There’s no doubting that Sonic Mania is hitting all of the nostalgia beats, from the delightfully ’90s promo artwork to the enhanced Sega Genesis sprites. Personally though, I think the element that brings it all together is the music composed by Tee Lopes. The sweet synths, digitized voice samples and heavy bass elements are all present and correct, taking players back to an era of CRTs and slap bracelets.

That said, the songs released thus far are a bit too high fidelity to be produced by the Sega Genesis itself. Thankfully Tee Lopes has decided to go back to his fan-made remix roots and covered his own song, Mirage Saloon Zone, giving it a much more 16-bit flavor. Check it out:

It’d be awesome if each song got this treatment, maybe even with a toggle in-game, but for now it just highlights how much the Sonic Mania development team loves the titles that started it all.

Sonic Mania launches in just over a month on August 15th.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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