18 years ago, the destiny of millions of kids (and a few hundred crazy Internet people) was forever changed with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, arguably the hedgehog’s most successful outing to date. For those of us who were there from the beginning, the release of Sonic 2 was a homecoming unlike any we had imagined, and those eleven new zones became burned into our very souls (which is why we still can run through Emerald Hill Zone with our eyes closed).
Now, it’s no secret that Sonic 2 went through its fair share of developmental trouble, and there were plenty of zones that were left on the cutting room floor. Heck, even levels we’ve grown to love had vast changes as it was developed, as proved by the release of the vintage “Simon Wai beta” and the lesser known (but equally important) “Nick Arcade Prototype.”
The latter of those two was made for one purpose – to make fun of Melissa Joan Hart. Now to be fair, she was just a kid (we all were) running through a level she had never seen, and had no idea the spin dash existed (there was a world before 1992, people), but still, the urge to insult her run through the game is so tempting. And yes, she wasn’t the only one who played and failed the game on that show, but it isn’t as fun to make fun of a random girl we know nothing about.
This is where you, the Sonic Retro reader, comes in.
No, it’s not a contest to make fun of Mellisa Joan Hart. But! In honor of Sonic 2sday, Sonic Retro is proud to present “The Sonic 2 Nick Arcade 25 Ring Challenge.” The rules are simple enough – get 25 rings in the first act of Sonic 2 in under 30 seconds. However, it has to be using the earliest prototype known to the Internet – the Nick Arcade ROM (which can be found right here). From there, try to get those rings before the 30 seconds hit their end. The less time spent, the better. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by a committee of your peers, based on score achieved, style, and hedgehog-ness. What’s hedgehog-ness? Something we all have, deep inside our heart.
All entries shall have to be submitted via YouTube, so fire up those Unregistered HyperCam 2’s, and get playing!
…oh, you want to know what you’ll win? The grand prize is knowing deep down, that you’re better than Melissa Joan Hart. And really, what else would you need? (ok maybe there will be something “real” but no promises)
You have until November 29th, 11:59 P.M. to e-mail your YouTube to [email protected]. Because you should spend time with family during Thanksgiving! Unless you hate them. Then go ahead and play Sonic the Hedgehog. I’m sure Scratch and Grounder would approve.