Game Boy Advance Games- Sonic Advance 3: (2004)

Game Boy Advance was definitely one of the coolest handheld consoles of the early 00’s because there were so many interesting titles that were released during that time period.  Ever since the Sonic the Hedgehog series went 3D for the Sega Dreamcast during the late 90’s many people were interested in seeing whether or not Sega and the Sonic Team could recapture some of the excitement that the older 2D games presented back in the early 90’s.  The Sonic Advance series which started around late 2001- early 2002 was great because it brought back the older 2D style gameplay from the early 90’s but with the inclusion of better visual presentation.  Unlike the Sega Genesis which features 16 bit graphics Sonic Advance 3 for the Game Boy Advance included 32 bit graphics which were very impressive along with various features that were included in this game.  In Sonic Advance 3 players can choose multiple characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit.  Unlike the first two Sonic Advance games players can choose to characters as they play throughout seven different zones with three acts each.

One of the best things about having two characters during each level was the fact they players can perform double team maneuvers to help them advance throughout the game. Another great aspect about the game included the level designs for each stage along with the soundtracks.  Sunset Hill was an amazing remix of Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog game and the Cyber Track stages had awesome BGM but it was somewhat difficult to complete.  In terms of creativity other soundtracks that were fantastic in Sonic Advance 3 included Ocean Bass and Twinkle Snow.  In terms of level design would be tough to decide which was the best because every stage in Sonic Advance 3 looked very impressive.  The inclusion of alternate endings was one of the many things about Sonic Advance 3 that made the game worth having.  If players completed the game without collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds then they got the normal ending.  However, if players collected all seven Chaos Emeralds before reaching the Alter Emerald stage then they had the opportunity to play as Super Sonic and engage in a secret boss battle against Ultimate Gemerl.  There were so many things about Sonic Advance 3 along with the first two games that were fun for players to enjoy.  In fact if Sega were ever to develop a Sonic the Hedgehog 5 many people would not mind seeing the inclusion 32 bit gameplay for a potential sequel to the last game which was released in 2012.  Overall, Sonic Advance 3 was a game that was worthy of being released for a home console and is seen as a classic by many people who are true fans of the series.


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