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Sonic CD Review

To be this good takes ages.

VideoTune into this Sonic CD launch trailer

Out on XBLA, PSN, iPhone and iPad this week.

VideoFresh Sonic CD footage arrives

Tuned up for late 2011 re-release.

VideoSonic CD footage blasts in

Tuned up for downloadable release.

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Three dollops of Sonic the Hedgehog content will be available to download on PC from today, following the release of Sonic Generations last month, Sega has announced.

Sonic CD Review

Sonic CD Review

To be this good takes ages.

Sega is a shadow of its former self. Its star developers are scattered to the four winds while treasured series hang cracked and dry from so much tireless, often unsympathetic milking. The company is perhaps the greatest casualty in the collapse of the arcade scene, once the fertile breeding ground for its most daring ideas and brightest designers.

Nevertheless, Sega still has one jewel to its name: its fans. Sega's devotees are loyal and tenacious - and many are also talented and industrious. Nowhere is this fact more evident than in this remake of Sonic CD, a lavish, widescreen production that puts almost every other Japanese publisher who is remaking yesteryear's classics, from Treasure to Nintendo, to shame with its generosity. It was, in large part, made by a fan.

In 2009, after a number of somewhat disappointing iOS ports of classic Sega titles, the publisher put out a call to fans asking which game the community might like to see re-released next. Australian coder Christian Whitehead responded not with a wish list but rather with a YouTube video showing a proof-of-concept port of the classic Mega CD title Sonic CD, created with his own Retro Engine Development Kit.

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Sonic CD, Trine 2 Xbox Live Arcade release dates

Sonic CD, Trine 2 Xbox Live Arcade release dates

Microsoft dates the rest of 2011's XBLA, DLC and deals.

Sega classic Sonic CD will be available to download from tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade for the pocket money price of 400 Points, Microsoft has announced.

Sonic joins the previously PS3-exclusive Joe Danger, the diminutive racer whose Special Edition for XBLA includes extra gameplay modes and characters.

Fairy tale puzzle-platformer Trine 2 then rounds out the year's XBLA releases on 21st December.

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