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THE SUPER SONIC FAQ
For Sonic the Hedgehog 2
SEGA MEGA DRIVE/SEGA GENESIS
By Gold Mage
Email: tjhunt@gmail.com
Created on: 18/1/03
Last Update: 20/12/05
Version: Final


This document is the hard work of me. This document cannot be changed or altered
in any way, You are welcome to ask my permission if you would like this 
guide posted on your website. This document is for private use only. If you wish
to contact me about this guide please check the Contact Me section at the
bottom of the guide on details for emailing me.


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   I. Author's Note
  II. Super FAQ
 III. How to Become Super
           - Special Stages         -
           - How to Get Super Tails -
  IV. Super Status
   V. Cheats
  VI. Credits
 VII. Version History


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It was 1994. It was the day before my 6th birthday. School was still a few
weeks away because it was the holidays. I remember going to my best friend's
house. We sat on the floor of his room. Picked up the controls of his Master
System and we would play games for hours. After returning to my warm home
around the corner I watched some TV then went to bed. But I couldn't sleep. The
next day was my birthday and I was so excited. I didn't know what I was
getting. Soon enough my excited youthness was fed-up and I soon drifted off to
a dreamless sleep.

The next morning was a sunny day, I woke up with excitement. I jumped off my
bed and ran into the front room where mum was sitting and my presents next to
her. She wished me a happy birthday and then after a big hug I dashed to my
presents on the chair. Naturally I picked up the biggest one first, I ripped
off the wrapping paper and stood in amazement. A Sega Mega Drive! I was so
happy. It came with Sonic 2 as well.

After opening my other presents I hooked up my Mega Drive and started playing
Sonic 2. It was the best time ever. I loved the game so much.

But those were the old days.

After a few years and 9 other games, I got fed-up with my Mega Drive and sold
it at a 2nd Hand Shop for $30, it was a bit of a rip off, but nobody wanted
the Mega Drive anymore. Everyone (including me) was into Nintendo 64 and
PlayStation. And as I sit here in my study, 9 years later. I have downloaded
the ROM and am still playing one of the best games ever made. I have composed
for you a complete FAQ on the ability on becoming Super Sonic.

Well with that done let's go over on this guides nuts n' bolts. The guide is
very simple to follow; I've tried to make it as easy to read so there is little
frustration. You know when you come across a guide and all the writing looks
the same and it's hard to tell which section is which. Well my guides are set
up so that you can defiantly notice when there is a break in sections. Those
are the big ribbons that you can see (look below). Then when there are sub
heads those are marked in boxes made from "~~~" and sub-sub headings are
underlined. Seems simple? Well it is.

Well it seems I have ran of things to say. So I think I'll end the introduction
here. Thank you once again for reading this guide and I hope you enjoy it as
much reading it as I did writing it.

-Gold Mage (Thomas Hunt)


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This will answer questions about Super Sonic that you may have, so have a look
through them if you want to learn something different about Super Sonic.

"Super Sonic? What's that?"
Super Sonic is a stronger form of Sonic. He changes his form and become Super.
Thus making them a better character than his original status.

"Okay, so what do he look like?"
Sonic changes his form a lot. When you have done the necessary requirements to
become Super the following things will happen.
- Changes from blue to gold.
- The 2 bottom spikes on the back of his head turn upward.
- Grows taller.
- Sparkles white stars.

"So he changes appearance? What's so great about that?"
He looks cool, that's what.

"Can Super Sonic do anything else besides change his appearance?"
When Sonic becomes Super he will now be able to the following.
- Run twice as fast. (Warp speed)
- Jump twice as high.
- Jump twice as far.
- Invincible to enemies and spikes.

"So they are the positive. What are the negatives?"
Though that Super Sonic cannot be 'hurt', that doesn't mean that he cannot die.
Two objects closing together like walls can still crush super Sonic.
Super Sonic can still drown underwater so you still have to collect the air
bubbles. And finally, Super Sonic can fall into bottomless pits.

"So how do I become Super Sonic?"
I will explain this in the "How to become Super" section of the FAQ.

"I have become Super Sonic. Why am I losing rings?"
The rings in the Sonic games actually give energy to your player. So becoming
Super uses a lot of energy and power, so you lose rings to keep the Super form.
Don't forget that when you rings reach zero, you go back to normal Sonic.

"Is there a Super Tails?"
You can't become Super Tails in the game by working through and collecting all
of the Chaos Emeralds, but you can glitch the game and get a Super Tails,
though you won't be able to control him. I will explain how to do this is the
section below if you want more information.


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Becoming Super is not an easy job ya know. It may take a few tries before you
get it right. But the reward is great and is good to work for. Do you know of
the Special Stages? If you don't read the next section to find out all the
info you will need to know about them.

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~~ SPECIAL STAGES ~~
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To go into a Special Stage you will need a minimum of 50 rings. Don't lose
these rings! Whatever you do, DON'T LOSE THEM! Now go to a Star Post that you
haven't activated yet. Now run through the Star Post with your 50 rings and
then you will see stars circle around the top of the post. Now start jumping at
the circling star until the screen fades out. Now you have entered the Special
Stage. You have to get the stars before they disappear, so you have to be
quick.

Now that you in the Special Stage, these are the rules. As Sonic (and Tails)
is running down the half-pipe you have to collect rings. There are 3 rounds.
A round is a length of the half-pipe. Let me make a small diagram for you.

===============================================================================
 S(Round 1)               R(Round 2)               R(Round 3)               F
 S    -->Run this way     R                        R                        F
 S                        R                        R         Finish here--> F
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As you can see from the diagram above, you must run down the path. Where you
can see the "S" is where you begin the 1st round. Now as your running down the
path you MUST pick up rings. At the beginning of each round, there is a counter
the tells you the minimum rings you must pick up in the round before you reach
the next round.
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|The special stages DON'T go straight the whole way down. They turn left and  |
|right and they dip as well. The picture is only an example.                  |
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Okay, here is an example. You have entered the Special Stage. Now in the first
round you must collect a minimum of 30 rings. So in the first round you collect
32 rings before you reach the 2nd round (the first set of "R"s). Now in the 2nd
round you have to get 70 rings. So with the rings you currently have, you must
collect another 50. Then if you complete all 3 rounds with the minimum ring
collection breached. You will get your prize at the end.

If you don't collect the minimum rings in a round. (28/30 for example) you will
exit the Special Stage.
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|There aren't just rings in the Special Stages. Be on the lookout for bombs.  |
|If you touch one of these bombs, you will lose rings, so avoid them at all   |
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The reward for completing a Special Stage is a Chaos Emerald. These are
powerful jewels that are the keys to becoming Super. There are 7 Chaos Emeralds
in Sonic 2. But don't stress if you fail a Special Stage there are plenty of
others. There are more than 2 for each world. So you have a few more chances.
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|There are no Star Posts in Sky Chase Zone and Death Egg Zone.                |
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~~ END OF SPECIAL STAGE SECTION ~~
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So you will NEED to collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds to become Super. Naturally the
Special Stages get harder as you collect more. So practice makes perfect.

Also, I forgot to mention this rule: If you fail a Special Stage, don't worry,
continue to collect the rest of the Chaos Emeralds because in the end you will
go back to the Special Stages you miss, for example:

You collect the first 4 Chaos Emerald and then fail to get the 5th, the next
time you go into a Special Stage, it will be the chance to collect number 6. A
diagram for those who are confused.

Successfully collect
       V   V   V   V       V   V
       1---2---3---4---5---6---7
                       X
                        Fail to collect

With the picture, it shows this player failed in collecting Emerald 5. But the
player collect 6 and 7. So from that point on, every Star Post he/she enters,
They will go to the 5th Special Stage to try and collect Emerald 5 again. This
also applies if you fail to collect more than 1.

Now when you have collected the 7 Chaos Emeralds from the Special Stages. It's
time to become Super!! Now when you are back to the world that you are
currently in. You have to collect a minimum of 50 rings. Then all you have to
do now is jump. Then Sonic will gather the energy from the rings and emeralds
and in an almighty burst. He will change form and become SUPER SONIC!

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~~ HOW TO GET SUPER TAILS ~~
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As I explained in the FAQ section, you cannot collect all of the Chaos Emeralds
as Tails by himself and just become Super Tails, you will have to glitch the
game. What you have to do is the following.

1 - Make sure that you are playing as both Sonic and Tails.
2 - Go to the Cheat section of this guide and do the following cheats in the
    order that you see here.
       Level Select
       All Chaos Emeralds
       Debug
3 - In the Level Select screen choose any level with a lot of rings.
4 - Collect 50 rings or make them with the debug.
5 - Become Super Sonic.
6 - Use the Debug and transform into a Computer Monitor and print one off.
7 - Smash the Computer Monitor.
8 - Now you have Super Tails.

Now you have both Super Sonic and Super Tails. Super Tails isn't all that
flashy but it's still cool to have him. But be warned. When you hit the
Computer Monitor, you changed Super Sonic as well. Though he look's super, he
has lost his speed and he isn't invincible. So don't go and run into hurtful
things and obstacles. But because you have the Debug cheat on, you can get your
rings back.

Remember that once you have used a Computer Monitor using Debug, you cannot
print another one off for some reason. So you will just have to put up with the
changes, but Super Tails is only for looking at anyways. Have fun!


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Here is the status of Super Sonic, okay, this ISN'T official, I made it up, but
this has to be close at least.

SUPER SONIC
Height: 5' 3''
Weight: 100lb
Speed: Warp Sonic Speed. (Feet never touch ground)
Colour: Gold/White
Strength: Invincible
Weakness: Jumping height can get out of hand when trying to collect things
Best levels: Emerald Hill and Metropolis
Worst levels: Aquatic Ruins, Oil Ocean and Sky Chase


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I know there are people out there in the world who are too lazy to collect the
Chaos Emeralds the RIGHT WAY. (You know who you are!) So I made this section
just for you people. It's the cheats to get the Chaos Emeralds before you even
start to play the game. You have to do these cheats in order that I write them.

1ST CHEAT "LEVEL SELECT"
On the title screen, which shows Sonic and Tails, select the Options Menu. Now
highlight the Sound Test. You have to play the following songs in this order
by pressing the "C" BUTTON. 19, 65, 9 and 17. If you did this correctly you
will hear the sound of collecting a ring. Ya know, the 'ting' sound they make.
Now press START to exit the Options to go back to the title screen. Now HOLD
the "A" BUTTON and press START. This will bring up the level select screen.

2ND CHEAT "ALL CHAOS EMERALDS"
Now that you are on the level select screen you will see a second sound test in
the right side of the screen. Now you have to select these songs in this order
by once again pressing the "C" BUTTON. 4, 1, 2 and 6. A new chime will sound
to confirm the correct code. Now you can go into a level of your choice and
collect 50 rings and then transform into Super Sonic.

DEBUG:
Do the Level Select cheat and then go to the Sound Test in the Level Select
Screen and choose these songs in the following order. "1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4"
and a chime will tell you if you got it right. Now highlight a level and press
Start to begin the level, now quickly hold the A Button. The Score will be a
bunch of numbers if you got it right. In Debug Mode you can do these things.

- Press B to transform into a object. Now press C to print that object on the
  screen, or press A to change into something else. Print off as many stuff as
  you want.

- Pause the game and hold the B Button for Slow Motion.

- Pause the game and press the A Button to restart the game.

- Pause the game and press the C Button to do a Frame Advance.

- Transform into a Computer Monitor as Super Sonic and smash it to get Super
  Tails.

- Hold C when you press start to select a level on the Level Select Screen to
  get Night Mode.


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I would like to thank the following:

Myself (Gold Mage/Thomas Hunt)- For writing the Super Sonic FAQ for the best
website ever.

CJayC- For making the best website ever.

Luigi Bordelot- Best English teacher ever. Makes me write.


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Please send in any questions you would like to ask about my game and if you
find something wrong with my FAQ and you would like to correct it for me. Or
maybe you have found something missing from this guide. And when you send
emails to my email address below please follow the simple guides lines stated,
thank you.

tjhunt@gmail.com

+DO ask intelligent and legitimate questions.
+DO post comments about the FAQ and suggestions to.
+DO be friendly.

-DON'T send junk email like ads and chain letters.
-DON'T demand me to answer your question.
-DON'T bash my FAQ.

Well that's it for now, I'll see you in another FAQ sometime.


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Version 0.05: 18/1/03
I tried to do some ACSII Art for the title of the FAQ. It took me forever to
even get close to something good. But in the end of that it looked shameful so
I gave up and left the word Super. Then I simply typed the rest of the title
because I can't do ACSII art, it's hard. After that I copied the legal thingy
from another FAQ I made and changed the details to make it for this FAQ, so in
other words, I was on for a long time, and in the end I did very little. ^_^'

Version 0.20: 19/1/03
Yay, it's a nice day today. So I feel great. I wrote the strange story about my
childhood and began the Super FAQ. It was strange because I couldn't think of
some questions that people may ask. Anyways this update took about the same
time as the last update but this time it didn't take forever to do 1 thing.
Darn you ACSII Art! DARN YOU!!!

Version 1.0 : 20/1/03
I woke up this morning to realize the blazing heat outside. There have been
lots of bushfires about 100km away from here. Even that far we can still smell
the smoke that is being drifting in the wind. It's horrible. Okay back to the
update info. I had lots of spare time today. So I go to complete the FAQ, yay!
I looked at GameGenie.com and took some of their cheats. MWHAHAHA! That isn't
stealing because I'm writing it in my own words, and the cheats are on hundreds
of other sites so it doesn't matter. Well I'm done for now.
*Starts playing GBA*

Version 1.05: 10/2/03
I corrected some mistake I had found in the FAQ and I also added some missing
information that I forget to place in the FAQ.

Final Version: 19/3/03
Added my trademark ribbons and section breaks. Added new ASCII title too.

Final Version: 6/10/03
I added in a few more things that I have found that I thought should be in the
FAQ, so I added them in. I also added in a lot more things at the top of the
guide and another cheat and section in the "How to Become Super" part. I also
added in the ASCII art of Super Sonic at the top of the FAQ because it looks so
cool indeed.

            The "Super Sonic FAQ" is copyright of Gold Mage 2003

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