You could say that Sonic Mania Plus has been received rather well; critics have been praising the game left, right, and centre, and fans have been showering the game with love on social media platforms, reminiscing over the nostalgic 2D hedgehog gameplay that made them fall in love with the series in the first place.

As it turns out, you'd be right to say that, too, as the game has now become the highest-rated Sonic game in 25 years. The news has been shared by the official Sonic Twitter account, as seen below, and even features Nintendo Life's very own review - which we'll shamelessly plug here in case anyone wanted to read it.

This statistic has been generated using Metacritic's 'Metascore' system, which takes the average score from various well-known media outlet's reviews. The only Sonic title to receive a higher score on that system is Sonic CD, a 1993 sidescroller that actually nabbed a score of 93 when it was re-released on iOS in 2011.

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