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Something rather strange happened with Sonic Mania yesterday. For some users in the UK, an update went live on the PlayStation Network. It has since been pulled, though quite a few players were able to download the patch.

With that accidental leak, we have a bunch of details about what SEGA and the rest of the Sonic Mania team has in store for an upcoming update (which will also be applicable for Sonic Mania Plus). If you’re interested in the information, continue on below. Just be wary of potential spoilers.

Sonic Mania Plus pre-orders now open

Posted on 8 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch | 0 comments | 0 Likes

Retailers are starting to take pre-orders for Sonic Mania Plus. Currently, Amazon has it here and GameStop has it here.

Sonic Mania Plus includes a physical copy of the game, a 32-page collector’s artbook, a reversible SEGA Genesis cover, and holographic packaging. The extra playable characters and new Encore Mode are also included.

In related pre-order news, Amazon started taking pre-orders for two more Switch releases today. You can reserve Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2 here and Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles here.

A number of Sonic announcements were made during an official panel at SXSW on Friday. These included Sonic Mania Plus, the animated Sonic Mania Adventures animated shorts, and more.

SEGA has followed up with an official announcement recapping all of the news. Find that below, along with high quality art for Sonic Mania Adventures.

During its official panel at SXSW today, SEGA announced that Sonic Mania will be receiving a physical version.

Aside from enhancements, two new characters will be included – Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. Also included is a new Encore Mode and expanded 4-player Competition Mode.

With the new 1.0.2 update for Rime arriving on Switch today, we’re able to see just how improved the game is compared to its original release. Get a look at a comparison video comparing the two versions below.

Update (2/19): Rime version 1.0.2 is out now.


Original (2/16): Rime’s big Switch update has been approved, and it’s arriving in just a few days. Grey Box announced today that the patch will land on February 19.

While “volume streaming hiccups” couldn’t be addressed, significant improvements have been made across the board with the game’s visuals and performance, “especially in handheld mode.” Rime on Switch will feature an enhanced resolution, more stable frame rate, and much more.

Here’s the full message from Grey Box about Rime on Switch, including an offer for a small Dreadnought PC bundle, full patch notes, and comparisons.

Status update on Rime’s Switch patch

Posted on 10 months ago by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch | 13 Comments | 0 Likes

The developers behind Rime are still trying to get the Switch version in order. A meaty patch remains in the pipeline, and the team shared a status update today.

The new update is currently in Nintendo’s hands for approval. Things can now either go in one of two ways. Either Nintendo approves it, or denies it. The latter could potentially happen since the update “is larger than normally permitted”.

The general reception for Rime has been positive, but the Switch version specifically could use some work. From a technical perspective, the game could run better with an improved frame rate and resolution.

Thankfully, the team is aware of the “hitches” players have reported on Switch and are investigating the issues. A post on the official forums states that “some aspects of the game are beyond a patch-level fix, but there are changes that can be made to improve some elements.” Currently the plan is to update players on the direction the developer will be taking in January.

Here’s the full status update:

If you’re planning on picking up Rime today for Switch, you should be aware of a day-one update. The team has implemented a number of fixes and improvements that are delivered in the first patch.

The full patch notes are as follows:

Rime Switch launch trailer

Posted on 1 year ago by (@NE_Brian) in Switch, Videos | 0 comments | 0 Likes

Grey Box has published a launch trailer for Rime, which is arriving on Switch today. Take a look at the video below.