Review of Sonic 3 and Knuckles for WiiWare

This will be a review of Sonic 3 and Knuckles for Nintendo Wiiware!

The story is quite simple: Sonic and Tails are off to stop Robotnik from enslaving Angel Island, but to do that they have to fight Knuckles, an echidna that has been tricked by Robotnik into thinking Sonic is the bad guy. Later, Knuckles realizes he was fooled and teams up with Sonic to save the day!

Sound: The music for this game is fantastic. The soundtrack is snappy, catchy, and never gets old. My personal favorite is the music for “Flying Battery Zone”. Sound: 10/10

Presentation: In the original versions, the game cartridges could be hooked together to make one complete game. Now, with the Wii’s Virtual Console version, you can do it all over again! The games use an interesting mechanic to connect via menu system, although the feature is somewhat hidden so it took me a while to find out where to fuse them together. Otherwise, the menus are easy to maneuver, and the in-game graphics look phenomenal for games originally released in 1994. Presentation: 10/10Gameplay: This game has fantastic replay value. You get three different characters to choose from (Sonic, Tails or Knuckles) and Knuckles even gets completely unique levels, to boot! And if that weren’t enough, you have the extra challenge with all three characters to collect all the Chaos/Super Emeralds as well! The gameplay itself is fantastic, and has you doing sensational 2-D loop-de-loops around vines, metal poles, and stone monuments at top speed. Even Knuckles’ gameplay, which involves climbing walls and gliding around large open areas is enjoyable. Gameplay: 9/10

Multiplayer: It’s just as fun an frantic as single player, just doubled! The only major problem is when one person gets too far ahead of the other, which leads to the farther back player dying. Multiplayer: 7.5

Length: Finishing the story with just one character took me quite a few hours (around 5), but when I went back to collect all the emeralds and play through with the other two characters, the game-time tripled! And for only a couple of dollars on the Wii, this game definitely gives a fair amount for the money. Length: 9.5/10

Overall: This game gets a 9.2/10! I thought it was an absolute blast to play through, and I highly recommend it.

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