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Game Secrets:Sonic 3 & Knuckles

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Arrow Lift Some strange platform. It's not placed in any level, but the graphics fit perfectly in both acts of Launch Base Zone. It has no movement on its own when placed and needs specific PAR codes to be entered to do so. To enable it use the PAR code 1EFC52:1200 and it will replace the first ring monitor. From there enter FFF7E0:00FF to make it move down and FFF7E0:0000 to make it return to its original position. The object was found by shobiz, and posted about in
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Hidden Area in Hidden Palace Zone

It is possible to get to a hidden area in Hidden Palace Zone. It is only accessible by using Tails or debug mode. Just before entering the inside of Hidden Palace Zone fly from the two steps left until a ledge is reached. Walk left until six power-up monitors will appear. They will be mostly shield monitors (ring, bubble, fire, lighting). If you run right and jump off at the ledge and keep running right you will find two ring monitors and a 1-up monitor. (In some of the Sonic & Knuckles prototypes, an "S" monitor is present instead of a speed shoes monitor.)

Eighth Special Stage (Sonic 3)

Map of the eighth special stage

An eighth Chaos Emerald is accessible via a hidden cheat code. First enter the level select code and then set the sound test selection to 07, and press A + Start on the "Special Stage 1" selection to get the 8th special stage from Sonic 3. The Chaos Emerald in this level is golden, whereas the 8th Chaos emerald was gray in Sonic 3.

This emerald has no special effect in-game, however, and does not appear on the end of special stage tally in any form other than a score increase.

Eighth Special Stage (Sonic & Knuckles)

Map of the ninth special stage

An eighth Super Emerald is accessible via a hidden cheat code. First enter the level select code and then set the sound test selection to 07, and press A+Start on the "Special Stage 2" selection. A large golden Super Emerald is located at the end of the level.

This emerald has no special effect in-game, however, and does not appear on the end of special stage tally in any form other than a score increase.

Extra Data Select Music

If one leaves the game running on the data select screen for about 47 minutes a piece of percussion will be added to the track. A high quality recording can be found here

Sonic 3 Staff Roll Music

The Sonic 3 staff roll music still exists within the game and can be played in the Stage select/Sound test. Simply play #26 to hear it.

Extra Knuckles pose

If one goes to the Sky Sanctuary stage as Sonic or Tails and crouches in exactly the right place after crossing the bridge Knuckles activates, the echidna will turn around and make a "shooing" gesture to the right of the screen. A high quality video can be found here


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