From Sonic Retro
|Sonic the Hedgehog CD|
|Sixth level, Sonic the Hedgehog CD|
|Number of Acts: 3|
|Location: Little Planet|
|Level theme: urban|
|Boss: Metal Sonic|
| Maximum rings, Act 1: 241 + 30 (Present),|
241 + 10 (Past), 246 + 30 (Future)
| Maximum rings, Act 2: 210 + 50 (Present|
and Past), 220 + 50 (Future)
|Maximum rings, Act 3: 40 + 60|
|← Wacky Workbench | Metallic Madness →|
Stardust Speedway is the sixth Round of Sonic the Hedgehog CD. Like with every other Round in the game, Stardust Speedway consists of two standard Zones that span all time zones, followed by a shorter third Zone set in the future which contains the boss. Geographically, Stardust Speedway is located on the Little Planet.
Stardust Speedway is a very psychedelic stage consisting of many, many twisting highways decorated with musical instruments and flashing spotlights in the night sky, making for Sonic CD's largest Round. Many of these highways are littered with Springs and Speed Boosters that instantly propel Sonic to top speed, sending him both on his way and in the opposite direction. Thare are also floating launchers that require the player to time their entrance to be fired a certain direction, but some launchers will have them time a button press to get fired out in the direction they want.
The Round's most prominent gimmick is a path-swapping system, as many of the roads converge with each other at many places. By Spin Jumping at the many yellow panels with blue spheres on them found throughout the Round, the player will switch between different paths, allowing them to switch to roads in the background and back to the foreground. Combined with the dizzying speeds, the player can easily become disorientated. However, there are plenty of places where the player will bounce back and forth, which are very useful for activating a time warp. The only hazards the player needs to watch out for besides the Badniks are spiked balls and swinging spiked platforms.
Near the end of Zone 2, the player will arrive at a giant building that varies in appearance based on what time zone they're in. In the Present, the building appears to be a giant golden Eggman statue that's under construction, but only in the Bad Future will its construction be complete. In the Past, the building is a Gothic-styled cathedral, while in the Good Future it takes the appearance of a beautiful cathedral.
|“||Shoot through a maze of valves and pipes in a world of stardust and music, mind-boggling speed... and danger. Wipe out lightning bugs before they catch you in their currents. Look for certain ways to open passageways and bypass springs. Watch your step!||„|
— Sonic the Hedgehog CD US manual
Differences between Time Zones
|This Round has a lot of music-related things, and is bustling with life! Lots of wacky things can happen here in the noisy highways.|
|Everything is calm here; it's dark and quiet. A lot of vines cover up the highways, and the background features a Greek/Roman-style acropolis before a rippling lake. Destroy the robot transporter, or else...|
|...everything will be chaos. Most of the instruments are destroyed and left to rust and dissolve, and everything is covered in buildings like an evil metropolis. Lightning flashes in the background, and eerie clouds lurk in the sky here, covering the stars.|
|Freed from Eggman's grasp, this round becomes as bright and bustling as it should be. Crazy loop-de-loops, strange structures, and even more speed await in this futuristic theme park. It would also appear that the statue of Eggman being built in the Present has been torn down.|
None of Stardust Speedway's Badniks have official names besides those which appear in the game's source code, but they are:
|Dango — Rolling pill bug Badnik.|
|Hotaru — Firefly Badnik that pursues the player in pairs.|
|Kabasira — Swarming mosquito Badnik.|
|Kanabun — Flying beetle Badnik with a propeller on its back.|
Other game appearances
|Main article: Metal Sonic (Sonic Generations boss)|
Stardust Speedway's Bad Future returns in Sonic Generations as a Rival Battle level. It isn't named in this game, as it is simply the setting for a boss battle with Metal Sonic. Its soundtrack is a remix of the EU/PAL version's soundtrack in all versions, but a remix of the US version is unlockable.
Stardust Speedway is briefly shown during the opening sequence of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal, complete with Sonic CD's original title card, where Metal Sonic is left in a broken, inactive state for a long time. Dr. Eggman would send a drone to the Little Planet to revive Metal Sonic, and order him to fly back to Mad Gear Zone on Sonic's world for repairs.
Strangely, Stardust Speedway appears in its Bad Future incarnation, reusing assets from Sonic Generations.
|Main article: Stardust Speedway Zone (Sonic Mania)|
The stage reappears in Sonic Mania in its Past and Present versions respectively Act 1 and Act 2, with a new and varied range of gimmicks including those imported from Marble Garden Zone. The player appears in the past of the Zone because of the powers of the Phantom Ruby in the hands of Dr. Eggman.
|Sonic the Hedgehog CD|