The term "mania" can be defined as an obsession with something, or an excessive desire for it. It's fitting that returning Sonic the Hedgehog to his roots would be what the people have wanted all this time. No love stories. No werehogs. Just pure and simple side-running action.
Sonic Mania is a celebration of things Sonic. There's the nostalgia as he races through old zones, but also new content that shines a light on the gameplay formula that fans have been chasing for years. It's possible that newcomers won't get why Mania is special, but it's a return to the 90's for us old-timers. This is made even better for me by checking a box that I always want checked since its release: available on Switch. A great old Sonic on a great new Nintendo system! Thanks for going fast, Sonic Mania.