Sega isn’t slowing down in bringing their classic titles to modern day players on Nintendo Switch via their Sega Ages lineup. Developer M2 has been behind all of these given their excellent track record in the quality of their emulation and they’ve just released their latest pair of titles. Those being Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sega Ages Puyo Puyo 2. You can head here for our review of Puyo Puyo 2 and read on in this one to find out how the blue blur has been improved for Nintendo’s hybrid console.
I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Sonic the Hedgehog because I played Sonic 1-3 plus Sonic & Knuckles probably over a hundred times each. The first system I owned as a kid was a Sega Genesis and because I didn’t own many games I would just play these over and over again and honestly they just never grew old to me. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is probably my third favorite of the four but I hold all of them pretty close to my heart. I’ve been enjoying the Sega Ages lineup of titles on the Nintendo Switch and so when they announced that Sonic 2 was the next to join the lineup I was thrilled to jump in and race through this game once again.
If for some reason you don’t know about Sonic 2 after all of these years then let me tell you about the story. Sonic 2 once again has Dr. Eggman (or Dr. Robotnik as he was known as back when I played the game) turning Sonic’s animal friends into robots while he searches for the seven Chaos Emeralds. His goal is to use them with his new weapon called the Death Egg. It falls upon Sonic to once again put a stop to his schemes but this time Sonic is joined by his best friend Tails along the way.
This second Sonic game has some pretty memorable zones in it including some of my favorites. Chemical Plant can be tricky at parts but it provides lot of lanes to reach high speeds at plus the cool little tubes you zoom through. Casino Night is full of neon lights and fun little slot machine things you can jump into for the chance at a coin boost or a damage penalty. Metropolis is fun while above ground but fall down into the water and you risk Sonic drowning if you don’t make it out or reach an air bubble supply fast enough. I can’t really say there is any zone in this game that I didn’t enjoy although failing at the levels on the plane towards the end of the game can be annoying as you are forced to go at the slow pace of the plane all over again. Every zone has multiple levels to it and always ends in a boss battle most of which aren’t very difficult.
So what exactly has Sega added to this version to make it worth picking up? Well for starters the great Drop Dash mechanic from Sonic Mania has now been added to this game. This is a great feature and makes several tricky parts in these levels more manageable. You also have the Ring Keep mode you can play which gives you rings to start a stage with and reduces the amount of rings you lose when you take a hit. Super Sonic mode is another new addition that lets you play as Sonic’s super form from the get go which is great. The last big addition is that Knuckles is now playable in this game which is awesome. His ability to climb and glide open up new ways to explore every zone in the game. It was possible to play as Knuckles in the Sega Genesis version if you attached Sonic 2 to Sonic & Knuckles which I did back in the day but if you missed out on that this is a great addition.
Other improvements made to the game include the ability to save at any point making the game a lot easier to beat along with various online leaderboards for you to compete against other player’s times online. There are also all of the usual screen filters and different picture modes for you to tinker with. The visuals in this game still look great to me and the music in just about every stage is still just absolutely wonderful and memorable after all these years.
These classic Sonic games continue to stand the test of time which makes me recommending Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 an easy thing to do. Sure there are a dozen different places to play this game out there but the new features included in M2’s latest port make this one quite attractive. 2020 appears as if it will be big for the blue hedgehog so why not pick this up on your Switch and get ready for the ride.
*Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch. Reviewed on Nintendo Switch. Review copy provided by Sega for this review.