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The objectively best ways to wait for Sonic Mania.

The wait is finally over, and Sonic Mania is available for the fans to finally play. That is, unless you’re planning to play the game on your PC.

Yes, Sonic Mania was tragically delayed on PC before launch, but who says PC gamers can’t still have fun? After all, who needs those lousy game consoles anyway? Can you even install a GeForce GTX 1080 on a Nintendo Switch? I think not! So here are the five totally best ways to spend your time while Sonic Mania is still on the horizon.

5: Spend $300+ on a game console just to play Sonic Mania early.

Okay, yes, to be fair, game consoles aren’t PCs, but they do have Sonic Mania, which your PC does not. As the saying goes, Nintendoes what Sega… I forgot where I was going with this.

This is already a really good list.

Freedom Planet

4: Play Freedom Planet.

Freedom Planet is an indie game that is not Sonic the Hedgehog. It absolutely did not start life as a Sonic the Hedgehog fangame, and fans do not consider this a better Sonic game than most actual Sonic games. Clearly this game has no business on this list.

Enough sarcasm, let’s get down to brass tacks here. Freedom Planet has done well enough for itself to warrant a sequel coming in 2018, and above all else, we can bet our bottom dollars that Freedom Planet will leave you wondering if that second game will also get delayed on PC.

Unleashed Project

3: Use Sonic Generations to play the best parts of Sonic Unleashed.

Here’s an idea: take Sonic Unleashed, scrap those werehog levels no one liked, and play it using the Sonic Generations engine on PC. It’s such a good idea that modders made it a reality back in 2013.

Unleashed Project isn’t a fully realized recreation of Sonic Unleashed, but it’ll certainly do the trick for fans. You’ll obviously need to have your own copy of Sonic Generations and be able to follow some instructions to install the mod, but once that’s done, kick back and have fun!

Cruel Melee

2: Unlock Sonic and Tails in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Legend has it that some people are still playing Cruel Melee to this day.

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1: Just catch up on all the Sonic games you’ve missed.

I don’t know about you, but there’s plenty of Sonic action I’ve missed over the years. For example, I have Sonic Lost World still unplayed on Steam, and I’m not entirely sure where it came from. Maybe it was a gift from a heavens? Maybe I suffered some short-term amnesia after I bought it? Or I just got it in a humble bundle. All three of those options are equally plausible.

But more importantly, if you’ve got Sonic games laying around, then you’ve got nothing to lose. In the best case scenario, maybe you like those 3D Sonic games more than you thought. In the worst case scenario, they’ll help you appreciate Sonic Mania more when you do get to play it. Or maybe they won’t. Putting all my cards on the table here, I’ve been half paying attention to what I’ve been writing while I’ve been Googling various names followed by “the hedgehog.” Here’s Tim the Hedgehog:

… This is going to be a long two weeks.

Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on