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Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Game Gear
ROM size: 512kB
Genre: Action
Release Date RRP Code Rating
Sega Game Gear
1994-11 €? 2530-50
Sega Game Gear
1994-11[1] £24.99[1] 2530-50
Sega Game Gear
1994-11 $? 2530
Sega Game Gear
1994-11-11 ¥3,800 G-3356
Sega Game Gear
1995-10[2] R$? ?
Sega Game Gear
1994  ? GGJ2530
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
2012-03-14[3] ¥286 (300)[3] ?
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
2012-03-15[4] $4.99[4] ?
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
2012-03-29[5] €5.00[5] ?
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
2012-03-29[5] £4.50[5] ?

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, released as Sonic & Tails 2 (ソニック&テイルス2) in Japan, was released in November 1994. Just like Sonic Chaos, you can play as either Sonic or Tails. Unlike Sonic Chaos, this game was exclusively released for the Game Gear and no Sega Master System version was ever made, though Glitch made an unofficial port to the Master System in May 2009. This game was the debut of Fang the Sniper, and Knuckles the Echidna's first appearance in a Game Gear game. There was an Archie comics adaption of this game which not only featured Nack the Weasel but also Vector the Crocodile and Octobot, which was published in October 1995.

Triple Trouble was developed by Aspect Co. Ltd, just like Sonic 2, Sonic Chaos, Sonic Blast and Tails Adventure.


This exclusive Game Gear game is much larger in size than its predecessors. The gameplay experience is much more in line with the Sonic games of the Genesis.

This is the first Sonic game in which all of the players rings are not lost after getting hurt; rather, 50 rings will be lost via spike damage, and 30 rings for most other types of damage.

Two characters are also available for play, Sonic or Tails. Sonic has the ability to do the Spin Dash (Down + jump) and the Super Peel-Out (Up + jump) as he does in Sonic Chaos. Tails has the ability of flight, which is still done by pressing Up and jump from a standing position. There are also two new power-ups introduced; these are character exclusive so they cannot be used by both characters.

The game contains 6 Chaos Emeralds total, 5 of which are collected in Special Stages. To access a Special Stage, find the Warp Gate Item monitor: there's a single Gate hidden in the first two Acts of each Zone. If there at least 50 rings in the inventory when the Warp Gate Item monitor is broken a circle of stars appears which is the entry way to the Special Stage. There are three sidescrolling special stages and two 3rd person stages in which Sonic or Tails pilots the Tornado collecting rings. The last Emerald is obtained automatically after defeating Robotnik in the final level.


The Pogo Spring and Rocket Shoes from Sonic Chaos return. Warp Gates are new to the game and grant the player the ability to warp to the Special stage if 50 rings are collected before breaking monitors depicting a Chaos Emerald. There are two vehicles, the Propeller Shoes in Tidal Plant Zone, and the Snowboard in Robotnik Winter Zone which can only be used by Sonic. The Rocket Shoes are also a Sonic-only item. Tails has an exclusive item called the Hyper Heli-Tails which acts the same as Sonic's Rocket Shoes, and his own exclusive vehicle, the Sea Fox. There are also Time Item boxes which can be found in the side scrolling Bonus Stages and will revert the time back to 1:30.

Bonus panel

At the end of Acts 1 and 2 of each level, a panel is spun, with a reward given based on what it lands on:

  • Flicky: No prize.
  • Ring: 10 rings added to final ring tally.
  • Sonic: Sonic gets a 1-up, Tails gets 10,000 points.
  • Tails: Tails gets a 1-up, Sonic gets 10,000 points.
  • Knuckles: A continue is awarded
  • Chaos Emerald: Start the next act with 50 rings.
  • Back of Panel: The panel must be spun again.


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Production credits

Producer: M.Hoko
Director: K.Hase
Staff: M.Sima, N.Honda, Saori.K, T.Ihoroi, S.Higasi, O.Kodera, Toshiaki, K.Oikawa, H.Sai, K.Mixa, Sukioka, M.Tatsu, Tomoko, Fumi, Yoshiki
Composer: Yayoi.F
Thanks: H.Kojima, Y.Furuta, Hayato.T, N.Taidai, K.Unoki, Ray.F, J.Spahn, N.Katoh, R.Somaki, J.Misima, Y.Okitsu, T.Tanaka, Manabu.M and You


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Promotional material


Western release

Japanese release

Physical scans

Sega Game Gear
78 Sonic Retro Average
Based on 5 reviews
Publication Score Source
Computer and Video Games 68 №157, p143
gamesworld 89 №5, p22
Sega Power 73 №63, p77
Sega Pro 71 #40 Pg 73
stc 87 №43, p11
Game Gear, US
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SonicTripleTrouble GG US manual.pdf
Game Gear, EU
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Game Gear, JP
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SonicTripleTrouble GG JP manual.pdf

External links


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Main page

Promotional material
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Hidden content
Hacking guide

Sonic games for the following systems
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
 1991  Sonic the Hedgehog     1992  Sonic the Hedgehog 2     1993  Sonic Chaos | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine     1994  Sonic Drift | Sonic Spinball | Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble     1995  Sonic Drift 2 | Tails' Skypatrol | Tails Adventures | Sonic Labyrinth | Sonic 2 in 1     1996  Sonic Blast    
 Unreleased  Sonic's Edusoft