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General comparisons

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Nick Arcade—Alpha
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Pre-beta—Beta 4
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Final game

This different title screen continues to be used from previous prototypes, only with the addition of the menu, however there is no options screen to select. There is no introduction, Sonic and Tails are not animated, and the background is borrowed from Emerald Hill Zone, scrolling to the left in a similar manner to the original Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Sonic 2 Simon Wai—Alpha
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Sonic 2 Pre-beta—beta 4
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Sonic the Hedgehog (REV01)
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Sonic 2 beta 7-final

The level select screen is similar to earlier prototypes, and uses older names for some of the levels. Sky Chase Zone and Wing Fortress Zone (known here as Sky Fortress Zone) are now listed, while Wood Zone, Genocide City Zone and the second Act of Death Egg Zone have been removed. Hidden Palace Zone is listed, but is not selectable.

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Pre-beta
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Final game

Title cards comprise of white text on a black background, similar in parts to the original Sonic the Hedgehog. The Act number fades in with the rest of the level. Some Zones use their older names from the level select screen.

Gameplay comparisons

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Pre-beta
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Final game

The infamous "spike behavior" is still present in this prototype.

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Pre-beta
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Final game

There are no score cards, just an ending jingle similar to earlier prototypes.

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Pre-beta
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Final game

There are no capsules when defeating bosses. The clear jingle plays at some point after Eggman escapes and the camera scrolls to the right, then the next Zone begins.

2-player mode

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Pre-beta
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Final game

2-player mode is still unfinished. Selecting "2 PLAYER VS" on the title screen begins the game immediately from Emerald Hill Zone, and cycles through to Casino Night Zone and Mystic Cave Zone before resetting.

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Pre-beta
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Final game

The score counter still exists in the HUD, and Tails has the name "SONIC" for his life icon.

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Pre-beta
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Final game

The monitors are not randomised yet. If Tails breaks them, Sonic gains their effects.

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Final game

If Tails dies, the camera will follow him on the way down, and he will then be stuck in the absolute top-left corner of the level.

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Pre-beta
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Final game

Only Sonic can clear levels. If Tails gets to the end first, he will prevent the Signpost from loading and make it impossible for Sonic to finish the level, and its graphics will overwrite other sprites in the VRAM on Sonic's screen.

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Final game

Bosses can still appear in 2-player mode.

Level comparisons

References


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (pre-beta), prerelease version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)
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