From Sonic Retro

The name?

Is Insta-Shield really the best name for something that definitely isn't a shield? It's silly to have to refer to it along with the shields to clarify that it isn't actually a shield, especially when this term was totally made up by the old localizers and was fixed with Generations. I'm thinking Twin-Spin Attack, which Generations uses, is a better name than Insta-Shield at the very least. Despatche (talk) 22:18, 3 May 2017 (CDT)

(Just because the name is silly doesn't mean it's wrong)
Insta-shield is a valid name, but you're right in that it's probably not the most common name. However, in Sonic 3&K it is in many ways a "shield" - IIRC with extremely good timing it can deflect projectiles like the others, and it does make Sonic invincible for a bit - I'm not sure these two features were carried through to Sonic Advance 1 and 2 (or Generations?).
Quick manual search:
The term "Spin attack" comes with its own headaches though, as in other games it's used to describe rolling, jumping and spindashing. Might need to cross reference all the other manuals to see if our Spin attack page needs moving.
Fun fact: in Sonic R the speed shoes are called "fleet feet". -Black Squirrel (talk) 15:57, 4 May 2017 (CDT)
Well, my intent was that it's silly because it's wrong, not that it's wrong because it's silly. It's pretty obvious that it's not a "shield" any more than the Spin Attack itself does (certainly far more effective than simply jumping on a Badnik's head). Calling it something like "Twin-Spin Attack" as Generations does serves as a pretty good disambiguation.
As for figuring out if it should be Double Spin Attack or Twin-Spin Attack, that's another debate. Anything is better than the fairly questionable "Insta-Shield", as long as it isn't totally made-up of course. Obviously, if SoA and SoE kept using Insta-Shield, it'd be fine, but they clearly haven't. Despatche (talk) 17:56, 5 May 2017 (CDT)
I would probably go with Double Spin Attack, because it's a direct translation of W Kaiten Attack and so could be regarded as the most common name. Either that or keep Insta-Shield because it's the first name we got in the west. - Hivebrain (talk) 00:03, 6 May 2017 (CDT)
  1. File:Sonic3 MD EU manual.pdf, page 26
  2. File:SonicAdvance GBA US manual.pdf, page 12
  3. File:Sonic3 MD JP SonicJam manual.pdf, page 6
  4. File:File:S&K MD JP SonicJam manual.pdf, page 9
  5. File:SonicAdvance GBA JP manual.pdf, page 14
  6. File:SonicAdvance2 GBA US manual.pdf, page 13
  7. File:SonicAdvance2 GBA JP manual.pdf, page 14