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Sonic 2's Hidden Palace Zone: Worth the Wait?

Hardcore Gamer: For many Sonic fans, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the pinnacle of the franchise. The game has been re-released several times since its debut on the Sega Genesis in 1992, but none of those iterations have officially included the Hidden Palace Zone until now. Christian Whitehead and his teammates at Sonic Retro have revived the forgotten stage for the remastered mobile release. Originally created to display Sonic's transformation into Super Sonic, Hidden Palace Zone was scrapped after the decision was made to grant players the ability directly after obtaining all seven chaos emeralds. Although corrupted fragments of the stage can be found on the original cartridge through game enhancement, this marks the first time the level has appeared in its completed form. The question is, is it any good?

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-Foxtrot1379d ago

That seemed like a better way to include Super Sonic, least then it gave you a reason to collect all the Chaos Emeralds...

What I'm not liking is the fact it's been done for Mobile...why.

Everytime something like this happens whether it's an enhanced version of a game, once forgetten content or maybe extra stuff gamers have been wanting for years they add it in mobile versions

It's like a slap to the face to fans at the end of the day

ChaosKnight1379d ago

What other avenues do they have to release it? PSN or XBLA, I suppose?

SpiralTear1379d ago

That would make more sense. A lot of the fans of Sonic 2 play the dedicated gaming systems more than mobile. It could've been released as free DLC on PSN, XBLA or eShop. The fact that this is exclusive to mobile devices is what especially puzzles me.

Plus, I was never a fan of the pseudo-buttons on smartphones. You know, the overlays on the touch-screens that aren't real buttons. They're awkward to use. I'd rather a platformer level be released on a system with actual tactile feedback.

admiralvic1379d ago

"Everytime something like this happens whether it's an enhanced version of a game, once forgetten content or maybe extra stuff gamers have been wanting for years they add it in mobile versions

It's like a slap to the face to fans at the end of the day"

Why must everything be an insult and a crime? I've bought Sonic 2 at least 3 times and I don't think look at it as an insult.

The thing is, there is no "best" way to give out this content without it costing way more than it is worth.

They could rerelease it on the Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo, though original buyers would feel slighted.
They could have tossed it in Lost Worlds (would have been a great tribute given the name), but people that don't own a Wii U (or 3DS assuming it could be implemented) would be angry. Also, some people that just want to play the game would be irked at them doing it that way.
They could have never released the content, but do you think this crime is such an injustice that everyone should be punished because -Foxtrot on N4G would feel insulted?
They could give it to every buyer for free, but it would be hard to determine who actually bought it. They could also give it to everyone for free, but then fans might feel irked that people are getting rewarded for doing nothing.

They really can't win, so I'll take an upgraded version on any platform to no update ever.

Blank1378d ago

Well its not a total slap to the face im happy that its now accessible in some form but I can totally see where your getting at especially about the puzzling move to have it only on mobile.