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West Side Island

From Sonic Retro

West Side Island is presumably that which is pictured on the Sonic 2 title screen.
Hill Top Zone, one of West Side Island's varied areas.
Not to be confused with Sonic the Hedgehog - Westside Island, a hack of Sonic 1.

West Side Island, known as the Island of Illusion, is the setting for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit), as told by the Japanese manual. Miles Prower lived there before his first meeting with Sonic, recieving the nickname "Tails" from the resident animals. The island's peaceful idyll is shattered when, before the start of the game, Doctor Robotnik comes to West Side searching for the Chaos Emeralds.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the only game to have unequivocally visited West Side Island; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit) (along with many other early Sonic games) instead took place on South Island. Areas visited by Sonic and Tails on West Side Island include:

And above the island:

And even higher above:

Sonic Drift 2

Several locations in Sonic Drift 2 are the same as those in Sonic 2 (namely Emerald Hill, Casino Night, Hill Top, and Mystic Cave), so obviously occur on West Side Island too. Many of the other racetracks are Zones with no pre-existing appearences, so it is possible that several of these (like Desert Road or Dark Valley) are also located on West Side.

Sonic Mania

In Sonic Mania, there are two zones present that were already present in Sonic 2, Chemical Plant Zone and Oil Ocean Zone, but this game presents two more zones that are evidenced to be on West Side Island by transitions linked to the aforementioned zones. They are:

  • Studiopolis Zone, an urban area home to Dr. Eggman's TV studio, is close to Chemical Plant Zone.
  • Mirage Saloon Zone, a desert with a Wild West motif, is located near Oil Ocean Zone.


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Locations in the Sonic the Hedgehog Game Series
Islands   Christmas Island | South Island | West Side Island | Angel Island | Cocoa Island | Flickies' Island | Prison Island | Onyx Island | Southern Island
Landmarks   Never Lake | Mount Mobius | Emerald Shrine | Tails' Workshop | Babylon Garden | Gaia Gate
Regions / Nations   Eggman Empire | Station Square | Mystic Ruins | United Federation | Central City | Soleanna | Monopole
Vessels   Death Egg | Death Egg II | Egg Carrier | Space Colony ARK | Eggman Fleet
Planets / Planetoids   Mobius | Little Planet | Black Comet | Interstellar Amusement Park | Lost Hex
Dimensions   Special Stage | Maginaryworld | Sol Dimension | Arabian Nights | Twilight Cage | Grand Kingdom | White Space