Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) magazine articles

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This page has a list of articles for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and covers short magazine articles not deserving of their own page.

File Date Source Article type Title and comments Writer(s) Review score
MeanMachines UK 22.pdf 1992-07 Mean Machines #22 News "Sega's Scrumptious"
Brief article about the game's appearance at the Summer CES 1992 at Chicago. The writer describes attempting to capture footage of the game with a camcorder, before being removed by bouncers. The game is described as being in a "very early" state, and two blurry stills from the footage show Emerald Hill Zone.
MeanMachines UK 24.pdf MeanMachines UK 24.pdf 1992-09 Mean Machines #24 News "News: Sonic 2"
Single-page article previewing the game, describes how the game builds on the speed which the previous Sonic the Hedgehog was known for, and how the two-player cooperative works with a new character called "Two Tails". Screenshots are all either mockups or from an early version of the game. A new Mega-CD game is also mentioned, called "Super Sonic".
MeanMachinesSega01UK.pdf 1992-10 Mean Machines Sega #1 Preview "Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Two-page article including various screenshots and a description of the two-player mode. An enhanced Mega-CD version of the game is mentioned, called "Super Sonic", which was eventually abandoned in favour of Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
MeanMachinesSega02UK.pdf 1992-11 Mean Machines Sega #2 Review "Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Four-page review giving the game 89 for "Presentation", 97 for "Graphics", 89 for "Sound", 94 for "Playability", 97 for "Lastability", and 96 for the Overall score.
Paul Davies, Julian "Jaz" Rignall 96
MeanMachinesSega04UK.pdf 1993-01 Mean Machines Sega #4 News "Sonic for Pope"
Small article describing the game's successful launch day ("Sonic 2sday"), with Sega selling out of 750,000 copies in the UK.
MeanMachinesSega05UK.pdf 1993-02 Mean Machines Sega #5 Tips "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Half-page article detailing exploits for collecting Chaos Emeralds and extra lives, followed by Action Replay codes on the next page.
MeanMachinesSega06UK.pdf 1993-03 Mean Machines Sega #6 Tips "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Short article explaining the level select code.
MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf 1993-04 Mean Machines Sega #7 Tips "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Paragraph describing an exploit for infinite lives in two-player mode.
MeanMachinesSega09UK.pdf 1993-07 Mean Machines Sega #9 Tips "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Article describing the sound test codes for level select and debug mode cheats. For some reason, most of the screenshots are from the Master System version of the game.
MeanMachinesSega13UK.pdf 1993-11 Mean Machines Sega #13 Tips "Tips: Sonic II"
Short article explaining an infinite lives exploit in two-player mode.
Paul Glancey
MeanMachinesSega30UK.pdf 1995-04 Mean Machines Sega #30 Tips "The Complete Sonic Tips Guide"
Article explaining the level select code, and tricks for getting Chaos Emeralds and extra lives. Part of a retrospective of codes on Mega Drive Sonic games.
Paul Bufton

Full-length articles

Ação Games

Sega Ataca De Sonic 2 E Diabo De Tasmania

A one page article previewing a number of Sega Mega Drive games, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

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Electronic Gaming Monthly

Sound Test

This clip from "Electronic Gaming Monthly" mentions the unused Music Track, number 10 in the Sound Test, and Hidden Palace Zone.


Q-man (July 1992)

This clip from the Qman article mentions that the Sonic 2 development is underway, Time travel included.

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Letters (July 1992)

This letter from a reader of the magazine gets a response that mentions that Sonic can time travel, the past being inhabited by dinosaurs, the future having pollution and being machine controlled. It sounds like Sonic 2 and Sonic CD descriptions getting mixed up, Hidden Palace Zone contains dinosaurs.

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International News (November 1992)

This magazine clip contains a screenshot of the beta Title Screen.

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Small Preview (November 1992)

This preview comes from the Sega Force insert of the EGM magazine.

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Small Preview (November 1992)

This preview also comes from the Sega Force insert of the EGM magazine. This one focuses on the supposed Mega Drive port.

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Letters (March 1993)

This letter from a reader of the magazine asks about Sega's so-called Blast Processing.

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Cheats (March 1993)

This describes how to input various cheat codes.

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Game Over (March 1993)

This displays the 3 different ending cutscenes.

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Michael Jackson (April 1993)

This magazine clip reveals that Michael Jackson first played Sonic 2 on December 15th, 1992.

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14 Continues Cheat Code (May 1993)

This clip shows how to perform the 14 continues cheat code.

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Games TM


This clip from Games TM magazine talks about the anticipation for the release for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and also explains the concept and usage of Blast Processing.




This clip from GameFan's first issue (October 1992) shows once again the mockup of Dust Hill Zone.

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Clip #1 (December 1991)

This clip from the December 1991 issue of GamePro magazine indicates that Sega had started planning for Sonic 2 by the publication of this issue.

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LamePro (April 1993)

This is from the April Fools section of GamePro called LamePro. It includes an "epic" cheat code.

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Stage Select and More (May 1993)

This page shows cheats for both versions of Sonic 2.

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Letter section (June 1993)

This letter asks about the scrapped Hidden Palace Zone and Dust Hill Zone. The response mentions Hidden Palace Zone, and doesn't use the name of Dust Hill, but describes it.

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Tiger puts the bite on handheld games (November 1993)

This article talks about Tiger LCD games. A picture of Sonic 2 is shown.

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Hot Swat '93 (November 1993)

This gives a few cheat codes for Sonic 2.

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Sonic tops Mario in Latest Kids' Popularity Poll (November 1993)

Sonic acquires the #4 ranking in Q's latest popularity poll.

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Special Feature (System Shopper)

This article talks about the pros and cons of purchasing the Genesis. It also posts about the Sonic 2 System package, the Genesis with Sonic 2 packed-in.

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Preview (October 1992)

This clip contains nothing but mock-up screenshots and mentions the game having 35 levels, the final game has 20 levels (not including special stages). If the special stages and 2 player stages are added in the number could be closer to 35 levels but it isn't sure what the magazine meant when it posted the number of levels. It is also mentioned that time travel will be part of the game, which is achieved when when Sonic reaches top speed. The Sega CD port is also mentioned which will have enhanced sound and cartoon quality slideshows.


Top 100 (October 1992)

The original Sonic the Hedgehog is featured as one of the top 100 games for the Mega Drive. There is also a small blurb about Sonic 2. It also mentions Sonic CD and Sonic 3.

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Mega Mouth (October 1992)

A letter in this clip asks if there will be a Mega CD port of Sonic 2. The answer was favoritive of the games release.

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Contest (October 1992)

This is a contest Mega held to give away free copies of Sonic 2.

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Contents (November 1992)

This is the contents page of the Novemeber 1991 issue of Mega magazine and mentions that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be covered later in the issue.


Super Sonic (January 1993)

This is another clip that talks about Sonic CD when it was thought to be a port of Sonic 2 and called Super Sonic.

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Sonic and Tails top US chart (October 1993)

Sonic was placed #1 in the Q popularity poll. Tails gained #4.

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Mega Play

Preview (August 1992)

Sonic 2 mockup pictures with time travel mentioned.

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Sega MegaZone

Preview (September 1992)

This small clip from the September 1992 issue of MegaZone mentions the release of the upcoming Mega Drive, Game Gear, and Mega CD versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Of course, the Mega CD version actually became Sonic the Hedgehog CD.



Cheat Page

This clip is from an issue of MegaTech magazine. It covers cheat codes of several Mega Drive Sonic games.


Baseball Jacket Contest

This page from an issue of MegaTech magazine announces a contest to win one of three Baseball Jackets with the Sonic the Hedgeghog 2 Logo on it. In addition to the baseball jacket first place would also win a Ecco the Dolphin gamepack. The answers to the contest were: B,C, and A.


Sega Force

Preview (July 1992)

This article is from the 1992 issue of Sega Force magazine. It's a small one page preview of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 2.


Sega Guide


These clips span different issues of Sega Guide magazine. In the letters section before the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 it uses screens from scrapped levels Dust Hill Zone and Hidden Palace Zone. After the release of the game they issue a response about the use of those images in the second clip.


Sega Visions

Coming Up

This announces that Sega Visions will preview this game in the next issue.

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Totally Sonic (June-July 1993)

This covers various Sega merchandise, including the Sonic 2 LCD game.

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Totally Sonic (August 1993)

This covers yet more Sonic merchandise.

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Sega Zone


The clip from this magazine describes Sonic's popularity which was quite high at the time. It talks about the merchandise being distributed such as Sonic Soda and the new television series. It also mentions Sonic the Hedgehog CD when it was thought to be a port of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.


Unknown Magazine

Clip #1

This clip describes on how pre-orders of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 were greater than the pre-orders for Madonnas book, named "Sex". It also beat out the "Terminator 2" video and the CD "Simply Red" in terms of pre-orders.


Clip #2

This article from an unkown German magazine contains concept art for Sonic. The text on the image translates to Mr. Hedgehog, or Mr. Needlemouse.

Clip #3

This clip mentions a promotion in which Sonic games would be given away if a small 25 word essay were sent to the address provided in the clip.


Clip #4

This small clip has a image of the Sonic 2 arcade cabinet used by Nick Arcade. The people in the image are the shows host and the worlds oldest contestant on the show.