Sonic Mania Plus will spin into brick and mortar stores this summer, SEGA announced during an SXSW panel this evening. The updated version – which will be available as a DLC pack for those who already own the title digitally – will add two new characters to the throwback sidescroller: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. These are freakin’ deep cuts, because we’re long-time followers of the franchise and even we’ve never heard of them.
In addition to the fresh heroes, Plus will also include a new ‘Encore Mode’, which remixes various stages from the original release, and there’ll be an expanded four-player competitive mode, too. If you purchase at retail, then you’ll be rewarded with a holographic sleeve and reversible cover, featuring authentic Genesis and Mega Drive artwork depending on your region. You’ll also get a 32-page art book inside the Blu-ray case, all for $29.99.