Magazine Preview Scans
From Sonic Retro
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.
|Magazine Preview #01
|A Hidden Palace picture that showed up on various magazines.
|Magazine Preview #02
|Another Hidden Palace picture, this time showing Sonic zipping through a green tube.
|Magazine Preview #03
|The only picture featuring a desert level in Sonic 2.
|Magazine Preview #04
|An off-centered Sonic in Emerald Hill.
|Magazine Preview #05
|Mystic Cave Zone.
|Magazine Preview #06
|Sonic and Tails Spin Dashing up a slope in Casino Night Zone.
|Magazine Preview #07
|Sonic and Tails in a later Hidden Palace
|Magazine Preview #08
|Prototype title screen right in your Sonic 2 manual.
|Magazine Preview #09
|Hill Top Zone featuring green balls on the seesaws.
|Nick Arcade Prototype
|Magazine Preview #10
|Level select with some zones added and removed.
|Magazine Preview #11
|Sonic lying down in Wood Zone.
|Magazine Preview #12
|Neo Green H-something Zone.
|Magazine Preview #13
|A newer Hidden Palace.
|Magazine Preview #14
|Two-player split-screen in Emerald Hill. Tails has hybrid icon.
|Magazine Preview #15
|Boss landing straight down as Tails flies. From the same prototype as above.
|Magazine Preview #16
|Sonic displaying final ledge animation. From the same prototype as above.
|Magazine Preview #17
|Sonic displaying final running animation. From the same prototype as above.
|Magazine Preview #18
|Newer Aquatic Ruins Zone.
|Magazine Preview #19
|Prototype Special Stage.
|Magazine Preview #20
|Title screen for the GamePro prototype.
|Magazine Preview #21
|2P mode of the GamePro prototype, showing Tails having Sonic's icon.
|Magazine Preview #22
|Sonic in a spinning net.
|Magazine Preview #23
|Exploding prototype EHZ boss.
|Magazine Preview #24
|Final Sonic sprites in the GamePro prototype.
|Magazine Preview #25
|Extra score counters and linked ring counts in manual shot.
Putting all the little pieces together, we can construct a timeline showing which prototypes come first.