Knuckles

Announced long, long ago, the upcoming SEGA Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Switch has been confirmed to feature lock-on technology, meaning Knuckles the Echidna will be playable in the game just like in the old days.

The latest issue of Japanese gaming mag Weekly Famitsu (as reported by Gematsu) has confirmed that Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - to give it its full title - will be included as part of the Switch port of Sonic 2 when it eventually sees the light of day.

For those too young to remember, the original Mega Drive / Genesis cartridge of Sonic & Knuckles featured 'lock-on' technology meaning you could plug your copy of Sonic 3 or Sonic 2 into the top and play through those games as Sonic's pinky-red rival. Alternatively you could plug in Sonic 1 to play umpteen Blue Sphere levels. Good times.

Developer M2 is certainly taking its time in bringing the game to Switch, but to be honest we've already re-bought Sonic 2 half a dozen times across various consoles, so we're not too desperate. The excellent SEGA Ages retro collection has been steadily growing over the last couple of years, with Shinobi and Fantasy Zone the most recent additions, so there's no shortage of vintage SEGA gems to enjoy on Nintendo's console.

Still, Knuckles' ability to climb up walls put a fresh spin on those older levels, and it's good to see M2 including the mode in the Switch edition.

We'll certainly be pleased to see what other treats the SEGA Ages version brings to the table. Let us know if you'll be buying Sonic 2 again and what your favourite '& Knuckles' lock-on game was below.

[source gematsu.com, via ryokutya2089.com]