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Sega Genesis.. Mega Drive
Genesis is the US name for the console and MegaDrive the Euro name..
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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VARIOUS CHEATS

UNLOCK THE LEVEL SELECT AND CHEAT MODE
Use the sound test selection on the options menu. Choose sounds 19, 65, 9, and 17 (in that order) and press C after each selection.
You will hear a sound to confirm.
Press Start. Hold A and press Start at the title screen.

CHEAT MODE
Once the Level select cheat has been enabled you can enter the cheats below:

Extra continues: Enable the Level select cheat. Use the sound test selection on the options screen. Choose sounds 1, 1, 2, and 4 (In that order) and press C after each selection. Highlight the "Player Select" option and press Start.
All Chaos Emeralds: Enable the Level select code. Play songs 4, 1, 2, 6, get 50 rings, and jump.
Super Sonic and Tails: Enable the Level select cheat. Use the sound test selection on the options screen. Choose sounds 4, 1, 2 and 6 (in that order) and press C after each selection. Music will confirm correct code entry. Select any starting level and collect 50 rings. Sonic or Tails will turn yellow and can run at super speed, jump twice as far, and become invincible to enemies and spikes. The total number of rings will decrease during super mode. Your character will revert to normal when the ring total reaches zero. Note: Super Sonic or Tails can still drown, be crushed, and fall into bottomless pits.
or try...
Enable the Level select cheat. Then, press Start and hold A. Press Start when the title screen appears. Then, play songs 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4 to activate debug mode. Then play 3, 4, 1, 2, 6. Create 50 rings in debug mode. Jump, make a item box as Super Sonic, and jump on it. Get hit and change back into Super Sonic.

UNLOCK THE DEBUG MODE
Enable the Level select cheat. Use the sound test selection on the options screen. Choose sounds 1, 9, 9, 2, 1, 1, 2, 4 (in that order) and press C after each selection. A chime will confirm correct code entry. Select any starting level, then hold A + Start until game play begins. Screen coordinates will appear instead of a score and the number of objects displayed will appear instead of the time remaining. Use one of the following controller actions to enable the corresponding debug code. Note: This code may only be enabled when playing as Tails alone.
Object transformation
Press B during game play to change Sonic into a game object. Press A to change into a new object. Press C to place an object on the screen. Press B again to revert back to Sonic. Note: The type of object that may be selectable will vary from level to level.
Invincibility
Sonic is, by default, invincible in debug mode.
Slow motion
Pause game play and hold B.
Restart
Pause game play and press A.
Frame advance
Pause game play and press C.
Night mode
Hold C and press Start when selecting a level.
Super Tails
Place a transfer box monitor on the screen. Hit the monitor as Super Sonic.

BUTTON COMBINATION CHEAT

TOGGLE TAILS OR MILES
On the Title Screen, press Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, Up
You will hear a sound to confirm.

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*Please note: In the US and some other regions this system is known as the Sega Genesis. In other regions, including Japan and Europe, the console is known as the Sega Mega Drive.