A prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 has been found by Hidden Palace!
Back in 1993, SEGA Magazine (UK) published a special supplement that included a history of Sonic the Hedgehog to date, along with an extensive preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 including screen shots, several months before it was published at somewhere between 40%-50% complete.
It has been generally considered that this very early prototype would either be lost to time or unattainable…however the Cutting Room Floor and Hidden Palace have acquired a copy of the prototype burnt on EPROMs, which appears to match the prototype seen in SEGA Magazine UK!
Amongst the most significant revelations in the prototype:
- The game appears to include a drop-dash like ability for Sonic, two decades before the feature was finally officially introduced in Sonic Mania
- There is a second unique style of special stage
- It appears as though Flying Battery was going to be part of Sonic 3 and not Sonic & Knuckles
- All of the music for the later stages are based on the tracks from the PC port, showing an absence of the Michael Jackson tracks
This appears to be just the tip of the iceberg of discoveries in this prototype – and as always, The Sonic Stadium will keep you up-to-date on these revelations as they come!
Source: Hidden Palace