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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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This page is for the 2011 emulated release. For the decompiled port of the 2013 mobile port, see Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mobile Decompilation). For earlier compilation versions, see Sega Smash Pack 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 cover
Sonic Team
Sega Technical Institute
Release dates
Windows (emulator) January 26, 2011
macOS (OS X) (emulator) May 29, 2018[1]
Linux (emulator) May 29, 2018[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Side view, Scrolling
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
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Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog (mobile decompilation) 2021
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (mobile decompilation) 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021
Sonic Origins 2022
Sonic Frontiers 2022
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog 2023
Sonic Superstars 2023
Sonic Dream Team 2023
Sonic X Shadow Generations 2024

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a singleplayer side view scrolling platform game co-developed by Sonic Team and Sega Technical Institute and published by Sega. It is part of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Originally released on Sega Genesis in 1992, the game was ported to PC and released as a standalone title on January 26, 2011. It was previously ported and included in Sega Smash Pack 2.

The game was eventually delisted on all storefronts on May 20, 2022 in preparation for the release of Sonic Origins.

General information

Official developer site
Sonic Retro - A huge fan site for everything Sonic the Hedgehog. Mods for all the games can be found here.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Humble Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)

Internet Archive streaming

Unless otherwise stated, it is assumed that the US release is used
Some browsers (like Chrome) will have significant slowdown while streaming. It is recommended to use Firefox, as no such issues occur

This game is available for free and legal streaming via the Internet Archive. It has been configured to run under MAME emulation.

To modify emulator settings, press Tab . Controller support is available for compatible browsers (hold down a button on the controller while loading the page).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Mega Drive Classics\setup.dat
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Genesis Classics\setup.dat
macOS (OS X)
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.
Configuration settings are shared between all Sega Mega Drive Classics games.
Folder name varies by region.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Mega Drive Classics\0041
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\SEGA Genesis Classics\0041
macOS (OS X)
Folder name varies by region.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Launcher options menu.
Launcher options menu.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

Sonic 2 HD

Sonic 2 HD is an unofficial overhaul of Sonic 2. A demo was released on September 30, 2017.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible