The final chapter of the original Sonic trilogy was released in 1994, along with companion game Sonic and Knuckles. Upon its release, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was praised for its amazing visuals, special stages, and sound effects.
Sonic 3 managed to expand upon Sonic 2's progression by using 3D in the special stages and introducing new, more elaborate zones and backgrounds. The game improved upon Sonic's mechanics in lieu of challenging zones like Carnival Night and Launch Base.
For many fans, this entry served as the apex of the Classic Sonic era.