Sonic Advance 3 (ソニックアドバンス3, Sonikku Adobansu San?) is a platform game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Dimps and published by THQ for the Game Boy Advance and the final installment of the Sonic Advance series. It was first released in North America on June 7, 2004, later in Japan on June 17, 2004 and then in Europe on June 18, 2004. The game uses elements from Sonic Advance and Sonic Advance 2, as well as allowing the player to choose an additional partner, who augments the player’s actions. The Chao Garden mode from the previous Advance games has been removed, and the Chao Garden in this game serves to help the player view the Chaos Emeralds and chao they have collected.
Doctor Robotnik tears the Earth apart using Chaos Control, and Sonic is separated from Knuckles, Amy, and Cream and is stranded with Tails. The two begin to search for their friends and the source of the trouble (which is the separation of the Chaos Emeralds). But like always, Eggman is making everything from doomsday devices to strange contraptions and is trying to vanquish Sonic once and for all.
Alternate Ending: (without all Chaos Emeralds) After defeating the final boss, Robotnik and Gemerl are defeated and try to escape, with Eggman swearing revenge. The heroes, chase him down to the edge of the temple, knocking Robotnik to a deadly situation. Gemerl, stays and looks at the heroes as if to intimidate them, then jumps off the edge to follow his master. Peace is finally restored to the world. Then the game ends with all the playable characters getting their photo taken by Omochao. (The end credits also leave a message to players to collect any remaining Chaos Emeralds)
True Ending: (with all 7 Chaos Emeralds) After defeating the final boss, Robotnik and Gemerl are defeated and try to escape, with Robotnik swearing revenge. Gemerl though stops running & attacks Sonic, causing the Chaos Emeralds Sonic has to scatter. Gemerl then, uses the power of the emeralds the player collected and transforms into a large, orb-shaped robot, and becomes the Extra final boss. Gemerl then attacks Robotnik throwing him at Sonic then escapes. Using the power of the Emeralds as well, Sonic becomes Super Sonic and, with the help of Robotnik, Super Sonic destroys the improved Gemerl and brings him back to Earth. Tails then repairs the robot and the game ends with the new Gemerl, playing with Cream the Rabbit.
The basic gameplay combines the traditional platforming elements of Sonic Advance, and the speed-orientated gameplay of Sonic Advance 2, to provide an experience similar to the original games. Sonic Advance 3 also introduced a new game feature called “Tag Action”. Tag Action is similar to Knuckles’ Chaotix: the player picks two characters and controls one while the other will just follow along controlled by the computer (or player two in multiplayer mode). Additionally, in a feature first seen in Knuckles’ Chaotix the character can pick up the teammate by holding R, and then release them to use special abilities. Certain pairings, such as pairing Sonic and Tails or Amy and Cream, give the player access to the trick moves from the previous game.
At the start of the game, only Sonic and Tails are playable. By completing certain levels with Sonic as the team leader, Knuckles, Cream and Amy become playable.
The games features seven main levels (Route 99, Sunset Hill, Ocean Base, Toy Kingdom, Twinkle Snow, Cyber Track and Chaos Angel), each with their own “Zone Map”. These maps have three acts which can be played in any order, but all three must be played before the boss can be fought. These maps also contain two mini-games in which extra lives can be earned. The player can change between maps by entering the “Sonic Factory”. Here, the player can also change characters and access the level’s “Chao Playground”, which contains all the Chao found in that level. The player needs to find 10 per level in order to access the Special Stage and earn Chaos Emeralds.
Two additional levels follow Chaos Angel – the final boss, “Altar Emerald” (The shrine of the Master Emerald) and the extra boss, “Nonaggression”, which can only be accessed when playing as Sonic after all seven emeralds have been collected.
|Sonic Advance 3|
|Developer(s)||Sonic Team, Dimps (Co-Developer)|
|Publisher(s)||Sega, THQ (Co-Publisher)|
|Designer(s)||Yuji Naka & Kouichi Sakita (Producer)
Akinori Nishiyama (Director)
|Artist(s)||Yuji Uekawa (Art Director)|
|Platform(s)||Game Boy Advance|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
OFLC : G8+
PEGI : 3+
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