US cowl artwork by means of Greg MartinDeveloper(s)Sega Technical InstitutePublisher(s)SegaDirector(s)Masaharu YoshiiProducer(s)
- Mark Cerny
- Shinobu Toyoda
- Hirokazu Yasuhara
- Takahiro Anto
- Yutaka Sugano
- Yuji Naka
- Bill Willis
- Masanobu Yamamoto
- Yasushi Yamaguchi
- Jina Ishiwatari
- Rieko Kodama
- Tim Skelly
Composer(s)Masato NakamuraSeriesSonic the HedgehogPlatform(s)
- Nintendo 3DS
- Nintendo Switch
November 21, 1992
- Sega Genesis
- JP: November 21, 1992
- NA/EU: November 24, 1992
- WW: 1993
- WW: December 12, 2013
- JP: July 22, 2015
- WW: October eight, 2015
- JP: February 13, 2020
- WW: February 20, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog 2[a] is a 1992 platform recreation developed with the aid of Sega Technical Institute (STI) for the Sega Genesis. It follows Sonic as he tries to prevent Doctor Robotnik from stealing the Chaos Emeralds to energy his space station, the Death Egg. Like the primary Sonic the Hedgehog (1991), players traverse facet-scrolling ranges at high speeds while collecting jewelry and defeating enemies. Sonic 2 introduces Sonic’s sidekick, Miles “Tails” Prower, controllable by using a 2nd participant. It features faster gameplay and large stages, a multiplayer mode, and special stages offering pseudo-three-D photos.
Although Sonic the Hedgehog became one of the bestselling games of all time, writer Sega was slow to approve the improvement of a sequel. STI founder Mark Cerny commenced running on Sonic 2 in November 1991, and members of the original improvement crew—inclusive of programmer Yuji Naka and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara—moved to California to join the venture. Sonic 2 become intended to be quicker and more bold than the primary sport. The development suffered setbacks, which include language and cultural differences among the Japanese and American staff, and numerous degrees have been reduce due to time constraints and pleasant concerns. As with the first game, Dreams Come True member Masato Nakamura composed the soundtrack.
Sonic 2 was widely predicted, and Sega sponsored it with a $10 million advertising and marketing campaign. It was released in November 1992 to acclaim and obtained severa 12 months-stop accolades. Critics considered Sonic 2 an improvement over the first sport and praised the visuals, level design, gameplay, and tune. The implementation of Tails and the multiplayer mode acquired complaint, while the special tiers divided opinion. Sonic 2 broke sales information and became the fastest-promoting and highest-grossing home amusement product of 1992, grossing over $450 million that year ($830 million adjusted for inflation). With 7.55 million copies sold international, it is the second-bestselling Genesis sport behind the unique Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic 2 played a chief role in preserving Sega competitive throughout the console wars of the fourth era of online game consoles in the early 1990s. It continues to acquire acclaim, frequently noted as one of the greatest video video games of all time and one of the fine Sonic video games. Sonic the Hedgehog three and Sonic & Knuckles observed in 1994. Sonic 2 has been rereleased on numerous platforms through compilations and emulation, and a remake for iOS and Android gadgets, advanced the use of the Retro Engine, was released in December 2013. A number of Sonic 2 prototypes have leaked for the reason that the sport’s release; the primary, determined in 1999, performed a enormous function inside the development of the archaeogaming scene.Gameplay
Sonic and Tails hopping across pillars in the 0.33 level, Aquatic Ruin Zone
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a 2D aspect-scrolling platform game. The game stars Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekick, Miles “Tails” Prower, who’s described as having idolized Sonic as a toddler and trying to maintain up with him. At the game’s begin, the participant can pick out to both play as Sonic, Tails, or both. The difference between the two is only beauty; the two both have equal talents.[three] In the twin mode, gamers manipulate Sonic even as Tails runs alongside beside him. A 2nd player can be a part of in at any time and control Tails one after the other. The sport takes place over a series of degrees, every divided into one, two, or 3 acts with a md combat with Robotnik on the stop of the ultimate act. Certain tiers have features which can be unique to them; as an example, Emerald Hill has corkscrew-like loops, and Chemical Plant has raise pads that right away put Sonic at his pinnacle velocity. The man or woman can soar on enemies to defeat them; the sport additionally introduces a brand new circulate, the “spin dash” or “Super Dash Attack”, by means of which the participant curls in a ball and spins even as desk bound, ensuing in a pace boost. When the participant is attacked by way of an enemy without earrings, is beaten, falls off-display screen, drowns, or exceeds the act’s ten-minute limit, they lose a existence and return to the start of the act or from the maximum these days exceeded checkpoint. Dying with zero lives gives the player a recreation over.
The game’s special stages, wherein the player collects earrings in hopes of acquiring a Chaos Emerald, are offered in 3-d, unlike the relaxation of the sport.
When the participant collects at least 50 earrings and passes a checkpoint, they could warp to a “unique degree”.[eight] In these stages, the player runs via a pseudo-3-d 1/2-pipe path, gathering rings and dodging bombs. A set amount of jewelry must be gathered to skip thru every of three checkpoints and in flip to obtain the emerald itself. If Sonic collides with a bomb, he loses ten rings and is immobilized momentarily. The stages upward thrust in issue, and the player cannot enter any level without passing the previous one. After finishing, the participant is transported back to the superstar put up they used to go into the unique level, with their ring-rely reset to zero.[nine] When all Emeralds were collected, Sonic can transform into Super Sonic by way of collecting 50 jewelry and leaping. Super Sonic is invincible to assaults, runs faster, and jumps similarly; however, he loses one ring in line with second and reverts to regular Sonic while his jewelry are depleted.
The sport also has a competitive mode, wherein gamers compete in opposition to every other to the finish line, as either Sonic or Tails, in a split-display race via 3 of the regular stages and a special degree. After one participant finishes one of the everyday ranges, the opposite player need to finish the zone within 60 seconds, or the extent ends right away. In the ordinary stages, gamers are ranked in five regions (score, time, rings held at the end of the extent, total rings accumulated, and the variety of item containers broken). The player with wins in the maximum categories wins the extent. In the Special Stage, players compete to reap the maximum rings. The mode ends while all levels have been finished, or if a participant loses all their lives, wherein their opponent will automatically win.[eleven]Knuckles in Sonic 2
Sonic & Knuckles become launched in 1994, years after Sonic 2. The Sonic & Knuckles game cartridge capabilities a unique “lock-on” port on the pinnacle which the participant can insert different Genesis cartridges. Attaching Sonic 2 unlocks Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a variation of Sonic 2 wherein with the aid of the player plays as Knuckles the Echidna, a person brought in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and no longer playable until Sonic & Knuckles. Though the game is essentially same to Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Knuckles is capable of waft and climb partitions, allowing him get entry to to areas previously inaccessible to Sonic or Tails. However, he can not jump as high, making some parts of the game, such as sure boss fights, more tough. In addition, Knuckles restarts with the amount of earrings he accrued at checkpoints (if he loses a life), the alternatives are unavailable, the unique ranges have slightly fewer rings required to gather than earlier than (as an instance, ten earrings fewer than inside the unique degrees with Sonic and Tails), and the 2-participant mode is eliminated. In the 2013 remastered version, Knuckles is playable from the begin with out whatever being removed, and while all 7 Chaos Emeralds are collected, he will become his own high-quality shape.Plot
Sonic’s nemesis, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, is once again planning international domination through the power of the Chaos Emeralds and an military of robots. This time, he is constructing an armored area station, the Death Egg (a homage to the Death Star).