From rival to ally of the blue hedgehog, meet Knuckles from Sonic 2: The Movie – Tecnoblog

Debuting in April 2022, Sega’s second Blue Hedgehog movie has already presented exciting teasers for the hero’s longtime fans. Of course, the poster makes direct reference to the second game, but the narrative seems to bring moments of Sonic 3 e Sonic & Knuckles. Therefore, I believe it is time to highlight these titles and their possible connections with the feature film. Come with me!

The new feature film premieres on April 7 (Image: Handout)
The new feature film premieres on April 7 (Image: Handout)

I was eight years old when my older brother received a Mega Drive 2 from TecToy as a gift in 1993. With the console, in addition to a classic three-button control, the package included the unforgettable Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a game. As time went on, I became an avid fan of the Sega franchise. I played pretty much everything that was released, for better or for worse.

However, with so many titles of debatable quality, I admit that I was no longer so interested in the 2020 film starring Jim Carrey. Fortunately, I ended up enjoying a charming (even uninspired) adventure from one of the great icons of the 90s. Now the anticipation for its sequel is high.

For all that has been presented so far, Sonic 2: The Movie brings elements of the three games mentioned above. There’s the official debut of Miles “Tails” Prower (my favorite character in the entire franchise), with his plane and, I hope, his genius wits. In addition to it, we’re going to check out a closer version of Eggman’s games (or Dr. Robotinik, as you prefer), featuring huge and scary robots.

And, of course, we’ll have the Knuckles.

But who is Knuckles in the game queue?

In the early blue hedgehog games, storytelling was nowhere near Sega’s focus. In Sonic the Hedgehog, from 1991, the hero must rescue several animals that are being captured and transformed into robots by the villain Robotinik. That’s all, but that was enough to launch the player into a delicious world of speed.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the protagonist and his friend Tails head to an island with the intention of putting an end to the enemy’s plans. The villain wants to gather the chaos emeralds that can offer enormous powers to those who possess them. In addition, Eggman produces a new robot army and an armed station called the Death Egg to take over the world.

But it was in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 that the narrative finally took on a dignified form in the works of the hedgehog. There are small cutscenes scattered throughout the adventure. We have Knuckles being a perfect asshole at first, while the blue hero tries to complete his mission to save the world.

Knuckles in the second film (Image: Playback / YouTube)
Knuckles in the second film (Image: Playback / YouTube)

The vermilion antagonist is an echidna, a type of mammal similar in appearance to a hedgehog, but considered to be much more solitary. This is represented in the Sega franchise, with the character preferring to keep his distance at various times.

He has that style of a Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z and an Iori Yagami from The King of Fighters. It’s nice, but it seems to be mean at the same time. An antagonist impossible not to fall in favor of the crowd.

In addition to his great speed, Knuckles has the ability to glide and climb walls because of the spikes on his fists. He is one of the strongest names in the entire series, often preferring to solve problems on the basis of the punch.

In the third game, the character is actually a guardian of the island on which the adventure takes place. His responsibility is to take care of the local animals. However, he is tricked by Robotinik who says that Sonic stole the Chaos Emeralds. That’s why he starts the game being unfriendly to our protagonist.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Image: Playback / YouTube)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Image: Playback / YouTube)

The cartridge released by Sega in 1994 is of immense quality. I remember when I first rented it and I was blown away by the hero’s effects and new abilities. Not to mention the wonderful soundtrack, still full of rumors about Michael Jackson to have been the composer, but without any official confirmation.

The stages are fun, ask for a little exploration and still bring exciting challenges such as enemies and bosses. However, the game is quite short, which could be disappointing if it didn’t exist. Sonic & Knuckles.

The nostalgia of the 2 in 1 cartridge

During the development of the third adventure of the hedgehog on the Mega Drive, the Sega team realized that they would not be able to put all the predicted content on a single cartridge. Because of this, two games were produced simultaneously. They could be played separately, but would also offer the opportunity to join them in a single journey.

That’s how it was born Sonic & Knuckles, an excellent work, but it was much better played with its counterpart. Yes, together. That’s because there is a technology called “Lock-On” that allows you to fit one cartridge to the other, offering the complete adventure as it had been planned.

Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles cartridges in their European versions (Image: Playback / YouTube)
Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles cartridges in their European versions (Image: Playback / YouTube)

play what we call Sonic 3 & Knuckles It’s an incredible experience, because in addition to increasing the fun time, it also explains the narrative of both titles in a much more competent way. In my case, for example, I only had the third game at home. So he often rented the other one to play them together on a Saturday afternoon.

For many fans, these two titles were the last big moment for the blue hedgehog and sprinter. Eventually he entered the 3D world with a lot of hits and misses, but nothing as massive as his 16-bit era.

In all, the two games have sold over four million units, a real success. Unfortunately, there haven’t been as many re-releases as the character’s first two titles on the Mega Drive. Rumors indicate that much of this is due to copyright of the songs, but nothing confirmed at the time of publishing this article.

In the universe of fans and collectors of retro games, both original cartridges are expensive these days, even though it is not very difficult to find them at fairs or meetings within the community.

Sonic & Knuckles allows us to play with both characters (Image: Playback / YouTube)
Sonic & Knuckles allows us to play with both characters (Image: Playback / YouTube)

The mix that promises

Paramount Pictures has already confirmed the production of a third Sonic film. So, before we even watch the second feature, we are already discussing what can happen in this trilogy.

If the first sequence involves a lot of the second and third games, maybe Sonic & Knuckles be the focus of the story that will close this long arc. But then, this is me traveling the rings of Green Hill.

Jeff Fowler, the director of the film, said in an interview with the American website IGN:

It’s not always going to be a linear progression like, ‘Oh, that was in Sonic 2then it will be in the movie of Sonic 2‘. It’s going to be a little bit of a cherry picking, a little bit of a cauldron. There are so many great and inspiring images to pull from 30 years of gaming. So if we don’t make it in a movie, there’s always a chance to revisit it somewhere else.

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