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Sonic 3D Rush
Developer(s) Sonic Team, Dimps
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s) Action-Adventure, Platformer, Quick Time Event
Release Date(s)
March 5, 2015 Flag of Japan

March 5, 2015 Flag of USA
March 16, 2015 Flag of Europe

Mode(s)
Single Player
Local Multiplayer
Online Multiplayer
Age Rating(s)
ESRB2013E PEGI 7 USK 12
Media Included 3DS Cartridge

Sonic Rush (ソニック・3D・ラッシュ Sonikku 3D Rasshu) is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a sequel to one of the best-selling Sonic games on Nintendo DS, Sonic Rush. The game was released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on March 5, 2015 in Japan and North America, and March 16, 2015 in Europe. The game was developed by Sonic Team and Dimps, and was published by Sega. This game is meant to go along with the Wii U-Exclusive Sonic game, Sonic and the Gods of Olympus.

Plot

While protecting the Sol Emeralds, Blaze’s castle is ambushed by a horde of Doctor Eggman Nega’s robots. When retrieving the sol emeralds, they are accidentally smashed into shards, and a light starts to glow from them, blinding everyone’s sight and covering the entire castle in a white void. When Blaze wakes up, she face-plants into the ground. After shaking off the dizziness, Blaze finds herself on Sonic’s planet, a warp gate floating above her and then disappearing. Blaze finds one sol emerald and goes out to find the other ones.

In the meantime, Sonic and his friends are hanging out around Station Square when a sol emerald falls from the sky and hits Sonic's head. He sits down and examines the emerald along with Tails, both noticing that it was a sol emerald from Blaze’s dimension. Tails takes it to his lab, where he makes a tracking device that could locate the sol emeralds and possibly Blaze herself. It’s designed as a wrist watch, so Sonic can easily run around and search.

While Blaze is hunting for her emeralds, she notices something extremely freaky about this new planet. There’s an area of land, and her village was right in the middle, where everyone seemed to be panicking. It turns out that the shattered emeralds merged her planet with this one, and then rebuilt themselves because of the Sol Dimension power. Just then, Doctor Eggman appears and wants to steal the emeralds from Blaze. She easily defeats him and goes to search off for another one.

After Sonic gets through Cyan Shore and Drift Boulevard, he discovers another sol emerald. But before he can get to it, a robot appears named the “Egg Zero” appears, which is controlled by Doctor Eggman Nega, who won’t allow Sonic to retrieve the emerald, claiming that both Sonic and Blaze’s worlds were his. Sonic accepts the challenge, not allowing the emeralds to get used for evil.

When travelling through Drift Boulevard, Blaze senses a sol emerald nearby but cannot find it. That’s when the Egg Zero comes flying through the sky, steam and smoke leaking out of it and hurdling right towards Blaze. Blaze not being able to react fast enough, Sonic rushes towards her and picks her up, dodging the now fully destroyed robot, another Sol Emerald appearing. Eggman Nega gets away.

Sonic and Blaze are surprised yet glad to see each other again, and Blaze explains what has happened to her and Sonic’s world. However, Sonic does not think it is much of a bad thing, thinking it was a good idea so Blaze could rule her kingdom and not having to worry about the Chaos and Sol emeralds causing another crises. Blaze thinks about this idea, but does not say anything and tells Sonic they have to find the rest of the sol emeralds.

After getting through Rocky Ruins, Sonic and Blaze meet back up with Tails, Amy, and Knuckles who wonders what happened. This time, Sonic explains, much to everyone’s surprise. This moment is short lived when a new creature, nothing Sonic or Blaze have ever seen, emerges right in front of them. It has the last 4 emeralds inside of it like some sort of power core. Sonic and Blaze work together to take down the creature, which drops one sol emerald and then flees.

After finishing each stage, the sol creature re-appears and tries to fight them, who losses a sol emerald every defeat. On the Final Gambit stage, once Sonic and Blaze defeat the sol creature for one last time, both of the Doctors show up, having a plan this entire time. They collected all of the Chaos emeralds while Sonic and Blaze were out gathering the sol emeralds, which in the end turned out to be fake. With both sets of emeralds, Eggman and Eggman Nega bring their creature back to life, bigger and stronger.

When it aims a laser beam at Sonic, Blaze tackles him out of the way, a huge warp hole forming behind them. They stand up, looking into the warp hole. Both of the heroes sense the power of their emeralds, using all of their strength and going into their super forms: Super Sonic and Burning Blaze. The two then go into the warp hole to defeat the Core Emerald and bring peace back.

At the end of the battle, both heroes are tired and weak as the creature explodes and groans in defeat. Having no power left at all, Blaze changes back to her normal form and plummets to the surface. Super Sonic comes to her aid, catching the princess before she could hit the water below them and safely returning to land.

Back on the ground, everyone celebrates Sonic and Blaze’s return; but is short lasted when Blaze doesn’t wake up from the fall. Blaze’s energy was completely drained from the super transformation, and her body laid in Sonic’s arms. At first, everyone was silent, Sonic looking down at Blaze with worry. An aura started to form around them, as Sonic changed back to his normal self. Not being able to react fast enough, Sonic fainted and everything went black.

After an unknown amount of time, Sonic wakes up in a bed, Blaze sound asleep curled up in her own bed next to him. Amy was sitting next to Sonic and holding an wet washcloth on his forehead. She tells Sonic how brave he was saving Blaze, while Sonic replies saying that it wasn’t all him, and that he couldn’t have done it without her or the support of his friends.

The scene fades again, as Sonic and Blaze are looking over Blaze’s village which was now in an open area on Mobius. Sonic and Blaze discuss the situation for a while, the princess finally announcing that they will be staying on Mobius until they figure out how to get back without smashing the emeralds again. The game ends with Sonic and Blaze hugging each other as the sun sets and the scene fades.

Gameplay

Characters

Playable Characters

Non-Playable Characters

Voice Actors

Role English Voice Actor Japanese Voice Actor
Sonic the Hedgehog Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Blaze the Cat Laura Bailey Nao Takamori
Miles "Tails" Power Colleen Villard Ryō Hirohashi
Amy Rose Cindy Robinson Taeko Kawata
Cream the Rabbit Michelle Ruff Sayaka Aoki
Knuckles the Ecidna Travis Willingham Nobutoshi Canna
Doctor Eggman/Eggman Nega Mike Pollock Chikao Ōtsuka

Levels

There are a total of 9 worlds in Sonic 3DS Rush (10 if you count the Special Stage), and each stage has 6 acts. There is a boss level in the middle and at the end of every zone. If you get an S rank on a certain act, you can play it in Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, all rings are removed from the stage and you only start with 5, and most shortcuts have been removed as well. The stage usually turns skies dark and clouds purple and an overall dark hue, similar to Sonic Lost World.

  • Grassy Terrain
  • Drift Boulevard
  • Sakura Forest
  • Final Gambit
  • Cyan Shore
  • Sky View
  • Ancient Ravage
  • Rocky Ruins
  • Space Crises
  • Special Stages

Downloadable Content

Sticks the Badger

This character is only obtainable via downloadable content and only after you beat the game. Play as Sticks the Badger through whatever zone you like in the game, using her unique boomerang along the way. Along with downloading this character, various enemies from Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal will appear as well.

Legend of Zelda Zone

Play through the land of Hyrule in the Legend of Zelda based zone, collecting rupees and defeating various Legend of Zelda enemies. Similar to the Zelda DLC for Sonic Lost World: Wii U, the player can freely roam as either Sonic or Blaze in the beautiful, open landscape of Hyrule and finish the zone whenever they please. In this zone, Sonic is in the same Link apparel as he was in the Zelda DLC of Sonic Lost World, and Blaze is in a Princess Zelda costume. Also, this time around, Link, Zelda, Impa, and Lana can sometimes be seen flying through the skies.

Multiplayer

The multiplayer system contains similarities from the past Sonic rush games, but also like Sonic Lost World. You can play against up to 4 characters at any stage you’ve unlocked in story mode (excluding Space Crises) and try to get first place. Getting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place can determine was items to earn to use in the story, similar to Sonic lost World. The 4 multiplayer characters are Sonic, Blaze, Virtual Hedgehog, and a new character named Virtual Cat.

There are 3 different types of multiplayer modes that can be played both locally and online: Race Mode, Ring Mode, and Grand Prix Mode. Race mode is a classic racing brought back from the past games. You simply choose your character and try to reach the end of the stage first. Ring Mode is a competition to collect the biggest amount of rings before time is out on an open 3D circle stage with platforms. You are allowed to steal rings from other players by homing attacking into them. Grand Prix mode is similar to race mode, except for you go through the 1st zone of each stage and try to place the highest ranking the most. 1st gets 10 points, 2nd gets 7, 3rd gets 5, and 4th gets 3. Whoever has the highest rank wins.

Music

The music is a mostly made up of retro pop-like music. The main theme, “A New Discovery”, is sang by both Cash Cash and Crush 40. All music included in the game was released on a CD, along with a slow piano version of the theme song. Most of the individual zone music contains lyrics that are distorted, similar to Sonic Rush.

Anime

Main Article: Sonic Rush Saga
Sonic Rush Saga is an anime based on the events of Sonic 3D Rush, and was aired on Cartoon Network after Sonic Boom went off air, taking it's place at 8:00 a.m EST. It is a mixture of comedy, action/adventure, and fantasy. This show takes place in the Sonic mainstream world and during the time of Sonic 3D Rush.

The story is based around Sonic and his friends Tails, Blaze, Amy, Knuckles, Marine, and Cream. The series differs from the game in terms of events, but still keeps the general idea of what's going on. The anime sometimes has episodes that don't relate to anything in the game, but meant to show what the characters would do in their free time and such, whether it's going to Emerald Beach or taking down one of Eggman or Eggman Nega's evil robots.

Gallery

Trivia

  • This is the first time Blaze is featured in a game with DLC.
  • Defeating enemies now gives you rings.
  • This is the first Sonic game to feature High Quality CGI Cutscenes, unlike Sonic Lost World which where Low Quality.
    • This is also the third Sonic game to be released on the 3DS with full voice acting, the others being Sonic Lost World and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.
  • All 3 theme songs of the Sonic Rush series start with “A New”, Sonic Rush being “A New Day”, Sonic Rush Adventure being, “A New Venture”, and Sonic 3DS being, “A New Discovery.”
  • It is said that if the chaos and sol emeralds are together, they pull together like a magnet that would cause crises. However, since the sol emeralds have merged both Sonic and Blaze’s planets together, this doesn’t happen.

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