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Dr. Robotnik’s stolen the red Chaos Emerald, and it’s up to Sonic The Hedgehog to get it back! As Sonic or “Tails” the two-tailed fox, you’ll zip through the Zones, using your quick moves and quicker thinking to collect rings and evade Robotnik’s latest batch of badniks!
Overall, the gameplay is similar to previous 8-bit Sonic games, albeit players can now play as either Sonic or Tails. For the first time in the 8-bit series, both characters are able to perform the Spin Dash introduced in the 16-bit version of Sonic 2. By holding up and pressing buttons, Sonic can perform the Super Peel-out introduced in Sonic CD, while Tails is able to fly, this being the first game in which he can do so. While playing as Sonic, players can collect rocket boots which allow him to fly through the air for a short time. He is also able to enter Special Stages. Tails is slower than Sonic and can’t enter Special Stages or use rocket boots, but he starts the game with more lives and continues.