Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Genre: Action

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD, also frequently referred to as Super Sonic, and at one point reportedly subtitled Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Escape from Ring Zone[1][2][3], was a planned version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega-CD.

The Sega Mega Drive version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog CD are thought to have at one point been the same thing, likely separating at an early point in development when a disgruntled Yuji Naka and several members of the original Sonic Team migrated from Sega of Japan's offices in Tokyo to Sega of America (or specifically, the Sega Technical Institute) in California - travelling to where Sonic the Hedgehog was actually popular, as opposed to staying in Japan where the reception had been more lukewarm.

The entirety of the story is unclear, and many former developers seem unaware of the situation, however Sega spent a large part of 1992 promoting four different versions of Sonic 2 - the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear ports, all of which shipped, and a Sega Mega-CD version which did not. Development on Sonic 2 CD is thought to have began with an aim of launching after the aforementioned versions, however the project was axed, potentially as a response to Japanese Sonic 2 sales, and became an entirely separate game, Sonic CD.

Slightly enhanced Mega-CD ports of Mega Drive games were not uncommon during the early 1990s, and Sonic 2 CD appears to have followed a similar pattern - the addition of CD quality audio, cutscenes between levels and the potential for more stages were all announced by various sources, though very little seems to have been demonstrated and may relate soley to the Japanese-led Sonic CD project. An enhanced port of the original Sonic the Hedgehog was also announced around this time before being canned.

No known screenshots or footage of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD has ever been released, however several publications mistook a demonstration CD by Sega Multimedia Studio as Sonic 2 CD footage. The demo, shown at Summer CES 1992, sees Sonic standing on (and holding) a compact disc, but is merely a demonstration of the Mega-CD technology, not a game.

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