You can probably remember that we wrote to you about the coming of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 on Tegra-powered devices last year. Our team even played the game on a Tegra 3-powered Asus Transformer Prime at the Mobile World Congress in February this year. But while that has been exciting, the game hadn’t been really released yet, especially for handsets.

But today is the day. SEGA has officially launched Sonic 4: Episode II on the Tegra 3 featuring multiplayer action and graphics-boosting optimizations. “To properly welcome the hedgehog back to the world of gaming, SEGA worked with NVIDIA to create an Android game with the kind of graphics chops usually found only on consoles,” NVIDIA said.

The company promises higher quality lighting, more polygons and complex textures, thanks to its Tegra 3 SoC. If you’ll head over to TegraZone right now, you can get the game for $6.99. Take note that this game is currently running on Tegra 3 devices only. NVIDIA is hoping to push the game to Tegra 2 devices in the future.

“The biggest difference between Sonic 4 Episode II on Tegra 3 versus the other mobile platforms is content. Tegra 3 is the only mobile chipset that allows us to use all of the shader and lighting effects from the console version at a fast framerate,” Alben Pedroso of SEGA said.

Filed in Cellphones >Gaming. Read more about NVIDIA, Sega and Tegra 3.

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