Rival Rush with Metal Sonic, customizations highlighted in new Sonic Colours Ultimate update

SEGA of America today unveiled a new update that focused on the new changes in the upcoming Sonic Colours remaster, Sonic Colours Ultimate. New features were highlighted, like the Rival Rush mode, customizations and Tails Save.

Visual improvements

New high-definition updates and improvements, including 60 frames per second, re-vamped lighting, improved graphics and 4K resolution.

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Comparison of Sonic Colours‘ graphics and Sonic Colours Ultimate‘s graphics. (SEGA)

2010’s Sonic Colours was a Nintendo Wii release that featured a resolution equivalent to 480p. Compared to Ultimate, graphics have been improved to work in a resolution equivalent to 4K. A change of lighting also gave a new feel to the levels.

Rival Rush mode

Go head-to-head with Metal Sonic to unlock rewards.

Rival Rush Mode. (SEGA)

Players can run against Metal Sonic in Rival Rush, which will allow them to unlock rewards. Sonic Studio’s Takashi Iizuka has reassured fans that the Game Land mode isn’t going to be replaced by Rival Rush mode, with Rival Rush being just another mode for fans to sink their time into.

Park Tokens and Customization

Head to the store and use park tokens to unlock unique boosts, auras, shoes and gloves for Sonic.

Sonic Colours Ultimate’s customization. (SEGA)

Ultimate will also come equipped with a store. Players can use park tokens to purchase customizables for Sonic, like new sneakers, gloves and boost auras.

Jade Ghost

Transform Sonic, fly around and pass through solid objects to reach hidden areas.

Jade Ghost Wisp in action. (SEGA)

Originally from Team Sonic Racing, the Jade Ghost wisp was added to Sonic Colours Ultimate. In it, players will be able to use the wisp to go through walls to reach brand new hidden areas.

Customizable Controls

Customize your controls to find a layout that suits your play style.

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Players will be able to customize Sonic Colors Ultimate’s controls, something that was only available in PC releases of Sonic games.

Tails Save

Find a Tails Save and be taken back to safety if you need to be rescued.

Tails Save in action. (SEGA)

As shown in previous reports, if the player (equipped with a Tails Save) falls in a bottomless pit, they will be saved by Tails and dropped off at the nearest point before the player’s fall. The feature replaces the life system.

100 Count Ring

Collect a 100 Count Ring to gain temporary invincibility and boost your score after each level.

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Returning from the Wii version of Sonic Unleashed, the 100 Count Ring will have a new purpose. Not only it’ll give players 100 rings, but will also grant them temporary invincibility and will help the player’s score.


Fully remixed soundtrack to set the pace while you put an end to Dr. Eggman’s evil plan.

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Aquarium Park Act 1 remix for Sonic Colors Ultimate, done by Tomoya Ohtani. (SEGA)

The remaster will contain a brand new remixed soundtrack for all levels. The player can also opt to change to the original version as well.

A spotlight showing the new changes in Sonic Colours Ultimate. (SEGA)

Sonic Colours Ultimate will be released 7 September on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

  1. “The remaster will contain a brand new remixed soundtrack for all levels. The player can also opt to change to the original version as well.”

    (wishes to have details confirming this part of the article)

    1. Hello again, I have looked into this comment again and it has been confirmed by SEGA of Japan in an official statement that the soundtrack can be switched. Per Famitsu, “the original soundtrack is also included, so those who are playing Colours for first time can enjoy it.” ~r

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