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New Sonic 2 beta!

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Evilhamwizard and I have been going through old Scene releases and we found a new Sonic 2 beta that was released back in 1992 and forgotten.

Hidden Palace News - What Was Once Old Is New Again
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (CENSOR prototype)

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Enjoy!

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Wow, I can't believe this actually existed and no one noticed it

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I guess it really does pay to fine-comb everything. Amazing find, I can't wait to check it out!

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Just to already make mention, Hidden Palace's 8x8 art has already been stripped out of the ROM, or at the very least, isn't loading, I'll do some more research and comb over data and see if it exists elsewhere.

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Man oh man, that old beta title screen brings back such memories. They used it on cereal boxes to promote the game before it came out and I thought Tails was a girl for the longest time because of it.

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View PostSuper Egg, on 14 February 2019 - 02:33 AM, said:

Just to already make mention, Hidden Palace's 8x8 art has already been stripped out of the ROM, or at the very least, isn't loading, I'll do some more research and comb over data and see if it exists elsewhere.

Odd how it's not here in this build beta 4 had it intact, right?

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Got this bitch open in IDA, looking at the watermark bits, found this gem.

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A new Sonic 2 Beta? I feel like I'm in high school again. I hope we find something exciting and new in it.

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Hey, it's the instruction manual prototype! Very cool find, thank you as always!

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You're a wonderful human being.

It's not quite the prototype I was hoping for, but it answers a few questions. I look forward to people tearing this apart.

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View PostSuper Egg, on 14 February 2019 - 03:56 AM, said:

Got this bitch open in IDA, looking at the watermark bits, found this gem.

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Not the first time I've seen this sort of tactic used by dumping groups from the time, haha.

Thank you so much to all involved in the release!

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So where in the timeline of betas is this? Somewhere between the betas that were closer to the final DRX released a few years back? Or is it before those?

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Oh wow. It's really exciting to see a new proto. I had thought that that particular well had about run dry.

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View PostHez, on 14 February 2019 - 02:28 PM, said:

So where in the timeline of betas is this? Somewhere between the betas that were closer to the final DRX released a few years back? Or is it before those?

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Simon Wai
This
Betas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Final

And there's at least two public builds out there between the Simon Wai prototype and this new one, because they were featured in magazines.

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