Sonic 2: Return to Westside Island is a ROM hack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
It originally began development as a sequel to the ROM hack of Sonic the Hedgehog titled Sonic the Hedgehog: Westside Island, released in 2009. The ROM hack itself has been restarted numerous times in development (and was even been put on hiatus for many years), but has recently undergone enough development that I think a version can be released to the public. However, this may be the first and only official release of Sonic 2: Return to Westside Island, as I no longer have any desire or interest in working on it.
This hack's primary focus is on level layout changes to the majority of the original game. Most of the Act 1 stages have been extended to accomodate a larger horizontal size akin to Sonic 3 and Knuckles, and are filled with more branching paths and secrets than the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
There's also the return of the infamous D.A. Garden's desaturated palettes (Patent Pending).
I hope you enjoy another new take on the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
- Stealth: SonED2
- HiveBrain: HivePal
- UtopiaUK: Testing and support
- MarkeyJester: Bug fixes and support
P.S. I wasn't too sure about releasing this (or anything else) for this year's contest, but I think I'm done with this project at this point, and wanted to at least let everyone enjoy what I had accomplished with it. I will not be producing additional releases with bug fixes or extra content.