“When you say Sonic Mania, I just don’t know what you mean.”
That’s the sentiment that is often heard when discussing the Sonic the Hedgehog series’ first trailer.
The series is set to debut next month on Nintendo’s Virtual Console service, and its first trailer, which was revealed last week, showcases a diverse cast of characters including Knuckles the Echidna, the titular hedgehog and arch-enemy of Sonic the hedgehog, who is voiced by Brian Posehn.
The trailer also featured a new playable character, Sonic the Cat, who was previously only playable in the game’s online mode.
The new trailer is the latest addition to the series’ roster of playable characters, and the first of several new additions to the Sonic and the Hedgehogs franchise that will debut later this year.
Sonic and Knuckle’s rivalry has been a hallmark of the series since its inception.
After the titularity of Knuckles, the arch-nemesis of Sonic, is lost to the void, Knuckles is forced to find a new ally in his struggle to keep the universe in balance.
The character is voiced, in a notable nod to the show’s original creator, Eiji Aonuma.
The character’s voice actor is also notable, as he is the voice of Knuckle himself, who has long had his own character voice.
The addition of Knipe’s voice to the roster is a sign of the ongoing evolution of the franchise.
It is a change that could signal a new direction for the franchise, and it will likely be a welcome change for fans.