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Earthworm Jim 2
Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment (US), Virgin Interactive (EU), Takara (JP),
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Channel Interplay (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS,
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (13 tracks)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP (Sega Channel)
¥? ?
Sega Mega Drive
US
$69.99[1] T-132056
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.99[3] T-70446-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70446-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70446-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70446-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$89,99 047170



Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-10304G
Sega Saturn
US
$59.99[4] T-13203H
Sega Saturn
UK
£? T-7019H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-7019H-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-7019H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-7019H-50



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
US
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
EU
800 pts ?



Earthworm Jim 2 (アースワーム・ジム2) is the direct sequel to Earthworm Jim, and was released (among other consoles) for the Sega Mega Drive in 1995. An enhanced version was released on the Sega Saturn.

Though very similar to the original game, Earthworm Jim 2 has more varied gameplay than its predecessor. As well as including standard platforming levels, there are also quiz questions, an isometric shoot 'em up level and various adaptions to the platforming formula, including marathon races and a stage where Jim must shoot his way through mounds of dirt. It retains the surreal humour from the first game and was followed by Earthworm Jim 3D in 1999.

History

Legacy

The Mega Drive version of the game has since been re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console service.

Versions

Mega Drive

Like its predecessor, Earthworm Jim 2 was developed with the Sega Mega Drive in mind, with the code subsequently ported to the Super Nintendo. The Mega Drive version is therefore the original copy of the game and the basis for most of the ports going forward.

Saturn

The Sega Saturn version of Earthworm Jim 2 was ported to the system (alongside a PlayStation version) by Screaming Pink. It uses the enhanced audio soundtrack seen in the PC version released six months prior, while making a number of improvements to the game' graphics (namely the backgrounds, which are unique to these two versions). A great deal still resembles that of the Mega Drive original, however, and many of the sprites remain largely unchanged (including those employing dithering techniques to circumvent the Mega Drive's limited colour palette).

The Saturn and PlayStation Earthworm Jim 2s were considered controversial by some critics in 1996, as it was felt the upgrades were not significant enough to justify the release on newer hardware.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Earthworm Jim 2
(C) 1995 Shiny Entertainment, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

  • Program: Andy Astor
  • Additional Programming: Nicholas Jones, D.P.
  • Art Director: Nick Bruty
  • Lead Artists: Steve Crow, Mark Lorenzon
  • Level Designer: Tom Tanaka
  • Directing Animator: Michael Francis Dietz
  • Animators: Jeff Etter, Shawn McLean, Ed Schofield, Doug Tennapel, Larry Whitaker
  • Assistant Animators: Eric Ciccone, Roger Hardy
  • Additional Art: Rod Altschul, Clark Sorensen, Lin Shen, Tom Tanaka
  • Fine Art Director and Illustrations: Michael Koelsch
  • Music & FX: Tommy Tallarico Studios, Inc
  • Clean Up: Dave Bombadier, Nancy Fernandez
  • Designed By: About a million Shiny meetings
  • Produced By: Scott Herrington, David Luehmann
  • Development Tools By: Andy Astor, Dan Chang, Alias, Psy-Q, Rob Northern
  • Lead Testers: Andy Brown, Lee Jones, James Martinez, Carlos Rodriguez, Manuel Quintones, Jose Zatarain
  • Special Thanks: Brenda Bolanos, Sandy Burusco, Brad Hartke, Stacy Hering, Charles Loop, Chris Mayberry, Richard Sallis, Nicole Smith, Kris Stoyak, Angie Tennapel, Beck Tran, Chips + Bread, Cows


Track list

Saturn version


1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


2. Tangerine (02:02)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


3. Granny Bag (02:07)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


4. Italian Medley (01:53)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


5. Dad's Tune (01:21)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


6. Moonlight Sonata - 1st Movement (05:37)
Composed by: Beethoven


7. Moonlight Sonata - 3rd Movement (06:19)
Composed by: Beethoven


8. The Moo Tango (01:48)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


9. The Big Top Polka (02:53)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


10. Tropical Paradise (02:28)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


11. Subterranean (05:40)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


12. Dixieland Finale (00:45)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


13. Continue To Rock (00:39)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico


14. Doobeedowapbop (01:08)
Composed by: Tommy Tallarico
Running time: 34:40

Magazine articles

Main article: Earthworm Jim 2/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro US 079.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
GamePro (US) #79: "February 1996" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) The Cutting Edge: "Spring 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[6]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #82: "May 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[7]
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GamePro US TheCuttingEdge 1996 Spring.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) The Cutting Edge: "Spring 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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NextGeneration US 18.pdf

PDF
Saturn print advert in
Next Generation (US) #18: "June 1996" (1996-05-21)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #93: "June 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[8]
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MeanMachinesSega40UK.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mean Machines Sega (UK) #40: "February 1996" (1995-12-xx)
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CVG UK 179.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #179: "October 1996" (1996-09-09)
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SSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdf

PDF
Saturn print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #27: "1996-13 (1996-08-09)" (1996-07-26)
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SSM JP 19960823 1996-14.pdf

PDF
Saturn print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #28: "1996-14 (1996-08-23)" (1996-08-09)
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SSM JP 19960927 1996-16.pdf

PDF
Saturn print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #30: "1996-16 (1996-09-27)" (1996-09-13)
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ConsolesPlus FR 048.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #48: "Novembre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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ConsolesPlus FR 049.pdfConsolesPlus FR 049.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Consoles + (FR) #49: "Décembre 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Hyper AU 039.pdfHyper AU 039.pdfHyper AU 039.pdfHyper AU 039.pdf

PDF
Saturn print advert in
Hyper (AU) #39: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
76 №11, p108-111[9]
93 №48, p120/121/122
93 №169, p24/25[3]
79
96
92
91 №37, p50/51
94 №88
93 №47, p58/59/60
76
95 №58, p92/93/94/95
95 №74, p32/33/34
93 №53, p42/43
94 №2, p89[10]
Sega Mega Drive
90
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
EWJ2 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Earthworm Jim 2 MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Earthworm Jim 2 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Earthworm Jim 2 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
EarthwormJim2 MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
EWJ2 md br cover.jpg
Cover
EWJ2MDBRCartTop.jpg
EWJ2MDBRCart.jpg
Cart
Earthworm Jim 2 MD BR Manual.pdf
Manual

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №61, p114/115
70 №413, p31
80
83
81
60 №47, p44
100 №55, p64
76
70 №50, p71[5]
80
87 №71, p100/101
85 №82
72 №13, p72/73[11]
70 №1996-15, p240[12]
80 №, p11Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[13]
80
90 №88, p62[4]
Sega Saturn
80
Based on
17 reviews

Saturn, US
EarthWormJim2Back us.jpgEarthWormJim2Box us.jpg
Cover
EarthWormJim2SatDisc us.jpg
Disc
Earthwormjim2 sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
EWJ2 Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
EWJ2 Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP
EWJ2 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgEWJ2 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
EarthwormJim2 Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
Earthworm Jim 2 Sega Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d57f8ba7
MD5 2ed39b147fa5fa67d6d0707f54a5a078
SHA-1 ef7cccfc5eafa32fc6acc71dd9b71693f64eac94
3MB 1995-10 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 af235fdf
MD5 fa52bcb320299c6b51c7f47caa303da8
SHA-1 b8e93ea8b42c688a218b83797e4a18eda659f3e0
3MB 1995-10 Cartridge (EU)

External links

References

  1. File:GamePro US 076.pdf, page 76
  2. 2.0 2.1 Press release: 1995-11-13: GET READY FOR EARTHWORM WEDNESDAY
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 169.pdf, page 24
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:VideoGames US 88.pdf, page 62
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:MeanMachinesSega50UK.pdf, page 71
  6. File:GamePro US TheCuttingEdge 1996 Spring.pdf, page 7
  7. File:EGM US 082.pdf, page 103
  8. File:GamePro US 093.pdf, page 43
  9. File:CDConsoles FR 11.pdf, page 108
  10. File:SSM_UK_02.pdf, page 89
  11. File:SSM_UK_13.pdf, page 72
  12. File:SSM_JP_19960913_1996-15.pdf, page 242
  13. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 13