Sonic Advance 3 (prototype; 2004-03-01)

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Sonic Advance 3 (prototype; 2004-03-01)
Prerelease of: Sonic Advance 3
System: Game Boy Advance
Build date: 2004-03-01[1]
ROM size: 16 MB
Source: Cartridge

The 2004-03-01 build of Sonic Advance 3 is a European pre-release version of Sonic Advance 3 for the Game Boy Advance. This prototype is infamous for having been leaked onto the internet months before its planned release date.

The game is near completion but has many bugs, and was in the final bug testing phase. The levels are mostly finished, and the player can play all of them from start to finish. Super Sonic is also active and fully functional in Nonaggression.


Sonic Advance 3 was meant to be released in June of 2004, but this European prototype was released on March 21st, at least three months before the planned release date. Initially, it was dumped on the 16th and distributed among a select few. It's not often a Sega beta is leaked to the public before the game's launch date and is a big blunder on Sega's part.

Frank Cifaldi (also known as TheRedEye), owner of, almost lost his job at Nintendo Official Magazine UK due to the leak of this prototype.[2] Once the real leaker was discovered, another German magazine employee, his name was cleared and he kept his job.


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