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File Date Source Title and comments
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "March 1993" "Gaming Gossip"
EGM confirms that a Sonic 3 is in development after talking to Sega at Winter CES 1993.
Logo-pdf.svg 1993-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "May 1993" "Sega, 1993 and Beyond..."
Another brief hint from EGM that a Sonic 3 exists.
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Supersonic (FR), "Janvier 1994" "News: Sonic 3"
Cover article
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1994-xx-xx Consoles + (FR), "Janvier 1994" "Previews: Sonic 3"
Three-page preview.
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Player One (FR), "Janvier 1994" "Stop Info: Sonic 3"
Cover article
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1993-12-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "February 1994" "Megadrive Preview: Sonic 3"
Six-page preview and cover article detailing the upcoming game. The writer examines the history of Sonic games from the last 3 years, before covering new features in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, such as Tails' ability to fly and carry Sonic, the addition of Knuckles, the three types of shield, and the overall improvement in graphics over the last game. The first three zones are described, as well as the spherical Special Stages and new two-player exclusive levels. The game is said to be 80% complete with a projected March release date.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-01-06 Sega Power (UK), "February 1994" "Previews: Sonic 3"
A two-page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in the February 1994 issue of Sega Power. The magazine starts off a bit unenthusiastic in its summing up of the game but quickly turns around and boasts of the game's qualities touting it as "the best version of Sonic so far".
Cover article
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1994-01-10 Sega Magazine (UK), "February 1994"
Cover article
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1994-01-10 Sega Magazine (UK), "February 1994"
Review
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95%
95
[Info]
Cover article
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1994-01-12 Sega Magazin (DE), "Februar 1994" "Special: Sonic 3"
Six-page preview and cover article detailing the upcoming game. Throughout the article the game is referred to as Sonic 3 Part 1. The author of this article has been contacted and says that he has a prototype of Sonic 3, but he is/was not allowed to give any information away.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Hyper (AU), "March 1994"
Review
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90%
90
[Info]
Cover article
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199x-xx-xx Sega Visions (US), "February/March 1994" "Sega Game Feature: Genesis - Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Cover article
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1994-0x-xx Player One (FR), "Février 1994" "Tests: Sonic 3"
Review
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98%
98
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Joypad (FR), "Février 1994" "Megadrive: Sonic 3"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 94%
94
[Info]
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1994-01-20 Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US), "February 1994" "Sonic 3Peat!"
Electronic Games previews Sonic 3 in their February 1994 issue. According to the article, the music is not yet finalised.
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1994-01-20 Mega (UK), "February 1994" A three-page preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in the February 1994 issue of Mega magazine. It just gives a small overview on the game, focusing heavily on the new Special Stages.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-01-20 MegaTech (UK), "February 1994" "Preview"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-01-27 Sega Zone (UK), "February 1994" "Mega Drive Preview: Sonic 3"
Two-page preview.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-01-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "March 1994" "Megadrive Review: Sonic 3"
Six-page review of the game. The article covers a range of topics, including the addition of a boss on every act, the increased level size and individual level gimmicks, new power-ups and the 3D Special Stages. The reviewers are impressed with the large, detailed levels and graphics, but criticise the difficulty as too easy. Overall they score the game at 94%. A planned "deluxe edition" of the game is mentioned, with extra levels, as well as an expansion cartridge for the current Sonic the Hedgehog 3; neither of which are named.

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 94% Mega Game
94
[Info]
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1994-01-28 Mega Action (UK), "February 1994" "Mega View"
Preview article.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "Február 1994" "Premier: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "February 1994" "Special Feature!: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-0x-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 7 No. 3 March 1994"
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NTSC-U 92% Ultimate
92
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 199x-xx-xx GamePro (US), "February 1994" "ProReview: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
A three-page preview.
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1994-0x-xx Game Players (US), "Vol. 7 No. 2 February 1994" "Cover Feature: Sonic The Hedgehog 3"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-0x-xx Mega Force (FR), "Février 1994"

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97%
97
[Info]
Cover article
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1994-02-03 Sega Power (UK), "March 1994" "'Mega Drive Review - Sonic 3"
A three-page review of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 in the March 1994 issue of Sega Power. The game was given a enthusiastic review and received a 9 for Graphics, 8 for Sound, 9 for Addiction, 7 for Brainpower, and was given an overall score of 90%.

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PAL 90% Gold
90
[Info]
1994-02-05 Sonic the Comic (UK), "February 18th 1994" "Review Zone: Sonic 3 Special!"
Sonic 3 becomes the sole focus in this issue's Review Zone, with a Zone-by-Zone coverage of the full game.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-08 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "March 1994"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "March 1994" "Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Three-page review.

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94%
94
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Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-17 Mega (UK), "March 1994"
Review
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PAL 90%
90
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-20 MegaTech (UK), "March 1994"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 93%
93
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-23 Mega Fun (DE), "03/94"
Review
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PAL 85% Gold Game
85
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-23 Video Games (DE), "3/94" "ROM Check: Sonic 3"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
83% Classic
83
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-24 Sega Zone (UK), "March 1994" "Mega Drive Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 93% Bostin'!
93
[Info]
Cover article
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1994-02-24 Mega Action (UK), "March 1994"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
PAL 93% Gold
93
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Electronic Gaming Monthly (US), "March 1994" "Review Crew"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 10/10   10/10   9/10   9/10 Platinum
95
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx GamePro (US), "March 1994" "ProReview: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U
Graphics: 5 Sound: 4 Gameplay: 5 FunFactor: 5
95
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Micromanía (segunda época) (ES), "Marzo 1994" "Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Review
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95%
95
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-02-24 Sega Pro (UK), "April 1994"

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PAL 87%
87
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-03-04 Gamers (DE), "März/April 1994"
Review
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1-
87
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-03-08 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "April 1994"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-03-15 Sega Magazine (UK), "April 1994" "Stop Press: Sonic 3 Cheat!"
Sega Magazine explains how to activate the level select cheat with a Game Genie. This is from a time when the in-game cheat code was not known.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-03-29 Sega Force (SE), "3/94"

Review
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92%
92
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-0x-xx VideoGames (US), "April 1994"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-U 9/10
90
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-04-05 Aktueller Software Markt (DE), "Mai 1994" "Highlight des Monats: Sonic 3"

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11/12 ASM Hit
92
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-04-13 Sega Magazin (DE), "Mai 1994" "Sonic The Wonderman: I'm Too Sexy"
A two-page feature in a 1994 issue of the German Sega Magazin. It contains an interview with the band "Right Said Fred", who were producing a promotional CD called Wonderman.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-04-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "May 1994" "Out Now on Cartridge: Sonic 3"
Reminder of a previous review from issue #148.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-04-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "May 1994" "Game Tips: Sonic 3"
Short article describing how to access the level select and debug mode with a Game Genie code. Two inaccessible levels intended for Sonic & Knuckles are mentioned.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-05-07 Beep! MegaDrive (JP), "June 1994" "BE-Mega dog race"

Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
NTSC-J 9/10   7/10   8/10   8/10
80
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-05-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "June 1994" "Out Now on Cartridge: Sonic 3"
Reminder of a previous review from issue #148.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-05-15 Sega Magazine (UK), "June 1994" Sega Magazine unveils the nearly impossible to do level select cheat.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-05-16 Sonic Mag: B.D. & Jeux-Video! (FR), "Juin 1994" "Round Test: Sonic the Hedgehog 3"
Review
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PAL 90%
90
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-05-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "July 1994" "Megadrive Tips: Sonic 3"
Short article explaining the level select, debug mode and invincibility cheats, as well as a shortcut on Balloon Park Zone.
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "Június 1994"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-06-01 Score (CZ), "Červen 1994"
Review
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80%
80
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-06-15 Computer & Video Games (UK), "July 1994" "Help!: Sonic 3"
Paragraph explaining how to gain extra points by farming Flybots in Launch Base Zone.
Guru 1994-06 HU Sonic 3.png 1994-xx-xx Guru (HU), "1994-06"
1994-xx-xx Joker (SI), "Julij/Avgust 1994"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
90%
90
[Info]
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-xx-xx Freak (IL), "2/94"
Logo-pdf.svg 1994-08-xx Mean Machines Sega (UK), "October 1994" "Megadrive Tips: Sonic 3: Dancing Sonic?!"
Paragraph describing a feature of debug mode which displays all of Sonic's animations sequentially.
VAD 12 RU Sega 2-3.jpg 1994-10-28 Video-Ace Dendy (RU), ""
1994-xx-xx Joypad (HU), "2/1994" Tips
1995-xx-xx Joypad (HU), "1/1995" Tips
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "1/95" Tips with Game Genie
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-02-28 Mean Machines Sega (UK), "April 1995" "The Complete Sonic Tips Guide"
Short article explaining the level select and debug mode codes. Part of a retrospective of codes on Mega Drive Sonic games.
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "Március 1995" Tips
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "2/95" Tips
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "2/95"

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Version Rating Awards Calculated score
RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
85
[Info]
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "2/95" Tips with Pro action replay
1995-04-03 Sega Mega Drive Review (RU), "1"
Reprints/translations:
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
36/50

  • 9/10
  • 7/10
  • 8/10
  • 6/10
  • 6/10
  • total-36/50
72
[Info]
1995-xx-xx Top Secret (PL), "Czerwiec 1995" Tips
1995 Alaab Alcomputtar (SA), ""
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-1x-xx Top Secret (PL), "Grudzień 1995" Tips
1995-10-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 1995-11-xx Playjoy (YU), "Novembar 1995"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
86%

  • graphics-83%
  • sound-87%
  • gameplay-100%
  • atmosphere-75%
86
[Info]
1995-xx-xx Yunyy tehnik (RU), "12-1995"
1995-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "5/95" Tips with Game Genie
1996-04-06 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
1996-xx-xx Tricks (RU), "Vypusk 7" Tips
1996-12-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), ""
Cover article
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1996-12-16 ABC (CZ), "Ročník 41, 9"
Logo-pdf.svg 1996-xx-xx 576 KByte (HU), "December 1996" Tips
1998-04-12 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
1998-02-03 Velikiy Drakon (RU), ""
1998-03-20 Tricks 16 bit (RU), "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr"
Reprints/translations:
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
86%
86
[Info]
1998-11-30 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
1999-xx-xx Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU), ""
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Review
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RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
80
[Info]
2000-xx-xx Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU), "" The entire game guide
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
RatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Full.svgRatingStar Empty.svg
90
[Info]
2000-07-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2000-12-25 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2001-05-01 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2001-12-15 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2002-02-05 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
2002-xx-xx 576 Konzol (HU), "Április 2002"
2002-08-23 Tricks Gold (RU), "Sega dlya fantazerov" The entire game guide
2002-10-13 Cool Gamer (RU), "9"
Review
Version Rating Awards Calculated score
8/10
80
[Info]
2003-02-07 Velikiy Drakon (RU), "" Tips
Logo-pdf.svg 2003-03-10 1700 igr dlya Sega (RU), ""
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90%
90
[Info]

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2006-12-15 Famitsu (JP), "2006-12-29"

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NTSC-J 7/10   8/10   7/10   8/10
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75
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