Announced during the SXSW Gaming live broadcast, one of the most requested physical editions of last year will finally become a reality during Summer 2018: Sonic Mania Plus will be available on the Nintendo Switch featuring extra content.

Two new playable characters join in the existing crew: Mighty and Ray. There will be an all-new 'encore Mode' that wasn't detailed at this presentation and an expanded four-player competitive mode. The package also comes with a lenticular slip cover, a reversible Genesis/Mega Drive sleeve plus an exclusive 32-page art book. Not too shabby for a $30.00/€30.00 retail price. If you've already bought a digital version of Sonic Mania on Switch, an Encore DLC pack will be available for sale to access the new features. More details will follow at a later date.

The series will also expand into a free five-episode cartoon featuring new music from the game's composer Tee Lopes. You will be able to watch Sonic Mania Adventures on Sega's YouTube and other social media channels.

Will you be picking up this new retail option?