At SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas this weekend, SEGA announced that an updated version of Sonic Mania called Sonic Mania Plus is coming to the 3 Major Consoles and PC, via a digital and physical release (physical release appears to be on consoles only).

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Sonic Mania is not only the most retro sonic title in recent times but also the highest rated sonic title in 15 years.

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The Updated version will include an Encore Mode with remixed stages,four-player Competition Mode plus two additional playable characters Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel are included.

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Current Sonic Mania owners will be able to get the new content of Sonic Mania Plus through a free update on console (no mention if pc users will also be able to upgrade). Pre-orders will open on March 19.

The physical release will retail for $29.99 (R358.96), will include a retro genesis style reversible sleeve and holographic slip cover and also a 32-page art book.

Sega also decided to end their panel with a tease to a possible follow up to their successful Sonic all stars racing franchice, that started with a black screen and exploded with a single letter "R" at the end.

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The R however looks alot like the one from the Saturn Era Sonic racer called sonic R, (see the pic above) which indicates this might not be a direct sequel to all stars racing transformed.