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

File Date Source Title and comments
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1992-xx-xx














GameFan (US) Volume 1, Issue 1: "October 1992"
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1992-xx-xx














Megazone (AU) #25: "December/January 1992/1993"
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Mega Force (FR)
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1992-xx-xx














Sega Pro (UK) #12: "October 1992"
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1991-xx-xx














GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991"
"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.
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1992-02-20














MegaTech (UK) #3: "March 1992"
"Sonic Booms Again!"
MegaTech confirms the existence of a Sonic sequel, set to arrive later in 1992.
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1992-xx-xx














Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992"
"Are U Up 2 This?"
Sega Visions informs its readers of upcoming Sega products, including the newly announced Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #36: "July 1992"
"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.
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #36: "July 1992"
"Gaming Gossip"
Time travel confirmed again later in the issue.
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1992-06-27














Mean Machines (UK) #22: "July 1992"
"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.
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1992-xx-xx














Sega Force (UK) #7: "July 1992"
"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.
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1992-07-xx














Ação Games (BR) #15: "Julho 1992"
"Sega Ataca de Sonic 2 e Diabo da Tasmânia"
News
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1992-07-15














Computer & Video Games (UK) #129: "August 1992"
"Sonic 2 - It's True!"
Announcement from Summer CES 1992.
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1992-xx-xx














Mega Play (US) #11: "August 1992"
"Coming Attractions"
A quick news bite, with early Sonic 2 mockup pictures and mention of time travel.
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Sega Zone (AU) Not implemented!
"News: Sonic Mania"
News
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #37: "August 1992"
"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.
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1992-xx-xx














Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992"
"Sonic the Hedgehog II"
News
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1992-xx-xx














Megazone (AU) #23: "August/September 1992"
"Sonic II"
News
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1992-08-27














Mean Machines (UK) #24: "September 1992"
"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".
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1992-xx-xx














Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) #1: "September 1992"
"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".
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1992-08-13














Sega Force (UK) #9: "September 1992"
"You Ain't Seen Notin' Yet!"
News
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1992-xx-xx














Hobby Consolas (ES) #12: "Septiembre 1992"
"En Pantalla: Primeras imágenes de Sonic 2"
News
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1992-xx-xx














Joypad (FR) #12: "Septembre 1992"
"Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
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1992-09-15














Computer & Video Games (UK) #131: "October 1992"
"Special Report: Sonic 2"
Preview
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1992-xx-xx














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #1: "October 1992"
"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.
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1992-10-10














Player One (FR) #24: "Octobre 1992"
"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.
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Gamers (BR) #5: "xxxx xxxx"
"Preview: Sonic 2"
Preview
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1992-xx-xx














Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992"
"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.
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1992-xx-xx














Megazone (AU) #24: "October/November 1992"
"Coming Soon: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Preview
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1992-09-17














Mega (UK) #1: "October 1992"
"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.
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1992-09-10














Sega Force (UK) #10: "October 1992"
"Bigger, Better, Faster!"
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1992-xx-xx














Hobby Consolas (ES) #13: "Octubre 1992"
"iSuperview: Sonic la vielto!"
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992"
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
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Sega Zone (AU) Not implemented!
"Sonic 2"
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1992-10-15














Computer & Video Games (UK) #132: "November 1992"
"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.
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Mean Machines Sega (UK) #2: "November 1992"
"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.
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1992-10-28














Sega Zone (UK) #1: "November 1992"
"Mega Drive Review: Sonic 2"
The magazine's first-ever review, spanning four pages. The game scored a 92% and is given the "Mega Zone" award.
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1992-11-10














Player One (FR) #25: "Novembre 1992"
"Mega D.: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Four-page review of the game.
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1992-11-xx














Supergame (BR) #16: "Novembro 1992"
"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.
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1992-10-28














Video Games (DE) #11/92
"News: Sonic 2: Die Rückkehr des Igels"
News
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1992-xx-xx














Sega Pro (DE) #1: "November 1992"
"Pro News: Supersonic"
From the German edition of Sega Pro.
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1992-10-15














Mega (UK) #2: "November 1992"
"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.
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1992-xx-xx














Mega Force (FR) #11: "Novembre 1992"
"Zapping: Mega Drive - Sonic 2"
Review
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1992-xx-xx














Sega Visions (US) #10: "November/December 1992"
"Sega Game Feature: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Preview
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1992-xx-xx














GamePro (US) #40: "November 1992"
"Genesis Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
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1992-xx-xx














Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992"
"Lo Más Nuevo: Sonic 2"
Review
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #40: "November 1992"
"International News: The Joy of Specs..."
News
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US)
"Sonic the Hedgehog Returns"
Preview
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US)
"Genesis Giants: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Another brief summary of the game from EGM.
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #40: "November 1992"
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Preview
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1992-11-23














Video Games (DE) #12/92
"Test: Sonic 2"
Review
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1992-11-27














Sega Pro (DE) #2: "Dezember 1992"
"Pro Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
From the German edition of Sega Pro.
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1992-11-13














Aktueller Software Markt (DE) "Dezember 1992"
"Spel des Monats: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Review
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1992-11-05














Sega Force (UK) #12: "December 1992"
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Review
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1992-11-10














Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) #3: "December 1992"
"Video Game Gallery: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Review
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1992-11-19














Mega (UK) #3: "December 1992"
"Rip 'n' Tip: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Tips
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1992-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992"
"Review Crew: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Review
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992"
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Preview
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1992-12-28














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #4: "January 1993"
"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.
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Gamers (BR) #6: "xxxx xxxx"
"Mega Drive Test: Sonic 2"
Review
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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).
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From the Swedish Sega Force.
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GamePro (US) #42: "January 1993"
"Genesis ProReview: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Review
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1993-01-15














Computer & Video Games (UK) #135: "February 1993"
"Cheat Mode: Sonic 2"
Small section listing Action Replay codes for infinite lives, keeping 99 rings and debug mode.
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1993-01-28














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #5: "February 1993"
"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.
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1993-01-xx














Sega Pro (DE) #4: "Februar 1993"
"Sonic 2: 16 Seiten zum Heraustrennen und Sammeln"
From the German edition of Sega Pro.
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Sega Visions (US) #11: "February/March 1993"
"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.
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1993-02-28














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #6: "March 1993"
"Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Short article explaining the level select code.
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1993-02-15














Computer & Video Games (UK) #136: "March 1993"
"Cheat Mode: Sonic 2"
Short paragraph describing the level select code.
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1993-xx-xx














GamePro (US) #44: "March 1993"
"Bonus Section: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Part 1"
First half of a guide to Sonic 2 in the US magazine, GamePro.
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1993-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993"
"Interface: Blast Away..."
Letters
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1993-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993"
"Tricks of the Trade: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Tips
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1993-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993"
"Game Over: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Tips
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1993-03-26














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #7: "April 1993"
"Tips: Sonic the Hedgehog"
Paragraph describing an exploit for infinite lives in two-player mode.
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1993-03-24














Video Games (DE) #4/93
"Warpzone: Super Sonic Attack"
Tips
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1993-xx-xx














GamePro (US) #45: "April 1993"
"Bonus Section: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Part 2"
Second half of a guide to Sonic 2 in the US magazine, GamePro.
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Megazone (AU) #27: "April/May 1993"
"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.
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VG&CE points out the existence of Genocide City Zone in a prototype build of Sonic 2.
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Tips
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1993-xx-xx














GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993"
"S.W.A.T.Pro: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)"
Tips
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1993-xx-xx














Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #46: "May 1993"
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
A clip showing how to perform the 14 continues cheat code.
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1993-05-25














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #9: "July 1993"
"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.
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GamePro (US) #47: "June 1993"
"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.
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1993-09-15














Computer & Video Games (UK) #143: "October 1993"
"Cheat Mode: Sonic 2"
Short article explaining the code for level select and 14 continues.
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1993-09-28














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #13: "November 1993"
"Tips: Sonic II"
Short article explaining an infinite lives exploit in two-player mode.
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1993-xx-xx














GamePro (US) #52: "November 1993"
"Hot SWAT '93: Sonic The Hedgehog 2"
Tips
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1995-02-28














Mean Machines Sega (UK) #30: "April 1995"
"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.
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #240: "xxxx xxxx"
"100 Best Games Ever: Sonic the Hedgehog 2"
Short paragraph placing the game as the 55th best ever.
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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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