It may not be Sonic 2sday like it was in 1992 but a couple of days late is better than no release at all.
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now available on the 3DS eshop. To celebrate SEGA has put out screenshots, a press release, and a new trailer:
LOS ANGELES – Oct. 8, 2015 – In his second outing, the Blue Blur had to once again face the evil robotic forces of Dr. Eggman and recover the stolen Chaos Emeralds. But with the situation growing dire, Sonic is joined by Miles “Tails” Prower, for the series-first co-op play. And the best part? Beginning today, players can return to the greatness of the Sega Genesis classic on Nintendo 3DS™ with the release of 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as the latest installment of the faithfully recreated SEGA 3D Classics! Like other 3D classic titles before it, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will receive extensive 3D conversion and faithful recreation of the game’s sounds and music for a $5.99 digital download on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. For more information about recreating the game on the Nintendo 3DS, SEGA Games Producer, Yosuke Okunari and M2 President, Naoki Horii recap the entire process in-depth on the SEGA blog.
What was it about Sonic 2 that made it so great? Let us recount the ways:
- All-new half-pipe special stages!
- Super Sonic transformations!
- Those crazy corkscrews in stages!
- Flying as Super Sonic next to Tails’ bi-plane!
- The music from Casino Night Zone!We could go on for pages, but we won’t because you can go play it now!
That’s not all.
You may recall the 3DS SEGA console themes that were becoming available in Japan. It has been confirmed in a SEGA press release that they will be seeing a western release:
And because Sonic 2 was one of the breakout hits for both the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear, Oct. 8 also marks the launch of the Sega hardware Nintendo 3DS themes in the Americas, with the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear hardware themes being the first available. Featuring imagery and sounds of the legendary systems of yore, now anyone can adorn their Nintendo 3DS system with their Sega console of choice. The Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear are just the tip of the iceberg though; the following hardware themes will be released in the coming months. (This list corresponds to the release order as well.)
- Sega Master System
- Sega Mark III
- Sega Saturn
- Hi-Tech Sega (80s style Japanese arcade machine)
- Sega SG-1000
- Sega DreamcastThe hardware themes will be $1.99 each and the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear themes are now available in the Nintendo 3DS Theme store. The themes will be available in Europe as well, but the release timing will be different from the above schedule.
The 3DS is going to be getting quite a taste of blast processing coming up.