Game music of the day: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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July 9, 2010

Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Song: Aquatic Ruin Zone

Composer: Masato Nakamura

Above: Aquatic Ruin Zone from Sonic 2

Long before the Sonic series adopted shredding guitars and voiced character anthems, the original Genesis/Mega Drive games packed in dozens of legendary tracks that just about any gamer alive in the '90s will remember. We already covered Sonic 1 (way back in March), so today it's all about Sonic 2.

But which song to pick? As with so many games in the GMOTD archives, Sonic 2 has nothing but excellent music, but if I had to pick a favorite, it'd be Aquatic Ruin Zone. No particular reason why, I just love the sound of it, from the melody to the actual "instrument" choices made by Nakamura. Love listening to this one.

Oil Ocean, above, is possibly number two on my list. Again, the sounds used to build this song don't reek of typical Genesis music, making it a standout piece of music in a game that already looks, plays and sounds great. Love the Egyptian feel and all the percussion.

If you're digging Sonic 2 today, or just generally love Sonic music, be sure to check out the complete ReMix album, Hedgehog Heaven. That's 22 tracks of OverClocked goodness, all free. Get on it!


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  • Aeshir - July 9, 2010 7:12 p.m.

  • nighthawk205 - July 9, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Well I agree that Aquatic Ruin was good but Oil Ocean? Really? For shame Mr. Elston, for shame. How about Wing Fortress? If not the classic Emerald Hill, Wing Fortress music is fantastic.
  • SonicX_89 - July 9, 2010 7:31 p.m.

    What about the Mystic Cave levels? Chemical Plant? These levele are some of my favorite partly because of the awesome music in them.
  • TruckThunders - July 9, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Great article. Sonic 2 stands out as some of my favorite video game music from my childhood. The Robotnik theme was once the ringtone for when my work would call me.
  • 8bitBaby - July 9, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    GEYAWWWD! *memories come flooding back.* i LOVE the oil ocean music. i remember when i was little i drew a comic based on the music. it was stupid , but this music was that powerful, it blasted my imagination with images.
  • db1331 - July 9, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    I'm surprised Brett was able to mention Oil Ocean Zone without making a BP joke. He is a better man than I.
  • Tenfey - July 9, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    Sonic 2 is still the most ballin.
  • Nocens - July 9, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    Chemical Plant Zone's music would be my favorite one from Sonic 2. I think I hated the water levels too much to ever enjoy their music.
  • NdIGiTy - July 9, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    I always thought the music in Metropolis Zone was quite good.
  • FunkSoulBrother - July 9, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Sorry Bret always look at the pages but forget to post well about the musc two words FREAKING GOOD I getting this on my ipod asap. Of the three the hedgehog heaven was my favorite. And to go back a little the bully slingshot song is still stuck in my head. Great job once again can't wait till tomorrow to check out the new tunes
  • FunkSoulBrother - July 9, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    Sorry spelled your name wrong two t's I'll remember that.
  • Cleanser247 - July 9, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Nice song choice : D This reminds me of the old Sonic commercials for kids about being safe back in TalkRadar 100. Funny as hell. Great song Brett! Keep up the awesome work!
  • Edthefreak - July 9, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    Ah my favorite Sonic game with some of my favorite game music. I can't really pick ANY of the songs as my favorite. But when I was a kid and reached Hill Top Zone, that music has stuck with me ever since. I'll never be able to forget it. It's such a wacky but still good song. Also, I have the problem where I can't listen to the songs without hearing the Duane and Brando Sonic Rap over half of them. xD
  • Mechamorbo - July 9, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    I love Sonic music! It brings me back so much... I know there's probably better out there, but I made my house a Sonic house, so in my head it's still the best.
  • verysneakysir - July 9, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    wow I remember this music! It's ingrained deep in my brain from when I was six years old...
  • Squander - July 9, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Chemical Plant Zone!!? Best Sonic Song ever!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 9, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    No Chemical Plant and all Oil Ocean makes Tortoise a dull boy. SERIOUSLY, WHERE THE F*** IS CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE?
  • goochbiscuit - July 9, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Chemical plant zone is so my favorite. To this day I still wake up with it stuck in my head for no reason at all.
  • DarkTone - July 10, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Instant Classsic! Chemical zone, Special zone and Super Sonic are the beasts of the game though.
  • Ded - July 10, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    Mystic Cave zone (one player, that is) is my personal fave from Sonic 2, but you're right, many good tracks :D

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