Sonic the Hedgehog 2

I love looking at deleted scenes from films, especially ones that tell a story we didn't get to experience in the final cinematic release. For example, there are the deleted scenes from The Empire Strikes Back in which the wooly Wompa runs amok in the Rebel base on Hoth.

Long-lost level restored in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remaster

Long-lost level restored in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 remaster

Available tomorrow for Android, and as a free update on iOS.

A freshly-remastered version of Sega classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 includes a previously-incomplete level only glimpsed until now.

The Hidden Palace Zone was intended to be a bonus level for players after Sonic had collected all of the game's Chaos Emeralds. But the map was cut during development and left to lie half-finished within the game's code.

The level's remnants were previously only accessible in ROMs of the game, but gamers were able to deduce that the level had been intended to showcase Sonic's transformation into Super Sonic.

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SEGA to follow Nintendo's Mario model

When it comes to releasing Sonic games.

SEGA exec Alan Pritchard has revealed more about the company's plans to delist less-than-stellar Sonic games - suggesting the publisher may take a leaf out of an old rival's book.

Price of Sonic XBLA games slashed

But for a limited time only.

Happy birthday, Sonic the Hedgehog! It's hard to believe that it's been 19 years since you arrived on the scene, and almost as many years since you appeared in a game that was any good.

SEGA VP: Repairing Sonic will take time

Reckons "the kids" loved Unleashed.

SEGA's Sean Ratcliffe has said that Sonic's "quality is something that will be fixed over time" after a string of unsuccessful attempts to restore the hedgehog to his 16-bit glory.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Party like it's 1992.

Has it really been 15 years since Sonic the Hedgehog 2 first hit screens? Yes, buy a calendar. Then look how far games have come. 3D graphics! Free-roaming environments! Intense online multiplayer battles for up to 32 racists at a time!

All very well but sometimes you want to be reminded of how good games used to be. When they were good, obviously, not when they were Top Gun movie tie-ins or had the word "Gex" in the title. The new Xbox Live Arcade version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 shines as a candidate for the job.

Primarily because SEGA has been sensible enough to Leave Things Alone. All the original levels are present and correct. They are as expansive and exciting as ever. The sheer speed of the game still has the power to thrill as you send Sonic zooming, spinning and bouncing in all directions.

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Sonic 2 for XBLA tomorrow

Plus Bomberman/Bugs DLC.

Classic 16-bit platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is this week's Xbox Live Arcade release, and will go for 400 Microsoft points (GBP 3.40 / EUR 4.65) when it launches around 10am BST tomorrow.