Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic symbol
North American box art
Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) SEGA
Distributor(s) SEGA
Designer(s) Hirokazu Yasuhara
Series Sonic
Engine Sonic 1 Engine Modified
Released Genesis/Mega Drive
NA February 2, 1994
EU February 24, 1994
JP May 27, 1994
AUS February 24, 1994
Wii Virtual Console
NA September 10, 2009
JP October 27, 2009
PAL February 12, 2009
Xbox Live Arcade
JP/NA June 10, 2009
Genre(s) Platform, Adventure
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Ratings VRC: GA Pan European
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, PC, Mac OS X, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade
Media 8-Megabit cartridge
Input methods Game controller

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ3 Sonikku za Hejjihoggu 3) (Sonic 3 in PAL and Australia regions) is a platform game and the 4th installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. It was developed in the United States by members of Sonic Team working at SEGA Technical Institute, and was published by SEGA, debuting worldwide in the first half of 1994. The game is a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and follows on directly from the end of the last game, in which Sonic defeated his enemy, Dr. Robotnik. Crash-landing on a floating island, Sonic encounters a new character, Knuckles the Echidna, and must once more retrieve the Chaos Emeralds while also working to stop Dr. Robotnik from relaunching his ship, the Death Egg.

In the Super Smash Flash series

Knuckles the Echidna makes his debut appearance in this game. Knuckles would become a playable character in Super Smash Flash, and his ability to attack while jumping originates from this game as well.

Originally in Super Smash Flash 2, Sonic's down special move in the air was the Bounce Attack, which made its debut in this game. This was removed in Beta.

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