Sonic the Hedgehog 3/Manuals

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The following are the instruction manuals of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.


Story from US and EU version manuals

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 takes place on the mysterious Floating Island which holds many special powers. The source of these powers are Chaos Emeralds. In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic and Tails thought that they had destroyed the Death Egg, which was Dr. Robotnik's heavily armoured ship. Instead, Dr. Robotnik managed to crash land on the Floating Island. After learning that the island is able to float in the sky by harnessing the power of the emeralds, the Doc decides to steal the emeralds so he can repair his Death Egg ship.

To obtain the emeralds, Dr. Robotnik tricks Knuckles, the guardian of the Floating Island's Chaos Emeralds. He also tells Knuckles that Sonic and Tails are the ones trying to steal the emeralds.

Between battling the new types of Badniks and trying to outsmart Knuckles, Sonic and Tails have their work cut out for them once they arrive on the Floating Island and search for Dr. Robotnik.

You'll soon discover that Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is packed with Zones which are three times larger than those found in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Each Zone is made up of two Acts, and each Act contains dozens of challenges and obstacles for Sonic and Tails to overcome.

Translated from Japanese

Translated by Windii

After Sonic 2's Adventure...

Dr. Eggman's fortress, the Death Egg, which was thoroughly destroyed by Sonic in the previous adventure, was just starting to crash towards the earth.

On the Death Egg's dropping orbit, there was a single huge, floating mass of clouds closer to the ground.
And there was an enormous shadow quietly hiding within those clouds...
Towering mountains, spread out woods... That shadow was an island. It was a massive "floating island" that drifted through the sky.

The Death Egg became a fireball and crashed hard into that "floating island."
The mountains tumbled, the woods were knocked down.
That tremendous impact greatly slanted the "floating island" and gradually lowered its altitude.

The floating island finally collided with the sea surface.
The floating island caused large waves that one could call a tsunami to surge, but did not sink to the bottom of the ocean.
Bearing the Death Egg, the floating island stayed slightly above the sea as if nothing had happened.

Sonic and Tails's Journey

Several days later... On an island far from the place where the Death Egg and the floating island collided.
Tails, a two-tailed fox, suddenly started catching a strong Chaos Emerald signal on the jewel radar he invented.
"It might have something to do with the giant tsunami that happened recently..." Tails pondered as he headed to the beach where Sonic was.

At that moment, Sonic, who was taking a nap on the beach, had found a small ring drifting along the shore.
The small ring was carved with what seemed to be ancient letters.
When Sonic picked it up, he remembered an old legend about a certain "island."

Long ago, back when the island was still part of a continent.
People of an exceptional civilization lived there.
That civilization built a peaceful and wealthy society by the energy of certain "power stones."
However at one point, when a faction of elders tried to make the energy of the "power stones" theirs, they accidentally made that energy go awry.
The civilization was destroyed in an instant, and vanished from history.
And after this incident... It is said that the gods that came down from the sky restored part of the civilization as an "island," and released it into the sky along with the "power stones."

The washed up ring and the legend of the "island"...
Driven by strong, unexplainable nostalgia, Sonic resolved to set out on another adventure.

Dr. Eggman's Conspiracy

Dr. Eggman, who escaped from the fallen Death Egg, was aware that the Chaos Emeralds were on the floating island.
He could catch a signal of a huge Chaos Emerald from a crack in the earth opened by the Death Egg. Using that energy, it is possible to let the Death Egg fly out into space again.

Dr. Eggman started building a base on the floating island at a quick pace in order to obtain the Chaos Emeralds.
Then, he remodeled the animals into robots, and changed the floating island's nature into a more severe one with an environmental change machine.

"Daaaahahaha!! Sonic, you're too late to come to this island. This time, by using the Chaos Emeralds, the world will be mine!"

The actors and the stage are all set.
Sonic's new adventure will now begin here.

Earlier Translation from Japanese

Translated by Sega's PC division, done for the release of the Sonic & Knuckles Collection.

In his previous adventure, Sonic destroyed Dr. Eggman's base, the Death Egg; now the debris has started its fall to Earth. And right in the path of the falling base floats a giant cloud-like mass. The giant shadow of Death Egg hides the cloud... Towering mountains, a gigantic forest... the cloud is none other than the legendary floating island, suspended in the sky.

The Death Egg became a fireball and hit the floating island; mountains were destroyed, the forests decimated...

This disastrous event greatly alters the island's path, forcing it towards the Earth.

The island crashes into the sea surface. The impact creates a gigantic wave, but the island doesn't sink. The floating island now sits on the sea surface as if nothing happened.

Many days pass...

On an island far from where the floating island hit the sea surface, Tails, a two-tailed fox, read a strong Chaos Emerald reaction on the Jewel Reader, a machine he has developed.

"Maybe this has something to do with that big wave I saw a few days ago..." he said.

Thinking there may be trouble, he decided to consult with Sonic.

At the same moment, while relaxing on the beach, Sonic found a small ring washed up on shore. Sonic looked at the ring carefully, and noticed some ancient characters carved on it.

The ring reminded Sonic of a legend he once heard about a "mystery island."

In an ancient time, the "mystery island" was part of the main continent. A people with an extraordinary culture inhabited it. That civilization had built a peaceful and happy society using the energy of something they called "The Mighty Stone". But at a certain point, a faction of dark-minded elders tried to steal the energy of the stone, and by accident made that energy explode.

The civilization was wiped out in a second, erased from history. Time passed, and a god descended from the sky to the newly created "mystery island". The sky god restored part of the civilization to the island, and threw the "Mighty Stone" into the open sky...

A ring washed up on the shore - the legend of the "mystery island" - Sonic, feeling his excitement build, made his preparations for another adventure.

Dr. Eggman, who managed to escape from the Death Egg before it fell, had heard that Chaos Emeralds are supposedly buried on the floating island. From the crevice created by the fall of the base, a massive presence of Chaos Emeralds is detected.

"If their energy could be utilized", Dr. Eggman thought, "the Death Egg may be able to fly into orbit again."

Dr. Eggman then quickly built a base on the floating island to harvest the Emeralds. He kidnapped animals and transformed them into robots, and changed the island's environment into a nightmare with his new Environment-Control Machine.

"Yes! Even if Sonic comes to the island, it will be too late! This time the Emeralds are mine!".

The actors and the stage are now ready; here starts Sonic the Hedgehog's newest adventure.

Knuckles the Echidna profile

Translation from Japanese

Sonic3 MD JP SonicJam manual.pdf

Translated by Windii

  • A guardian who protects the Chaos Emeralds of the Floating Island.
  • An echidna of the marsupial family. His nickname is "Knuckle."
  • A short-tempered, reckless type. He is a gentle and kind guy, though.
  • Because he's sincere and docile, he is easily fooled.
  • He doesn't hate girls, but doesn't seem to be very good with them?
  • He can dig holes and climb walls with special gloves.
  • His hobby is, of course, digging holes. He is a mole, after all.
  • He is good at finding hidden routes.
  • He can fly in the sky for a short while.
  • Likes fruit. Hates strong sunlight.

Guardian of the Floating Island

On that day, he was patrolling the island's altar as he usually does.
Protecting the seven Chaos Emeralds that control the power of the "Pillar" that sleeps in the depths of the island's earth was a mission given to him.

His name is Knuckles the Echidna. His friends on the island call him Knuckle.
Having been born and raised on this island, all of its nature and animals were his friends. And it is the crystal "pillar" of the Chaos Emeralds that protects those friends.

It happened without warning.
When Knuckle tried to make sure that there was nothing strange going on with any of the Chaos Emeralds, the Chaos Emeralds before him shone with a momentary flash of light, and before he knew it, began vibrating abnormally.

Knuckle was bewildered by this never-before-seen phenomenon.
The Chaos Emeralds' vibrations were getting more and more intense before his eyes.
Then, when the vibration reached its climax, a flash twinkled with the sound of "kiiin."
The last thing Knuckle remembered was feeling like his own body gently floating, and then he was interrupted.

When Knuckle regained consciousness, his body was thrown out of the altar.
As he slowly rose his body and looked around the vicinity, a partially destroyed emerald altar came into Knuckle's view.
Knuckle hurriedly leaped into the altar.
However, the Chaos Emeralds that should have been in there had vanished, without leaving a single fragment behind.

Knuckle went out of the altar dumbfounded.
Then, when he turned his feeble glance into the distance... He noticed something strange appearing near the lake.
When he saw that large, round object shaped like an egg, Knuckle felt a shiver along his spine.

"That large egg is the legendary dragon's..."
There's no mistaking that this egg must be the one that appears in the legend described in the Chaos Emerald's altar, the egg that will bring disaster to this island.

Knuckle patrolled the altar of seven Chaos Emeralds that exist on the island for the following few days, but all the Chaos Emeralds have disappeared without a trace.
And then, while he was examining every nook and cranny of the island, still not giving up, Knuckle encountered an unfamiliar man in the forest.

As soon as that man, who called himself Dr. Eggman, learned that Knuckle is the Chaos Emeralds' guardian, he informed him this.
"I am a scientist who came to investigate that egg. Hmmm, if you are the Chaos Emeralds' guardian then I have to tell you this. The truth is, you see, I'm followed by an evil hedgehog named Sonic who is disturbing my research, and he seems to be targeting the Chaos Emeralds on this island."

"Targeting the Chaos Emeralds...!"
Knuckle got very easily fooled by Eggman's clever lie.
That is how Knuckle's challenge to Sonic began.

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