Last week, we showed you a lovely secret message that Sega had hidden on the back cover of Sonic Mania Plus' artbook, thinking that it would definitely be the coolest thing we see from the deluxe bundle. 

Now, though, we've discovered that the Japanese version has its own exclusive Mega Drive-inspired reversible sleeve, fitting for that particular region, and it certainly gives that previous find a good run for its money.

The cover is aiming to replicate the Japanese version of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis for those of you in North America). You can see a side-by-side comparison of the two covers in this unboxing video below, shared on YouTube by ...Since Spacies. The comparison can be seen from around the 3:10 mark.

While it's all down to personal taste, we think this reversible cover has the North American and EU versions well and truly beat. The Japanese version is different in a couple of other ways, too, most notably losing that shiny gold cover for more of a matte finish. Either way, though, it's another lovely edition and has several members of Team Nintendo Life hovering over the "import" button as we speak.

As ever, feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section down below.

[via youtu.be]