Week in Arcade: Sonic & Knuckles

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Only one game this week, although previous announcements also touted part 2 of Wallace and Gromit. If it is late, consider it to be close to the first, with wonderful writing and visual style.

Sonic & Knuckles

Sega knew they had a franchise with the Sonic series on the Genesis, but were smart enough to realize that without a gimmick, fans would feel cheated. Enter Sonic & Knuckles, the first (and only) game to use lock-on technology.

Thankfully, this Arcade release maintains that technology in digital form, allowing both Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 to “link up” with Sonic and Knuckles, opening new areas when playing as Knuckles in those games.

Taken on its own, S&K feels familiar, the music lacks the charm of the originals, and the only real change comes when playing as Knuckles. Sonic 3 is a far better choice (or Sonic CD which one could hope is coming to the Live Arcade) as a stand alone, but if you’ve already purchased the previous releases, then this is required to complete those titles.

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