Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (arcade game)

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
System(s): Mega-Tech and Mega Play
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Arcade (Mega Play)
199x ¥? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
199x £? ?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was one of the games adapted for release in arcades for both the Mega-Tech and Mega Play hardware.


Mega-Tech version

The Mega-Tech version is essentially the same as the Sega Mega Drive game. Cheat codes still work and the two player mode and options screen are still present. Also, like all Mega-Tech games there is a time limit on how long the game can be played and a high score table is displayed on the top screen. The time limit can be increased by inserting credits.

Mega Play version

The Mega Play version has a number of differences from the Mega Drive game but less than the Mega Play version of Sonic 1 did. Cheat codes cannot be used as the Options menu is missing. In the 1-player mode, neither 50,000 points nor 100 Rings will award the player with an extra life, and all 1-Up monitors are replaced with Super Ring monitors. Instead, the player is awarded a single 1-Up at 30,000 points in order to make the game more difficult for an arcade experience. No strict time limits are imposed upon the player, and the time counter on the HUD has been removed completely. All Zones are present, unlike the Mega Play version of Sonic 1. Special Stages are also missing as no circle of stars will appear when passing Star Posts. Although no Chaos Emeralds can be collected, the player will automatically receive the good ending when completing the game. There is also no high score table displayed at the end of a game.

The 2 Player VS mode selection is present and accessible by inserting two credits to play (one for each player) and pressing the 2P start button. The mode behaves slightly differently, presenting the continue screen after either player wins a Zone and prompting the two players to insert credits and try again. Like in the 1-player mode, extra lives cannot be earned from monitors. The time counter is still present for both participants in this mode.

Physical scans

MegaPlay, EU
Sonic the hedgehog2 mega play ARCADE EU.jpg
MegaTech, US
Sonic the hedgehog2 mega tech ARCADE US.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

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Sonic the Hedgehog games for the following systems
 1991  Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Cosmo Fighter | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | SegaSonic the Hedgehog     1996  Sonic the Fighters     2011  Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade     2015  Sonic Dash Extreme‎‎     2016  Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition     2020  Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition    
 1992  UFO SegaSonic     1993  Sonic the Hedgehog | SegaSonic Popcorn Shop     1994  Sonic no Space Tours | SegaSonic Wataame Scramble | Sonic Canball | Air Circus | Curling Holiday     1997  Sonic the Hedgehog AWP     2002  Sonic & Tails Spinner     2003  CR Sonic     2007  Sonic Spinner     2008  Sonic Live!     2009  Sonic Hopper!     2010  Sonic Sports Basketball     2012  Sonic Sports Air Hockey | Oh! Ring | In the Barrel     2013  Sonic Athletics | Sonic Ghost Shooting | Sonic Brain Ranking‎‎     2016  Sonic Blast Ball‎‎     2019  Sonic Sports Kids Basketball‎‎    
 Unknown date  CoroCoro Fever (199x) | Darts Shot (199x) | Mogu-Mogu Rush (201x) | Neo Target (201x) | Circles Shoot (201x)