Sonic 3 prototype reveals Drop Dash was removed from final game

Sonic 3 Drop Dash prototype Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Recently, the Hidden Palace dove deep into a prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 on Twitch. The prototype revealed quite a bit about the game. Strangely enough, this prototype uses music from the PC version of the game, different level layouts, cut elements from boss battles, and different levels. But most interestingly, this prototype of Sonic 3 features the Drop Dash.

For those who don’t know, the Drop Dash made its official debut in Sonic Mania. Before this move, players would have to stop after jumping on to a platform and charge a Spin Dash to roll forward. Now, with the Drop Dash, players can immediately start rolling once they’ve hit the ground. It is one of the simple new gameplay mechanics Sonic Mania was praised for.

It is unclear why the technique was eventually cut from the final version of Sonic 3. It’s hard to believe Sega already had this concept in mind but never actually used it, instead having their fans reinvent the move on their own for Sonic Mania.

Regardless, we’re glad to have the Drop Dash, even if it took over 20 years to get it.

What do you guys think of this discovery? Are you surprised Sega had already thought of this technique? Let us know what you think!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.