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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Sega

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (AKA ソニック·ザ·ヘッジホッグ2 Sonikku za hejjihoggu 2 in Japan) is a 2D platform video game developed by Sega (Sonic Team) for the Genesis console in 1992. In this new adventure, Sonic and his new sidekick Miles “Tails” Prower must stop evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik from stealing the Chaos Emeralds to power his space station, the Death Egg.

In 1991, Sonic the Hedgehog became a household name and will forever be remembered as the blue blur which gave Nintendo’s Mario a run for his money. With the superstar status established, Sonic’s creators need only to refine the winning formula and that’s what they did with the game’s second installment, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It had more characters, levels, moves, music, and enemies to beat. It was an in every bit an improvement over the original and truly one of Sega’s greatest releases ever.

Just when gamers thought it would be the same side-scrolling platformer with the familiar green landscapes, looping curves, and rolling hills, along comes Sonic’s sidekick – the twin-tailed fox, Tails. There is also an option to play as him alone. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was Sega’s answer to Nintendo’s Luigi and it worked.

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Just like the original, Sonic and Tails run and jump at blazing speeds gathering rings and gems along the way. Controls were always Sonic’s forte and this second iteration inherits that trait. The two characters can also be played against each other in competitive mode, and in split screen. Something that Mario and Luigi couldn’t do and never did.

Fixing something that is not broken is a bad idea, so Sega just improved on everything the original had. Pushing the boundaries of the Sega Genesis’ capabilities, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 introduced bigger, more defined, and more colorful characters from the main heroes and villains, to the baddies, and gorgeous backgrounds.

The original soundtrack, having made its mark on the gamers’ subconscious was retained with a bit of improvement further showing off Sega Genesis’ audio prowess. More tunes were also added. Sound effects were clearer and more realistic

It has been ported to Sega Genesis (this version), Game Gear, Master System, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, iOS, PlayStation Network, Android, and Windows Phone.