New Sonic Speed Strats Discusses Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles; Super Emeralds, Shields & More

Sega has shared the next installment of the Sonic Speed Strats series, highlighting the final canonical entry of Sonic Origins, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

This video describes the basic premise of this title’s collective existence, equating to Sega’s classic lock-on technology. Essentially, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles was initially shipped as two separate cartridges, which could be combined to create a complete experience.

Sonic’s new technique, the Insta-Shield, is explained. When one presses the jump button while Sonic is in the air sans shield, he’ll emit a spark that deflects projectiles and damage enemies close by. Speaking of shields, this title boasts the Flame Shield, negating all fire damage and providing an air-dash; the Electric Shield, which gathers rings and provides a double jump; and the Water Shield, allowing the user to bounce and be immune to drowning.

Sonic Origins

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles boasts three types of minigames accessible from checkpoints. One is akin to the special stages from the first game control-wise, except in a context reminiscent of Casino Night from Sonic 2. Another comprises a narrow vertical hallway where bumpers lead the character up to a lever that dispenses items and hazards. The last potential minigame consists of gravitational redirecting across several spheres intermittently providing powerups.

Of course, Blue Spheres need no introduction as they’re arguably one of the most iconic parts of this game. These stages are found in giant rings placed throughout the levels, and Chaos Emeralds are obtained from completing them. In fact, speaking of Emeralds, Super Emeralds are a new collectible in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, also acquired via Blue Sphere stages. They grant the long-neglected Hyper Forms for Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles.

You can view the full Sonic Speed Strats discussing Sonic 3 & Knuckles below. The next video is vaguely stated to explore Sonic Origins’ secrets.

Sonic Origins, the collection containing Sonic the Hedgehog 12Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD, is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store for $39.99.

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