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|Game Name:||Sonic the Hedgehog 3||MPN:||
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Sonic 3-What the heck happened to the hedgehog?
What the heck happened to the hedgehog? There was a time when Sonic was a wholly reliable mascot, consistently fun, always dependable. But recent years have seen none of that reliability, as game after game with the Hedgehog's name have come along and tarnished any positive reputation he may have ever had. We've suffered through Shadow and his worthless guns, an attempt to take away his natural speed and replace it with hoverboard riding, and even the woeful "franchise reboot" that failed to live up to anyone's expectations. It's just a pain to put any faith at all in any new Sonic product that's announced or developed any more, as you'll just be setting yourself up for disappointment. Why can't we just revisit the days when Sonic meant quality, and fun, and running really fast to the right side of the screen?
Well, we can. Put aside any sideways focus on today's Sonic misfires and use the Virtual Console to experience yester-year's surefire hits including, now, Sonic the Hedgehog 3. In sharp contrast to the Sonic we know today, whose games seem to be getting consistently worse and worse over time, the opposite was true in the Genesis era. The first Sonic game established a solid, satisfying, super-speedy experience. The second refined the formula, and added even more to the mix. And the third title, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, completed the trilogy as the best of them all.
Sonic 3 finds our hero and his sidekick Tails landing on the mystical Angel Island, where Dr. Robotnik is once again up to no good. But the Doc isn't the first foe to get in Sonic's face; this time it's the red echidna Knuckles, introduced in this game's opening sequence for the very first time. Knuckles knocks Sonic for a loop, steals his stash of Chaos Emeralds, and quickly runs away. Sonic and Tails' quest to chase Knuckles down, and foil Dr. Robotnik's latest plot along the way, is the central focus of this adventure.
And it's a focus that stays in focus, as Sonic 3 uses cutscenes and interstitial appearances by Knuckles throughout the game. The enhanced sense of solid transition is an upgrade here over previous Sonic titles; rather than just fading to black after each stage is completed, the action just keeps going. Every area is connected to the last, and that makes things feel much more cohesive.
You'll want to fully explore each of these interconnected stages in turn, and some enhancements to the basic Sonic gameplay facilitate just that. Sonic has new access to some enhanced jumping techniques when he's equipped with shields this time around, and Tails can finally fly under his own power. Players adventuring alone can control either character, or two players can join in together and simultaneously run and jump through each level. Tails can even pick up Sonic and give him a helicopter boost in that mode.
Further multiplayer options are available through the Competition menu, which splits the screen horizontally just like Sonic 2 and gives you the choice to face a friend in head-to-head racing, or to challenge the clock in Time Trial mode. And the 3D bonus rounds Sonic 2 introduced seem to have inspired a similar side-game here, as well, as collecting Chaos Emeralds during the adventure takes place on a three-dimensional, rotating plane populated by blue orbs. Touch all the orbs without hitting a red one to win an Emerald; get all seven to unlock a better ending at the adventure's end.
All of these features are over and above the standard Sonic the Hedgehog gameplay, which is fast and frantic platforming/running action, as before. But the considerable praise lavished on Sonic 3 can't come without some criticism, and that falls to this title's interaction with the next game in the series, Sonic & Knuckles.
Sonic & Knuckles came out on the Genesis in the same year as Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and its content was originally meant to be a part of the third game. S&K shipped as a lock-on cartridge, so players could snap their Sonic 3 carts into the top of it and access the excised levels and features; how this same functionality could be recreated on the Virtual Console, which has no physical media to work with, is a question that's still up in the air. It's possible that a software solution could recognize if you have downloaded both Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles in the future, and give you access to the Sonic 3 & Knuckles content, but that's really just speculation. You may end up being left with just half a game in both cases.
Sonic 1 we called impressive. Sonic 2 we labeled great. Sonic 3, though, is the best of them all and deservingly earns the highest score of the trilogy. But we recognize that the issue of its connection to the so-far-unreleased Sonic & Knuckles is a point of contention, and it may make even serious fans want to wait a while before investing 800 Wii Points here. If that's you, we understand. But we're going to give Sonic the benefit of the doubt this time and stand by the quality of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: jeremyroncaglione
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 On Sega Genesis
This is on of the best sonic games that they have for the Sega Genesis games on sonic! It seen like the game last for ever and you can't stop have fun getting to the next level! You and your friends are going to have a bunch of fun playing this game over and over again in your life time! I know, I've did!
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: slainsurvivor
The Death EGG Returns!
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is a great game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. New Badniks , new characters , and better speed.
Let's get to the main review!
The evil Dr. Ivo Robotnik is back again , once more trying to fend off Sonic and collect the Chaos Emeralds to raise the Death EGG after its previous destruction. He tricks the new character , Knuckles the Echidna , that Sonic is trying to take the Master Emerald. Knuckles is seen trying to destroy Sonic multiple times throughout the game.
Dr. Robotnik has now made more powerful weapons , into which the Eggmobile fits so he can easily jump into his creations and attack the hedgehog.
Tails is back with Sonic just like Sonic 2 , but now you can make him fly instead of him only flying when he is controlled by the computer. When he is flying , his tails can hurt/destroy enemies.
Knuckles can be played if you lock STH3 on to S&K. He can glide , and climb most walls , along with the Spindash attack that all playable character can do.
This is a lot harder than the other STH games , and much more fun. The graphics are insanely amazing for the Genesis , beating out even some new systems and games. Chaos Emeralds are MUCH harder to get now. You have to find a giant ring that is hidden somewhere in the walls of the zone , rather than passing a Starpost with 20 rings. 7 chaos emeralds are in the game , all of which must be collected to become Super Sonic. If you lock it on to S&K and collect all 7 Emeralds , you can then collect Super Emeralds , Chaos Emeralds slightly smaller than the Master Emerald. If you collect all the Chaos Emeralds , you can become Super Sonic ; but if you get all the Chaos Emeralds and Super Emeralds you become Hyper Sonic. Hyper characters have an ability to easily destroy all Badniks in the area. Tails has a group of birds that follow him and will kill Badniks when they see them . Knuckles can glide and slam into a wall , and Sonic can jump then make a power surge . None of these effect bosses though. Sonic turns yellow gold and his hedges point up when he's Super/Hyper ; Knuckles and Tails just flash white.
CONTROL: The control over the characters is 100% , just like the other STH games.
GRAPHICS: Wow , the backgrounds are ALIVE , everything is amazing. GREAT graphics.
LAUNCH BASE ZONE:
The game is full of great highlights , but the last level really sticks out. Robotnik has his Death EGG ready to launch , when Sonic shows up at his Launch Base. More deadly Badniks fill the area , so it's a good thing that the place is covered in so many rings! There are 4 bosses in this Zone (3 if you play it as Sonic 3 and Knuckles) , the first one that Robotnik controls doesn't use the Eggmobile , which is left behind. After the Boss is defeated , Sonic jumps into the Eggmobile (he can't control it , or get out of it ; it is completely computer controlled) , and faces Knuckles who is standing on a support beam. He punches the Eggmobile , and then the Death EGG launches , destroying the support beam and knocking Knuckles down. Sonic then makes his way to a platform , then he jumps out , and faces Robotnik again. After that is defeated , you face the Final Boss known now as "Big Arm" (who is left out of S3&K) ; a robot who , hence the name , has 2 gigantic arms that grab the player then slam him into the ground , causing him to lose all rings. (Even in S3&K , Knuckles faces the Big Arm , but it and the previous boss are fought on pipes instead)
3 Great Sonic Games.
I was fortunate to get these Sonic Games. I'll admit that I only wanted Sonic 3, but the rest of them were an added value. As for Sonic 3, If you can manage to get Sonic & Knuckles, you MUST lock them together, and play the complete game!
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: distantcircles
Awesome game! Nice for everyone. Nice to share with your kids.
When I was a kid; I had Sonic 3 and played a lot with it! I remember having the problem that my cart was a pirate and won´t save games. So, everytime I had to start all over again.
Then, when I was a teenager I wanted a bike, so I sold everything I had, included my genesis and sonic 3.
Today, I wanted to have all of my consoles and games again; so I started hunting the web!
Sonic 3 is a great game; I would recommend it to everyone. Sonic is a legend; an icon. I remember the battle between sega and nintendo; sonic and mario... This battle has produced a lot of cool games.
The game is very easy to play, fast, great graphics, great fx, great music, and has a lot of stages to keep us gaming for a while. The ability to save games is very cool.