Video: Digital Foundry’s Technical Analysis Of Sonic Superstars

The Most Recent Sonic Game is Now Available on the Switch

It has been just over a month since the latest Sonic platformer, Sonic Superstars, was released on the Nintendo Switch and other gaming consoles. Now, Digital Foundry has put together a technical review, comparing the Nintendo version of the game to the rest.

Visual Differences in the Nintendo Version

While the visual qualities of the game are largely the same across all platforms, the Nintendo Switch version stands out in a few key ways. In handheld mode, the Switch delivers a full 720p native output, but some stages run at a lower 720p resolution. When docked, the resolution hits 720p, with reduced texture resolution and lower texture filtering. Furthermore, lighting, bloom effects, fogging, atmospherics, and even Sonic’s shadow are all missing in the Nintendo version.

Performance and Loading Times on the Switch

The game manages to maintain a steady 60fps on the Switch, providing a smooth gaming experience. However, when there are too many objects or characters on the screen, there are noticeable drops in the frame rate. Additionally, during boss battles, the frame rate drops below 50fps. As for loading times, the Switch version has longer loading times compared to other platforms, but they are still relatively quick. Despite these differences, the game feels more responsive when played on the Nintendo hardware.

What are Your Thoughts on Sonic Superstars for the Switch?

If you’ve had the chance to try out Sonic Superstars on the Switch, we’d love to hear about your experience. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.