Sonic Superstars was released on October 17, 2023, and looks set to continue where the Genesis games of the 90s left off. It's a new style for the side-scrolling part of the series, and it runs alongside the mainline 3D games.
The style of Sonic Superstars is similar to that of the 2.5D sections of games like Sonic Forces and Sonic Generations. And while the game technically has a 3D art style, it definitely harks back to the original Sonic the Hedgehog games. There are even four playable characters to enjoy, as well as the return of a fan-favorite villain.
If you want a critical breakdown of the game then check out our full Sonic Superstars review. However, you can also read below for all the pertinent information regarding the game's release date and trailers, as well as everything else we know before the game came out.
Sonic Superstars - Cut to the chase
- What is it? A new side-scrolling Sonic game based on the games of the 1990s
- When did it come out? October 17, 2023
- What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
- Who is making it? Sonic Team, Arzest
Sonic Superstars release date and platforms
Sonic Superstars trailers
The latest pre-release Sonic Superstars trailer we received aired as part of Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023. This arrived alongside the announcement of the release date and focused on the multiplayer modes of Sonic Superstars.
We've included some more trailers for Sonic Superstars throughout this article. If you're looking for more, including some excellent developer interviews related to Sonic Superstars, head on over to the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel.
Sonic Superstars gameplay
The gameplay of Sonic Superstars is a great evolution from the original Sonic The Hedgehog games. It has a 3D art style that takes place on a 2D plane, and you'll visit 12 Zones featuring classic side-scrolling action.
There's multiplayer too, as four players can team up to take on stages. It's local co-op if you want to team up, or online if you want to face off against other players in Free-for-all Battle Mode.
In terms of characters, Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Eggman, Fang, Trip, and Amy are all present. Of those, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy are playable, each with a distinctive play style. There are seven Chaos emeralds to collect across the acts, which are directly tied to the game's powers.
Sonic Superstars story and setting
Sonic Superstars takes place on North Star Islands, where Eggman has sent Fang the Bounty Hunter to cause trouble. Sonic and friends must stop him from wreaking havoc, by collecting Chaos Emeralds and defeating him and his allies. Eggman has a new ally in the form of Trip, an armored character, too. Largely, though, this is your standard Sonic story, with Amy, Tails, and Knuckles all tagging along for the ride.
That's everything we know about Sonic Superstars so far. For more on other games coming to Nintendo Switch in the future, check out our new Switch games list.
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