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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Sega

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (AKA ソニックザヘッジホッグ3 Sonikku za hejjihoggu 3 in Japan) is a 2D platform video game and the forth of the Sonic series. It was developed by Sonic Team and released in the Sega Genesis console in 1994. It is the sequel to Sonic 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 maintains the gameplay that made the last two releases a major hit. It also introduces Knuckles who will later be included in another game and presented with a separate storyline. There are minor improvements to the gameplay like enhanced shield abilities wherein Sonic gains new jumping techniques. Tails is now able to fly on his own. Players can select either Sonic or Tails in single player mode. In two player mode, both characters can join together and run simultaneously.

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As with Sonic 1 and 2, control is Sonic 3’s forte. Button press to action is solid and instantaneous. Those who’ve played the previous two releases will be familiar to either Sonic’s or Tails’ control and the corresponding actions.

All the Sonic titles were developed with the system architecture of the Sega Genesis in mind. Sonic 3 uses the console’s capabilities to the max. There are no skipped frames as Sonic and Tails go through each level in full speed. The game is filled with lavish, well-drawn backgrounds.

Sonic’s catchy tunes remain in this third installment and rightfully so. They have become anthems to fans of the Sega Genesis console as Super Mario’s tunes are to the Nintendo consoles.

It has been ported to Sega Genesis (this version), Microsoft Windows, Sega Saturn, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Virtual Console, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade, and Nintendo DS.