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6th Feb '13 9:59:16 PM NESBoy
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* A ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' game? Or...
* ...[[VideoGame/BlueSphere that game that came with]] ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3 Sonic 3]]''.

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* A ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' game? Or...
* ...a ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' game?
* ...
[[VideoGame/BlueSphere that game that came with]] ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3 ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]]''.& Knuckles]]''?
6th Jan '13 4:59:16 PM PancticeSquadCutterback
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->''"NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY?"''
-->-- ''Blue Sphere'' opening acreen

''Blue Sphere'' is a hidden mini-game included on the ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' cartridge, based on the Special Stages of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. It is playable when you place (almost) any Genesis cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' or ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' into ''[=S&K=]'' lock-on slot and press the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. If you do this with any cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classics 3-In-1]]'', you'll only get to play a single stage.

Upon completion of the stage, you'll be given a twelve-digit password for use when you play the game with the original ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or the aforementioned CompilationRerelease locked into the top slot of ''[=S3&K=]''. It also appears as its own game option in ''Sonic Mega Collection'' and ''Sonic Mega Collection Plus'' (called ''Blue Sphere'', despite not having an official title).

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks confused with]] ''[[StarOcean Star Ocean: Blue Sphere]]''.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[LyingCreator said not to put in any other game.]]
* EndlessGame: After a while, certain levels repeat themselves...and eventually just carries on from Level 1 again. Only if you put in the specific cartridge needed to play the full game, though.
* NintendoHard: Some of the combinations are devilish, especially when running for perfects.
* PasswordSave: There are two kinds of passwords -- one for the stage as presented in the main game, and one for the version of the stage where a non ''Sonic 1'' or ''Sonic Classics 3-1'' cartridge was used.
* NoPlotNoProblem: Just press the buttons and go right in!
* PaletteSwap: You can play as both Sonic and Knuckles (some mods let you play as Tails), but there's no difference all you can do is run and jump, and the speed you move at and your jump height is out of your control.
* OneHitPointWonder: Sort of. You can't die, but hitting the only thing that "harms" you (Red Spheres) makes you fail instantly.
* ScrewDestiny: The manual says that putting any game other than the second or third ''Sonic'' game won't work. You do it anyway. And then you press all the buttons for no reason.
* SchmuckBait: [[EasterEgg Scroll back up.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some sources list this game as ''Blue Sphere'''s'''''.
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->''"NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY?"''
-->-- ''Blue Sphere'' opening acreen

''Blue Sphere'' is a hidden mini-game included on the ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' cartridge, based on the Special Stages of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. It is playable when
Did you place (almost) any Genesis cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' or ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' into ''[=S&K=]'' lock-on slot and press the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. If you do this with any cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classics 3-In-1]]'', you'll only get to play a single stage.

Upon completion of the stage, you'll be given a twelve-digit password for use when you play the
mean...

* A ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' game? Or...
* ...[[VideoGame/BlueSphere that
game with the original ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or the aforementioned CompilationRerelease locked into the top slot of ''[=S3&K=]''. It also appears as its own game option in ''Sonic Mega Collection'' and ''Sonic Mega Collection Plus'' (called ''Blue Sphere'', despite not having an official title).

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks confused
that came with]] ''[[StarOcean Star Ocean: Blue Sphere]]''.
----
!!This game provides examples of:
* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented
''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3 Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[LyingCreator said not to put in any other game.]]
* EndlessGame: After a while, certain levels repeat themselves...and eventually just carries on from Level 1 again. Only if you put in the specific cartridge needed to play the full game, though.
* NintendoHard: Some of the combinations are devilish, especially when running for perfects.
* PasswordSave: There are two kinds of passwords -- one for the stage as presented in the main game, and one for the version of the stage where a non ''Sonic 1'' or ''Sonic Classics 3-1'' cartridge was used.
* NoPlotNoProblem: Just press the buttons and go right in!
* PaletteSwap: You can play as both Sonic and Knuckles (some mods let you play as Tails), but there's no difference all you can do is run and jump, and the speed you move at and your jump height is out of your control.
* OneHitPointWonder: Sort of. You can't die, but hitting the only thing that "harms" you (Red Spheres) makes you fail instantly.
* ScrewDestiny: The manual says that putting any game other than the second or third ''Sonic'' game won't work. You do it anyway. And then you press all the buttons for no reason.
* SchmuckBait: [[EasterEgg Scroll back up.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some sources list this game as ''Blue Sphere'''s'''''.
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14th Nov '12 6:41:05 PM wanderlustwarrior
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* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[ShmuckBait said not to put in any other game.]]

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* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[ShmuckBait [[LyingCreator said not to put in any other game.]]
29th Oct '12 3:49:10 AM Antwan
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-->--'''Blue Sphere''' opening acreen

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-->--'''Blue Sphere''' -->-- ''Blue Sphere'' opening acreen
29th Oct '12 3:48:55 AM Antwan
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-->--'''Blue Sphere''' Opening Screen.

''Blue Sphere'' is a hidden mini-game included on the ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' cartridge, based on the Special Stages of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. It is playable when you place (almost) any Genesis cartridge other than ''SonicTheHedgehog2'' or ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' into ''[=S&K=]'' lock-on slot and press the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. If you do this with any cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classics 3-In-1]]'', you'll only get to play a single stage.

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-->--'''Blue Sphere''' Opening Screen.

opening acreen

''Blue Sphere'' is a hidden mini-game included on the ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' cartridge, based on the Special Stages of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. It is playable when you place (almost) any Genesis cartridge other than ''SonicTheHedgehog2'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' or ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' into ''[=S&K=]'' lock-on slot and press the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. If you do this with any cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classics 3-In-1]]'', you'll only get to play a single stage.
23rd Aug '12 3:06:38 PM Komodin
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks confused with]] ''[[StarOcean Star Ocean: Blue Sphere]]''.



Each stage consists of four procedurally-generated blocks, in any combination, giving the game over '''100,000,000''' different levels. [[hottip:*:The precise number is 2^27 = 134,217,728.]]

The goal is to navigate a pseudo-3D environment and collect all of the blue spheres in the level, either by running through them and turning them into Red Spheres, or by encircling groups of Blue Spheres in loops of Red Spheres. For the entire level, you're stuck running on the grid between the tiles and can only turn in 90-degree angles on the intersecting lines. You have no control over your running speed, you can't stop running, and you'll automatically speed up at regular intervals, decreasing your chances of survival the longer you take.

The most common obstacle is the Red Sphere, and running into one means instant failure. (In case you're wondering, the Blue Spheres you transform don't become hazardous until you've passed through them.) Other obstacles include Star Bumper Spheres and Yellow Spring Spheres. Running into a Star Sphere makes you run backwards until you run into another one or push up to run forward again. Touching a Yellow Sphere bounces you up and lands you five grid units ahead (or backward, if you're running in reverse at the time).

Rings can also be found in ''Blue Sphere'', but here they're individually worthless, providing no protection from Red Spheres. Collecting all the rings in a stage and then winning the stage gives you a "perfect" ranking, which skips you forward by 10 levels instead of the usual 1. However, most rings in each stage are hidden, and the only way to reveal them is to enclose groups of Blue Spheres within a loop of Red Spheres, at which point the grouped spheres turn into rings. In order to get every ring, you must transform every sphere that can become a ring. Messing up and hitting even one wrong sphere loses you the "perfect" ranking. And even if you manage to hit all the right spheres, if you hit the last Blue Sphere before collecting all the rings, the stage immediately ends and you progress a measly one stage instead.

Why yes, ''Blue Sphere'' '''''is''''' [[NintendoHard Sega Hard]].

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks confused with]] ''[[StarOcean Star Ocean: Blue Sphere]]''.
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* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[ShmuckBait said not to put in any other game.]]
* EndlessGame: After a while, certain levels repeat themselves...and eventually just carries on from Level 1 again. Only if you put in the specific cartridge needed to play the full game, though.
* NintendoHard: Some of the combinations are devilish, especially when running for perfects.

to:

* * EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[ShmuckBait said not to put in any other game.]]
* * EndlessGame: After a while, certain levels repeat themselves...and eventually just carries on from Level 1 again. Only if you put in the specific cartridge needed to play the full game, though.
* * NintendoHard: Some of the combinations are devilish, especially when running for perfects.



* NoPlotNoProblem: Just press the buttons and go right in!
* PaletteSwap: You can play as both Sonic and Knuckles (some mods let you play as Tails), but there's no difference all you can do is run and jump, and the speed you move at and your jump height is out of your control.
** There's a nifty newish hack that lets you play as the unusual combination of Knuckles and Tails, but again it makes little difference gameplay wise.
* OneHitPointWonder: Sort of. You can't die, but hitting the only thing that "harms" you (Red Spheres) makes you fail instantly.
* ScrewDestiny: The manual says that putting any game other than the second or third ''Sonic'' game won't work. You do it anyway. And then you press all the buttons for no reason.
* SchmuckBait: [[EasterEgg Scroll back up.]]
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name Without An S]]: Some sources list this game as ''Blue Sphere'''s'''''.

to:

* * NoPlotNoProblem: Just press the buttons and go right in!
* * PaletteSwap: You can play as both Sonic and Knuckles (some mods let you play as Tails), but there's no difference all you can do is run and jump, and the speed you move at and your jump height is out of your control.
** There's a nifty newish hack that lets you play as the unusual combination of Knuckles and Tails, but again it makes little difference gameplay wise.
*
* OneHitPointWonder: Sort of. You can't die, but hitting the only thing that "harms" you (Red Spheres) makes you fail instantly.
* * ScrewDestiny: The manual says that putting any game other than the second or third ''Sonic'' game won't work. You do it anyway. And then you press all the buttons for no reason.
* * SchmuckBait: [[EasterEgg Scroll back up.]]
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name Without An S]]: * SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some sources list this game as ''Blue Sphere'''s'''''.
23rd Aug '12 1:07:48 PM Vilui
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Each stage consists of four procedurally-generated blocks, in any combination, giving the game over '''100,000,000''' different levels.

to:

Each stage consists of four procedurally-generated blocks, in any combination, giving the game over '''100,000,000''' different levels.
levels. [[hottip:*:The precise number is 2^27 = 134,217,728.]]
24th May '12 10:12:58 AM PancticeSquadCutterback
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* ShmuckBait: [[EasterEgg Scroll back up.]]

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* ShmuckBait: SchmuckBait: [[EasterEgg Scroll back up.]]
1st Jan '12 4:01:15 PM nombretomado
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* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[ShmuckBait said not to put in any other game.]]

to:

* EasterEgg: The game's actual existence outside of ''Sonic3AndKnuckles''.''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. Technical difficulties with the palette prevented Sonic Team from doing ''Knuckles in Sonic 1'', so they put this game in. The game's existence and the button combination required to play it weren't mentioned in the manual, which in fact [[ShmuckBait said not to put in any other game.]]
18th Dec '11 2:56:37 PM nombretomado
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''Blue Sphere'' is a hidden mini-game included on the ''SonicAndKnuckles'' cartridge, based on the Special Stages of ''Sonic3AndKnuckles''. It is playable when you place (almost) any Genesis cartridge other than ''SonicTheHedgehog2'' or ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' into ''[=S&K=]'' lock-on slot and press the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. If you do this with any cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classics 3-In-1]]'', you'll only get to play a single stage.

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''Blue Sphere'' is a hidden mini-game included on the ''SonicAndKnuckles'' ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' cartridge, based on the Special Stages of ''Sonic3AndKnuckles''.''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. It is playable when you place (almost) any Genesis cartridge other than ''SonicTheHedgehog2'' or ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' into ''[=S&K=]'' lock-on slot and press the A, B, and C buttons at the same time. If you do this with any cartridge other than ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' or ''[[CompilationRerelease Sonic Classics 3-In-1]]'', you'll only get to play a single stage.
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