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                               Sonic the Hedgehog 2 FAQ
                                      Version 7.0
                                    January 3, 2005
                                       by MManos
    
    
    
    
    
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                  [TOC]     CHAPTER 00:  Table of Contents     [TOC]
    
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    This FAQ now contains the commonly-used "Quick Find" catalog.  Next to each 
    section of the guide contains a three-letter code.  Hit CTRL+F to access the 
    "Find" menu, type in the three-letter code, and keep searching (should be the 
    second find) until you find the section you inquire!
    
    CHAPTER 01:---------------------------------------- Copyright Information [CPT]
    CHAPTER 02:---------------------------------------------- Version History [VSH]
    CHAPTER 03:--------------- What about "Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2"? [KS2]
    CHAPTER 04:--------------------------------------------------- Characters [CHR]
    CHAPTER 05:-------------------------------------------------------- Items [ITM]
    CHAPTER 06:----------------------------------------------------- Controls [CTL]
    CHAPTER 07:-------------------------------------------- Zone Descriptions [ZND]
    CHAPTER 08:--------------------- The Chaos Emeralds and the Special Stage [EMR]
    CHAPTER 09:------------------------------------------------------ Badniks [BDN]
    CHAPTER 10:------------------------------------------------------- Bosses [BSS]
    CHAPTER 11:------------------------------------------------------ 2P Mode [2PM]
    CHAPTER 12:------------------------ Codes, Cheats, Glitches, and Oddities [CCG]
    CHAPTER 13:---------------------------------------------- Acknowledgments [ACK]
    CHAPTER 14:----------------------------------------------- Author Contact [ATC]
    CHAPTER 15:-------------------------------------------- Guide Usage Rules [GUR]
    CHAPTER 16:--------------------------------------------------- Final Word [FNW]
    
    
    
    
    
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                [CPT]     CHAPTER 01:  Copyright Information     [CPT]
    
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    This document, otherwise known as "Sonic the Hedgehog 2 FAQ/Walkthrough", was
    created by me, MManos.  If you wish to host this guide on your website, unless
    that site is GameFAQs, you need to follow the criteria listed in Chapter 15,
    "Guide Usage Rules".  Any form of plagiarism will not be tolerated, and the
    proper authorities will be notified.  If you wish to share this guide with
    others, it must be for personal use only.  Do not share this over online
    Shareware software such as Napster, WinMX, Bearshare, Limewire, Kazaa, etc.
    Also, do not cut out only the parts you wish to share.  This guide was meant to
    be used in its entirety and must be treated that way.
    
    Copyright (c)1999-2005 Michael Manos
    All Rights Reserved
    
    
    
    
    
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                   [VSH]     CHAPTER 02:  Version History     [VSH]
    
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                            January 3, 2005 -- Version 7.0
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      Through recent discovery, I have found video game guides available on free
       Shareware applications.  I have thereby changed information in Copyright 
       Information and Guide Usage Rules.  Also, there have been minor grammar 
      alterations throughout the guide, along with a correction in the Quick Find
                                shortcut for Chapter 1.
    
    
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                            January 3, 2004 -- Version 6.0
              ==========================================================
      Welcome to another new year, ladies and gentlemen.  Here's what I've done:
    
    ALTERATIONS
    - Another new year, another change to the Copyright Information section that
      involves the year, among other things.
    - Changes have been made to the Author Contact section.
    
    
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                            October 4, 2003 -- Version 5.0
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                Well, I made a couple of quick revisions to this guide.
    
    ALTERATIONS
    - I suppose this isn't too important, but I changed the format of the guide, so
      it is now done on WordPad instead of Word.
    - Changes have been made to the Copyright Information section.
    
    
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                             July 4, 2003 -- Version 4.0
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     Happy "Fourth" everybody.  That can mean to celebrate the Fourth of July and
      the fourth version of this guide.  Go figure.  I did a few updates to this
                 guide in order to make the information more precise.
    
    ALTERATIONS
    - With a new year, "Copyright Information" had to be slightly tweaked.
    - Included the fact that hedgehogs are insectivores, not rodents, in 
      "Characters"
    - Slightly updated Tails' information in "Characters"
    - Reformatted the "Controls" section
    - Slight tweaking of grammar in "Zone Descriptions"
    - A few changes in the "Bosses" section regarding boss names
    - Included more credits in the "Acknowledgments" section
    
    
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                           November 29, 2002 -- Version 3.0
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     Several additions and changes in this update!  To make this more informative
                         of an FAQ, I have done the following:
    
    ADDED SECTIONS                          RENAMED SECTIONS
    - "Codes, Cheats, Glitches, and         - "Moves" ---> "Controls"
      Oddities"                             - "Multiplayer Mode" ---> "2P Mode"
    - "Guide Usage Rules"
    - "What about 'Knuckles in Sonic the
      Hedgehog 2'?"
    
    ALTERATIONS                             OTHER NEW STUFF
    - More grammar changes                  - Quick-Find Reference Added
    - Deletion of unnecessary borders
    
    
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                           November 16, 2002 -- Version 2.0
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        As CJayC has said time and time again, there truly can never be a Final
    Version of the guide.  Therefore, I have made this addition.  This incarnation
                       includes the following additions/changes:
    
    ALTERED SECTIONS
    - Minor tweaks of grammar throughout
    
    
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                          November 22, 2001 -- Version Final
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     Hey all!  It's the first version and the last all in one!  Therefore, there's
                      nothing to see here.  Moving right along...
    
    
    
    
    
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    [KS2]     CHAPTER 03:  What about "Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2"?     [KS2]
    
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    This game, "Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2", can be attained to using the
    lock-on cartridge technology of "Sonic & Knuckles" with the "Sonic the Hedgehog
    2" cartridge.  The gameplay is almost exactly similar to that of the original
    sequel, but Knuckles' gliding ability will allow him to enter new areas of
    zones.  Furthermore, boss battles will be slightly more difficult, for Knuckles
    cannot jump as high as Sonic or Tails.  Codes for "KS2" will be in Chapter 12.
    
    
    
    
    
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                      [CHR]     CHAPTER 04:  Characters     [CHR]
    
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                                  SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
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    Born and raised on South Island (where Sonic 1 took place), a speed demon, and 
    a guy with a major chili dog obsession, Sonic the Hedgehog has evolved into one 
    of the most loved video game mascots of our time.  When one mentions "Sega", 
    one can't help but think of the blue, spiky-hair insectivore.
    
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                       MILES "TAILS" PROWER - THE TWO-TAILED FOX
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    I don't know, nor want to know, why Sonic, an ultra-cool dude, has a best 
    friend in a whiny, premature, ten-year-old fox.  Sounds a little suspicious to 
    me... Anyway, this kid is pretty cool, even though he can't fly yet and is no 
    different from Sonic in terms of controls.  Sigh... well, at least there's 
    Sonic 3 to look forward to.
    
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                                   DR. IVO ROBOTNIK                   
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    Also known as Dr. Eggman, Robotnik is the definition of evil dudes who need to 
    hit a Stairmaster.  The red suit and fiery mustache define this guy, but 
    nothing seems more prominent than the Egg-O-Matic, his transport device used to 
    hover throughout the universe.
    
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                                  MOBIUS INHABITANTS
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    Instead of the standard "Damsel-in-Distress" theme found in many games in this 
    genre (*cough* Mario *cough*), Sonic must rescue the residents of this island.  
    Either the gravity level must be really high or there's a lack of nutrition 
    among the locals, but they are all really short.
    
    
    
    
    
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                        [ITM]     CHAPTER 05:  Items     [ITM]
    
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                         ITEM(S)          ||           USE(S)
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              |        Power Rings        || These are basically what  |
              |                           || your life depends on.     |
              |                           || They are found all over   |
              |                           || all of the zones except   |
              |                           || for the Death Egg Zone.   |
              |                           || If you are attacked or    |
              |                           || fall on spikes, you lose  |
              |                           || your rings.  If you get   |
              |                           || hit with no rings, you    |
              |                           || lose one life.            |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |        Ring Monitor       || This gives you ten rings. |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |   Character Head Monitor  || This gives you one extra  |
              |                           || extra life.               |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |        Boot Monitor       || This gives a temporary    |
              |                           || speed boost.              |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |        Star Monitor       || This gives temporary      |
              |                           || invincibility.            |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |    Blue Sphere Monitor    || This gives you a shield.  |
              |                           || A shield allows Sonic or  |
              |                           || Tails to sustain a hit    |
              |                           || without penalty.          |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |         Starposts         || When you pass these blue  |
              |                           || posts they turn red.      |
              |                           || When you die, you will    |
              |                           || start at the last         |
              |                           || lamppost you touched.     |
              |                           || You will start with the   |
              |                           || time you hit the post     |
              |                           || with, along with zero     |
              |                           || rings.  If you pass one   |
              |                           || with fifty rings, you     |
              |                           || will be able to enter the |
              |                           || Special Stage.            |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |          Springs          || These shoot you into the  |
              |                           || air.                      |
              |---------------------------||---------------------------|
              |        Prison Eggs        || You free the Mobius       |
              |                           || inhabitants by jumping on |
              |                           || the lever on top of these |
              |                           || at the end of each zone,  |
              |                           || with Sky Chase Zone, Wing |
              |                           || Fortress Zone, and Death  |
              |                           || Egg Zone as exceptions.   |
              '--------------------------------------------------------'
    
    
    
    
    
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                       [CTL]     CHAPTER 06:  Controls     [CTL]
    
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    D-PAD LEFT, RIGHT
    - Walk or Run Left, Right
    
    D-PAD UP, DOWN
    - Look Up, Crouch
    
    A/B/C
    - Jump
    
    WHILE MOVING, D-PAD DOWN
    - Super Sonic Spin Attack (Roll)
    
    D-PAD DOWN; A/B/C
    - Spin Dash
    
    
    
    
    
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                  [ZND]     CHAPTER 07:  Zone Descriptions     [ZND]
    
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    One of these days, I may get a walkthrough in this guide.  For now, here's some 
    brief descriptions of the seven zones.
    
    Each zone has two acts, with the exception of Metropolis Zone, which has three 
    acts, and Sky Chase Zone, Wing Fortress Zone, and Death Egg Zone, all with just 
    one solitary act.  In each act, Sonic has ten minutes to race to the end, pass 
    all the obstacles, and collect as many rings as possible.  Pass as many 
    starposts as well, for if Sonic should die, he would restart at the last-
    touched lamppost rather than the beginning.  Almost all enemies are worth 100 
    points, and bosses are worth 1,000.
    
    
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                              ZONE 01:  Emerald Hill Zone
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    This is basically the tutorial level of the game.  Set in a valley of Mobius, 
    it resembles Sonic 1's Green Hill Zone.  Watch out for inconveniently placed 
    Coconuts (monkey-like Badnik).  Yes, I know that you can beat both acts in 
    thirty seconds apiece, but keep in mind Sonic Team made this in 1992.  A new 
    addition are the corkscrew paths.  In order to pass them, just press RIGHT on 
    the D-Pad.  Overall, it makes a nice introduction for a Sonic game.
    
    
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                             ZONE 02:  Chemical Plant Zone
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    In this zone, you are in a factory.  Robotnik's latest creation is Mega Mack, a 
    purple liquid which Sonic can drown in because there are, inconveniently, no 
    air bubbles for which Sonic can breathe.  Nothing special here, except the 
    tubes you teleport in are pretty cool.  It's also nice to see an original zone 
    idea.
    
    
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                              ZONE 03:  Aquatic Ruin Zone
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    In a nutshell, this level is the Labyrinth Zone set outside with a set water 
    level, a path which makes underwater travel completely avoided, and without the 
    water slides (possibly the only slightly entertaining thing from Labyrinth 
    Zone).  However, the entire zone is rather entertaining.  Watch out for those 
    Grade-A ANNOYING arrow launchers.  Boy, I wish there were water shields back in 
    the day.  Anyway, another quick zone like Emerald Hill.  Just try to keep above 
    the surface and this will be even easier than the first zone!
    
    
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                              ZONE 04:  Casino Night Zone
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    Surely you remember the infamous Spring Yard zone from StH.  The annoyance of
    getting bounced like a pinball.  The maze of an arcade.  Guess what?  It's ten
    times worse.  When on a flipper (or pair of), the A Button flips the left one, 
    the B Button flips the right one, and the C Button flips both of them.  For 
    beginners, I suggest you simply use the C Button for flippers so you don't 
    fumble with the controller in order to flip the correct flipper.  Just like 
    Sonic Spinball, if you've played that.  Hold down any button when on a spring 
    to charge up, then release for a burst of speed through a loop or two.  For the 
    speediest charge, wait until the spring is compressed all the way and yellow.  
    The lack of Badniks is nice, but it took me awhile how to defeat those Crawls.  
    Get as much points as possible and have fun.  The main problem I have is the 
    time limit, so watch out.
    
    
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                                ZONE 05:  Hill Top Zone
              ===========================================================
    Hill Top is an underground-type zone, which is not one we've seen on the 
    Genesis yet.  An abundance of fire covers this zone, like Marble Zone, but 
    throw in enough loops to give it that StH2 feel.  Another fun zone, but then 
    again most of the StH2 zones are.  The main problem here are those annoying 
    Badniks, mainly Sols. A neat little feature is that after you kill a Rexon, 
    their backs can be used as stepping stones through the lava.  Use those 
    catapults correctly, and remember those red dots ARE Badniks, even if they are 
    indestructible.
    
    
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                              ZONE 06:  Mystic Cave Zone
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    In this cave, Robotnik is looking for the Chaos Emeralds.  It's too bad that 
    they aren't there, huh?  Anyway, the Badniks here are quite annoying, so watch 
    out for those Flashers and Crawltons.  Spiked obstacles line this cave, so keep 
    an eye out for sharp, pointy objects.  Also, monitors can be hidden behind 
    poles, so try and look for those.  Grab onto vines when you can, and make sure 
    you don't get crushed by random objects.
    
    
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                               ZONE 07:  Oil Ocean Zone
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    Another water zone... but this time the water drowns you in an instant.  Slides
    and elevators are quite present, so keep an eye out for them.  Aquises tend to
    follow you, so watch for them.  When you come upon the purple stars, avoid
    them.  Unlike other levels, you spend a lot of time going up and down instead 
    of across.  Just be wary of the spiked bars, green-flamed oil tanks, and the 
    slides, and you should be just fine.
    
    
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                               ZONE 08:  Metropolis Zone
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    The longest zone, and easily the hardest zone, this zone has several unique 
    gadgets.  To run on the screws, press RIGHT to move up, and LEFT to move down.  
    Transporters are easy, just run into them.  All three Badniks are extremely 
    difficult to beat, so hang in there.  Watch your timer, get through the several 
    loops, don't get lost, and have fun; it is a game, after all.  Ease remains 
    after this zone... for a while.
    
    
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                               ZONE 09:  Sky Chase Zone
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    Basically, you are a wing-walker of Tails' plane (doesn't the little runt go 
    away?) and are trying to catch up with Robotnik in his Wing Fortress.  The 
    slowest-moving zone, just avoid the fast-flying Balkiries, bomb-dropping 
    Nebulas, and the awkward Turtloids.  Otherwise, this is a very easy zone.
    
    
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                             ZONE 10:  Wing Fortress Zone
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    You're on Robotnik's flying ship!  This zone is sort of short, but make sure
    to stay on the upper half of the zone.  If you stray low, you must jump on 
    aerial platforms, which can be quite difficult if you lack in the eye-hand 
    coordination department.  Only one Badnik, the infamous Clucker, resides about 
    the zone.  Just stay alive and don't fall!
    
    
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                               ZONE 11:  Death Egg Zone
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    Should be called "Death Egg Prototype Zone".  Just two bosses, really.  See
    the appropriate section for this.
    
    
    
    
    
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      [EMR]     CHAPTER 08:  The Chaos Emeralds and the Special Stage     [EMR]
    
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    The Chaos Emeralds are the things that make the world go 'round... well, at 
    least the world of our blue hero and his friends.  There are seven of them, and 
    Dr. R. wants these to power his Death Egg (prototype).  The guy really has to 
    take advantage of technological advances and stop with the natural resources.
    
    There are seven special stages, each one different for each emerald.  In order
    to get to any secret zone, you need to have fifty rings at the time you reach
    a starpost.  In the special stage, you are in a psuedo-3D gauntlet racing for 
    rings.  Avoid the bombs and get enough rings by each of the three checkpoints.  
    Be warned: it doesn't get really hard until Stage 4 (gray emerald).
    
    
    
    
    
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                       [BDN]     CHAPTER 09:  Badniks     [BDN]
    
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     There are TWENTY-THREE different varieties of Badniks.  Let's explore them!!
    
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                               EMERALD HILL ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Buzzer                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------ A black, yellow and red hornet
                   Attack:-------------------- Launching Projectiles
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                   Coconuts                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:-------------- A red monkey on a tree
                   Attack:----------------------- Launching Coconuts
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Masher                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:-------------------------- A red fish
                   Attack:--------------------------- Roaming Around
    
    
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                              CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Grabber                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:----------- A black and yellow spider
                   Attack:--------------------------------- Grabbing
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Spiny                      |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------- A silver platform with spikes
                   Attack:--------------------------- Roaming Around
    
    
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                               AQUATIC RUIN ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                   Chop Chop                   |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:-------------- A blue mechanized fish
                   Attacks:----------- Roaming Around; Ring Stealing
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                   Grounder                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:----------------- A red drilled robot
                   Attack:--------------------------- Roaming Around
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                     Whisp                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------- A blue fly; usually in groups
                   Attack:--------------------------- Roaming Around
    
    
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                               CASINO NIGHT ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                     Crawl                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------------------ A red armored crab 
                   Attack:--------------------------- Roaming Around
    
    
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                                 HILL TOP ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                     Rexon                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:----- A purple lava-residing dinosaur
                   Attack:---------------------- Launching Fireballs
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                      Sol                      |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------- A red orb with four fireballs
                   ---------------------------------- surrounding it
                   Attack:---------------------- Launching Fireballs
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Spiker                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------ A red orb with four legs and a
                   --------------------------------------- spiky hat
                   Attack:-------------------------- Launching Spike
    
    
    
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                               MYSTIC CAVE ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                   Crawlton                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------------- A dark blue caterpillar
                   Attack:--------------- Appearing out of Platforms
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Flasher                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:---------------- A gray lightning bug
                   Attack: ----------- Flashing (not like that, perv)
    
    
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                                OIL OCEAN ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                     Aquis                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:----------- A yellow flying sea horse
                   Attack:-------------------- Launching Projectiles
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                     Octus                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:--------------- A pink flying octopus
                   Attack:-------------------- Launching Projectiles
    
    
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                                METROPOLIS ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                   Asteron*                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:---------------------- An orange star
                   Attack:---------- Exploding; Launching Body Parts
                  *Note:--- Asterons are not able to be hit by Sonic
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                 Shellcracker                  |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:-------- A red crab with a LARGE claw
                   Attack:--------------------------- Launching Claw
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Slicer                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:---- A green mantis with scythe claws
                   Attack: ------------------------- Launching Claws
    
    
    
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                                SKY CHASE ZONE BADNIKS
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                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Balkiry                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:---------------- A red birdlike plane
                   Attack:--------------------------- Roaming Around
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Nebula                     |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:- A green, well, thing (my guess is a 
                   --------------- monkey-like creature) in a black,
                   --------------- flying, bomb-dropping, protective
                   ------------------------------------------- shell
                   Attack:--------------------- Dropping Projectiles
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                   Turtloids                   |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:------ Two green turtles; baby riding
                   ------------------------------------------ parent
                   Attack:-------------------- Launching Projectiles
    
    
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                              WING FORTRESS ZONE BADNIKS
              ===========================================================
    
                   .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
                   |                    Clucker                    |
                   '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
                   Description:----- A white chicken inside a turret
                   Attack:-------------------- Launching Projectiles
    
    
    
    
    
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                        [BSS]     CHAPTER 10:  Bosses     [BSS]
    
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                        GREEN HILL ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Drill Car
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              Description:------------------------ A red car with a drill
              Attacks:-------- Driving; Launching Drill after seventh hit
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:---------------- Just hit the car from above.
    
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                CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Mega Mack Distributor
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              Description:-------- A dropper on top/tube on bottom of Egg
              Attack:------------------------------------------ Mega Mack
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:- When Robotnik first drops down, jump on the
              --------------- machine.  He should be defeated immediately
              ------------------------------------------------ afterward.
    
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               AQUATIC RUIN ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Totem Pole Mallet Swinger
              ===========================================================
              Description:------------------- A hammer on the Egg-O-Matic
              Attacks:- Hammering Totem Poles; Launching Arrows from Pole
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:- When the arrows stick into the totem poles,
              ------------------- jump on them to reach and hit Robotnik.
    
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                  CASINO NIGHT ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Pinball Claw-Bomber
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              Description:-------- A yellow claw on bottom; pinball arena
              Attacks:----------------------------- Launching Bombs; Claw
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:- You better be good at flipper control.  Use
              -------------------------- them to hit Robotnik from above.
    
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                   HILL TOP ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Volcanic Flamethrower
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              Description:-------------- A flamethrower inside a lava pit
              Attack:--------------------------------------- Flame Bursts
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:-- Jump right in to get him, or else a tricky
              ---------------------------------------- battle will ensue.
    
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                     MYSTIC CAVE ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Double Driller
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              Description:---- Two big drills attached to the Egg-O-Matic
              Attacks:-------------------------- Drilling; Falling Debris
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat: Avoid the debris and the drills, but hit the
              -------------------------------------------------- cockpit.
    
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               OIL OCEAN ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Pollution-Delving Submarine
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              Description:-------------- A submarine; chained claw; laser
              Attacks:----------------------- Laser beams; claw launching
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:------ Avoid the claw, jump/duck to avoid the
              ------------- lasers, but hit the submarine when it pops up
    
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                       METROPOLIS ZONE - Egg-O-Matic Synthesizer
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              Description:------ The Egg-O-Matic surrounded by eight eggs
              Attacks:---- Launching Eggs; Laser Beam after sixteenth hit
              Number of Hits Needed:---------------------- Seventeen Hits
              How to Defeat:--- Position yourself to hit the cockpit (and
              --------------------- not the egg), then hit the egg that's
              ---------------- released.  After all of them are gone, hit
              ------------- Robotnik one final time, avoiding his lasers.
    
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                 WING FORTRESS ZONE - Laser Beam and Spiked Platforms
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              Description:-- A big laser; three floating spiked platforms
              Attacks:--------------------- Spiked Platforms; Laser Beams
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:- Jump on the platforms to hit the laser when
              ----------------------------------------- it's charging up.
    
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                             DEATH EGG ZONE - Silver Sonic
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              Description:--------- A carbon copy of Sonic, but silver :p
              Attacks:------------------------------ Spin Dashing; Spikes
              Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
              How to Defeat:---- The weak spot is the head... that should
              ------------------------------ get you through this battle.
    
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                          DEATH EGG ZONE - Walking Egg Robot
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              Description:------------------- A BIG Robotnik-shaped robot
              Attacks:- Launching Spiked Hands; Crouching; Walking; Bombs
              Number of Hits Needed:---------------------------- Ten Hits
              How to Defeat: I don't want to spoil the challenge for you,
              -------------------------- but the stomach's the weak spot!
    
    
    
    
    
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                       [2PM]     CHAPTER 11:  2P Mode     [2PM]
    
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    In 2P Mode, Sonic and Tails race through split-screen versions of Emerald Hill 
    Zone, Casino Night Zone, and Mystic Cave Zone.  The idea is to score first in 
    at least three out of the five scoring categories (Score, Time, Rings at 
    Finish, Max Rings, Item Boxes).  If there is a tie, you go to a Special Stage.  
    Special Stages are also available as an option for 2P Mode.
    
    A new item box in the 2P Mode is the Transfer Box.  Hit this, and you and your 
    opponent will immediately switch spots!  A mean little trick you can use if you 
    really suck at this mode.
    
    
    
    
    
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        [CCG]     CHAPTER 12:  Codes, Cheats, Glitches, and Oddities     [CCG]
    
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    Admit it.  You have wanted to cheat in almost any video game to come out.  
    Fortunately, we have a section for you special people.  Here it is.
    
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                                       IGN CODES
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    NOTE: Codes that are meant to be used when StH2 is locked onto S&K have a (*) 
          next to the title of the code.
    
    BONUS POINTS
    For extra points, pass any zone in a certain amount of time. For the best 
    bonus, enter the Debug Mode code. The clock will freeze and you'll always score 
    a 50,000 bonus! 
    
    Time  Points
    0:30  50,000
    0:45  10,000
    1:00  5,000
    1:30  4,000
    2:00  3,000
    3:00  2,000
    4:00  1,000
    5:00  500
    
    
    DEBUG MODE
    To enter Debug Mode, play these sounds from the level select screen: 1, 9, 9, 
    2, 1, 1, 2, 4.  Press Start and hold A.
    
    To start debugging, press B, then you can select any sprite in that level and 
    put it on the screen.  To select a different sprite, press A, and to place it 
    on the screen, press C.  Note that sprite selection is different from Zone to 
    Zone.  Also, instead of displaying the time elapsed, it displays the number of 
    sprites currently on the screen.
     
     
    EASY CHAOS EMERALDS
    Start the game as you normally would.  Get a Chaos Emerald, reset the game, and 
    start the game from the options menu.  You will keep the emeralds you have 
    gained so far each time you start from the options menu. 
     
    
    EMERALD HILL MUSIC
    To hear the Emerald Hill melody (at the title screen), go to sound test 
    selection in the Options menu and listen to songs 1, 1, 2 and 4.  Then 
    highlight Player Select and press start.  You will hear Oil Ocean at the 
    beginning of the first level.  Reset the game, and you will hear Emerald Hill!  
    
    
    (*) EMERALD HILL SHORTCUT
    To breeze through Emerald Hill 1 and 2, connect Sonic & Knuckles with Sonic 2 
    and play as Knuckles.  Climb as high as you can and glide to the right.  You'll 
    reach the end of the level in seconds! 
    
    
    (*) EXTRA LIVES IN CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE
    If you have Sonic & Knuckles, hook it onto Sonic 2.  Play until Chemical Plant 
    Act 1.  When you get to the wall with the Spiny Badnik and the warp tube on the 
    floor.  Break open the tube and go through it.  When you come out you will see 
    a Ring Box next to a tower.  Climb up the tower and on the top you will find 
    one 1-up. Glide left and you will find another 1-up.  Glide to the left one 
    more time and you will find yet one more 1-up.  Since you won't want to go 
    through the level again just glide to the right until you get to the tower you 
    started from.  Get on that first tower and glide to the right.  The Act will be 
    over and you will have three lives more that how much you started the act with. 
    
    
    GREEN SONIC GLITCH
    To get Green Sonic you must enter the level select and debug code.  Then you 
    must choose one of the emerald hill zone levels because the code only works in 
    Emerald Hill Zone (either act).  When you start the level press B, you will be 
    a ring, then press a four times, you will be four rings in a row going up or 
    down, you then hold C and Right for about five seconds, then you go back to the 
    beginning, keep pressing A until your the top of a waterfall.  You may not see 
    yourself but you're there.  Now do the same thing as before, hold C and right 
    for about five seconds.  Then press B and you'll be green. 
    
    
    LEVEL SELECT
    From the main screen, select Options.  Select Sound Select and play sounds 19, 
    65, 9, 17, then push C.  Press Start to return to the main screen, and when 
    Sonic and Tails appear, hold A and press Start. 
     
    
    MORE CONTINUES
    First enable the level select.  Then, at the options screen, play these sounds 
    in this order: 1, 1, 2, 4.  Now move the highlight to the "Player Select" field 
    of the options screen and press Start. 
    
     
    NO BOSS MUSIC GLITCH
    Enter the level select code and go to a boss.  Next push Start then push and 
    hold B.  You should be playing in slow motion.  When the boss enters the screen 
    get a hit on the boss then let go of B and the screen should be paused.  Then 
    press Start and there should be no boss music. 
    
    
    OIL OCEAN MUSIC
    Here's a way to play the Oil Ocean music through the whole game.  Go to the 
    OPTIONS screen and enter sounds 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4.  You should hear the 
    Oil Ocean music.  Next, hold A + Start and you should return to the SEGA screen 
    with the Oil Ocean music still playing. 
    
    
    PLAY AT NIGHT
    To play at night, enter the Debug code, then hold C and press Start to begin a 
    level. 
    
    
    SHIELDED TAILS
    To give Tails a shield, enter debug mode and hit a shield.  Then place a 
    teleport box down and hit that.  Now Tails has a permanent shield. 
    
    
    SLOW MOTION
    First enable Level Select.  While playing, you can pause the game and use A to 
    restart, B for slow motion, and C for frame advance. 
    
    
    SUPER SONIC 
    To become Super Sonic without getting all the Chaos Emeralds, first enable the 
    level select.  At the level select menu, go to the sound test item, and play 
    sounds in this order: 4, 1, 2, 6.  You should hear the music you get when you 
    win a chaos emerald.  Now select any level, get 50 rings, and jump. 
     
    
    SUPER TAILS
    While in Debug Mode, create and position a "Transfer Box" monitor.  When you 
    hit it and you are Super Sonic, you lose all your powers but stay yellow.  
    Tails looks the same but has invincibility (little stars flashing around him). 
    To regain Super Sonic, let yourself get hit, then turn into a ring (press B) 
    and place at least 50 rings on Tails.  Exit debug mode (press B) and jump to 
    become Super Sonic with Super Tails as a follower.
     
     
    "TAILS ---> MILES" MODE 
    At the title screen press Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, Up or Up, Up, Down, 
    Down, Up, Up, Up, Up.  A chime will sound and Tails will be called Miles or 
    vice versa. 
    
    
    TWO TAILS
    Enter the level select and debug codes, then go to the Sky Chase level.  Using 
    debug mode, create a transfer box and break it open.  When you hear Sonic die 
    press B to enter debug mode again.  Move the cursor up until you see Tails and 
    exit debug mode.  To finish, jump and you'll have two Tails. 
    
    
    WING FORTRESS SHORTCUT
    In Wing Fortress, go as far as you can to the right without climbing.  Make 
    sure you have some rings.  When you see blades blocking your way, go ahead and 
    hit them.  As soon as you are invincible, walk through them.  Jump on the 
    platforms to the right and half the level will be finished.
    
    
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                                   GAME GENIE CODES
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    Remember Game Genie?  These codes I have _not_ personally tested, so if they 
    don't work, hey, you've been warned...
    
    ONE HIT AND YOU ARE INVINCIBLE
    982T-C9F8 
    NOTE: You must get rings first.
    
    PLAYER 1 STARTS WITH FIVE LIVES:
    AY8A-AADN 
    
    START LEVELS WITH RINGS:
    2VAT-BCRN or 2VAT-BCRA 
    
    START LEVELS WITH TIME ALREADY ON YOUR TIME COUNTER:
    2VAT-BCRT
    
    ZONE TITLE REMAINS ON-SCREEN:
    2VAT-BCRY 
     
    CANNOT RECEIVE RINGS, EXCEPT FROM RING POWER-UPS:
    SEST-D11A 
    
    JUMP DIRECTLY TO END OF LEVEL:
    ALTA-D53G 
    
    HIDDEN PALACE ZONE:
    ACLA-ATD4
    NOTE: To get to that zone, activate the level select code and go to the Death 
          Egg Zone.
    
    
    
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                                       ODDITIES
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    When "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" was still in pre-development stages, screenshots 
    were released to magazines.  Several major features were removed and/or 
    changed, and several different sites have tons of information about "Sonic the 
    Hedgehog 2 Beta," including the following:
    
    Well, to start off, let's look at the level listings for S2B:
      - Green Hill Zone
      - Wood Zone
      - Metropolis Zone
      - Hill Top Zone
      - Hidden Palace Zone
      - Oil Ocean Zone
      - Dust Hill Zone
      - Casino Night Zone
      - Chemical Plant Zone
      - Genocide City Zone
      - Neo Green Hill Zone
      - Death Egg Zone
    
    Certainly very interesting.  Let's take each zone into consideration.
    - Green Hill Zone remained the same, but its name was changed to the familiar 
      "Emerald Hill Zone."
    - Wood Zone was scrapped entirely.  No remains at all.  A semi-playable version 
      has been recovered by hackers, but no true definition shows of what this 
      might have become...
    - Metropolis Zone was somewhat different, with much more challenging obstacles.
    - Hill Top Zone stayed nice and content with the way it was.
    - Hidden Palace Zone is the strangest mystery of them all.  Among other
      notables is the Master Emerald, of all things!  My guess, along with many  
      others, is that Tails was supposed to be the original keeper of the Master 
      Emerald, but that idea was scrapped and recycled in Sonic 3 with Knuckles as 
      the guardian.
    - Oil Ocean Zone was nicely saved just the way it was.
    - "Dust Hill Zone?  What?"  Nothing major here, but a major palette change 
      saved this zone as what we now know as "Mystic Cave Zone."
    - Casino Night Zone remained content as well, with no changes.
    - Chemical Plant, like the above Zone, stayed just the way it formerly was.
    - Genocide City Zone was also scrapped.  Ironically, the accessible version 
      from hackers only consists of Sonic falling to his doom, and nothing more.
    - Death Egg Zone was just like Genocide City Zone, located above.
    
    
    
    
    
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                   [ACK]     CHAPTER 13:  Acknowledgments     [ACK]
    
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    PEOPLE                                  WEBSITES
    -- Webmasters                           -- GameFAQs <www.gamefaqs.com>
       - For hosting this FAQ                  - For continuing to show great
    -- Myself                                    appreciation for FAQ writers such
       - For writing this FAQ                    as myself
    -- Rob (AU620RS@aol.com)                   - For being the first host of this
       - For informing me that hedgehogs         FAQ
         are insectivores, not rodents      -- IGN Codes <codes.ign.com>
                                               - For providing the codes
                                            -- GameWinners <www.gamewinners.com>
                                               - For providing the Game Genie codes
                                            -- Green Hill Zone  
                                               <www.emulationzone.org/fanfare/ghz/
                                               index.html>
                                               - For information in the "Oddities" 
                                                 section
    
    
    
    
    
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                   [ATC]     CHAPTER 14:  Author Contact     [ATC]
    
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    I can be reached via e-mail at the following address:
    
      cyebersurpher@hotmail.com
    
    If you wish to e-mail me about game help, please put "Sonic the Hedgehog 2 GEN"
    as the title of the e-mail.  I also ask that you do not address questions
    about the GameGear version of the game and how it relates to this game.  They
    are two different games.
    
    Furthermore, do not ask a question involving something already addressed in
    the guide, such as "How many zones are in the game?".  I have received
    countless e-mails with questions like that.  They aren't appreciated.
    
    
    
    
    
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                  [GUR]     CHAPTER 15:  Guide Usage Rules     [GUR]
    
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    DOs:
    -- Please e-mail me before publishing this guide.  If not, I will be forced to 
       take legal action against you.
    -- Leave this guide as a whole when using and sharing (for personal use only)   
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                      [FNW]     CHAPTER 16:  Final Word     [FNW]
    
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    As far as I am concerned, there should be no more updates to this guide.  I've
    accomplished everything I've wanted to do with it, and I feel it is informative
    to you, the gamer.  Therefore, until I get around to writing some new work, I
    bid thee adieu.
    
    
    
    
    
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