"Sonic 1 we called impressive. Sonic 2 we labeled great. Sonic 3, though, is the best of them all – and deservingly earns the highest score of the trilogy. But we recognize that the issue of its connection to the so-far-unreleased Sonic & Knuckles is a point of contention, and it may make even serious fans want to wait a while before investing 800 Wii Points here. If that's you, we understand. But we're going to give Sonic the benefit of the doubt this time and stand by the quality of Sonic the Hedgehog 3, even as a standalone game. Because compared to the trash he's been involved in lately, just Sonic 3 alone is pure gaming gold."