Super Mario Comes To Sonic Generations In New Mod | Screen Rant

There are few gaming rivalries as iconic as the one between Sonic The Hedgehog and Super Mario, and a new Sonic Generations mod has transported Nintendo’s resident mushroom-powered plumber into the Blue Blur’s world. More specifically, this mod puts Mario in the starring role of 2011’s Sonic Generations, which was released as a celebration of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise’s 20th anniversary. As such, the game’s storyline had the modern-day, 3D Sonic join forces with his older self from his 2D Genesis-era heyday as the two hedgehogs raced through remastered versions of levels from virtually every mainline Sonic game.

Even two decades after its initial release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Sonic Generations still has a devoted modding community, with fans tweaking the Blue Blur’s timeline-crossing platforming adventure in a variety of different and amusing ways over the years. Some of these Sonic Generations mods have granted Sonic control of an entire army of clone hedgehogs with which to challenge the evil Dr. Eggman, while others have added a dizzying first-person view of SEGA’s hypersonic mascot as he spins and dashes across landscapes like Green Hill Zone and the dreaded Chemical Plant. Another particularly noteworthy Sonic Generations mod is Unleashed Project, a makeshift PC port of 2008’s Sonic Unleashed that recreates the daytime levels of that particular Sonic entry within Sonic Generations' game engine.

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Meanwhile, modder and Twitter user Skyth recently showed off their own Sonic Generations mod (via Game Rant), which replaces the Blue Blur with his 90’s platforming rival Mario - particularly the version of him from the classic 1996 hit Super Mario 64. Shadowth117’s mod is far more than just a simple re-skin of Sonic’s character model too, as Mario brings all of his animations, movement physics, and special abilities with him as he runs through Sonic Generations’ many nostalgic locations. Sure enough, Mario can be seen wall-jumping, punching, kicking, and even flying his way through levels, complete with a few of Mario voice actor Charles Martinet’s iconic “yahoos” thrown in for good measure.

Sonic recently hit another anniversary milestone last year, and while there weren’t any big game releases to celebrate the Blue Blur’s 30th birthday, SEGA is currently working on a new entry in the upcoming Sonic Frontiers. Interestingly enough, this new Sonic seems to borrow some gameplay elements from Mario's most recent platforming adventure, as the Sonic Frontiers trailer sees Sonic running through a colorful open world similar to the one featured in 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey. As for Mario, Nintendo hasn’t announced a new mainline platformer for the legendary red-clad plumber yet, but Mario Kart 8 recently saw a wave of new DLC Booster Tracks - the first of many DLC expansions that will add 48 new courses to the successful Nintendo Switch kart racer.

The Sonic The Hedgehog and Super Mario franchises may seem similar on the surface, but their gameplay and approach to colorful heroes navigating through fantasy worlds are incredibly different - making Shadowth117’s Mario-centric Sonic Generations mod all the more interesting. Perhaps someone could add Sonic to a recent Mario game like Super Mario Odyssey someday, to see if Sonic adapts to the Mushroom Kingdom as well as Mario has to the Blue Blur’s faster-paced universe.

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