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SA2 Mod Loader - A Modding Tool for Sonic Adventure 2


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SA2’s Mod Loader

This is the main way to use mods with SA2. The SA2 Mod Loader.

It supports file replacement mods, custom code mods, cheat codes, and debug logs.

1. Required Downloads

In order to get the mod manager to function as it should, you need to download and install the files listed down below. Once installed, restart your PC and then proceed to setting up the mod manager.

DirectX web installer runtime (Click Here) (you need this to get the game working first if you can’t run the game by default)

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2010 Redistributable - x86 (Click Here) - x64 (Click Here)

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2012 Redistributable (Click Here)

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2013 Redistributable (Click Here)

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2015, 2017, 2019 Redistributable (Click Here)

.NET Framework 4.8 Runtime (Click Here)

2. Updates

The latest version of the mod manager is always available at, which has been linked down below for those that scroll straight to the bottom to download the file.
If you’ve downloaded it from the Gamebanana download page for the mod manager, be sure to update it as you won’t be able to run all the new mods that have been released.
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    Hey, MainMemory, Microsoft recently (like within the last year) deleted a lot of legacy items, this includes the Update servers of Windows XP, Vista and 7 (to some extent), MSVC2010 was also deleted, thankfully, they have been well archived. I've tested these links and they work. So just swap these links below in when you get time.

    Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2010 Redistributable -  x86 (Click Here) - x64 (Click Here)

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  • i cant get my ps4 or xbox360 controller to work with this. i have successfully switched from pc controls to controller cause i see buttons instead of random colors but neither of my controllers work, please help ive been trying to fix this for three days with no results.
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    Is there a way to make sure the mod loader doesn't close when i exit the game? it's really annoying when I'm trying to change mods for performance reasons 
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    How is everyone else having these problems and I'm not? I don't even have that great of a computer. Not to be rude; I just don't understand. Maybe it's just the PC port of SA2:B being the PC port of SA2:B, I dunno.
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    so i just downloaded this and followed the instructions,
    i get the message "Data_DLL.dii could not be found cannot determine state of installation"

    edit: i used winwar to do a file search in all the extracted files folder. it didn't find it. so its looking for a file i was not given maybe?
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    My mod loader just doesn't open or crashes. What should i do?

    Ah yes, Shadow the Edgyhog.
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  • Why do updates never work? It says it was unable to install the update because it couldn't find the file, even though it's in the mod folder
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    So i enabled the New Challenge Race code for the chao garden, but for some reason can only play 2 of the races. I also noticed i am completely unable to disable the code now that it has be activated and wondered if this is a bug. i never played the original challenge races and wanted to do that not realizing that the code had completely swapped out the challenge races till now. 
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  • I'm not able to install 2010 Redistributable because it's no longer available when I click the link, and I can't install .NET Framework 4.8 Runtime because it tells me that I have a more recent version of it already installed.

    When I install the mod loader, SA2 crashes after the SEGA and Sonic Team screen. Is there any way at all I can fix this? An older version of the mod loader used to work better, but idk where it is anymore, and it wouldn't let me use quite a few mods anyway. ^^;;
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  • Whenever I open the loader, it says "Data_DLL.dll could not be found. Cannot determine state of installation." How can I fix this?

    Edit: When I click Save and Play, it tries to install the loader but it can't. I thought the download meant that I'd installed it. It can't find "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Sonic Adventure 2\sa2modloader_f8491\resource\gd_PC\DLL\Win32\Data_DLL.dll" but it didnt even come in the download, so?

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