From Sonic Retro
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English story from US manual
Dr. Robotnik's Latest Scheme
A mysterious island has surfaced near Sonic's home—an island with a revoltingly familiar shape. The bald dome and walrus shape moustache are a total giveaway: Robotnik has built another floating platform to carry on with his plan to rule the world!
Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna decide there's only one thing to do: get to the platform, break inside, and do some serious property damage. Unfortunately, that is precisely what that eggheaded villain is counting on. Robotnik has laid a series of traps he thinks are infallible. His plan is all too familiar: get rid of his nemesis Sonic for good, and once that's done, collect the Chaos Emeralds in order to gain the power he needs to take over the world.
Travel with Sonic the Hedgehog or Knuckles the Echidna through a maze of traps, evil robots and fearsome scenery, and prove to Dr. Robotnik that there's no trap made that a determined Sonic or Knuckles can't overcome!
Japanese story translated into English
Translated by Windii.
The island of peace, South Island, was being protected by the Chaos Emeralds that hide mysterious power.
On that day, the hero that protected those Chaos Emeralds from the evil genius scientist Dr. Eggman, Sonic the Hedgehog, was enjoying a relaxing nap, swinging on the palm tree hammock. However...
A sudden dazzling light shone on Sonic.
When Sonic woke up from the excessive glare, the Chaos Emerald that he had on hand began spinning intensely, emitting a shine that he has never seen before.
"What the? What the heck is going on!?"
As Sonic thought this to himself, the Chaos Emerald in front of him, which glowed more and more intensely, finally broke up with a shrill sound and turned into 5 gems, scattering somewhere far away.
Then, right above Sonic, who was overcome with surprise, a familiar voice was heard.
"Daahahahah!! What an unexpected opportunity!! Daahahahah!!"
"You're Eggman!! You still haven't learned your lesson!?"
Eggman continued speaking in a hoarse voice, as if he was ignoring Sonic's words.
"Daahahahah!! Sonic, when the beam that was aiming at you hit the Chaos Emerald, I wondered what was going to happen next, and it turned out to be an unexpected windfall!"
Eggman talked on and on as Sonic was glaring at him.
"Now that the Chaos Emeralds are gone from this island, I, the super genius scientist Dr. Eggman, shall build a great fortress from now on! Its name will be Silver Castle!!"
"Since the Chaos Emeralds will complete the fortress, I'll go find them, so no worries!! Daahahah!!"
Eggman was acting cocky, intending to get Sonic to say "you've got me there."
But then, another voice echoed from the nearby shade of trees.
"I can't keep quiet when I hear of the Chaos Emeralds!!"
The one who said that and appeared from the shade of the trees was Knuckles, who heard all this racket.
Then, Sonic and Knuckles faced Eggman and declared this.
"We'll crush your ambitions!!!"
Sonic the Hedgehog
The hero of South Island. He is a righteous, world's fastest, speed-of-sound hedgehog that wrecks Dr. Eggman's evil plans every time and protects peace.
This time around, he will once again confront Dr. Eggman over the Chaos Emeralds.
Knuckles the Echidna
A flying echidna who is Sonic's rival.
Having learned of the Chaos Emerald crisis, he makes an appearance simply because he can't entrust the task to Sonic alone.
But in truth, it seems that his goal is not the Chaos Emeralds but rather to punish Eggman.
Doctor Eggman and his henchmen
He is the world's greatest super genius scientist!! But he's the world's biggest bad guy.
He is the world's most tenacious!! But he's the world's clumsiest.
This time he will beat Sonic to a pulp!! But this time he will end up getting beaten to a pulp by Sonic once again.