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Sonic Mania doesn’t just need to look the part — it needs to sound right, too. The upcoming game aims to bring the series back to its glory days, with pixel art and side-scrolling action reminiscent of the franchise’s 16-bit hits. But a large part of re-creating the feel of classic Sonic comes down to the music. Mania features bright, vibrant chiptune tracks to go along with its colorful, blocky world.

The soundscape is the work of Portuguese composer Tiago “Tee” Lopes, who actually got his start posting Sonic remixes on YouTube nearly a decade ago, before working with Sega on the next major entry in the series. “Although I wanted to make something that everyone could enjoy,” he says of the soundtrack, “I must confess that I specifically…

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