Sonic Superstars trailer invokes classic Sega for maximum nostalgic feeling

Philip Trahan
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During the Summer Game Fest 2023 event, SEGA revealed the first look at Sonic Superstars — a classic-inspired side-scrolling Sonic the Hedgehog adventure with a brand-new look.

Sonic the Hedgehog has entered into a renaissance of sorts thanks to the popularity of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and the success of the blue blur’s most recent outing, Sonic Frontiers.

However, Sonic fans are eager to get back to the Hedgehog’s classic 2D roots, especially after the positive reception of 2017’s Sonic Mania.

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Now, SEGA revealed the first look at Sonic Superstars during Summer Game Fest 2023. It looks to bring classic Sonic back in an all-new art style.

Sonic Superstars gets stunning gameplay reveal

The Sonic Superstars trailer opens with Sonic in his classic 16-bit style blistering through Green Hill Zone, before passing through a rift on the screen.

It’s here that fans got a look at the new 2.5D art style of Sonic Superstars, before going into a variety of different gameplay snippets throughout the game’s various levels and stages.

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We see a remastered version of Green Hill Zone alongside what may be a remastered Jungle Zone, as well as an all-new pixelized Zone that is new to Superstars.

The trailer also revealed that players can take control of three other characters aside from Sonic himself, including Tails, Knuckles, and even Amy Rose complete with her retro green dress and yellow skirt.

That’s not all — after showcasing the four playable characters, we see that Superstars will also include co-op gameplay. According to the game’s website, for the first time Sonic fans can “play through the entire campaign with up to 3 other players with drop-in and drop-out 4-Player Local Co-op.”

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Superstars also features new powers from the Chaos Emeralds, which will let players multiply, swim up waterfalls, and change forms throughout the game’s different levels.

While we don’t have a definitive release date just yet, fans can expect Sonic Superstars to release sometime in Fall 2023.

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Philip is a Staff Writer at Dexerto based in Louisiana, with expertise in Pokemon, Apex Legends, and general gaming industry news. His first job in the games industry was as a reviewer with while attending college. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication focusing on Multimedia Journalism, he worked with for nearly two years before joining Dexerto. When he's not writing he's usually tearing through some 80+ hour JRPG. You can contact him at