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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) magazine articles

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This page has a list of magazine articles for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

File Date Source Article type Title and comments Writer(s) Review score
GameFan US 0101.pdf gamefan
Megazone AU 25.pdf mz




File Date Source Article type Title and comments Writer(s) Review score
GamePro US 029.pdf 1991-12 GamePro #29 News "Overseas CD News: Sega Gears for Winter CES"
A quick hint by US magazine, GamePro that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 might appear at Winter CES 1992 (it didn't). Already rumours are abound saying the game will be shipped on a 16 megabit (2MB) cartridge - the final ROM is half the size.
MegaTech UK 03.pdf 1992-03 MegaTech #3 News "Sonic Booms Again!"
MegaTech confirms the existence of a Sonic sequel, set to arrive later in 1992.
SegaVisions US 08.pdf 1992-05 Sega Visions #8 News "Are U Up 2 This?"
Sega Visions informs its readers of upcoming Sega products, including the newly announced Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
EGM US 036.pdf 1992-07 Electronic Gaming Monthly #36 Mail "Interface: Sonic 2...when?"
In response to reader Andy Barnowitz, EGM describes a Sonic 2 game with planned time travel; the past being inhabited by dinosaurs and the future having pollution and being controlled by machines.
EGM US 036.pdf 1992-07 Electronic Gaming Monthly #36 News "Gaming Gossip"
Time travel confirmed again later in the issue.
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.
SegaForce UK 07.pdf 1992-07 Sega Force #7 News "Sonic 2 Unmasked!"
Sega Force reports of the build seen at Summer CES 1992, talking about a one level demo recycling music from the original game.
AcaoGames BR 015.pdf 1991-07 Ação Games #15 News "Sega Ataca de Sonic 2 e Diabo da Tasmânia"
CVG UK 129.pdf 1992-08 Computer & Video Games #129 News "Sonic 2 - It's True!"
Announcement from Summer CES 1992.
MegaPlay US 11.pdf MegaPlay US 11.pdf 1992-08 Mega Play #11 News "Coming Attractions"
A quick news bite, with early Sonic 2 mockup pictures and mention of time travel.
SegaZone AU 06.pdf 1992-? Sega Zone #6 News "News: Sonic Mania"
EGM US 037.pdf EGM US 037.pdf 1992-08 Electronic Gaming Monthly #37 Preview "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
A three page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the August 1992 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. According to the fact file the game was 40% done at the time this preview was put together. This is interesting as it refers to time travel being a part of the game, but this was left out from the retail version. The final page talks about the Mega CD port, which ultimately became Sonic CD.
Joypad FR 011.pdf 1992-08 Joypad #11 News "Sonic the Hedgehog II"
Megazone AU 23.pdf 1992-08 Megazone #23 News "Sonic II"
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".
MDAG UK 01.pdf MDAG UK 01.pdf 1992-09 Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming #1 Preview "Special Feature: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Without many facts to go by, Mega Drive Advanced Gaming speculates what Sonic 2 could entail, as well as providing a list of ideas. Without a name for Tails, the magazine calls him "Wayne".
SegaForce UK 09.pdf 1992-09 Sega Force #9 News "You Ain't Seen Notin' Yet!"
HobbyConsolas ES 012.pdf 1992-09 Hobby Consolas #12 News "En Pantalla: Primeras imágenes de Sonic 2"
Joypad FR 012.pdf 1992-09 Joypad #12 Preview "Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
CVG UK 131.pdf 1992-10 Computer & Video Games #131 Preview "Special Report: Sonic 2"
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.
PlayerOne FR 024.pdf 1992-10 Player One #24 Preview "Stop Info: Sonic 2 Bientot sur vos Ecrans"
Two-page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the October 1992 issue of Player One magazine. Most of the images seem to be prototype images.
Gamers DE 1992-05.pdf Gamers DE 1992-05.pdf 1992-10 Gamers #5 Preview "Preview: Sonic 2"
MegaForce FR 10.pdf MegaForce FR 10.pdf 1992-10 Mega Force #10 Preview "Preview: Sonic 2"
A two page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the October 1992 issue of the French edition of Mega Force. The picture of the Emerald Hill Zone Robotnik fight comes from a prototype as he is dropping straight down rather than at an angle.
Megazone AU 24.pdf Megazone AU 24.pdf 1992-10 Megazone #24 Preview "Coming Soon: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Mega UK 01.pdf 1992-10 Mega #1 Preview "Previews: Sonic 2"
Mega publishes the three initial mock-up screenshots and mentions the game having 35 levels (fifteen more than the final game). It is also mentions that time travel will be part of the game, which is achieved when when Sonic reaches top speed. A Mega-CD port is also mentioned which will have enhanced sound and cartoon quality slideshows.
SegaForce UK 10.pdf SegaForce UK 10.pdf 1992-10 Sega Force #10 Preview "Bigger, Better, Faster!"
HobbyConsolas ES 013.pdf 1992-10 Hobby Consolas #13 Preview "iSuperview: Sonic la vielto!"
EGM US 039.pdf 1992-10 Electronic Gaming Monthly #39 Preview "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
SegaZone AU 07.pdf 1992-? Sega Zone #7 Preview "Sonic 2"
CVG UK 132.pdf 1992-11 Computer and Video Games #132 Review "World Exclusive Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Two page review. The special stage is described as graphically impressive and the review is positive overall, though one writer suggests the game may be too easy.
Paul Anglin, Tim Boone 94
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
PlayerOne FR 025.pdf PlayerOne FR 025.pdf 1992-11 Player One #25 Review "Mega D.: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Four-page review of the game.
Chris 97
Supergame BR 16.pdf Supergame BR 16.pdf 1992-11 Supergame #16 Preview "Bomba!: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
A five-page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the November 1992 issue of Supergame magazine. Several images for prototype levels are shown, including Hidden Palace Zone, Wood Zone, and the name Dust Hill Zone is used for Mystic Cave Zone.
VideoGames DE 1992-11.pdf 1992-11 Video Games #1992-11 News "News: Sonic 2: Die Rückkehr des Igels"
SegaPro DE 01.pdf SegaPro DE 01.pdf 1992-11 Sega Pro #1 News "Pro News: Supersonic"
From the German edition of Sega Pro.
Mega UK 02.pdf Mega UK 02.pdf 1992-11 Mega #2 Review "Game Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
A six page review in the November 1992 issue of Mega. The article mentions the game having 18 zones with 2 acts each, which is not true in the final game. The game scores a 10 for graphics, 9 for sound, 9 for gameplay, 7 for game size, 10 for addiction, and 94 percent for the overall score.
94
MegaForce FR 11.pdf 1992-11 Mega Force #11 Review "Zapping: Mega Drive - Sonic 2"
SegaVisions US 10.pdf SegaVisions US 10.pdf 1992-11 Sega Visions #10 Preview "Sega Game Feature: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
GamePro US 040.pdf GamePro US 040.pdf 1992-11 GamePro #40 Preview "Genesis Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
HobbyConsolas ES 014.pdf 1992-11 Hobby Consolas #14 Review "Lo Más Nuevo: Sonic 2"
96
EGM US 040.pdf 1992-11 Electronic Gaming Monthly #40 News "International News: The Joy of Specs..."
SegaForce US 1992-11.pdf SegaForce US 1992-11.pdf 1992-11 Electronic Gaming Monthly #40 (Sega Force) Preview "Sonic the Hedgehog Returns"
SegaForce US 1992-11.pdf 1992-11 Electronic Gaming Monthly #40 (Sega Force) "Genesis Giants: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Another brief summary of the game from EGM.
EGM US 040.pdf 1992-11 Electronic Gaming Monthly #40 Preview "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
VideoGames DE 1992-12.pdf 1992-12 Video Games #1992-12 Review "Test: Sonic 2"
83
SegaPro DE 02.pdf 1992-12 Sega Pro #2 Review "Pro Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
From the German edition of Sega Pro.
92
ASM DE 1992-12.pdf ASM DE 1992-12.pdf 1992-12 Aktueller Software Markt #1992-12 Review "Spel des Monats: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
90
SegaForce UK 12.pdf SegaForce UK 12.pdf 1992-12 Sega Force #12 Review "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
97
ElectronicGames2 US 03.pdf 1992-12 Electronic Games #3 Review "Video Game Gallery: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
91
Mega UK 03.pdf 1992-12 Mega #3 Tips "Rip 'n' Tip: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
EGM US 041.pdf 1992-12 Electronic Gaming Monthly #41 Review "Review Crew: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
EGM US 041.pdf 1992-12 Electronic Gaming Monthly #41 Preview "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
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.
Gamers DE 1993-01.pdf 1993-01 Gamers #6 Review "Mega Drive Test: Sonic 2"
GamesMaster UK 001.pdf 1993-01 GamesMaster #1 Review "Sonic 2"
UK gaming magazine GamesMaster made an interesting impression in its first issue, giving Sonic 2 a 65% for being too similar to its predecessor and, as is highlighted many times across the article, for being too easy (although they loved the two-player mode).
65
PlayTime DE 1993-01.pdf PlayTime DE 1993-01.pdf 1993-01 Play Time #1993-01 Review "Super Sonic: Sonic 2"
91
SegaForce SE 1993 01.pdf SegaForce SE 1993 01.pdf 1993-01 Sega Force #1993/01 Review "Mega Drive: Sonic 2"
From the Swedish Sega Force.
100
GamePro US 042.pdf 1993-01 GamePro #42 Review "Genesis ProReview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
GameInformer US 008.pdf 1993-01 Game Informer #8 Review "Sega Sizzles With Their Super Sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
CVG UK 135.pdf 1993-02 Computer and Video Games #135 Tips "Cheat Mode: Sonic 2"
Small section listing Action Replay codes for infinite lives, keeping 99 rings and debug mode.
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.
SegaPro DE 04.pdf 1993-02 Sega Pro #4 Tips "Sonic 2: 16 Seiten zum Heraustrennen und Sammeln"
From the German edition of Sega Pro.
SegaVisions US 11.pdf 1993-02 Sega Visions #11 Tips "Sonic the Hedgehog: Sega's Official Player's Guide"
A preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2: Sega's Official Player's Guide in Sega Visions, covering Oil Ocean Zone.
MeanMachinesSega06UK.pdf 1993-03 Mean Machines Sega #6 Tips "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Short article explaining the level select code.
CVG UK 136.pdf 1993-03 Computer and Video Games #136 Tips "Cheat Mode: Sonic 2"
Short paragraph describing the level select code.
GamePro US 044.pdf 1993-03 GamePro #44 Tips "Bonus Section: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Part 1"
First half of a guide to Sonic 2 in the US magazine, GamePro.
EGM US 044.pdf 1993-03 Electronic Gaming Monthly #44 Letters "Interface: Blast Away..."
EGM US 044.pdf 1993-03 Electronic Gaming Monthly #44 Tips "Tricks of the Trade: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
EGM US 044.pdf 1993-03 Electronic Gaming Monthly #44 Tips "Game Over: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf 1993-04 Mean Machines Sega #7 Tips "Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Paragraph describing an exploit for infinite lives in two-player mode.
VideoGames DE 1993-04.pdf 1993-04 Video Games #1993-04 Tips "Warpzone: Super Sonic Attack"
GamePro US 045.pdf 1993-04 GamePro #45 Tips "Bonus Section: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Part 2"
Second half of a guide to Sonic 2 in the US magazine, GamePro.
Megazone AU 27.pdf 1993-04 Megazone #27 News "News Zone: Sonic - More Popular than Sex!"
A clip describing 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.
VG&CE US 51.pdf 1993-04 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment #51 "Could it be...?"
VG&CE points out the existence of Genocide City Zone in a prototype build of Sonic 2.
VG&CE US 51.pdf 1993-04 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment #51 Tips "Easter Egg Hunt: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
GamePro US 046.pdf 1993-05 GamePro #46 Tips "S.W.A.T.Pro: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)"
EGM US 046.pdf 1993-05 Electronic Gaming Monthly #46 Tips "Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
A clip showing how to perform the 14 continues cheat code.
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.
GamePro US 047.pdf 1993-07 GamePro #47 Mail "The Mail: Sonic Mystery"
A letter from Matt Lane in Randleman, North Carolina asks GamePro about the scrapped levels, Hidden Palace Zone and Dust Hill Zone previewed in the months prior. The response mentions Hidden Palace by name (being also attached to a screenshot), and describes Dust Hill.
CVG UK 143.pdf 1993-10 Computer and Video Games #143 Tips "Cheat Mode: Sonic 2"
Short article explaining the code for level select and 14 continues.
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
GamePro US 052.pdf 1993-11 GamePro #52 Tips "Hot SWAT '93: Sonic The Hedgehog 2"
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
CVG UK 240.pdf 2001-11 Computer and Video Games #240 Review "100 Best Games Ever: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Short paragraph placing the game as the 55th best ever.



Full-length articles

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.

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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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Games TM

Preview

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.

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GamePro

LamePro (April 1993)

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

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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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Mega

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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Contest (October 1992)

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

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MegaTech

Cheat Page

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

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Sega Guide

Preview

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.

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Unknown Magazine

Clip #1

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 #2

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.

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