The best Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Easter eggs and references
It’s clear that sonic the hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler is a big fan of Easter egg hunts.
The first movie had over 40 references and Easter eggs to find, from “Sanic Hedgehog” designs to sneaky logos hidden on the blue-tipped speedster’s gloves.
It is therefore not surprising that there are even Continued to find oneself in sonic the hedgehog 2referring to the likes of Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, sonic x and even some deep references to Sonic’s comic book series.
Here are some of the best and darkest references contained in the supersonic sequel. Note, there is BIG spoilers from now on, so don’t read on unless you’ve seen the sequel.
1. Sonic Adventure
Fowler drew much inspiration from Sonic Adventure and its sequel as the film’s opening setting is a direct visual parallel to the opening of Adventurewith manholes exploding with gushing water in the middle of the city.
While this signaled the arrival of aquatic mayhem in the game, it’s more of a fun reference for fans of the series here.
Likewise, while we first saw Sonic in Sonic and Knuckles briefly during IceCap Zone, the snowboarding sequence in Sonic 2 more like the snowboard level of Sonic Adventureuntil the reuse of a piece of scrap metal as a board.
2. Sonic Adventure 2
There is also a good pinch of Sonic Adventure 2 references to find that hint at what we can expect in Sonic’s future.
We see the official introduction of the Guardian Units of Nations, better known as GUN, the fictional secret organization found in the Adventure series. One of their helicopters that takes Tom and Maddie back to Green Hills even has “SA-2” next to the rotor.
Given the multitude of Adventure serial references alongside GUN’s involvement in shadow the hedgehogfans might not have been so surprised to hear the mention of a “Project Shadow,” aka Shadow the Hedgehog, in the film’s credits scene.
3. A deep cut sonic eand comic scenario
Fowler not only drew from the lore of the games, but also from the comics. Knuckles’ story gives us insight into the Echidna tribe, best explored in the Sonic the comic series.
We first saw the tribe in the original film with its leader, Pachacamac, now confirmed as Knuckles’ father.
The war between the Longclaw Owl Tribe and the Echidna Tribe may be a translation of a deep storyline from the War Between the Echidnas and the Drakons comic series. In the comics, the Echidnas have a duty to protect the emeralds from the Drakons, the original creators of the emeralds who sought to use them to conquer the galaxy.
We may even have potentially seen the Drakons at the start of Sonic 2 as mysterious alien figures that emerge from Robotnik’s ring portal, before Knuckles arrives.
4. Agent Stone’s Cafe
Speaking of Robotnik, Agent Stone’s café, the “Mean Bean”, hides a nice hint of a lesser-known Sonic game: Dr. Eggman’s Medium Bean Machine.
In fact, the cafe-turned-Launch of Stone is home to a cornucopia of Easter Eggs to be found with the evil Egg Alomane. For example, when designing potential new costumes for Robotnik, his signature look of sonic x can be spotted alongside a few others in the blink of an eye and you’ll miss it.
5. Eggman’s Death Egg
Sonic 2 features one of the best-known weapons in Robotnik’s arsenal in video games.
The monolithic metallic monster that Robotnik pilots in the film’s third act is a slightly redesigned Death Egg, one of his most dangerous inventions designed to vent the chaos energy found within the Chaos Emeralds.
It seems the closest visual comparison in terms of Death Egg’s design is the final boss fight of sonic the hedgehog 2an intelligent connection of Fowler’s suites.
6. The tornado plane
sonic the hedgehog 2 It’s also where we see the debut of the Tornado plane, Sonic’s winged ship. In the movie, it’s more of Tails’ grand automatic flight work, but there are some great easter eggs in the design of the plane.
The ‘761’ in the plane is another deep Fowler reference to the 1993 book. stay sonic, written by Mike Pattenden. It contains a whole story about the origins of Sonic which is inspired by the original “Sonic Bible” made by SEGA. The “761” itself refers to the top speed ever recorded by Sonic, which was 761 miles per hour.
There are also trim door graphics on the tail and underside of the plane, often found at the end of levels in older 16 bits Sonic Games.
7. Classic game levels
Some of the classic 16-bit levels Sonic titles can also be found littered throughout the sequel.
The mysterious mushroom planet that Robotnik has been trapped on since the first film is a clear allusion to the Mushroom Hill Zone, while Knuckles later collides with a tanker truck with the name Splash Hill Zone on its side.
But fans might be happier to see the cinematic debut of the Labyrinth Zone, one of the original game’s most impressive levels, now repurposed as the Master Emerald’s winding, expansive home.
As Sonic speeds through the maze, we can actually hear a sound effect or two from the games being used, which is a subtle but very nice touch.
sonic the hedgehog 2 is now out in UK cinemas and hits US cinemas on April 8.
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