No new opinion here. I'm basically echoing what Yash
Part of the problem is that the average person back in the day wasn't thinking along the lines of Sonic 3 and Knuckles being one amazing game.
They knew Sonic 2.
They knew Sonic 3.
They knew Sonic & Knuckles.
They knew there was some cool gimmick where "you could like- plug in the games and play as Knuckles in like... sonic 1 or 2 or something?"
, but that was about it.
Personally, I still think Sonic 3 and Knuckles is the gold standard of Mega Drive Sonic, and 2D Sonic in general. Great levels, great music and a good narrative told through very basic cutscenes. Knuckles having his own unique bosses and level progression was great. I feel like it tops Sonic 2 in too many ways.
That being said, Sonic 2 didn't have the problem of being split into two games. You got one great experience in one cart, and the jump from Sonic 1 was phenomenal. It's easy to see why Sonic 2 became the popular more memorable game. Sonic 3 & Knuckles required a bit more effort to play back in the day and that probably put off the more casual Mega Drive player, especially one who was disappointed with Sonic 3's solo offering.
This post has been edited by Sir_mihael: 18 November 2016 - 06:39 AM