Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Retro Review


Sonic Team/Sega Technical Institute




Sega Mega Drive, Sega Genesis, Xbox 360(XBLA), PC, Virtual Console(Wii), Nintendo DS, PS3

Release Date(s):

Sega Genesis: February 2, 1994

XBLA: June 10, 2009

Wii: September 10, 2007

PS3: February 10, 2009






E (Comic Mischief)

-Marcus Lawrence

Knuckles makes his appearance as Sonic’s two fisted rival

All of the older Sonic games were amazing and still are to this day. Sonic 1 impressed a lot of people and paved the way for the sequels. Sonic 2 improved on elements form the original. With Sonic 3, I can stand by my decision to say that Sonic 3 is the best among the retro games. Not only did it improve on gameplay and visuals but also brought in much more interaction with the levels and how you can play.

The story picks up right from the ending of Sonic 2 with Super Sonic and Tails flying to Angel Island to find Dr. Robotnik; he crash landed here in his Death Egg. This is where Robotnik finds Knuckles The Echidna, who guards the Master Emerald, and tells him Sonic is the one who stole the Chaos Emeralds. Before the duo can find the doctor, Knuckles The Echidna ambushes Sonic and takes the Chaos Emeralds away from Sonic. Now Sonic and Tails must find Dr. Robotnik to reveal who the real villain is and stop him from rebuilding his space station.

So, Sonic 3 may play like the other two but this one brings in new ways of playing. One of the newest features is the ability to create a shield around Sonic for a split second. This can cause bullets to be deflected and even extend Sonic’s attack range. As the player travels through the island, a lot of new items will be presented to you. There are 3 new kinds of shields that protect Sonic and add offensive capabilities to his arsenal. Fire, water and electricity shields can be found if you keep a close eye out. Tails can now be used to fly to reach areas that Sonic can’t. Additional, if a second player joins in, Tails could carry Sonic up to those hard to reach places.

Just like with the past Sonic games, the secondary objectives is to find and collect all 7 Chaos Emeralds. Doing so will grant you the good ending along with the ability to change into Super Sonic. The only difference is the player must find the portals that will lead them to the special zone; you no longer need 50 rings in order to find them. Once inside the special zone, players will see that the layout is once again different and resembles a three dimensional sphere. Players must navigate the sphere and collect all blue orbs while avoiding the red ones. Another cool feature of the game involves the checkpoints. If the player is carrying 20 or more rings when reaching a checkpoint, a small portal will open and could take the player to 1 of 3 minigames. A slot-machine game, momentum-based game and a gumball machine game all add some fun in between stages.

Sonic 3 is shorter than the previous titles with only 6 zones and two acts a piece. At the end of each act is a boss fight which does make up for the shortness. The only shortcoming of this game is the Time Attack mode. Just like with Sonic 2, the levels are compact and the control of the character feels loose unlike the main attraction. As for the online portion, there isn’t a single soul playing this title. Be it day or night, you will always see the words “No matches were found”. Even with these faults, it doesn’t take away from value from this gem.


  • Greatly improves upon the series; making it fun and the best so far
  • Level designs are engaging and a real treat to look at
  • Gameplay is still as fun as ever


  • The levels for online and time attack feels squished; don’t play like normal

Sonic 3 is still considered to be the best among the original three and for good reasons too. Anyone who has yet to try the originals, I highly recommend downloading them and experience why Sonic use to be more than a joke.

Verdict: 95%

Sonic The Hedgehog 3- Ice Cap Zone

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