A Hacker Dropped Yoshi Into Sonic 2, And It's Amazing

I’m not sure what I love more about this newly-released ROM hack that lets you play the Genesis classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as Nintendo’s Yoshi. The incredible, detailed sprite work? The fact that the gameplay has been totally overhauled to use Yoshi’s eating-and-pooping mechanic?


It’s just so hard to decide. No, I’ve got it. It’s the fact that you can actually touch Fuzzy and get dizzy. (Skip to 0:54 in the video below).

“This is a Sonic 2 hack made by Xenowhirl for the Sonic Hacking Contest 2010,” reads the description of this YouTube video that went up yesterday that shows a brief playthrough of some of the game. “It was originally unreleased, but recently surfaced online.” (We originally found it via this viral tweet thread, to give credit where it’s due.)


I mean, they even hid red rings disguised as regular yellow rings. It’s a thing of beauty.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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Makes sense. I’d find someone else too if I was treated the way Mario treats Yoshi: