As a pallet cleanser, I decided to fire up Sonic 2 on the Switch's Genesis Collection. I was a pretty big fan of the Sonic series back in the 90's. Heck, I remember getting this game on "Sonic Tuesday" along with a free t-shirt, even. But if I'm being honest, my fondness for the Sonic games seems to diminish with each passing year. I appreciate them for what they are, but my platforming preference lies heavily with Mario these days.
Although the first Sonic game hyped the speed, that game seemed better played when taken a bit slower. The same cannot really be said for Sonic 2. This one is all about going fast and pushing right. It definitely is an improvement over the original - both visibly and with its soundtrack and even its level design (mostly). Thank goodness there's no water levels for one thing. Although I do find the Casino Zone slightly annoying.
I ran through the game in about two hours with minimal trouble. And towards the end, that two hours felt overlong. Though I'll admit to happily using the rewind feature during the last level which is pretty annoying and expects you to really memorize everything since you've got no rings.
It's weird, though. The nostalgia is certainly there for me, but a part of me feels like I've outgrown Sonic to some degree. Maybe I'm wrong though. I do remember that Sonic CD was always my favorite of the original 2D games, so maybe I should revisit that one again at some point.