In less than a month, Sonic Superstars will be released on Nintendo Switch worldwide. One of the major features of this brand new 2D Sonic game is that, for the first time ever in the series, the entire story campaign can be played in local co-op with up to other 3 players . And that’s not all for multiplayer fun, as the game also features a Battle Mode, and it’s that very mode SEGA and the Sonic Team are showcasing today.
First, here’s some footage:
In Battle Mode, playable with up to 8 players online or 4 players locally, you play not as Sonic and friends, but as a Metal Fighter. That fighter can be customised to your liking with various custom parts available for purchase in the in-game shop (NB: those do not change your abilities, and are purely cosmetic!). The further you progress in the game, the more parts you get access to. And if you play online, you can earn Medals that can be used in that very shop!
In this mode, you get to compete in order to win three rounds of randomly selected battle stages, with points being earned according to the battle ranking for each round. Naturally, the player with the most points at the end wins!
Here’s details about the various stages available:
- Race – Reach the goal before the other players.
- Zap Scrap – Shoot bullets to attack other players. Points are added when you damage an opponent and decrease when you take damage. Open an item box to earn a single powered up bullet.
- Star Snatcher – Collect stars within the time limit. You will lose one star if you take damage.
- Survival – Stay on the stage until the end while avoiding cannonballs flying from the back of the screen. The scaffolding will collapse if it is hit by a cannonball, or if you stay in one place for too long. If you fall off the screen, then you are out of the game.
As mentioned above, Battle Mode can be played online, but also offline. If you’ve got some friends with you, you can try split-screen mode with up to 3 other players. If you’re on your own, the AI will control your opponents. One important thing to keep in mind about offline Battle Mode is that you get no Medals by playing it, and the results have no impact on your Rank.
Finally, here’s some screenshots:
Sonic Superstars (Switch) comes out on October 17th worldwide.
Source: SEGA PR (21/09/2023)