When I was a kid I ended up getting Sonic & Knuckles from toys r us. I never owned Sonic 3 until I was a teen much later. I would However, rent the hell out of Sonic 3. So much so, I probably just should have bought the game. It's not my first Sonic game but Sonic 3 & knuckles is my all time favorite game. I play and beat it at least once a year with all 3 characters.