MartiusR, on 28 October 2016 - 05:24 AM, said:
I'm not sure about this "Jack in the box", but when you're telling about Sonic 3 & Knuckles Collection and pack with 4 games, there are two things which came to my mind.
First one is Sonic Action Pack (Sonic Action 4 Pack?), where was included Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic CD (1996 version), Sonic R and Sega Smash Pack (6 emulated games from Mega Drive, including Sonic 2). I remember that three games were ins simple white paper sleeves, while Sega Smash Pack 2 was in hard cover, separately foiled.
Second one is... Well, Sonic 3 & Knuckles Collection itself :P It's a bit fetched statement, but there were 4 games included - Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Blue Spheres(this bonus games with impossible to overcome by human being amount of bonus stages). I know, it's just a marketing slogan.
There were also some smaller packs than Sonic Action Pack, such as pack with Sonic 3 & Knuckles Collection & Sonic CD; also Sonic CD(?) and Garfield: caught in the act... But I'd recommend to check sonic retro wiki, there are enlisted compilations as well, as far as I remember (can't check by myself now).
I believe that Sonic 3D Blast (version you've mentioned of course, not the emulated tat based on Mega Drive version) is relatively easy (and quite cheap) to buy in some cheap series sold in UK, I've seen it on ebay when I've last checked (don't remember the name of this series, but it's rather hard to miss, and it's quite often sold in bundle with...Sonic R, I presume?)
Somewhere around 2000-2001, in an OfficeMax, I found (and picked up) a pack that contained the Sonic & Knuckles Collection, the PC version of Sonic R, and the PC version of Sonic CD, like the first pack you mentioned, only without the Smash Pack. It also had bonus screensavers, and pretty much EVERY sound effect and BG track from Sonic 1, 2, 3&K, CD (U.S).
This post has been edited by Travelsonic: 05 November 2016 - 09:53 AM