Sonic & Knuckles was developed by the Sega Technical Institute in collaboration with Sonic Team, and published by Sega for the Genesis/Mega Drive in 1994. It is the direct sequel to Sonic 3, which was released earlier that year and it seems that some removed levels from S3 were later re-used for S&K. As our friends at X-Cult say: “Sonic & Knuckles is, at it’s heart, a continuation of Sonic 3; or rather, a collection of Sonic 3’s lost levels and then some”. It seems that the project was originally named “Sonic 3 & Knuckles”
In these beta images we can see an unknown “carnival night zone” and the Sonic 2 “Hidden Palace” in the hacked level-select menu screen, while in the other gameplay ones there are probably just graphical differences that are minor.
Also, Interesting fact to note. Sonic 3 and Knuckles Developer Roger Hector points out that Sonic 3 and Knuckles was going to be an isometric 3D style game in a similar fashion to sonic 3D blast. Also, it was confirmed that Micheal Jackson did work on the game’s soundtrack. The soundtrack was re-written by Howard Drossin due to the development team removing Jackson’s soundtrack cause of a child molestation scandal near the end of the game’s development cycle.
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Sonic 3 and Knuckles is sure to be one game.
Sonic and Knuckles is designed to be able to be locked on with Sonic 3 and Sonic 2 and other game carts.
Only when you attatch Sonic 3 on Sonic and Knuckles,you can enjoy 8 save slot(2 more than the slots in Sonic 3 along),fully selectable game character(Sonic&Tails/Sonic Only/Tails Only/Knuckles),level 2 hyper character and true ending.
It’s both successful in tech and business.
Be sure to make a discussion about a Sonic 1 hack based on Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. Perhaps, you should make a Sonic 1 hack called Sonic The Hedgehog Sailor Stars. It’s a multiperson action platforimg game like Sonic Megamix does, only for both Mega Drive and Mega CD. Hey, Tweaker and others of the Sonic Retro forums! Please, make Sonic The Hedgehog Sailor Stars for Mega Drive and Mega CD. Also, can you make ChibiChibi from Sailor Stars appears in the game as a new playable character?
Judging by the game’s credits, this was developed by Sonic Team, not STI.