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Sonic 3's Special Stage
Sonic 3's Special Stage

The Special Zone (also called Special Stage) was an important part of the Sega Genesis/Megadrive Sonic the Hedgehog games. It is a location separate from the usual setting of those games (either Earth or Mobius), in which characters can locate Chaos Emeralds. Note that in the 8-bit Sonic games of the Game Gear and Master System, as well as more recent games from the Sonic Adventure line and the television series Sonic X, Chaos Emeralds are not found in the Special Zone, and in fact the Special Zone is not mentioned at all. In all the games, the transportation links are called buses. A sound effect is heard when the bus warps you to the stage (and sometimes back to the regular zone in some games). Image File history File links Sonic3SpecialStage. ... Image File history File links Sonic3SpecialStage. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Sega MegaDrive 2 European version with joypad, game cart + box Sega Mega Drive (Japanese: メガドライブ Mega Doraibu) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega. ... Sonics character has been redesigned with age through the years. ... Earth (often referred to as The Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ... Detailed Map of the planet Mobius, made by Sonic RPG fangame groups Mobius is the planet that the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are from in the comic book series made by Archie Comics (United States) and Fleetway (Europe), and in all three American cartoons, including the light-hearted Adventures of... A Chaos Emerald is a mystic item that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games, allowing the holder of all 7 of them to achieve ultimate power, and certain characters from the Sonic world can transform into a super form as a result of this (see Super Sonic). ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Sega Master System The Sega Master System (SMS for short) (Japanese: マスターシステム), was an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console manufactured by Sega. ... Sonic Adventure ) is a video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23, 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...


In the games

The Special Zone first appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog, in which it was depicted as a somewhat psychedelic rotating maze, with the Chaos Emerald ready for collection in the centre. It was accessed through a giant Zone Ring, which appeared at the end of an Act if one had collected enough rings in that Act. Sonic the Hedgehog title screen Sonic the Hedgehog is the platform game that launched the career of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Team. ... In the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, one of the most distinctive aspects of gameplay is the inclusion of collectable gold rings throughout the levels. ...


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 altered the game mechanics of the Special Zone, though the psychedelic backdrop remained the same. Whereas gameplay in the Special Zone in the first game had been similar to the original game, in this game it was a mini-game in which characters ran along a curving half-pipe tube, collecting gold rings while avoiding bombs, which would knock rings away. There were three sections, and a character had to collect a sufficient number of rings in each section to advance to the next. This format was reused for the Special Zone in the game Sonic 3D Blast, as well as some of the games in the Sonic Advance series for the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS game Sonic Rush. In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Special Zone was accessed via Star Posts, which had previously only been used as save-points. Sonic the Hedgehog 2, or simply Sonic 2, is a platform game developed and published by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... A minigame is a (usually short) segment of a video game that uses a different style of gameplay than the rest of the game. ... In the Sonic the Hedgehog series of video games, one of the most distinctive aspects of gameplay is the inclusion of collectable gold rings throughout the levels. ... Title screen of Sonic 3D Blast. ... Ice Mountain Zone Sonic Advance is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps, and published by THQ for GameBoy Advance. ... The Game Boy Advance (often shortened to GBA) is a handheld video game console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo DS, (sometimes abbreviated NDS or DS), is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo, released in 2004. ... Sonic Rush is a Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Nintendo DS. It was developed by Dimps, and published by Sega. ... Sonic the Hedgehog 2, or simply Sonic 2, is a platform game developed and published by Sega for the Mega Drive/Genesis. ... In the popular video game series Sonic the Hedgehog, lamp-post shaped items called Star Posts (named by the distinctive star design) were used as save points - whenever a character lost a life, he would return to the last Star Post he touched. ...


Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles once again returned to using Zone Rings as the entryway to the Special Zone (though they were scattered throughout the stages rather than left at the end), and once again reimagined the Special Zone. This time, the characters had to run along the surface of a planet-like sphere, collecting blue orbs and avoiding red ones. Sonic the Hedgehog 3, often abbreviated and officially known in Europe as Sonic 3, is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ... Sonic & Knuckles is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1994. ... Blue Sphere is the secret easter egg game created by locking on Sonic & Knuckles to Sonic the Hedgehog. ...


Sonic Heroes marked the return of the Special Stages in a 3D Sonic game (as mentioned earlier, there are no Special Stages in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2). The player needs to collect a Special Stage key in a particular stage to enter a Special Stage. Getting a Special Stage key in odd-numbered stages (Stage 01: Seaside Hill, Stage 03: Grand Metropolis, etc) opens up Bonus Challenges, where you try to beat the timer for points and 1-ups, linking spheres to add time to the clock. getting a Special Stage key for even-numbered stages (Stage 02: Ocean Palace, Stage 04: Power Plant) opens up Emerald Challenges, where you race against time and chase for the Chaos Emerald, powering up the Power Dash by collecting spheres. Despite the nostalgic return of the Special Stages in Sonic Heroes, it was met with much criticism for its slide physics and poor control. Sonic Heroes is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. ...


Theories

As the game lines gave little in the way of an explanation as to how such a strange dimension could exist, spin-off media and fans developed their own theories as to what the Special Zone actually was.


Fleetway's Sonic the Comic pictured the Special Zone as merely another of a multiverse of universes, complete with planets and cities (though, admittedly, the bizarre cosmology of the games was adhered to). This Special Zone resembled Sonic's home planet of Mobius greatly, even with similar anthropomorphic animal inhabitants, and the two planes had a great deal of communication due to the Star Posts and the intervention of the Omni-Viewer. The Special Zone's largest city was called New Tek City, capital of Planet Meridian, and it was protected by the Chaotix team. Notably, the UK fiction presents the Special Zone of the first Sonic game to be not a part of this universe, but a series of sub-orbital space warps created by Doctor Robotnik to keep the Chaos Emeralds out of Sonic's hands. Fleetway, also known as Fleetway Publications and Fleetway Editions, was a publishing company, mainly producing comic magazines for the U.K.. Fleetway began life as Amalgamated Press, the company owned by Alfred Harmsworth, who were based in Fleetway House. ... Sonic the Comic, known to its many readers as STC, was a UK childrens comic published by Fleetway Editions (the merged companies Fleetway and London Editions, which progressively became integrated with its parent company Egmont until it became known as Egmont Magazines) between 1993 and 2002. ... Detailed Map of the planet Mobius, made by Sonic RPG fangame groups Mobius is the planet that the Sonic the Hedgehog characters are from in the comic book series made by Archie Comics (United States) and Fleetway (Europe), and in all three American cartoons, including the light-hearted Adventures of... In the popular video game series Sonic the Hedgehog, lamp-post shaped items called Star Posts (named by the distinctive star design) were used as save points - whenever a character lost a life, he would return to the last Star Post he touched. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ... Team Chaotix, as seen in Sonic Heroes. ...


Other theories suggest that the Special Zone acts as a recycling centre for Chaos Energy (as stored in the Chaos Emeralds), and that it is this energy that created such things as floating platforms and loops in the original games, as well as turning Sonic into Super Sonic. A Chaos Emerald is a mystic item that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games, allowing the holder of all 7 of them to achieve ultimate power, and certain characters from the Sonic world can transform into a super form as a result of this (see Super Sonic). ... Super Sonic as seen in the television show Sonic X. This page is about the video game character Super Sonic. ...


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