Any gamer worth his or her salt will remember the day Sonic 2 was released. Cheekily dubbed 'Sonic Twos-Day' (it was released worldwide on a Tuesday, you see) it became a massive seller for Sega and cemented Sonic's position as one of the most popular videogame mascots ever.
Despite some unkind words at the time of release (UK magazine Gamesmaster gave it a very negative review, saying it was 'too much like the original'), public response was positive and most fans agree that this is the finest game in the series. The addition of the chargeable 'spin attack' really opened up the game, a split-screen two player mode granted additional replayability and graphically Sega managed to top the already-impressive first title. Also, who could forget that amazing bonus level?
The selection of stages is also inspired, as are the stunning boss battles. Although it can't hold a candle to Nintendo's SNES classic Mario World in terms of depth, Sonic 2 gives a more exciting experience - the levels are designed perfectly, allowing you to exploit the super-fast speed of the lead character without sacrificing the all-important exploration side of things.
Sadly, Sega and Sonic Team would never match the level of brilliance seen here and the blue hedgehog has become a bit of a joke in recent times thanks to a string of lacklustre titles. But forget all that - now is as good a time as any to enjoy what remains Sonic's finest hour!