Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)

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On a routine trip to Angel Island, Sonic and Tails encounter a strange Echinda who steals the Chaos Emeralds under direct orders from the evil Dr. Eggman.


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Tails flies Sonic to visit Angel Island. When they arrive at the island, Knuckels, the guardian of the island attacks Sonic and steals the Chaos Emeralds. As it turns out, Dr. Robotnik crash landed on the island after his Death Egg was destroyed. He has convinced Knuckels that Sonic is the bad guy and must be stopped. As Sonic and Tails fight to stop Robotnik latest evil plans, they must get past Knuckels as well. Written by Anonymous

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Masato Nakamura was invited to return to compose for the game as he did for the first two Sonic the Hedgehog games, but when Nakamura asked for a higher salary as well as compensation fees for any music reused in future titles, Sega decided to turn to other composers instead. See more »


When the countdown begins to notify the player that Sonic is running out of air in Hydrocity Zone when fighting the mini-boss, if Sonic replenishes his air, the music will switch to the mini-boss music from "Sonic & Knuckles". This also happens during the fight with Robotnik in the same Zone. See more »

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If the game is finished with all the Chaos Emeralds, dolphins can be seen following the plane in which Sonic and Tails are riding. Complete the game without all the Chaos Emeralds, and there are just birds following the plane. See more »


Followed by Sonic Advance (2001) See more »

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27 June 2003 | by (Buffalo, NY) – See all my reviews

Sonic 3 picks up on what happened to Dr. Robotnik's Death Egg after it was destroyed in Sonic 2. This time, the mad scientist continues the mayhem on different grounds.

On Mobius' Floating Island, Dr. Robotnik's Death Egg is in need of repairs. But this time, he has someone to help him. This is where Knuckles is introduced, who would become Sonic's friend/rival later on.

Although there are less zones here than in Sonic 2, there's still just as much ground to cover. First, there's Angel Island Zone (the tropical region), Hydrocity Zone (the underwater region), Marble Garden Zone (an ancient garden community), Carnival Night Zone (entertainment in the big city at nite), Ice Cap Zone (the arctic region), and Launch Base Zone (area where Robotnik's ship is being restored, as can be seen in the background). The last zone has three tough bosses that upon defeating again destroys the space ship before it even goes into outer space.

All six zones have two acts, both of which are really long. This time, each have two bosses.

Knuckles is convinced that Sonic and Tails are the bad guys, and as the two are out to stop Robotnik yet again, someone is around to make the mission more difficult. Meanwhile, Robotnik is given more time to fix his ship, using the chaos emeralds. Here, the emeralds are the sources for the power of the Floating Island. In between the mission, you have to recollect the seven chaos emeralds (since Knuckles steals them from you at the start of the game) before Robotnik gets them.

Sonic 3 isn't quite as powerful as Sonic 2, but it's still a very good game.

Next up: Sonic & Knuckles!

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