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Magazine Previews

Before Sonic 2 went gold, many preview pictures of Sonic 2 appeared in magazines. Here we'll examine some of those pictures and see if there's any discrepancy with the final Sonic 2 or the prototype we have.

Each picture is examined and then declared as mock-up, earlier prototype, or newer prototype. Screenshots that appear to be from the same prototype as the one we have are not listed here because they're not particularly interesting.

Click on a thumbnail for a detail analysis.

# Screenshot Description Conclusion
M01 Magazine Preview #01
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A Hidden Palace picture that showed up on various magazines. Mock-up
M02 Magazine Preview #02
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Another Hidden Palace picture, this time showing Sonic zipping through a green tube. Newer Prototype
M03 Magazine Preview #03
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The only picture featuring a desert level in Sonic 2. Mock-up
M04 Magazine Preview #04
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An off-centered Sonic in Emerald Hill. Mock-up
M05 Magazine Preview #05
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Mystic Cave Zone. Newer Prototype
M06 Magazine Preview #06
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Sonic and Tails Spin Dashing up a slope in Casino Night Zone. Newer Prototype
M07 Magazine Preview #07
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Sonic and Tails in a later Hidden Palace Newer Prototype
M08 Magazine Preview #08
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Prototype title screen right in your Sonic 2 manual. Beta 4
M09 Magazine Preview #09
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Hill Top Zone featuring green balls on the seesaws. Nick Arcade Prototype
M10 Magazine Preview #10
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Level select with some zones added and removed. Beta 4
M11 Magazine Preview #11
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Sonic lying down in Wood Zone. Newer Prototype
M12 Magazine Preview #12
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Neo Green H-something Zone. Newer Prototype
M13 Magazine Preview #13
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A newer Hidden Palace. Newer Prototype
M14 Magazine Preview #14
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Two-player split-screen in Emerald Hill. Tails has hybrid icon. Newer Prototype
M15 Magazine Preview #15
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Boss landing straight down as Tails flies. From the same prototype as above. Newer Prototype
M16 Magazine Preview #16
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Sonic displaying final ledge animation. From the same prototype as above. Newer Prototype
M17 Magazine Preview #17
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Sonic displaying final running animation. From the same prototype as above. Newer Prototype
M18 Magazine Preview #18
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Newer Aquatic Ruins Zone. Newer Prototype
M19 Magazine Preview #19
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Prototype Special Stage. Newer Prototype
M20 Magazine Preview #20
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Title screen for the GamePro prototype. Newer Prototype
M21 Magazine Preview #21
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2P mode of the GamePro prototype, showing Tails having Sonic's icon. Newer Prototype
M22 Magazine Preview #22
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Sonic in a spinning net. Newer Prototype
M23 Magazine Preview #23
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Exploding prototype EHZ boss. Newer Prototype
M24 Magazine Preview #24
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Final Sonic sprites in the GamePro prototype. Newer Prototype
M25 Magazine Preview #25
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Extra score counters and linked ring counts in manual shot. Newer Prototype

Putting all the little pieces together, we can construct a timeline showing which prototypes come first.