 27, 2021 9:30 AM

          And agreed, seeing how the widescreen Genesis emulator was born from the Sonic 2 A.I.R. community project, this stuff has been around for while.

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          May 27, 2021 11:24 AM

          It's not going to be retroarch. I love it, but the licensing for that, especially for console releases, would be a nightmare.

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            May 27, 2021 11:25 AM

            Oh for sure, I was simply noting that the work has been done and is available right now.

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        May 27, 2021 9:35 AM

        His Sonic 1 & 2 versions were mobile only. I always wondered why those didn't ported to other platforms while Sonic CD did.

        It will be nice to have those widescreen versions along with Sonic 3 & Knuckles all in one package on normal platforms. Maybe that's why it took so long, the work on Sonic 3 after creating Sonic Mania, plus holding it back for an anniversary like this. Maybe shack crew can float some questions out to him or SEGA as to why it took so long?

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          May 27, 2021 9:43 AM

          buuuuttt.. finally watched the video, and the clips of Sonic 3 & Knuckles appear to be of the classic 4:3 Genesis version? Yikes.

          That would be a huge bummer if they didn't get him to do his magic with those games and it's just the roms running on an emulator. Maybe those versions are still a work in progress?

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            May 27, 2021 9:51 AM

            There are definitely some clips of Sonic 3 in there that look widescreen, but yeah whenever Knuckles was in there, it was 4:3.

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              May 27, 2021 10:21 AM

              I thought one stage looked like it could be Sonic 3 (the airship?) but I believe that was actually a later Sonic 2 zone, Wing Fortress. Been so long since I've played them I had to look it up.

              Which clip of Sonic 3 was widescreen? I only recognized bits of widescreen Sonic 1, 2, and CD in that promo. There wasn't much of Sonic 3 & Knuckles at all, just Knuckles and some bits of Super Sonic flying, and then the plane at the end.

              The HUD is the biggest giveaway, now that I've properly compared them. The flat gold text is Sonic 1 or CD, the slanted / italicized text is Sonic 2, and the gradient text is Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

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                May 27, 2021 10:23 AM

                You may be right. This collection isn't out for another year. Maybe they'll put some work into it? Though more likely given how often these games have been released, the whole package is already done and they're just waiting for a down financial quarter to throw it out the door.

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                  May 27, 2021 11:25 AM

                  If it's not Whitehead's engine (or another of similar quality, but... why?), it's a flat pass for me.

                  There's no reason they should be releasing anything else.

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                    May 27, 2021 11:28 AM

                    Can anyone bug him on Twitter or something and find out the deal?

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      May 27, 2021 11:27 AM

      gotta go fast

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