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Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is back to continue his zealous search for the Chaos Emeralds needed to fuel his new Death Egg contraption. The evil doctor secretly follows Sonic to his vacation spot, Westside Island, and launches a full-scale attack, imprisoning all the helpless animals of the island and turning them into mindless worker drones. Now Sonic must thwart the doctor's plans at all costs. This time he isn't alone, as a peculiar two-tailed fox named Miles Prower (aka Tails) decides to aid him in the battle. Together they must locate the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, and put an end to his diabolical scheme.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Cheats

After you defeat Death Egg, there will be a slide show with four pictures of Tails, then you see Sonic falling. Debug yourself, and put Sonic at the bottom of the screen. Exit Debug mode. Sonic will get out. The screen returns back to the slide show.
Enable debug mode, then on either Aquatic Ruin Zone place six transfer boxes close enough to each other so you can hit them all at the same time. Leaves should now run through the center of the screen and the background should look strange.
While playing as Super Sonic, fall off the screen. As soon as Sonic dies, press B and return to solid ground. Sonic will remain yellow as long as you have rings, but he will have no powers. To get his powers back, get hit then get 50 more rings and transform.
Enable the "Level select", "Debug mode", and "Super Sonic" codes. Enter Death Egg Zone. Bring Sonic into the first room, but not all the way. Sonic should still see the hallway behind him. Create two teleport boxes. Create 50 Rings and collect them. Jump on one box and the screen will transport. Move to the right and Sonic will be in the room completely, and Metal Sonic will come down. Jump on the last teleport box and Sonic will revert back in the front of the room. He will once again see the hallway behind him. If Sonic goes past this room he will chase Dr. Robotnik and go into the next room. Sonic can continue down past the room, down the hallway, and reach the end. If Sonic touches the floor of the black background, he will get out. You can also do the following additional things:
In Aquatic Ruins Act 3 with a second controller, when you defeat the Boss have Tails remain on a pillar. Have Sonic run forward and hit the capsule at the end of the level. Tails will be running in the background.
In Aquatic Ruin 1, go to the first rising pillar. Do not break it. If you did, go all the way left, then return. Spin Dash to break the pillar. The pillar does not break, but Sonic will still spin.
Enable the "Debug mode" code. In a water level such as Chemical Plant 2 or Aquatic Ruin, debug yourself when you are in the water. Then, go out of the water but do not revert back to Sonic. Wait until you hear the drowning countdown, then revert back to Sonic. The countdown will continue, and it will soon stop. The music will stop playing. Note: If Sonic returns to the water, the music will return. There are some other things you can do with this glitch. Even if Sonic hits the stars box, the music will still not play. However if Sonic will transform into Super Sonic, the music will begin playing again. If you kept debug mode on when the countdown stops, then revert, then debug, the screen will freeze, but Sonic is able to leave the screen. To return to normal, Sonic has to get out. If Sonic goes to the Boss, the music will play once again. However, if Sonic returns to the water and lets the countdown music start, then gets out, the music will stop playing again. To get water in Aquatic Ruin by the Boss, Sonic must be in the water, until he reaches the far right of the screen. The screen will pull up, and Sonic must go to the top of the screen. The same thing happens by Chemical Plant. Once Sonic defeats the Boss, the music will return as the normal music of the level. However if Sonic goes back into the water, the Boss music will return.
Enable debug mode and turn into a grounder in World 2 Act 1. Fly across the level and finish. Return to normal form after crossing the flag. The flag will look very strange.
Activate the "Debug mode" code. When Sonic or Super Sonic is skydiving off the Death Egg, turn into an object then turn back. You should be able to move a small distance in the air. When Sonic or Super Sonic flies at the screen, you will be able to move in the background for a small amount of time.
Enabel the "Debug mode", "Level select", and "Super Sonic" codes. On the Death Egg Zone, press B to turn yourself into a object and turn into a ring. Then, make about 70 to 80 rings and turn back into Sonic. Collect the rings. Jump and turn into Super Sonic. Defeat Robo Sonic and Dr.Eggman. Make sure that you are still Super Sonic before you defeat Eggman. If you are not, make more rings because you will run out of the place. Then, a little scene with Tails will start. Sooner or later, you will see Sonic flying next to Tails' plane. Press B and you should see white specks. Turn back into Sonic and you can move around. Also, if you try to lay an object, something will happen and your screen will turn blue. The music will stop and you must reset the game.
Enable the "Debug mode" code. Put two horizontal springs, one in each direction slightly close. In between them, the level will shake.
Enable the "Level select" and "Super Sonic" codes, then collect 50 rings in any Boss level. Have over 70 rings after you break the robotisizer (the big capsule at the end of each Boss level). Jump to become Super and run in the air.
Enable the "Debug mode" code. Make sure you have game set to Sonic and Tails. Go to desired level. Transform into a ring and stop in front of Tails. Keep pressing C, and every ring you create Tails will collect. Note: The maximum amount of rings that can be collected is 999.
Enable the "Debug mode" code and place seven checkpoints in a row. Then, turn yourself into a Ring. Place 50 or more on Tails. Turn back into Sonic. Then, jump in the stars.
Enable the "Level select" code. Choose any level (the first level works best) and begin game play. Press Start, C during game play and the background will turn black and you will be able to see through the bushes you pass.
Enable the "Debug mode" code. At the end of the first Aquatic Ruins level, press B and change into one of the drill enemies. Place him all over the screen. You must do this before you hit the sign. Hit the Sonic sign and complete the level. Then, press B to change into an object and fly above a drill enemy. Press B again and drop onto an enemy. You will die while your points are being added up, but the game will continue as if you had completed the level. The next screen will say you are in Aquatic Ruin part two, but you will start on the last screen of the first part of that level, and you can play freely in that area until you hit the sign.
Enable debug mode and create an object that resembles a square made of machinery. Place Sonic above this and drop him.
Enable the "Level select" and "Debug mode" codes. Go to the Sky Chase level. Use debug mode to create a transfer box and break it open. When you hear Sonic die, press B to enter debug mode again. Move the pointer up until you see Tails and exit debug mode. Then, jump to have two Tails.
Use the following trick if you are stuck or just want a huge shortcut. Play an adventure with Sonic and Tails. Whenever you find a one-way door (a door that will open from one way but not for the other), walk in the opposite direction of it so that it is just off-screen. The game will not detect the door because it is not on-screen. Make Tails go past the door off-screen with controller two. Then with controller one, move closer to the locked door. It should be open and you should be able to get past it. This could cut off up to three quarters off a long level.
Enable the "Level select" and "Debug mode" codes. Select one of the Emerald Hill zones. When you start the level, press B to turn into a ring. Press A(4) to become four rings in a row going up or down. Then hold C + Right for approximately five seconds. You will return to the beginning. Keep pressing A until you are at the top of a waterfall. You may not see your character, but you still will be there. Hold C + Right for approximately five seconds. Finally press B to turn Sonic green.
Enable the "Debug mode" code, then duck and spin. While still spinning, turn into an object. It will still have the dust cloud behind it.
Enable the "Debug mode" code and hit a shield. Place a teleport box down and hit that. Tails will have a permanent shield.
First, hit him a few times. He will then shoot his drill out of his car. Be careful, as he goes from the side of the screen and also does the drill. Hit him one more time and he is defeated.
Enable the "Debug mode" code and start a game with Sonic and Tails. Press Down + Jump (Spin Dash) then press B to turn into an object. Turn into an enemy and place him on Tails. He will still be Spin Dashing. Your points will soon double and you will get lives every second, or depending how fast, you place the enemy by pressing C. Once you have enough lives, turn back into Sonic by pressing B again. This is much faster than setting the alarm off in Launch Base Zone. Note: This works with any other Sonic game that has debug mode. More compact enemies work better than the larger ones. For example, in Aquatic Ruin, the Fly is much more efficient than the Grounders.
Enable the "Debug mode" code. Enter Oil Ocean Zone. Allow Sonic to go in a balloon. When the balloon shoots out left or right to another balloon, quickly press B to enable Debug mode and go onto a platform. Press B again to return back to Sonic. Sonic will be "Hyper Sonic". This trick works even in Act 1. Moreover, if you enable the "Super Sonic" code and collect 50 Rings, Sonic will be the real Hyper Sonic (being invincible to add it on).
In Wing Fortress, move with some rings as far to the right as possible without climbing. When blades appear to block your way, hit them. As soon as you are invincible, walk through them. Jump on the platforms to the right and half the level will be completed.
Enable the "Level select" and "Debug" codes. Go to the Death Egg zone, turn your self into a ring, and press C to multiply yourself. Then, turn back into Sonic and collect the rings. This should keep you from dying for awhile.
Insert the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 cartridge into the Sonic And Knuckles cartridge. To quickly get through Emerald Hill 1 and 2, play as Knuckles. Climb as high as you can and glide to the right to reach the end of the level within seconds.
Enable the "Level select" code and go to a Boss. Press Start then hold B. The game should now be in slow motion. When the Boss enters the screen, hit him, then release B. The game should pause. Press Start and the Boss music will stop.
Enable the "Debug", "Level select", and "Super Sonic" codes. Go to Casino Night Zone and turn into Super Sonic. Run into the strange Bumper Bug that you normally cannot destroy to lose all you rings and become regular Sonic. Instead of the Casino Music playing, the Super Sonic music will still be play.
Insert the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 cartridge into the Sonic And Knuckles cartridge. Play until reaching Chemical Plant Act 1, where 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 an extra life. Glide left and you will find another extra life. Glide to the left one more time and you will find yet one more extra life. Since you will not 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 more lives.
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 in order. Then, highlight "Player Select" and press Start. You will hear the Oil Ocean music at the beginning of the first level. Reset the game, and you will hear the Emerald Hill music.
Enable the "Debug mode" code. Go to Casino Night 1 or 2 with Tails. Find the Super Shoes but do not open it. Change into a coin and give it to Tails until you have 98 rings. Put at least two rings on top of the monitor and at least ten rings in the monitor. Change back into Sonic and hit the Super Shoes. You should hear the extra life music, followed by a very fast Casino Night theme.
For extra points, pass any zone in a certain amount of time. For the best bonus, enter the "Debug mode" code. The clock will stop and you will always score a 50,000 bonus.
The following trick allows the Oil Ocean music to be heard during the entire game. Go to sound test selection in the options menu and listen to songs 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4 in that order. You should hear the Oil Ocean music. Then, hold A + Start to return to the Sega screen with the Oil Ocean music still playing.
Enable the "Debug Mode" code. Press B + C during game play. Sonic will go mental, and dash about on the spot, turn upside down, and do other stunts. This can also be done with Tails.
Collect fifty or more rings to enter the special stage and hit the checkpoint marker.
While in the Death Egg, defeat the big robot, and enable the "Super Sonic", "Debug" and "Level select" codes. Start running out of the Death Egg. While running out, turn into an object, then back to Sonic. Go back to the robot room, and another robot will be there. The explosions that follow you out will follow you while you fight the robot. You can go back a few times using this technique.
Enable the "Debug mode" code and make sure you can be Super Sonic. Gain enough rings so that you will be Super Sonic for quite some time. Defeat Metal Sonic and chase Robotnik and defeat him. When the Death Egg is exploding, and you are running down the shaft to exit, enter debug mode. Change back and run back inside. Robotnik will return and you can defeat him again, however you will be surrounded by fire. When you defeat him again, you will have twice the amount of fire behind when you run out. Note: when this is going on the game will be very slow and you will not actually see Sonic -- make sure you are still Super Sonic when executing this trick.
Enable the "Level select" code. Play songs 4, 1, 2, 6, get 50 rings, and jump.
Begin game play in two player vs. mode and hit as many item boxes as possible until you get the speed shoes. Then, intentionally lose your life while you have them (getting squashed is the easiest way). You will return to the start of the level or the last Star Post that you hit, but you will now have the speed shoes in effect for the rest of the stage.
Get all of the Chaos Emeralds and transform into Super Sonic. Try to have at least fifty rings when you finish the level. After completing the level, run off screen and wait until the end-of-level sign shows Sonic. When it does, transform into Super Sonic. The sign will show Super Sonic for one second, then show blue Sonic again.
Get all the Chaos Emeralds and collect fifty rings, but do not transform into Super Sonic yet. Find an invincibility monitor and spin (do not jump) into it. Then, transform into Super Sonic. If done correctly, the stars will surround Super Sonic until he runs out of rings and transforms back into blue Sonic. Note: This does not improve Super Sonic's performance
Select "Options" at the title screen. At the sound test screen, select each of the following sounds in order and press C after each selection: 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4. The music from the Oil Ocean zone will play during the entire game.
Select 7F at the sound test ascreen and you will not hear any music or sound effects. To return to normal, reset the Genesis.
Go into the options screen, bring up the sound test, then press A. You will go up ten at a time, making it much easier when using the level select code.
Start the game as usual. Get a Chaos Emerald, reset the game, and start the game from the options menu. You will keep the Emeralds that you have gained so far each time you start from the options menu.

Mega Sonic

Collect fifty rings and jump after becoming Hyper Sonic for even more speed and higher jumps.


Enable the "Debug" code. Have Sonic become a waterfall. Place waterfalls in random places on a few screens of the first level and repeat many times. Finally, remain in one place and hold the button to continue creating waterfalls. Turn Sonic into himself again and he should emerge as Ashura, his brother. He resembles Super Sonic but has black around his eyes. Press B to turn him invisible.

White Sonic

Enable the "Super Sonic animation: trick" and pause when Sonic starts to do the animation. If done correctly, he should be white, If not, hold B to enter slow motion until he turns white.

Pink Sonic

Enable the "Level select", "Debug mode", and "Super Sonic" codes. Collect over 50 rings and transform to Super Sonic. Press B to enter debug mode, scroll to the bottom, then press B again to exit debug mode, If done correctly, you should die. Quickly press B again and go to some land. Find something that will take all your rings away (spikes, etc.) and you will turn back to blue Sonic. Collect 50 rings or over and transform, and Sonic will turn pink, then yellow. To see this happen more slowly, repeat the trick and press Start to pause game play. Keep pressing B button to see it in slow motion.

Hyper Sonic

Run forward in Oil Ocean, Act 2 until reaching the green jet springs. Jump on the very last spring and hold Right. Sonic will hit a group of spikes before becoming stuck in the side of the wall. Jump out to transform into Hyper Sonic. In this mode, Sonic can run faster and jump farther than Super Sonic, but is not invincible.
Enable the "Debug mode" code and start the game. Press B during game play to transform into an object. Repeatedly press A until you transform into a big white machine. Paste it several times until about 17 machines are created. After that, hit them. If done correctly, Sonic will be invisible.
Enable the "Level select", "Debug", and "Super Sonic" codes. Select a stage with Tails in it. Get over fifty ings, then jump. Create two teleportation boxes, spin, and hit both of them. The screen should flash. You should now be Super Sonic surrounded by stars, but will not be invincible. Get ten or more rings and jump again. Sonic will morph to a better, invincible, Super Sonic.
Enable the "Level select", "Debug", and "Super Sonic" codes. Go to the Death Egg zone and turn yourself into a ring. Multiply yourself until there are 50 or more rings. Collect them and jump to become Super Sonic.
To play the Super Sonic animation repeatedly, enable the "Level Select" code, the "Debug Mode" code, followed by the "Super Sonic" code. Go to any level, and any Act (except the single Act levels -- Death Egg, Sky Chase). Complete the Act with more than 50 rings. As the score begins to add up, press B, turn into an item, then press B again. Sonic will do the animation for turning Super Sonic and then return to normal. Press B followed by B again and he will do the same thing. You can continue to do this as long as the score continues to add up.

In-game reset

Enable the "Level select" code. Then, pause game play and press A. You should see the "Sonic and Miles 'Tails' Prower in..." message before you go to the main menu.
Press Up(3), Down(3), Up at the title screen. A sound will confirm correct code entry. Alternately, press Up(2), Down(2), Up(4).
Enable the "Level select" code. Use the sound test selection on the options screen. Choose sounds 1, 1, 2, and 4 (In that order) and press C after each selection. Highlight the "Player Select" option and press Start.

Level select

Use the sound test selection on the options menu. Choose sounds 19, 65, 9, and 17 (in that order) and press C after each selection. A chime will confirm correct code entry. Press Start. Hold A and press Start when Sonic and Tails appear at the title screen.

Level skip

This trick requires the "Level select" and "Debug mode" codes. Go to any stage and change into an object. Press A until you get to the object before the single ring. It is a strange looking object with a little Robotnik head (a machine where all the creatures appear from if you defeated a Boss). Place about ten in a row. Step on the first one until you see the score counting as if you completed the level. When you see that, step on the other buttons. You will go to the level after the level you were supposed to go to. For example: if you were in the Emerald Hill Act 1 you will now be in Chemical Plant Act 1. You can do this trick in any stage, but not in Dead Zone.

Skip Through Water

Unlock Xbox 360
On Aqua Zone act one to skip through the water run and do yhe spin move (run and push down), and then you'll skip through the water. This also works on act two.


Unlock Xbox 360
For every 2nd act on Sonic 2, there are secret crystals that will get you 3 extra lives. You usually have to find them between gnooks and crannies. When you die and get a GAME OVER, it will ask you if you would like to continue. Then it will let you play again with 3 lives to start with on the same level you died on.

Sometimes They Come Back

Unlock Xbox 360
On Scrambled Egg Zone act 2, follow the route as nomal, and in the second pipe section, go right, then left as normal, then up to enter the bonus section. Get over to the area with about 100 rings by spindashing. You will skim over the ground, collecting an extra life. Collect the rings and go back. The extra life will have reappeared!

Extra Life (Level 2)

Unlock Xbox 360
After you fall down to the water go left and jump into the wall. You might just want to take a half jump to fit in the secret hole.

Extra Life

Unlock Xbox 360
In act 1 of underground zone, jump over the hole, roll down the hill, and on the spring that comes next, jump on it and press LEFT. You will be walking on the bricks and then you will fall in a little space and there in a life there.

Chaos Emeralds Zones 1-5

Unlock Playstation Portable
Underground zone On act 2 run right until you come to the trampoline that has a cart that will take you to the goal. Bounce on it and press left. Go up there should be a super ring there. Roll off the edge untill you hit a cart that. Jump off at the edge and run right. Sky high This one's tricky. On the first kite fly up til the end.(you might miss but you can go back and try again) Aqua lake At the end go into the tubes while pessing the button between the left and down direction. You'll go into a room with spikes at the top and an emerald. Green hills On the 2nd slope run down and bounce on a set of trampolines. Hold right until you hit another set. Then hold right for about 2 seconds. Gimmick mountain Go to the part where the badnick is at. Kill it and jump through the wall. jump the spikes and get the life. bounce on the tramp and fly up on the wheel. Get the other life and the wheel. Run right until you find the emerald.

Go To Any Level

Unlock Wii
While starting the game on the blue screen with writing hold down all the buttons and down right on the pad then press start once you get to the intro after you here a ching ching on the intro little video press start and choose your level

Unlimited Lives

Unlock PC
There are two 1-ups in Act 1 of the Sky Hill Zone. To get to the first one, pass the bridge, jump over the two sets of spikes, ignore the Ring Monitor and the spring. Finally, jump over one more set of spikes to grab the 1-up. Go back and jump on the spring, then walk into the horizontal spring, which will roll you through the bricks. You'll reach two more springs. Jump on the vertical spring, and you see another spring. Jump on this one, and hold left on the directional pad until you see a patch of ground with Christmas trees in the background. You'll then see another 1 up. Take it, let yourself die, and then repeat this process until you max out on lives.

Debug Mode

Unlock Playstation 2
Enable the "Level select" code. Use the sound test selection on the options screen. Choose sounds 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4 (in that order) and press C after each selection. A chime will confirm correct code entry. Select any starting level, then hold A + Start until game play begins. Screen coordinates will appear instead of a score and the number of objects displayed will appear instead of the time remaining. Use one of the following controller actions to enable the corresponding debug code. Note: This code may only be enabled when playing as Tails alone. Object transformation Press B during game play to change Sonic into a game object. Press A to change into a new object. Press C to place an object on the screen. Press B again to revert back to Sonic. Note: The type of object that may be selectable will vary from level to level. Invincibility Sonic is, by default, invincible in debug mode. Slow motion Pause game play and hold B. Restart Pause game play and press A. Frame advance Pause game play and press C. Night mode Hold C and press Start when selecting a level. Super Tails Place a transfer box monitor on the screen. Hit the monitor as Super Sonic. Continuous music: Select "Options" at the title screen. At the sound test screen, select each of the following sounds in order and press C after each selection: 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4. The music from the Oil Ocean zone will play during the entire game.

Super Sonic And Tails

Unlock Nintendo DS
Enable the "Level select" code. Use the sound test selection on the options screen. Choose sounds 4, 1, 2 and 6 (in that order) and press C after each selection. Music will confirm correct code entry. Select any starting level and collect 50 rings. Sonic or Tails will turn yellow and can run at super speed, jump twice as far, and become invincible to enemies and spikes. The total number of rings will decrease during super mode. Your character will revert to normal when the ring total reaches zero. Note: Super Sonic or Tails can still drown, be crushed, and fall into bottomless pits. Alternatively, enable the "Level select" code. Then, press Start and hold A. Press Start when the title screen appears. Then, play songs 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4 to activate debug mode. Then play 3, 4, 1, 2, 6. Create 50 rings in debug mode. Jump, make a item box as Super Sonic, and jump on it. Get hit and change back into Super Sonic.

Red Sonic

Unlock Nintendo DS
when playing press a up c left a right b