False Alarms/Sonic Does Not Lose Rings Twice

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Sonic Does Not Lose His Rings Twice

The s2b-3.avi video clip of the Mean Machines Sega VHS gives an impression that in this prototype Sonic can lose his rings more than once, like in Sonic Crackers.

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Sonic getting hurt from a coconut thrown by a monkey...

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...and again by landing on spikes. Or so it seems.

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The above shot is taken between the first two. Notice Sonic suddenly has 1 ring instead of 0. Explanation? Tails (off screen) grabs a ring after Sonic is first hit. Therefore Sonic can afford to land on the spikes without dying.

Like the prototype we have, Sonic does not become invincible for 2 seconds when landing on spikes. However he does become temporarily invincible when landing on the ground, as illustrated by the Hill Top clip.