Video Game Music of the Week - 6

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive/Genesis)

Sonic2

Tracks:
Emerald Hill Zone, Chemical Plant, Sky Chase.

Composer(s):
Masato Nakamura


It’s Sonic The Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary this year, and the series has a strong presence in terms of video game music, especially when discussing music from the Mega Drive/Genesis era.

The Sega Mega Drive/Genesis has a distinct sound. Anybody who has taken an interest in video game music will be able to determine a Mega Drive/Genesis song the moment they hear it. It has its own flavour that is distinctly different from the NES and SNES which was released just a few moths after the Mega Drive/Genesis.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released in 1992 worldwide and is considered to be one of the greatest Mega Drive/Genesis games of all time. When Masato Nakamura, the composer, begin creating music for the first Sonic game, he approached it as if it were a movie. He wanted the music to complement the story and be relative to the adventure of Sonic.

Emerald Hill Zone is an iconic song in the Sonic history. Its melody has a throwback to Green Hill Zone in Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and is the track to the first stage in Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

Chemical Plant is the track to the second stage in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and has a distinct mechanical vibe to it, perfectly complimenting the stages design.

The ninth stage in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is Sky Chase, and is the third track of this week’s VGM of the Week. Sky Chase has a more mellow sound to it, and doesn’t give the vibe that the other tracks give about being focused on speed.

Emerald Hill Zone



Chemical Plant



Sky Chase



Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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