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Sonic & Knuckles Collection

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Sonic & Knuckles Collection
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Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Game total: 4
System(s): Windows
Save file size: 1 Kilobyte
Genre: Compilation
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Windows PC
JP
1997-02-14[1] ¥7,800 (8,190)[1] HCJ-0108 All Ages
Windows PC
JP
(Ultra 2000)
2000 ¥? MKW-051
Windows PC
JP
(Yuu Yuu)
200x ¥? ?
Windows PC
US
1997-03-14[2] $29.99[2] 85037 Kids to Adults
Windows PC
US
(Expert Software)
2000 $? T-6820-02 Kids to Adults
Windows PC
US
(Jack in the Box)
200x $? 85037 Everyone
Windows PC
EU
1997-03-20 €? MK-85037 3+
Windows PC
DE
1997-03-20 DM ? MK-85037 6
Windows PC
UK
(Xplosiv)
2002 £? XP-1891
3016963
3+ OK
Windows PC
FR
1997-03-20[3] 249[3]F MK-85037
Windows PC
KR
199x ₩? ?
Windows PC
TW
199x NT$? ?

Sonic & Knuckles Collection is a compilation for Microsoft Windows based PCs, released in 1997. Games included are Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Blue Sphere (listed as "Special Stage Mode").

It should be noted that normally, the program lacks a speed-limiting feature in windowed mode, so it runs far too fast on modern PCs. However, you can specify a framerate to run at, which is explained further here. The timings used by full screen mode are always based on the monitor's refresh rate, so the game can always be played correctly on a modern system as long as your refresh rate is set to 60Hz.

Differences from console version

Most of the original music is faithfully converted to MIDI format, with the user able to choose between General MIDI and FM MIDI formats. Some of Sonic 3's music tracks, such as those of Carnival Night Zone, IceCap Zone, Launch Base Zone, Knuckles' theme, the Competition menu, and the credits music, were replaced with completely different tracks originally from a Sonic 3 prototype. One possible explanation for this is that the tracks featured sampled sound effects not supported by the MIDI standard, and some sound cards during this time were not capable of playing these alongside the standard MIDI instruments. Another potential explanation is that the original tracks may have been composed by Michael Jackson, and were replaced due to legal reasons that arose since their original release. IceCap Zone's soundtrack may have been replaced due to having its origins in Hard Times, an unreleased 1982 track by The Jetzons, an American new wave band whose keyboardist, Brad Buxer, later worked on the Sonic 3 soundtrack. Aside from this musical difference, the game plays virtually identically to its original incarnations.

Other differences include the fact that the Sonic 3 & Knuckles Level Select Cheat works on Sonic 3 alone, in Angel Island Zone. This code (usually input at Mushroom Hill Zone in Sonic & Knuckles) does not enable debug mode as in the original, though it does still allow characters to play stages they couldn't access otherwise from the level select. Examples include Tails in Doomsday Zone and Knuckles in Sky Sanctuary 1. When the level select code is performed in Sonic 3, and the first special stage option is selected (which unlike in the original accesses the blue sphere mini-game), this enables the player to use Knuckles in the Sonic 3 levels, though they are incomplete and thus cannot always be beaten.

Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver

In North America and Europe, Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver was included in the compilation. This disc allowed users to customize Windows with Sonic themes, wallpapers, icons, and play music from Sonic 1, 2, 3, S&K and the Japanese version of Sonic CD. In Japan, Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver was sold separately.

Hidden content

Sonic Retro emblem.svg Main article: Sonic & Knuckles Collection/Hidden content

Hacking guide

Sonic Retro emblem.svg Main page: SCHG:Sonic & Knuckles Collection

Also released on

Production credits (PC Version Staff)

Producer: Toshinori Asai
Director: Tadashi Kuroi
Programmers: Tetsuji Mukai (HIC), Hitoshi Ohta (HIC), Satoru Sugisaki (HIC), Hiroaki Ishiki (HIC), Masaaki Watabiki (HIC), Shinichi Aso (HIC)
Installer Program: Kei Takashima
Game Select Scene Designers: Hisato Fukumoto, Katsufumi Yoshimori
Sound Coordinator: Masaru Setsumaru
Sound Arrangers: Jun Senoue, Shigeaki Irie (USP), Masaaki Nishizawa (USP), Goro Takahashi (USP)
Tester: Takashi Akiyama
Manual&Package Producer: Kaoru Ichigozaki
Manual&Package Director: Taiji Okamoto
Manual&Package Designer: Yumi Noda
Manual&Package Editor: Hiroya Tanaka
Special Thanks To: Hirokazu Yasuhara, Hisayoshi Yoshida, Tchie Tokoro, Shinji Fujiwara

Manuals

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Magazine articles

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Artwork

Gallery

Physical scans

PC, JP
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Cover
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Disc
PC, JP (Ultra 2000)
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Cover
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Disc
Skpc JP ultra2000 manual.pdf
Manual
PC, JP (Yuu Yuu)
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Cover
PC, US
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Cover
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Disc
PC, US (Jack in the Box)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, US (Expert Software)
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Cover
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Disc
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Jewel Case
PC, EU
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Cover
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Disc
SKC PC EU manual.pdf
Manual
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Jewel Case
PC, UK (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, UK (Xplosiv; alt)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, KR
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Cover
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Disc
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Inlay
PC, TW
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Cover

Download

Download.svg Download Sonic & Knuckles Collection
File: Sonic&Knuckles_Collection_demo.zip‎ (4.97 MB) (info)

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): PC

References


Sonic the Hedgehog 3
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Main page (S3&K)
Maps
Achievements
Comparisons (S3&K)


Manuals
Promotional material
Magazine articles
Merchandise


Development
Hidden content (S3&K)
Bugs (S3&K)
Region coding
Hacking guide

Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic & Knuckles title.png

Main page (S3&K|KiS2|Blue Sphere)
Maps (S3&K)
Achievements
Comparisons


Manuals
Print advertisements
TV advertisements
Magazine articles
Merchandise


Development
Hidden content (S3&K)
Bugs (S3&K)
Region coding
Hacking guide

Sonic related game compilations for the PC
Sega Family Fun Pak (1996) | Sonic & Knuckles Collection (1997) | Sonic & Garfield Pack (1999) | Sega PC Puzzle Pack (1999) | Sega PC Smash Pack (1999) | Sega Smash Pack 2 (2000) | Sonic Action Pack (2000) | Sonic Action 4 Pack (2001) | Twin Pack: Sega Smash Pack & Sega Smash Pack 2 (2002) | Twin Pack: Sonic 3D Blast & Sonic R (2002) | Twin Pack: Sonic CD and Sonic & Knuckles Collection (2002) | Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut (2003) | Sonic Mega Collection Plus (2004) | Sonic Double Pack (2008) | Sonic PC Collection (2009) | Sonic Hits Collection (2013) | Five Sonic Rings Bundle (2013) | Sonic Games Collection (2015)