Being that today marks 30 years since Sonic 3 released (part 1 at least on 2/2/94), I figured let’s have some fun and see where you guys stand on this debate. Please feel free to express your opinions but also be respectful of others. Personally, I feel that the two most definitive ways to play Sonic 3 are Sonic 3 AIR and the Retro Engine remaster via Sonic Origins. Both have their fair share of benefits as well as flaws but which one is better? I know many go with Sonic 3 AIR because of the insane amounts of customization available: -I love being able to switch between the MJ tracks and 1103 prototype tracks for CNZ, ICZ, and LBZ. -switching filters -max control Sonic -having a remastered OST -using randomized blue sphere special stages to grab chaos emeralds as opposed to the original 14 in the Genesis version. -you can save your progress if you play regular blue sphere!! There’s a lot I can’t even list! The main negative I can attest for AIR is that this is NOT a 100% remake. There is still some emulation involved due to its reliance on the data from the ROM itself. There are also some physics quirks that still occur like in the Genesis version (I’m looking at you Ice Cap slopes). You still need the original ROM to get it going and it is hard to officially obtain via legal means today. Which brings us to Origins. Apparently I might be one of few people who likes this remaster. There are some who hate this version because of the Steam delisting. But let’s look at the positives: - This is 100% built from scratch using Taxman’s Retro Engine (v5 to be exact, which also powered Mania). - Amy as a playable character from the start - New cutscenes - New animations and new enemy/object sounds - New Blue Spheres mode But of course there’s negatives: - the muffled sound - the unpolished prototype music used here - the Super Sonic theme - locking customization features to level select cheat codes (I expected this though in an official product) - occasional hit box quirks And I’m sure there’s more you guys can list. The main advantage of both versions is the modding.. AIR has an endless amount of mods that make it a better experience, and 3 Origins can turn into a better experience via the Origins UltraFix and HQ OST mods (and there may be more in the future). Now for which is better?? That’s up to the gamer, but you have to remember: It is unfair to compare a fan project and an official project. If you put aside the corporate shenanigans and circumstances surrounding Origins, its version of Sonic 3 is still a solid remaster. I believe there is no clear cut winner here.. both are fantastic. I say the true definitive Sonic 3 is somewhere in the middle, and if by some miracle a Sonic 3 decompilation ever comes, we can revisit this again. Happy 30th Anniversary Sonic 3!!!