Slick, Shiny, and Speedy – Sega Genesis – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – 1992

Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sega Genesis
Sega
(c) 1992
Genre: Adventure Platformer

In most cases, sequels are no contest for the original source. Plenty of game series can attest to this, and I’m sure plenty of you are thinking of a million examples as you read this. In rare cases, though, a sequel outshines its source, bringing new life to an already promising title. While this is an obvious boon to any game publisher, it doesn’t happen often enough. On that, I have to give kudos to Sega for making Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with this thought in mind.

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Too Fast for the Semi-Closed Eye – Sega Genesis – Sonic the Hedgehog – 1991

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Sega Genesis
Sega
(c) 1991
Genre: Adventure Platformer

When the Sega Genesis arrived on the video game scene, competition wasn’t exactly booming. The Nintendo Entertainment System had its feet on the ground and Sega Genesis, while having great graphics and potential, needed something to trump Nintendo’s lovable kingdom-saving plumber, Mario. Enter Sonic, a cool blue hedgehog with an attitude to match his super-fast feet. When Sonic the Hedgehog appeared, an epic battle that lasted for years began, pitting the plumber and the hedgehog against each other. How does Sonic fare all of these years later, though?

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