Following on from the excellent remake-ish-port-upgrades of Sonic CD and the original Sonic the Hedgehog comes, at last, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. There’s what we may now call “the usual” upgrades – proper widescreen support and expanded character selections (Knuckles can be selected right from the start, no unlocking required) – but what really sets the fangirl’s heart aglow is the inclusion of the fabled Hidden Palace Zone, finally given an official release after over two decades.
It was well worth the wait, and includes all the little bits-and-bobs I’ve been gawking at on websites like Sonic Retro for as long as I’ve had internet. There’s also at least one surprise in the level too, but it’s a bit too soon to spoil it for anyone how hasn’t played it yet. So this is yet another quality remake – here’s hoping Sonic 3 isn’t too far behind!