Sonic 2 XL: Fat Sonic to the Rescue! [UPDATED: New Gameplay Video]

Sonic 2 XL: Fat Sonic to the Rescue! [UPDATED: New Gameplay Video]

You don’t need to change the level layouts, the color palettes, or the characters to make a great hack.  Sometimes, all you need to do is make a minor tweak to completely change the gameplay and difficulty of the original game.  Making it hilarious goes a long way, too.  In Sonic 2 XL, that’s exactly what happens.

There have been hacks in the past where the rings are bad for you, but Sonic Retro members Ranger and Captain Bozo took that simple premise and ran with it.  In Sonic 2 XL, the rings are replaced with onion rings.  You need them to live, but if you eat too much of them, Sonic puts on pounds, inhibiting his running and jumping abilities.  If you run around or hit a question-mark monitor, you lose weight.  If you continue to eat more onion rings, you’ll have a heart attack and die.  It makes the game so much harder as you try to collect as little rings as possible.

The edited sprites and animations are what makes this hack truly amazing.  It would have been easy enough to simply alter speed and jumping, but having Sonic grow man-titties and get exhausted from walking short distances is incredible (and so damn funny). 

Download Sonic 2: XL at Sonic Retro.

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Brad, also known as "Slingerland," is a staff writer and editor for both The Sonic Stadium and Sonic Retro. His area of emphasis is the inner-workings of the games and laughing at everything. Follow him on Twitter. - @bradflick55


  1. Music… sounds like the 1986 Tranformers soundtrack…

    *goes to listen for the thousand time*

    Before anyone says where it’s from, i looked it up!

  2. Now only in selected stores…. the Sonic Trendmill workout combo. Now you too can excersize with the legendary hedgehog himself. Run on the trendmill and get a complete workout! Order yours today!

    – Really cool hack. It wouls make the game funnier and harder at the same time!

  3. The treadmill is showcasing the weight gaining engine and is the only video up for the game at this time. If you download the game yourself, you can actually play it and see what this hack is all about.

  4. Hilarious, fun, challenging and educational? Wow, didn’t think all that would work together so well.

    Me and my li’l bro and sis love the game. Great stuff! (Now do the same with Sonic 1. Now THERE’S a challenge and a half!)

  5. This…



    Well, that’s what Sonic gets for eating too many chili-dogs! He moves to onion rings!

  6. Remember kids onion rings aren’t just bad for humans but also blue cartoony hedgehogs.

    This hack was really well done and reminds me that I’m in the know for no eating onion rings.

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