Do you remember Coleco? The Originator of the ColecoVision and Cabbage Patch Doll. Well we are back! The Coleco Expo will be held on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison NJ. The event will feature nearly 100 vendors selling vintage and classic games, comics and collectibles. In addition, there will be a variety of artists doing commission pieces and featuring their work. We will have guest speakers from the comic and gaming industries discussing their projects with Atari, Nintendo and Coleco. Anticipated panelist include Marvel Comic Artist Joe Del Beato who has done artwork for Sectaurs, Avengers, and G.I. Joe as well as master toy designer Tim Clarke- co-creator of Sectaurs, Boglins Fraggle Rock puppets, and the Muppets. We will be giving away two stand-up arcades to Coleco Expo guests- the Zaxxon and Double Dragon! We encourage all attendants to dress up as their favorite superhero or villain! We have several cosplay guests attending in their best costumes and are even hosting a cosplay contest on Saturday, August 5th at 6:15 pm with $1,000 in cash prizes- all are welcomed to participate! Superfanworld.com will be there and will have EXCLUSIVE pics and videos right here on Superfanworld.com!!!!
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First up we got some behind the scenes info. In early development the game was called Sonic Discovery, but it was only after the game was pitched to Sonic Team’s head Takashi Iizuka that the game was rechristened Sonic Mania. The early build the team pitched was also noteworthy for featuring a fully playable Studiopolis Zone.
We also get confirmation about the game’s story, which will be told through sprite-based cutscenes much like Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Early drafts featured Dr. Eggman retiring and his robots forming their own gang, the Hard Boiled Heavies. These villains got their own theme a few days ago, so while the story won’t be quite the same, they’ll still be a factor.
Attendees got a closer peek into the game’s narrative and characters thanks to a manual that was distributed to the audience. Give it a look
Mania will also be getting a fully animated intro courtesy of Tyson Hesse, who worked on the adorable animations seen in the pre-order trailer. This will be uploaded the day before release on August 14th if you can’t wait to see it in-game.
The most significant announcement, however, was of the game’s special stages, which look to take a page from Sonic CD’s, with Sonic chasing after a UFO.
The Tee Lopes-composed special stage music was also unveiled at the panel, and thankfully it was uploaded to YouTube earlier today. Check it out:
Sonic Mania launches August 15th for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. We’ll be sure to bring more on the retro throwback as we approach release!