Sonic Mania Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Sonic Mania Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sonic Mania Guide: All Cheats, Unlockables, and Secrets https://www.gameskinny.com/4wt32/sonic-mania-guide-all-cheats-unlockables-and-secrets https://www.gameskinny.com/4wt32/sonic-mania-guide-all-cheats-unlockables-and-secrets Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:18:08 -0400 David Fisher

Sonic Mania may already be twice the length of the classic Genesis titles with its extra zones alone, but there's even more content stored away in this title. While most can be unlocked with simple dedication and practice, the team responsible for this callback to the past greatness of Sonic the Hedgehog made sure to pack in as much extra goodies as possible.

In this guide, we'll go over all the unlockables in Sonic Mania and how you can access every single one of them.

How to Unlock Stage Select and Debug Mode (Cheat)

Before we get to the legitimate ways to unlock bonuses in Sonic Mania, let's cover something a little more nostalgic. If you hold the B and Y button on the Nintendo Switch before the "Press Any Button" prompt appears at the bottom of the title screen, you will unlock the Stage Select mode. Once in Stage Select, you will be able to access any map in the game.

Pressing X while in a stage chosen through Stage Select  will let you access Debug Mode. In this mode you can take the form of any item, object, or enemy and freely place them around the map. Changing the item you are is as simple as pressing the Y or A buttons to cycle through the list. You can also use it as a form of noclip mode, allowing you to explore the stage for the sake of exploration. 

For PS4 and Xbox One Players

Debug Mode and Stage Select can still be unlocked on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 via collecting Silver or Gold medals from the Blue Spheres Bonus Stages. Afterward, go into the Secrets Menu to activate Debug Mode. Once activated, you can press Square and Options for PS4 or X and Menu on the Xbox One. This was likely done to avoid conflicts with the achievements systems on either console.

How to Unlock "& Knuckles" Mode

Your reward for completing each Blue Spheres stage is bonus lives. However, if you are dedicated enough to complete all of the Blue Spheres bonus stages with Gold Medals, you will unlock the elusive "& Knuckles" mode. 

This mode functions much like the Sonic and Tails mode -- but instead of Tails, you get Knuckles following you around. Even while playing as Knuckles.

The memes are real, kids...

Mean Bean Machine Mode and Blue Spheres Extras

Can't get enough Mean Bean Machine or Blue Spheres? By collecting Gold and Silver medals from the regular Blue Spheres Bonus Stages, you can unlock extra stages for Blue Spheres in a dedicated mode or a full version of Doctor Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine -- which is effectively just a mini-arcade version of Puyo Puyo.

The Mean Bean Machine substitute can even be played with a friend. So if you're really dying to get your hands on some knockoff Puyo Puyo, start finding those medals!

Wind Attack and Super Peel Out Abilities

Sonic's Wind Attack from Sonic 3 -- otherwise known as the Insta-Shield and Twin-Spin Attack -- as well as the Super Peel Out ability from Sonic CD are available in Sonic Mania as unlockable skill sets. Each is unlocked by gathering either the Silver or Gold medals from the Blue Spheres Bonus Stages. And unfortunately, these abilities can only be used in No Save mode.

To access them after unlocking them, simply press Y or Triangle to open up the bonuses menu, change Sonic's abilities to the mode you want, and then start a No Save game.

What is the Wind Attack?

For those who don't know what the Wind Attack is, in Sonic 3 and Sonic Advance you could press the jump button to create a split-second barrier that will destroy enemies just out of range of your spin jump. It's just a few pixels wider than your regular jump attack, but it is particularly useful for beating basic enemies that are a little more defensive.

Super Peel Out?

On the other hand, Super Peel Out from Sonic CD lets you hold up on the D-Pad or Control Stick while pressing the jump button to wind up your running speed. This lets Sonic run at full speed without having to use the Spin Dash ability. While this seems like a straight downgrade to the Spin Dash, the Super Peel Out ability is much better at keeping its momentum than being in ball form.

That's all for now!

These extra features in Sonic Mania really show how dedicated the developers were to making a true Sonic the Hedgehog title for the fans. Remember, these are just the unlockables, so be sure to turn on that debug mode and see if you can find any Easter Eggs hidden throughout the stages! As always, stay tuned to for more on Sonic Mania guides.

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Sonic Mania Guide: How to Beat Special Stages and What They Unlock https://www.gameskinny.com/qamno/sonic-mania-guide-how-to-beat-special-stages-and-what-they-unlock https://www.gameskinny.com/qamno/sonic-mania-guide-how-to-beat-special-stages-and-what-they-unlock Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:04:24 -0400 David Fisher

Just like the original Genesis games, Sonic Mania has its own special stages that will send you to bonus areas where players can find the Chaos Emeralds. While these stages might be familiar to long time fans, those who have not played the older titles might not be sure how to access the special stages or how to beat them.

In this guide we'll take a quick look at finding the special stages, how they work, and how to unlock the true ending to this wonderful callback game! (And we'll even give you the secret on how to unlock & Knuckles mode.)

Special Stages in Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania the main form of Special Stages is similar to the one found in Sonic CD -- but only insofar as the fact that you are running in a mode 7 style stage. These stages are accessed via Giant Rings that are found in hidden areas throughout each stage and act. Unlike in previous titles, there is no requirement to find the Giant Ring to access the special stage other than finding it in the stage.

There is often more than one Giant Ring in each stage, so keep an eye out for them if you want to collect all of the Chaos Emeralds early on in the game.

How to Win Special Stages

Each Special Stage you access will be in an order based on completion. The special stage also corresponds with the Chaos Emerald -- not the zone you accessed the Special Stage from. As such, the first special stage you encounter will be the same no matter what zone you are playing until you get the Chaos Emerald for that Special Stage. Sso don't worry if you missed the Chaos Emerald in the previous act. As long as you make a point of finding the Giant Rings in later stages, you'll be fine.

To complete the Special Stage, your character will have to reach the fleeing UFO, and attack it to free the Chaos Emerald. This is done by collecting blue and yellow spheres to increase your speed until you are fast enough to catch up with the UFO. You can also "race" it at lower speeds by cutting corners or using shortcuts. But in most cases -- especially with inexperienced players -- it is recommended to gather as many blue spheres as possible to boost your mach speed to make catching the UFO easier.

Players should also keep an eye on their rings. Once you run out of rings, your Special Stage run is over. Gather rings, avoid pitfalls and spike traps, as well as other obstacles to prolong your Special Stage attempt. Each special stage gets progressively more difficult as well -- so be on your toes each time you step through a Giant Ring.

Sonic Mania Bonus Stage: Blue Spheres

Blue Spheres is a Bonus Stage found in Sonic Mania that originally was found in Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Blue Spheres is another simple concept minigame: touch all of the blue spheres to turn them red. While this sounds easy enough, the challenge can be a bit of a daunting task since the character will move faster each time you convert a sphere.

To make matters worse, Star Spheres will try to bump you back into Red Spheres, ending your run. To counteract this, press up on the D-Pad or Control Stick as soon as possible to avoid going back more than 2 spaces. This only works if there are no Red Spheres behind you though, so be careful. 

Also be on the lookout for Gold Spheres that will launch your character 5 spaces forward. While they usually just launch you into the next area, if you're jumping blind you might just launch yourself into a field of Red Spheres.

Completing the stage by converting all of the Blue Spheres will earn you a silver medal for that Bonus Stage. If you manage to get all the rings as well, you will earn a gold medal.

Gotta Go (Fast)!

That's all you need to know to beat the Special and Bonus Stages in Sonic Mania. Most of your success will be purely based in practice and memory, so do your best to get the true ending of Sonic Mania that has a special surprise for fans. 

Stay tuned for more Sonic Mania guides to help you get through this brand new Sonic adventure!

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