The reveal of spring 2017’s Sonic Mania was the highlight of the hedgehog’s 25th birthday bash this summer, and it’s clear to see why: The pixelated sidescroller is a love letter to the Sonic games of old. That’s obvious right down to its collector’s edition set, now available for pre-order through Sega, which has several items meant to warp ‘90s kids 25 years back.
Announcing the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition for North America! For a limited time at: https://t.co/qyl6G58AoS pic.twitter.com/NUeCDiOj6d
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) September 13, 2016
There’s a decorative collector’s box housing the download key, itself inside a retro-designed case; there’s a replica Sega Genesis cartridge with a gold ring fastened to it; and a 12-inch statue of Sonic uses a tiny Genesis as a stand.
The stand doesn’t just resemble the Genesis, though; it also maintains the console’s best function, playing games aside. Flipping the power switch activates the classic start-up sound heard when booting the original Sonic games, a jingle inextricable from the heads of anyone who grew up playing Sonic.
In case you’ve never played a Sonic game, had pledged Team Nintendo in the ‘90s or are just a philistine, take a moment and listen.
The Sonic Mania collector’s edition box retails for $69.99. Expect to spend hours activating the start-up sound in spring 2017, when it ships alongside Sonic Mania. Take an early look at the game in our gameplay view below as well.