3D Sonic The Hedgehog Spinning Onto The Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

Sonic's debut is getting a 3D makeover

Sega has confirmed that the next entry in its "3D" range is Sonic The Hedgehog — an auto-stereoscopic re-imagining of his first 16-bit outing. It will launch on May 15th and will cost 600 Yen.

The game will boast 3D visuals which take advantage of the console's unique display, and will also come with additional features that weren't in the original game, such as the "spin dash" (which didn't appear until Sonic 2 and can be switched off if you're a purist) and the ability to suspend your game and return to it at a later date. A stage select will also be accessible from the start, whereas in the Mega Drive / Genesis original you had to input a code to unlock it.

3D Sonic The Hedgehog will be based on the Japanese version of the game, but you'll also get the option to play the pre-release western edition, which has a few subtle differences compared to the final product.

To round things off, you'll also be able to select a display mode which imitates the rounded screen of a cathode-ray tube television — just like the one you'll have played the original game on if you're old enough to have experienced it back in the early '90s.

Sega has already released Space Harrier and Super Hang-On on the 3DS with 3D visuals, although both games remain exclusive to Japan at the time of writing.

[via archives.sega.jp, gonintendo.com]