Today, the universal Sonic CD iOS game should launch in the App Store. The application, which is a port of Sega’s 1993 title, is already available in New Zealand and, once in the United States, should be available to download for the introductory price of $1.99.

The application, like Sega’s other Sonic the Hedgehog ports, is optimized for Apple’s mobile operating system and features support for the Retina display and Game Centre (achievements and leaderboards).

As outlined in the app’s release notes:

It’s time to usher the past into the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD!

Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet – a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.

Sonic arrives only to find the once beautiful world imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. His arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!

In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!

The app features both the U.S. and Japanese soundtracks and, once you’ve played through Sonic CD once, you can re-play through the game as Tails!

As mentioned, Sonic CD should hit the U.S. App Store today and, once available, you’ll be able to download the universal app for $1.99.

[via Cult of Mac]