|Fast Facts on Sonic Advance 2|
Sonic Advance 2 (ソニック アドバンス２) is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that was released for the Game Boy Advance. It is a side-scrolling platformer based on a modified version of Sonic Advance's engine. Compared to its predecessor, Sonic Advance 2 contains larger levels and more of them. The overall difficulty is higher making it a more challenging game. The soundtrack is faster paced and the game offers better control over the playable characters. There are seven zones which contain two acts and a boss battle. Obtaining all of the Chaos Emeralds unlocks an Extra Zone - True Area 53, which consists of a boss fight as Super Sonic. Most levels start in a corner of a map and require to move uphill or downhill.
This game was the first to introduce Cream the Rabbit as a playable character. With her, not only can you fly faster than Tails, but Cream can summon Cheese the Chao to kill an enemy or hit a boss by pressing the button. Before being revealed in this game she was revealed in the artwork gallery of Sonic Mega Collection.
This is one of several GBA games to include the Tiny Chao Garden minigame. This game requires you complete the game with one character and all seven emeralds to unlock it.
The game begins with Sonic running through the Leaf Forest Zone. There, he witnesses Dr. Eggman kidnapping a young rabbit and her pet chao. Chasing and defeating Dr. Eggman in his revamped Egghammer Tank II, he rescues the young rabbit and her chao, whose names are Cream and Cheese. Then pursuing Eggman, Sonic later finds him attempting to carry Tails off in the Music Plant with his Egg Totem. After defeating the mech and rescuing his friend, Tails remarks that Eggman came from nowhere and that he has no idea what he possibly could be up to. Sonic then continues his pursuit of Eggman, until the Sky Canyon Zone, where he intercepted by the Egg Saucer with Knuckles on board. After destroying the machine, Sonic confronts a rather emotional Knuckles, chiding him for allowing himself to be tricked by Eggman yet again. After this brief encounter, Sonic chases Eggman eventually reaching their final confrontation at XX zone.
Bad Ending: After Sonic defeats Eggman, he drops from outer space, with the destroyed Egg Utopia falling behind him. When he lands, he is greeted by a number of his friends. After the credits roll, the player will be reminded to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds.
Good Ending: This ending is obtained after Sonic obtains all 7 Chaos Emeralds, and Story Mode is cleared at least once with Tails, Knuckles, and Cream. A short time after the destruction of the Egg Utopia, Cream's mother, Vanilla, will be watching Flickies flying around the Leaf Forest when an odd, cloaked device vacuums her and the flickies up and carries her off. Upon seeing this, Sonic and co. come running, but are too late. As Cream begins to cry, Sonic will turn into Super Sonic and pursue the device to True Area 53. After this final showdown, Sonic and Vanilla will fall out of the sky. Sonic will catch her and land safely, much to Cream's relief. After this, the credits roll.
All characters can now perform various stunts when flying through the air and not curled in a ball (i.e. after being launched from a spring or similar). These are activated by being launched off of any spring, trampoline or ramp, then holding a direction on the D-pad and pressing the button. Some of these stunts can be used to destroy enemies in the air while not spinning or to reach high-up places. In no level are these required, however it is recommended in Sky Canyon.
Another new feature is Boost Mode. If a character runs as fast as possible for a period of time without stopping or slowing down, they will shatter the sound barrier and leave a trail of afterimages behind them. While moving this fast it is possible to run over water. If the button attack is used at this time it will become more powerful. The delay before reaching shattering can be decreased by collecting rings. Certain objects in the level (red booster wheels, for instance) will instantly force the character into the state.
Accessing Special Stages, where players can win Chaos Emeralds, is different in this game than in previous games. In each act, there are seven Special Rings. Collecting all seven of these and completing the Act, without dying, will take the player to a Special Stage. The stage accessed and emerald obtained both depend on which zone the player was in when they accessed the stage. Unlike Sonic Advance, emeralds are not shared between characters.
All bosses in this game, except for the final boss, take place while running along a horizontally wrapping area, akin to the Mushroom Hill Zone Boss in Sonic & Knuckles. Rings will appear in groups of three. This format makes any attack other than jumping and Sonic's insta-shield or Cream's ability to command Cheese to attack completely useless, and once the player has lost their rings it is difficult to regain them as they fly off the left side of the screen; both of these facts have led to the bosses being heavily criticized by fans. Spin-dashing, however, IS possible, but extremely difficult to do in real time: one must go to the right side of the screen, then suddenly brake, and very quickly stop braking, duck and Spin Dash before reaching the left side of the screen.
For unknown reasons, the idle actions were moved to a manual move called "Appeal". Players can view the character's idle animations by simply holding . If the player does this while using Knuckles, his punches will destroy any enemies in front of him. Also due to the new appeal move the ability to look up and down to view the surroundings was removed.
As with the previous Sonic Advance all characters can attack using the button. They can also perform special moves by using a combination of button presses. Some characters have been given new moves, the most interesting of which are Amy's spin attacks. The moves are listed below:
While available as a starting character in Sonic Advance, Amy must be unlocked for this game. Players must clear the game with all four starting characters, and collect all of the Chaos Emeralds with each. Collecting the Chaos Emeralds with Amy is optional as it unlocks nothing.
NOTE: There are a few tracks that are not accessible via the Sound Test:
Executive Producer: Hideki Sato
Producer: Yuji Naka
Director: Akinori Nishiyama
Art Director: Yuji Uekawa
Designers: Sachiko Kawamura, Kazuko Ito, Makoto Yonezu
Programmers: Takahiro Hamano, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, Takaaki Saito
Special Thanks: Yasuko Maruyama, Masae Hirosawa
Producer: Hiroshi Matsumoto
Line Producer: Koichi Sakita
Planners: Yukihiro Higashi, Masaaki Yamagiwa
Programmers: Katsuya Kuramoto, Tatsuaki Nakashima, Hiroki Yoshitake, Takaya Yamane, Shin-ichi Manabe, Kuninori Douno
Designer: Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Satoshi Yoshioka, Yuko Yamanoue, Etsuko Hosokawa, Tohru Nakanishi, Tomohiro Ozawa
Sound: Hironobu Inagaki, Atsuyoshi Isemura
Special Thanks: Atsushi Tamamura
Promotion Management: Seijiro Sannabe, Hideki Yokaichiya, Yasushi Yamashita
Sales Promotion: Naoko Ooka
Publicity: Yasushi Nagumo, Mariko Takeda
International Business & Product Development: Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Hitoshi Okuno, Yusuke Suai
Marketing Research: Tsuyoshi Sawada, Noriko Hashimoto
Manual Production: Yoshihiro Sakuta, Chieko Nakamura, Toshiki Yamaguchi, Hisakazu Nakagawa, Satoru Ishigami, Colin restall, Tetsuya Honda
Product Test: Junichi Shimizu, Akira Nishikawa, Kenji Takano, Akira Terasawa
Special Thanks: Yoshiki Ooka, Ikuo Ishizaka
Executive Management: Peter Moore
Localization Producer: Yosuke Moriya
Localization Manager: Osamu Shibamiya
Test Lead: Joseph Mora
COO: Naoya Tsurumi
Director Of PD: Kats Sato
Localization Producer: Kuniyo Matsumoto
European Product Manager: Mathew Quaeck
Test Dept.: Roy Boateng, David Smith
Executive Management: Tetsu Kayama, Masanao Maeda, Hisao Oguchi
|Sonic Advance 2|
|Sonic games for the Game Boy Advance|
| Sonic Advance (2002)
Sonic Advance 2 (2003)
Sonic Pinball Party (2003)
Sonic Battle (2004)
Sonic Advance 3 (2004)
Sonic X: A Super Sonic Hero (2004)
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (2006)
Sega Smash Pack (2002)
Tiny Chao Garden (2001)
Sonic Advance prototype
Sonic Advance 3 prototype
Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos
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Sonic Advance & ChuChu Rocket! (2005)
Sonic Advance & Sonic Battle (2005)
Sonic Battle & ChuChu Rocket! (2005)
Sonic Pinball Party & Sonic Battle (2005)
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