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Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (ナックルズ・ザ・エキドゥナ イン ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ2[1] Nakkuruzu za Ekiduna in Sonikku za Hejjihoggu 2?), or simply Knuckles in Sonic 2 (ナックルズ イン ソニック2[2] Nakkuruzu in Sonikku 2?), is a platform video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is the result of locking-on Sonic & Knuckles with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 using the former cartridge's unique lock-on technology. This game is essentially identical to Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with the exception of Knuckles the Echidna starring as the main playable character and Sonic nowhere to be seen.

Plot

Gameplay

Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a 2D side-scroller platform video game with the exact same gameplay as in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & Knuckles. The only playable character here is Knuckles, who retains his moveset from Sonic & Knuckles.

Scoring system

Controls

Button formation K-T-E-S2&K.png Movement
Controlpadds.png left/right Run
Controlpadds.png up Look up
Controlpadds.png down Crouch
A Button (Sega Genesis).svg / B Button (Sega Genesis).svg / C Button (Sega Genesis).svg Spin Jump
Controlpadds.png left/right + Controlpadds.png down Spin Attack
Controlpadds.png down + A Button (Sega Genesis).svg / B Button (Sega Genesis).svg / C Button (Sega Genesis).svg Spin Dash
Jump > Holding A Button (Sega Genesis).svg / B Button (Sega Genesis).svg / C Button (Sega Genesis).svg Glide
Controlpadds.png up/down Wall Climb
START Pause the game

Changes

  • The title screen shows Knuckles instead of Sonic and Tails. Here, he uses his sprites from the title screen of Sonic & Knuckles.
  • The 2P Player VS and Options menu have been removed from the title screen due to only having one playable character. As such, there is only simply a "Press Start" option, resembling the title screen of the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • The color palettes for the Act title cards are colored green, red and yellow instead of blue, red and yellow.
  • The Shield is colored gray instead of its usual blue.
  • The Signpost will land on Knuckles' portrait instead of Sonic's or Tails'. It is reused from Sonic & Knuckles.
  • Secrets such as 1-Up Monitors have been added in the Acts for Knuckles to discover.
  • When Knuckles respawns at a Star Post after losing a life or finishing a Special Stage, he will retain the number of Rings he had when he touched it.

The first Special Stage in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

  • The Ring requirements in Special Stages to pass each checkpoint are notably lower than before, making the Special Stages much easier for Knuckles.
  • Special Stages do not display Knuckles' name like Sonic and Tails'.
  • To transform into Super Knuckles, the player has to hit the jump button twice, as opposed to the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where the player could turn into Super Sonic by simply jumping.
    • In addition, the player cannot transform into Super Knuckles after touching the Signpost or pressing the switch on the Capsule.
  • In Debug Mode, the player is limited to placing a Ring or a Super Ring Monitor.

Cheats

  • Act Select: At the title screen, the player has to press the following buttons in order: Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left and Right. A Ring chime will sound if successful. They, they have to hold A Button (Sega Genesis).svg and press "Start" to access the Act Select.
  • Debug Mode: At the Act Select's Sound Test, the player has to play the following tunes in order: 01, 09, 09, 04, 01, 00, 01, 08. A Ring chime will sound if successful. Then, they can highlight any Act and select it while holding A Button (Sega Genesis).svg to start an Act with Debug Mode.
  • All 7 Chaos Emeralds: At the Act Select's Sound Test, the player has to play the following tunes in order: 01, 06, 07, 07, 07, 02, 01, 06.

Re-releases

Knuckles in Emerald Hill Zone.

Trivia

  • Though Sonic and Tails are replaced by Knuckles and locked by default, Tails is still piloting the Tornado in Sky Chase Zone and during the ending of the game.
  • In the 2013 remaster of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Knuckles was added as a playable character, allowing the player to play as him the same way as in Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. However, the color palletes of the Act title cards and the Shield were reverted back to their original colors when playing as Knuckles.
  • Knuckles' arms are miscolored tan in the Special Stages.
  • The Debug Mode code (01, 09, 09, 04, 01, 00, 01, 08) references the release date of Sonic & Knuckles (18 October 1994).
    • This is also the reference used to enable Debug Mode in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

See also

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 In this platform, Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is available if Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic & Knuckles are downloaded on the same account.

References

  1. Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 48.
  2. (in Japanese) ソニックメガコレクション最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. 1 March 2003. p. 149. ISBN 978-4091060907.

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