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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition

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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition
Publisher: Sega
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System(s): Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Genre: 2D Platform

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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition, referred to as Sonic 3 + in notes for Sonic Mars, was going to be a compilation of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles for the Sega Genesis. This would be similar to what happens when locking the two games together with Sonic & Knuckles Lock-On Technology. It would essentially be Sonic 3 & Knuckles but it would have been contained in a single cartridge and thus probably would have had a cheaper price. It is unknown whether it would have had a port allowing for Lock-On Technology so compatibility with other cartridges is also unknown. If that port were not included then playing as Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 or playing the extended Sonic 3 special stage called Blue Sphere would not have been possible. Ultimately, the game was canceled.

Two gaming magazines, SEGA Magazin and Famitsu, refer to the game. Sega Magazin mentions that the game would be released in addition to the standard Sonic 3 game. Famitsu mentions that the game would be 24 Megabits. The game was also mentioned in an issue of Mean Machines Sega.

Two prototypes of this game were released by drx on February 23, 2008. The earliest can be found here and the later build can be found here. Judging from the prototypes the game was meant to include an extended version of the Sonic & Knuckles ending theme with music from Sonic 3 mixed in. It also may have used Sonic 3 boss music exclusively.

Sonic the Hedgehog games for the Sega Mega Drive and its add-ons
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD (1993) | Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) | Sonic & Knuckles (1994) | Chaotix (1995) | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island (1996)

Sonic Eraser (1991) | Sonic Spinball (1993) | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993) | | Sonic Classics (1995)

Prototype versions Unreleased games
Sonic 2 | Sonic CD | Sonic Spinball | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine | Sonic 3 | Sonic & Knuckles | Knuckles in Sonic 2 | Chaotix | Sonic 3D Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega-CD) | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD | Sister Sonic | Sonic-16 | Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition | Sonic Sports | Untitled STI Sonic Game | Sonic Mars
Unreleased Sonic the Hedgehog Games

Sonic's Edusoft (Master System)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Amiga) (Amiga)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Mega-CD)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 CD (Mega-CD)
SegaSonic Bros. (Sega System C2)
Sister Sonic (Mega Drive)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Limited Edition (Mega Drive)
Sonic Jr. (Pico)

 

Sonic Sports (Sega 32X)
Sonic Ride (Arcade)
Sonic Saturn (Saturn)
Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos (Gameboy Advance)
Sonic DS (Nintendo DS)
Sonic the Hedgehog Extreme (Xbox)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Awakening (Platform unknown)

 
Sonic X-treme incarnations:

Untitled Isometric Game (Mega Drive)
Sonic-16 (Mega Drive)
Sonic Mars (32X)
Sonic X-treme (Saturn)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Prereleases
0408 | 0517 | Limited Edition | EPROM prototype