Hey guys, Eric here with the next part of our history lesson of the coolest hedgehog of our time, Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, in 1994, Sega had released Sonic the Hedgehog 3, or Sonic 3, and it featured some new badniks, as well as the newest addition to the Sonic Team, Knuckles the Echidna. Now, Knuckles may have seemed to be bad and attacked Sonic, but the truth behind it was that he tricked by Doctor Robotnik. Some new additions to the game were some new power-up shields, some new bonus stages at the check points, and the new stages to gather the Chaos Emeralds. In the same year, Sega had released Sonic & Knuckles. This introduced Knuckles as a playable character, after he had realized he was being used in Doctor Robotnik’s evil scheme. Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles were originally supposed to be one game, but were split due to space and time constraints. Playing as Knuckles, the end boss in his story line, however, is not Robotnik, but instead Mecha Sonic (NOT METAL SONIC) who can harness the power of the Master Emerald itself.
In 1995, Sega had released Knuckles Chaotix for the Sega 32X, which had featured some new characters to the Sonic Team. These characters came to be known as Vector the Crocodile, Mighty the Armadillo, Charmy Bee, and Espio the Chameleon. However, this was Mighty’s only appearance in a Sonic game, but he is more well-known in the Sonic The Hedgehog Comics. Espio made an appearance in 1996’s Sonic the Fighters, which also included Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose (although she was also known as Rosy the Rascal), Fang the Sniper, Bean the Dynamite, Bark the Polar Bear, Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman (as bosses). There is also another character, Honey the Cat who is a yellow cat-like character with black hair, supposedly based on Honey from Fighting Vipers. She never made it into the final arcade version, though some of her incomplete model can be accessed through hacking. She appears as a full playable character in the 2012 release.
In 1998, Sega had released Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast in Japan, and later released in America in 1999 and again re-released for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003 known as Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut and put on the Xbox Arcade and Playstation Network in fall of 2010. This game covers the story of a new liquid-type enemy, Chaos, who had been released and under the control of Doctor Eggman, Dr. Eggman’s newest scheme was to use Chaos to destroy Station Square by giving him all 7 Chaos Emeralds. This game, unlike its predecessors, features some new action stages, permanent power ups, emblems and new characters, such as Big the Cat, E-102 Gamma, and Tikal the Echidna.
In 1999, a new Sonic spin-off show had aired, dubbed Sonic Underground. This show tells story of not only Sonic, but his brother Manic and sister Sonia, who band (no pun intended) together in search of their mother, Queen Aleena, while trying to free their homeworld of Mobius. Now, I said “no pun intended” because every episode, Sonic, Manic and Sonia play a song, with each on specific instruments to represent their personality. However, the series only lasted for 40 episodes with no real ending.
Now, in 2001, Sonic Adventure 2 was released for the Dreamcast celebrating Sonic’s 10th Anniversary. and was the last game released on a Sega platform. It became the first game in the series to appear on a Nintendo platform when it was ported – with several enhancements – to the GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle in 2002. In October 2012, it was ported to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network with a version released on Steam in November the same year. The game allows the player to play the Good story line as well as the Dark story line. This game also introduces the extravagant jewel thief (and G.U.N spy) Rouge the Bat, as well as the Ultimate Life Form, Shadow the Hedgehog.
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