Great news. Hopefully more people will be exposed to this wonderful game.
I've always wondered why Sega don't just put Adventure 2, Heroes and Shadow on XBLA yesterday. It's (basically) free money.
I think the biggest problem with these comes to the emulating the hardware they were originally released on.
SADX was, basically, its PC port - which is pretty much undoubtedly what this Sonic CD version is going to be as well.
SA2/B did not receive a PC port, so its release would have to be either emulated from the Gamecube or Dreamcast version (and only Dreamcast is viable there, obviously) and that invites complication.
Heroes had a PC AND an Xbox release, so it's a viable option, as with Shadow and its Xbox version - but both of those would still require 'patching' to work on the 360.
I think they'd probably make a fair amount back out of an XBLA release out of all the Adventure era games, but there's no question that it'd be a bit more complex to rework/rerelease most of them than the ones released so far. Maybe that's enough to make Sega be wary of spending the dosh on it, but I know I'd buy it if they did...
I do believe Shadow is a Xbox Games on Demand game. Could be wrong. Actually enjoyed the hell out of Shadow in some levels. Its like the Werehog. Should not exist but fun for what it is.
It's not. And despite being butt-[censored]ing-ugly in places, Shadow's actually a pretty solidly fun game. Most of the weapon malarky could have been done without, since it was very much a "me-too!" to Ratchet and Clank - and never did it half as well - but otherwise it was a fairly solid Sonic 3D platformer and had an engaging enough plot to just about keep you going through all those different branching storylines.
Plus, for a game that included a large amount of Sonic's expanded cast, it did it without making them a frustrating annoyance. Mostly. In fact, it was actually pretty cool when you worked out that you could plug in a second Gamecube controller and your friend could then play as the other character ala Tails from Sonic 2.
The creation of Shadow highlights a lot of what was wrong about Sonic at the time, but despite itself, it manages to be a pretty fun title.
Not just XBLA, not just PSN, but pretty much everything you could possibly play a game on in some fashion. Oh, and it has the good soundtrack:
Downloadable versions for PC, PSN and XBLA will be accompanied by mobile options for Android, iPhone and iPod touch, iPad and Windows Phone 7.
The game includes the original Japanese soundtrack, also initially used in PAL regions (the different North American soundtrack was however used in the European PS2 and GameCube re-release within the Sonic Gems Collection).
Sega promises new features such as widescreen graphics, "special iOS features", plus the obligatory achievements/trophies for console additions.
Found a thing, and have to quote a thing, such to note a thing:
Ask any Sonic fan to name their favourite games, and Sonic CD always ranks near the top of their lists," says Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. "Sonic CD marks an important chapter in Sonic's history, bridging the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits like Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I. We've made sure the re-mastered edition has everything that Sonic fans want to see with all of the original colourful classic zones.
bridging the gap between his oldest adventures and his new digital exploits like Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I