25 years later, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 returns to iPhone and Apple TV
He may be fast, but it sure took a while to race back into the App Store. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was originally released for the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis 25 years ago today. To commemorate the occasion, SEGA Networks has announced that the game is once again available for iOS and tvOS as part of the SEGA Forever collection.
They’re even calling today “Sonic 2sday,” so be sure to wish everybody a happy one.
For those who don’t know the history of the Sonic franchise…
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the second main entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed as a combined effort by both Sonic Team and SEGA Technical Institute, with a soundtrack composed by Masato Nakamura. The game saw both critical and commercial success at launch, and has sold over six million copies; it is considered to be one of the greatest of all time. The remastered version, which is made by the team behind the recent Sonic Mania, lends itself flawlessly to the mobile gameplay experience.
In fact, if you’ve played through some of the more recent Sonic releases and are wondering just why this character’s still around, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a very good indicator. I personally have a lot of good memories of tearing through this game, and it holds up really well today.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is available for free download with ad support, but the ads can be removed for a one-time in-app purchase of $1.99 / €2.29 / £1.99. Do that; the game is certainly worth more than $1.99, especially with new features such as leaderboards, cloud saves, and MFi controller support. That makes it an excellent, excellent option for Apple TV, by the way.
Oh, and if you purchased the previously released version for iOS, you won’t have to buy it again; the ad-free version can be found in your purchase history.
For more information on Sonic the Hedgehog 2, visit www.sega.com.