Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for iOS Remastered and Rereleased

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Sega has released an updated and remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for iOS, adding iPad and iPhone 5 support, in addition to a new Boss Attack Mode and a new online 2-player mode. The update is free for current owners of the game.

The game is a faithful recreation of the classic Sega Genesis title, but adds a secret zone called the Hidden Palace that was removed from the original game. The game was made by the same team that released the Sonic CD iOS-port previously. Our sister-site TouchArcade has more:
Just a quick heads-up to let you know that the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99] remastered update, which we gave you some first impressions of yesterday, is now available as a free update to the original game in the App Store. In addition to improved visuals, widescreen and Universal iPad support, and a 60fps frame rate, this remastered Sonic 2 also includes brand new additions like a Boss Attack Mode, an online 2-player mode, Knuckles as a playable character right from the start, and the first ever official inclusion of the long-lost Hidden Palace Zone which was scrapped from the original Sega Genesis version of the game just days before release back in 1992.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is available for $2.99 from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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impulse462

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I've been waiting for Sonic the Hedgehog 3, but they still haven't released it on iOS yet :(.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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I've always been a Nintendo fan myself and have never picked up a Sonic. Is this a good one? (Not the game in general, but this specific port. IE, a lot of platformers have horrid controls, particularly those that weren't originally made for touch screens.)
 
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noiseordinance

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I've always been a Nintendo fan myself and have never picked up a Sonic. Is this a good one? (Not the game in general, but this specific port. IE, a lot of platformers have horrid controls, particularly those that weren't originally made for touch screens.)
In my opinion, it was the best Sonic to be released.

Edit: nevermind, didn't read your statement about not the game in general, but this specific port.
 
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na1577

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I've always been a Nintendo fan myself and have never picked up a Sonic. Is this a good one? (Not the game in general, but this specific port. IE, a lot of platformers have horrid controls, particularly those that weren't originally made for touch screens.)
If controls are your main concern then you'll be happy to hear that the controls are very customizable in this version. You can adjust the opacity, location, and size of the D-pad and button.
 
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theonekcrow

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I've always been a Nintendo fan myself and have never picked up a Sonic. Is this a good one? (Not the game in general, but this specific port. IE, a lot of platformers have horrid controls, particularly those that weren't originally made for touch screens.)
This is a good port of the game. The online multiplayer as well as the normal gameplay is smooth. Sound is great. There are a lot of different unlockables and hidden items that can be accessed in the no save area. You can play as Sonic and Tails (Separate or Together) and Knuckles too. (In the Sonic 1 port you had to unlock Tails and Knuckles.)

Overall, it would be well worth the purchase and the hours of fun!

As far as controller support goes, I cannot tell you as I do not have any physical controllers.
 
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Pakaku

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Is Tails' AI still as narmy as ever? It won't be the same without it.
 
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furi0usbee

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Why does Nintendo want to stay in the hardware game? Just think about the franchises they own when it comes to games.... they could be making serious bank for generations to come for both iOS and PC/Mac.

Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
 
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Johnf1285

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Why does Nintendo want to stay in the hardware game? Just think about the franchises they own when it comes to games.... they could be making serious bank for generations to come for both iOS and PC/Mac.

Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
They need an iOS version of Pokemon. Not a port but a new one (although I'll take a port). That would be epic!
 
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Pakaku

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Why does Nintendo want to stay in the hardware game? Just think about the franchises they own when it comes to games.... they could be making serious bank for generations to come for both iOS and PC/Mac.

Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
Nintendo has always been a toy company, ever since the beginning. If they outsourced their software to other companies, why should anyone buy their toys/consoles?

SEGA doesn't make consoles anymore. Nintendo does, and I like that they actually try to do new things when it comes to hardware. But if they can't get their act together soon with the software, they're going to end up going in SEGA's direction. So... we can expect to see Super Mario iOS sometime in 2017-18 ;)
 
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dampfnudel

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Nintendo has always been a toy company, ever since the beginning. If they outsourced their software to other companies, why should anyone buy their toys/consoles?

SEGA doesn't make consoles anymore. Nintendo does, and I like that they actually try to do new things when it comes to hardware. But if they can't get their act together soon with the software, they're going to end up going in SEGA's direction. So... we can expect to see Super Mario iOS sometime in 2017-18 ;)
Nintendo will probably release the DS Lite 2, the true successor to the DS Lite with a single retina-quality display which drops the 3D gimmick and the Wii F U before that happens.;)
 
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terraphantm

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Why does Nintendo want to stay in the hardware game? Just think about the franchises they own when it comes to games.... they could be making serious bank for generations to come for both iOS and PC/Mac.

Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
Pretty much the same reason Apple doesn't license OS X to PC makers. Nintendo is primarily a hardware company. That said, unlike Apple, Nintendo's latest efforts are certainly not selling well at all
 
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Nevaborn

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Wow finally an update geez. I have had this game since it's launch and since iOS 7 it has been near unplayable with lag and unresponsivness.

Now it has had the same treatment as Sonic 1 possibly even better it is running smooth and sounds great.

What tey need next is a remastered release of Sonic 3 with Sonic and Knuckles so you have the ehole intended game.

As for Nintendo, they are a stupid and stubborn company. iOS is a far more popular system than 3DS, they are missing out on a massive revenue stream.
 
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Eorlas

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Why does Nintendo want to stay in the hardware game? Just think about the franchises they own when it comes to games.... they could be making serious bank for generations to come for both iOS and PC/Mac.

Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
Because Nintendo banks on selling their new hardware by the legendary success of all their major franchises. If they released those titles on the neutral systems (iOS/Android/PC) there wouldn't be a big reason to go buying any of their hardware. The great majority of unique and amazing games sell on other consoles (GTA, Last of Us, Halo, Uncharted, most other popular cross-platformers.)

I only bought a 3DS XL for Mario, Pokemon, etc. whereas the rest of their available library is entirely uninteresting to me.
 
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It's a shame this is only out on mobile devices at the moment. I'd love to get the Christian Whitehead version of this on PS3/Vita/3DS with physical controls and no fingers hovering over the screen.

Why does Nintendo want to stay in the hardware game? Just think about the franchises they own when it comes to games.... they could be making serious bank for generations to come for both iOS and PC/Mac.

Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
Have you seen the 3DS sales figures? It's set to become on the best selling consoles of all time. Wii U, less so, but hey at least Nintendo is able to build hardware around software and vice versa which has led to some fantastic games on the Wii series of consoles.
And of course; the Wii. Inches from becoming the best selling home console of all time.

Nintendo consoles always pull a profit per system sold (unlike the competition), and given how well they sell would you settle for just making 70% off software sales, and nothing for 3rd party sales?

You're aware of the sales figures for Nintendo software, even though they're priced at hundreds of times more than iOS games? You'd rather they adopt the iOS standard of cheap games and microtransactions? No way.

Don't let your fanaticism for Apple get in the way ;)
 
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Salvor Hardin

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It's a shame this is only out on mobile devices at the moment. I'd love to get the Christian Whitehead version of this on PS3/Vita/3DS with physical controls and no fingers hovering over the screen.



Have you seen the 3DS sales figures? It's set to become on the best selling consoles of all time. Wii U, less so, but hey at least Nintendo is able to build hardware around software and vice versa which has led to some fantastic games on the Wii series of consoles.
And of course; the Wii. Inches from becoming the best selling home console of all time.

Nintendo consoles always pull a profit per system sold (unlike the competition), and given how well they sell would you settle for just making 70% off software sales, and nothing for 3rd party sales?

You're aware of the sales figures for Nintendo software, even though they're priced at hundreds of times more than iOS games? You'd rather they adopt the iOS standard of cheap games and microtransactions? No way.

Don't let your fanaticism for Apple get in the way ;)
That hasn't been the case since 2011 because both the 3DS and Wii U were sold at a loss (and still are in the Wii U's case).
http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/26/nintendo-confirms-that-its-selling-3ds-at-a-loss-expects-that/
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/nintendo-wii-u-still-being-sold-at-a-loss/

They are also looking into free to play as well.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-19-nintendos-first-free-to-play-game-will-be-steel-diver
 
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roadbloc

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Sonic still exists?

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Do you know how many Nintendo games I'd buy if they had iPad/Mac versions? Wow, they'd make a killing.
Not really. If a hundred people want to play Pokemon, they need a 3DS at £150 and then the game at £30. That's a total of £18,000. If they were to release it as a mobile app, the profit would be considerably less.

Same reason why Apple only make their software for their hardware. Just like Nintendo.
 
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