(Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Sonic & Knuckles (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

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Sonic must defeat doctor Robotnik yet again!

This time, Robotnik wants the Master Emerald, the biggest and most powerful of all the Chaos Emeralds. With this emerald, the Death Egg, Robotnik's ultimate weapon will have limitless power and nothing can stop him from taking over the world. It's up to Sonic to stop Robotnik's plans, but he's not the only one. Knuckles, guardian of the Floating Island and the Chaos Emeralds tries to stop him as well.

Play as both Sonic and Knuckles in 8 new zones in two different adventures. Get as many rings as you can, get all the emeralds and defeat enemies. The original cartridge could be combined with Sonic 3 to play the game as it was meant to be played. When combined with Sonic 2, you were able to play it with Knuckles for a new game experience.

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Posted by James Newton

Lock-on, baby

It's widely known that Sonic and Knuckles (S&K) started out as the latter half of Sonic 3, but development constraints forced SEGA to split the game in two, putting S&K onto an innovative Lock-On cartridge that, when combined with Sonic 3, pieced...

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User Comments (139)

Jolted85

#1

Jolted85 said:

Sonic and Knuckles is awesome game, I still have the original cart for the Genesis, but I might get this as well for some odd reason, I'm sure it'll be a few months before they release it though, glad to see they released all the classic Sonics on the VC.

Bass_X0

#2

Bass_X0 said:

I personally think you should be able to download the enhanced versions of the previous games as a seperate channel for free but only if you already downloaded Sonic & Knuckles and whichever previous game you want to play enhanced.

Csheroe

#3

Csheroe said:

Wasn't this game on the 32x or cd or some stupid add-on for the mega drive? And Im not thinking of Sonic CD.

Kevin

#4

Kevin said:

Hopefully they'll make something that will let you combine this and sonic 2/3 to play sonic 2/3 with knuckles instead of seperate releases.

Bass_X0

#6

Bass_X0 said:

No it wasn't, Csh. It was for the regular Genesis; it just had a different shaped cartridge allowing you to put other cartridges on top.

Sharecrow

#8

Sharecrow said:

I've never played this before. Does Knuckles handle differently as a playable character? Just curious....no matter what, though, I'm sure this is a great game!

Hero10x

#9

Hero10x said:

knuckles is really similar, only difference is gliding, he cant jump quite as high and knuckles can climb on certain walls

Will

#12

Will said:

Deadly game, I remember I bought this on its release. Id imagine Nintendo would sort it so we have access to the full sonic3 and knuckles experience. After all, once locked on, extra zones and bosses were opened up at the end as well, and we dont deserve to miss out on them! :)

Rossi

#13

Rossi said:

I only have sonic 2 at the moment but i am sure the addition of knucles to sonic 2 would be good.. this game alone is awsome never mind the add ons it gives you.. totally worth 800 points..

Roo

#21

Roo said:

If I could only play one Sonic game for the rest of my life, I'd choose this one. Stunning!

Rossi

#23

Rossi said:

So if this was released which sonic game would i need 3 or 2.. I have the second sonic game..

Ricardo91

#24

Ricardo91 said:

I wanted to download Sonic 3 for a while, but not until this game gets released. Wonder how they are going to handle that lock-on technology? All I know is I'm not charging 1600 Wii points on both games, that's fer damn sure.

Bass_X0

#25

Bass_X0 said:

I still think S&K will be sold at 800 points. And if you download S&K and already own one of the games that could lock on to it, you could download the locked-on version for free.

Terra

#26

Terra said:

Or at a small charge, knowing Nintendo. If so, then hopefully, it would only be like 100-200 points.

Hyper-Shan

#27

Hyper-Shan said:

Come on Nintendo, U know u guys have 2 include the lock-on feature somehow.
(please, 4 the sake of ALL Sonic fans!)

CanisWolfred

#28

CanisWolfred said:

I have this on the Sonic Mega Collection, along with the add-on games, though you have to unlock them by beating Sonic & Knuckles and the game you want added on, and let me tell you, that is no easy task. Those games are Blinkin' hard! If you just want the lock-on games, don't go with the Mega Collection. Of course, Ninty will probably make you buy both games to get the lock-on game, if they don't make you pay for them idividually that is.

Surgical_Precision

#29

Surgical_Precision said:

Ugh... You just know they're there gonna Street Fighter 2 this thing into the ground...

One can hold out hope, But this is SEGA!!! we are talking about...

At times I honesty think they're worse then Capcom...

And yet... WE'RE STILL BUYING THE DAMN THING!!

Ugh... Well... Must mean it's good... Right?...

CanisWolfred

#30

CanisWolfred said:

@Surgical Precision

My favorite old-school Sonic game, actually, considering I didn't get to play the Lock-on games. Hardest one, too, in my opinion.

Surgical_Precision

#31

Surgical_Precision said:

Sonic 3 & Knuckles aka Sonic 3 Complete is a MUCH more well... Complete affair...

I know S&K is good but if you can help it, Hold off until they release the whole game instead of just buying it in its two halfs...

They're likely gonna re-release Blue Spheres next followed by Sonic 2 with Knuckles before they bring the complete game out...

You know... To justify those who will buy the game in two halfs & drive those who didn't to the brink of insanity until they eventually crack & do buy the game in two halfs exactly one week before they release the whole one!!

CanisWolfred

#32

CanisWolfred said:

@Surgical Precision

I already have the Mega Collection, so either way I'll save my money, even if they do make you unlock all of the games.

Surgical_Precision

#33

Surgical_Precision said:

Oh... Well... Right then... What the HECK was I thinking... ?...

Anywhoo... Well that's an easy fix...

Simply play Sonic 3 & Sonic & Knuckles 50 times each to unlock Sonic 3 & Knuckles...

"How the hell is THAT easy!" You say?... Simple...

All you have to do is select the game let it load past that blue screen (Before the game itself loads, Just wait for the sega logo if your not sure) and congratulations! You just "played the game" one time...

Repeat that process as many times as needed & you'll have the game unlocked probably within 10min!

CanisWolfred

#34

CanisWolfred said:

Whoa, that easy? I'll be right back!

Edit: Even Easier! I only had to play Sonic 3 30 times and Sonic & Knuckles 10 times. I'm gonna try and unlock Sonic 2 & Knuckles now!

Edit again: Okay, I shouldn't have tried that before I consulted Gamefaq, because I played Sonic 2, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic 3D Blast until the Game log stopped recording, yet I got nothing. I'm trying Sonic 1 now, and I only stopped to go to the bathroom, then write this. Ya know, I had heard the cheat before, but the numbers were so inconsistent that I didn't believe it to be true, but now that I've seen it happen before my very eyes, I'm mystified. I can't wait to unlock more games!

Edit thrice: Well, I unlocked something - Blue Sphere. I don't know what it is, but I got it. I'm trying Spinball now.

Edit Perfect: Yeah, I really should've checked Gamefaq(I have it bookmarked for G-D sake!) first before I tried on my own, as I only had to play Sonic 2 20 times instead of my 50, Plus playing Spinball 20 times(16 in my case); I only needed to play 3D Blast 20 times, yet I played it 40 times, plus Sonic 1 20 times(14 for me); Those 40 extra plays of Sonic & Knuckles were absolutely unnecessary. In short, I unlocked all of the Lock-on games from Sonic & Knuckles - Blue Sphere, Knuckles in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles. I simply got them the hard way.

Only one thing left to unlock - Ristar. I'm not going to, since it's far too much of a hassle, considering I could buy the Sega Genesis Collection and play it on that without any hassle, though I would prefer to play it with a Gamecube controller, since it has more of the feel of the Genesis Pad.

Surgical_Precision

#35

Surgical_Precision said:

Nice!

Also the gfaq section about sonic gems collection is accurate as well... I don't know if you have that one or not but it's normal way of unlocking things would take you weeks to finnish...

Anywhoo... Enjoy Sonic 3 & Knuckles! Best of the old school Sonics without question IMO...

It was the first Sonic game on the Genesis to give you a hidden ending once you completed all 14 bonus stages...

PHANTOM93

#36

PHANTOM93 said:

This is a really great game, I still have the original cart. But since my Genesis (actually it's a Genesis 2 if you want to get technical) still works (and is hooked up to of all things a Commadore 64 monitor) I don't know if I'll download this when it comes out, but the audio cable for my Genesis is starting to go so I may get it.

On another note I love what happens when you put a non-Sonic game into the expansion slot! When the "NO WAY" screen comes up all that you have to do is press the A, B and C buttons at the same time and you'll get to instantly do one of the bonus stages as either Sonic or Knuckles!

CanisWolfred

#37

CanisWolfred said:

@PHANTOM93

Yeah, those bonus stages were crazy addictive! Not to mention mad hard too. I used to spend hours just playing that! I hope you can play that when this one is available.

deadbattery

#38

deadbattery said:

I've got an idea for when this is released. Maybe the Virtual Console could also release downloadable modules for Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Knuckles in Sonic 2. They could be free downloads if the right games are in your purchase history - for example, if you've purchased both Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, you could download the Sonic 3 & Knuckles module free of charge to simulate the lock-on mode.

I already have Mega Collection, so I won't need it anyway.

PHANTOM93

#39

PHANTOM93 said:

^ Yeah that's the only way I can see multicart getting onto the VC because VC emulation is done differently than PC emulation.

BJDJ1234

#40

BJDJ1234 said:

A very nice download but it's best to get the sonic mega collection as you get all the Mega Drive Sonic's, better value for money/points, don't have to wait months for it to arrive on VC and you get to play the great Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles along with Knuckles in Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

carson

#41

carson said:

BEST SONIC GAME BY FAR. This game is so good. The best part of this game is you get to be Knuckles. I remember when it was on the Sega. it was weird because you would insert the "Sonic Knuckles" game and then on top of the cartrige you could insert an earlier Sonic game on top of the sonic knuckles...great, great game!

Bensei

#42

Bensei said:

I wonder how they'll solve the lock-on. I guess you can fix Sonic 3 & Knuckles with an update you can only access after byuing S&K. However, I wonder how they will make it with Blue Sphere and KiS2. I'd suggest making those optional free downloads too after purchasing S&K and S1/S2. Or, instead of making Blue Sphere and KiS2 own games they could add after Game Start the option link with lock-on. If you have S&K you can start the three lock-on games this way

MrPinguy

#43

MrPinguy said:

I remember use Sonic 3 on this one.
It was great

Sonic CD and Sonic 3 and Knuckles (S&K + S3) are for me the best sonic games ever.

Probably this one it will be released as a wiiware to feature the lock-on games

Kawaiipikachu

#44

Kawaiipikachu said:

@MrPingGuy
i had that same thought as well a WiiWare remake with ehanced diffenition graphich's added features ect plus it will emulate the lockon feature with the same ehancements as well .

WolfLink22

#45

WolfLink22 said:

If i did not already have the Sonic Mega Collection then i would be getting the Sonic Genesis Games including this one but i have the SMC so i won't be getting it but at least it is a game you should indeed get even if you only get them through the VC.

BJ1

#46

BJ1 said:

Sonic and Knuckles is a great game but it's a little boring when you don't combine it with Sonic 3. Still a good game to get.

gameking23

#47

gameking23 said:

Can not belive that this game is not on the VC yet. I have this game on the mega collection for the Gamecube. It just seems this game should be out already. What is taking them so long?

Iapetus

#48

Iapetus said:

Even if you have SMC, I would definitely urge you all to consider a VC release of S3K. The version on SMC is very buggy (I compared it to my Genesis counterpart), especially in Launch Base and Hydrocity Zone. If we got a VC release, perhaps those bugs that weren't in the original version could be eliminated.

soniczelda_dude

#49

soniczelda_dude said:

With Sonic 2 for the Master System now released in North America, Sonic and Knuckles should be the next sonic game to look for. Monday? Maybe?!

Terra

#51

Terra said:

Shame for those that don't have this already then. Just buy the Mega Collection already guys if anyone's that desperate. I'm sure everyone on here has a Wii so go and buy the GC version of the comp. At least Sonic Chaos is a pretty decent Sonic game to get next by the looks of things

SegaGamer93

#52

SegaGamer93 said:

I remember playing this game it brings back many memories i was only a child at the time but i never finished the game i died at the final boss and i was a bit disappointed.now im hoping to finish this game off once and for all

tatemon555

#53

tatemon555 said:

This is a very fun Sonic game. I especially enjoy the fact that you can play as Knuckles. 5 stars, for sure.

vegeta

#54

vegeta said:

this game dosent seem very fun with out sonic 3 but it still a decent sonic classic and even without sonic 3 it kicks sonic cd down the moutain =)

Choptick

#55

Choptick said:

Epic game, they should somehow do the hookup with Sonic 2 and 3, without costing extra points of course

Hero10x

#56

Hero10x said:

i like, really want this game. it would be awesome if it finally came out

vegeta

#57

vegeta said:

it will be funny if nintendo says if you want sonic classics get sonic mega collection , sonic gems collection and even sonic sonic adventure dx witch has all sonic game gear games but very hard to unlock thank you sisncerly nintendo that will be kinda stupid

Tornado_Man

#58

Tornado_Man said:

I wont be getting this one because I have SMCP on the PS2 but it is not as good as Sonic 3 & knuckles I give this one a 4 out of 5

#60

said:

Sonic & Knuckles is one of the best games I've ever played. I still remember when I got it for Christmas. <3

Ricardo91

#62

Ricardo91 said:

^Agreed. This is far better than Sonic 3, which I didn't find to be that special.

Digiki

#63

Digiki said:

Sonic 3 is special out of the Gen. Sonic games because it had a save function. This one isn't special because it's not much fun, not even Act 1, and I usually actually like Act 1 in Sonic games

CanisWolfred

#64

CanisWolfred said:

I loved Sonic 3 and still find this one to be better.

For me it goes: Sonic 1<Sonic 2<Sonic 3<Sonic & Knuckles<Sonic CD.

Lotice-Paladin

#65

Lotice-Paladin said:

I agree with you. I love Sonic 3 but S&K had a better layout and difficulty. What's taking so long for this to come out? Are they literally releasing every SMS/GG Sonic game before this one?

KnucklesSonic8

#66

KnucklesSonic8 said:

I'm still dying for this game... As soon as it comes out, it's a must-buy, especially since I never owned a cartridge version of it. :(

seanehawk

#68

seanehawk said:

This game is spectacular! I have a very good feeling we're gonna get this as our 300th VC game.

Shinnok

#69

Shinnok said:

That would be terrible. The 300th game should be something you can't get your hands on very easily, and I have Sonic & Knuckles on four different collections. It should be EarthBound, that's obvious. There was a lot of speculation that SMRPG wasn't coming out in North America, and then it did. I just hope that it's going to be the same case with EarthBound.

KnucklesSonic8

#70

KnucklesSonic8 said:

EarthBound is highly doubtful. SSB64 is much more probable.
But to see more than one "special" titles on the 300th VC Game uhh... "Day" would make up for some of the lackluster weeks we've been enduring.

If S3&K gets released soon, I'll be so happy. I've never EVER owned it and for that reason alone, it's a must-buy for me.

Shinnok

#71

Shinnok said:

The Sonic Mega Collection is an economic solution to your dilemma.

And EarthBound isn't "highly" doubtful. The only reason you think that is because of that stupid rumor. Nintendo didn't announce anything, did they? They waited 250 VC titles to release SMRPG, and that was highly sought after. So, why wouldn't they wait 50 more games to release EarthBound? Sounds like destiny knocking.

Though, on the other hand, Nintendo has mastered the art of disappointment. So, I suppose it's likely that Super Smash Bros. could be released. Who knows? Oh that's right, Nintendo knows.

MrPinguy

#73

MrPinguy said:

This one is taking too much time to be released and i really want it.
I hope it's because of the locked-on games.

KnucklesSonic8

#74

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Shinnok: I don't mean it's highly doubtful that it'll appear on the VC at all. I'm saying SSB64 is a much bigger possibility as is Majora's Mask. And FTR, I have SMC on Xbox, but I'd get this game again just to play it on the Wii any day especially since I don't really play Xbox...

@MrPinguy: Tell me about it.

WyvernKnight64

#75

WyvernKnight64 said:

This game combined with Sonic is the best Sega game ever. I have the first three Sonic games downloaded this and 3D Blast will satisfy my Sonic hunger I've had lately. (Mind you I have never beaten 3D Blast.) I hate spinball so I'll pass on that.

MrPinguy

#76

MrPinguy said:

@WyvernKnight64
"This game combined with Sonic is the best Sega game ever."

Do you have such passion with Blue Spheres, or you did a mistake and you wanted to say Sonic 3? XD

WyvernKnight64

#78

WyvernKnight64 said:

I meant to say Sonic 3 XD. I do however enjoy the Blue Sphere game. It has his its own special charm that keeps me starting new games in Sonic 3 to play them.

MrPinguy

#79

MrPinguy said:

XBLA's Sonic & Knuckles will Feature the lock-on games.
Nintendo please let Sega do the same thing on Wii >_>

MrPinguy

#82

MrPinguy said:

no no no not the fun half >: (
it's the other half of the fun, don't say bad things about Sonic 3 :D

If you can't apreciate the awesomeness of S3&K in complete , i feel pity for your ignorance :P!

SuperMarioFan1995

#89

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

Oh yeah, I also forgot, This just kinda reminds me of like the N64 game Majora's Mask (which is on the Virtual Console). Because of the front cover with a Sega Megadrive/Genesis icon. You know like the Expansion Pack that Majora's Mask requires? Yeah that, THAT should need a feature on the Wii as well. To get much better graphics, additional on-screen character's, and something, IDK.

KnucklesSonic8

#93

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Maybe I can try and hope we'll see this on Labor Day given the stuff SEGA has been doing to commemorate the Genesis anniversary as of late. I can dream. This would be one of the many love letters SEGA could write to us Wii owners.

#100

said:

Maybe the game had a one-month exclusivity with XBLA..so maybe next monday may come?

cheetahman91

#101

cheetahman91 said:

Too bad I already have this on Mega Collection, which some of people should get, unless you hate the Gamecube controller.

astarisborn94

#103

astarisborn94 said:

Since it supports lock-on, it proves that Sega is supporting the Virtual Console. Hopefully, we'll see it in 2009.

But knowing how big Sega supports the Virtual Console, we'll have to wait for the game until Sega gets done releasing Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, Shinobi for the SMS and VCA, Golden Axe for the VCA, and R-Type for the SMS before we can get our hands on Sonic & Knuckles.

So a 2009 release in NA is questionable.

Geo16-Bit

#108

Geo16-Bit said:

I'm glad the VC version of Sonic & Knuckles has it's lock-on and save feature intact for Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

It seems very nice that I can just press the minus button on the remote to toggle the lock-on games in the middle of the game. The best part is that it's also functional when running it from the SD card.

I noticed that they fixed the annoying high pitch spin sound and other sound inaccuracies that was from VC Sonic 3 in Sonic 3 and Knuckles.

soniczelda_dude

#109

soniczelda_dude said:

It's been released in Japan now? I suppose that's a good sign, but does anyone know of any other Sega titles released in Japan that still have to make their way over here (excluding Japan-only games and titles that would probably be overlooked)?

OverlordMao

#110

OverlordMao said:

Awesome! I used to have this game on PC, but I lost it, and I look forward to finally beating at least ONE of the games.

P.S. Sonic 2 Special Stage Music FOR THE MUTHAF***IN' WIN!

RetroNL

#113

RetroNL said:

Knuckles was a perfect char, I prefer him above Shadow. In my opinion Shadow is the same in most movements as Sonic only his style is different, Knuckles on the other hand is more different, I like the style, especially the gliding.

SuperMarioFan1995

#115

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

I don't normally comment on other older games pages. Mainly because there old games. People sometimes want to comment. Since I gotten rid of the other thread.

SuperMarioFan1995

#116

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

I also got 2 games last week and 1 game today, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Sunshine and today, Wii Sports Resort. :)

SuperMarioFan1995

#117

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

Super Smash Bros. is already on the Virtual Console in Japan, Europe and USA. So now I'm still waiting for this to come out.

jhuhn

#119

jhuhn said:

Europe & Australia will get their wish on February 12, 2010.
For North America, I have a good guess that if they release one VC game each Monday, we expect Sonic & Knuckles to come out over here on March 8, 2010 which would be the 350th Virtual Console game released in the North America region.

Actual release was much sooner, as it came out February 15, 2010.

Kevin

#120

Kevin said:

@124: Every VC release milestone game has been made by Nintendo (I think). I expect this to be released Monday since Europe's getting it Friday. My guess for the 350th game is Kirby Super Star.

Ristar42

#121

Ristar42 said:

50Hz Sonic for Europe... no! Just get Mega Collection - you get a 60Hz option, JP2 revision with extra parallax scrolling in the fist game, all the lock-on modes of the sequels (un-lockable) and extra games, Ristar, Flicky...

Ristar42

#123

Ristar42 said:

If its your favoured way to play it, cool. I think Sonic Jam on the Saturn is mine, but 50Hz seems so slow to me...

Brainhost

#124

Brainhost said:

I do care about the refreshrate, because the slower-ness a) doesn't fit the feel of the game and b) contrasts with my earlier experience, making the VC iteration feel inferior. Still gonna buy it though.
Also... please be lock-on-able...

Pj1

#128

Pj1 said:

I played this for a little while, it's a tough game! but I like it.

carson

#133

carson said:

YES! Finally I can buy another VC game. It has been so long since a GOOD game has been released

Jarael

#134

Jarael said:

This may indeed bring me out of my long drought of buying stuff for the VC!

primeris

#135

primeris said:

They're announcing that it came out, but they haven't updated the game's USA release info yet on the side...

steve007

#136

steve007 said:

i tell you what part 4 is going to be the same or 3d wii ware like sonic black knight hopes so :) i cant wate for it to come out :D

SuperMarioFan1995

#137

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

I'm glad this game is finally out after a 2 year wait.

I got this game on 08 March. Did not get this on the day it was out in Europe because my Internet connection was lost. But at least I have the game. :)

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