Gamebusters myth 6: Hidden Palace Zone (Sonic 2)
the myth surrounding Sonic the Hedgehog 2, namely the Hidden Palace Zone.
For those unaware, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a highly anticipated game and received quite a bit of media attention. Indeed, the media even showed a place called the “Hidden Palace Zone”, which was seemingly inaccessible in the game through normal means. This started a rumor about a secret zone contained within the game, as it was demonstrated in several previews, leading many gamers to believe that you could access it by performing certain feats in-game.
Among the feats that would supposedly gain you access to the zone were making it through the game in an absurd amount of time, getting through the game without being hit even once or losing a life to one of the many pits, and by beating the game in a certain amount of time with all rings.
Myth or fact? Myth, based on fact. There was indeed going to be a zone called the Hidden Palace Zone, as the previews showed, but it was inaccessible in the final version of the game. The reason is because the company scrapped the level before the game was released due to time issues. It was initially going to be, according to Sonic creator Yuji Naka, a special way to introduce Super Sonic. Yuji also went on to point out that the Hidden Palace Zone was not the only zone removed from the game, and that an old beta of the game did indeed contain the zone, or rather half of the zone, which was as far as the Hidden Palace made it before being scrapped. Gamers have reported being able to access the zone (or rather the first half of the zone, since that is all that was actually made) utilizing a Game Genie, though we are unable to confirm this at this time.
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