West Side Island
From Sonic Retro
West Side Island, also known as The Illusionary Island, is the setting for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Mega Drive, as told by the Japanese manual. Miles Prower lived there before his first meeting with Sonic, receiving 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:
- Emerald Hill Zone, grassy plains with waterfalls and Mobius strips. Typical Tropical Island cliché.
- Chemical Plant Zone, an industrial factory filled with pink, toxic Mega Mack.
- Aquatic Ruin Zone, semi-submerged ruins in an overgrown forest.
- Casino Night Zone, a huge, glitzy casino city with slot machines and pinball.
- Hill Top Zone, an earthquake-prone area with blue rocks and lava caves.
- Mystic Cave Zone, vine-festooned caverns beneath the island's surface.
- Oil Ocean Zone, a massive petrochemicals refinery polluting the sea with black sludge.
- Metropolis Zone, Robotnik's great city-factory, with oversized pistons and cogwheels.
And above the island:
- Sky Chase Zone, where flying badniks patrol the island's airspace.
- Wing Fortress Zone, the Doctor's aerial fortress.
And even higher above:
- Death Egg Zone, the fat man's own personal doomsday moonlet.
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 appearances, so it is possible that several of these (like Desert Road or Dark Valley) are also located on West Side.
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, which is close to Chemical Plant Zone.
- Mirage Saloon Zone, a desert with a Wild West motif, which is located near Oil Ocean Zone.
|Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)|
|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 | City | Mystic Jungle|
|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|