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:''Not to be confused with [[Bonus Zone]], a Zone in [[Sonic Jump]]''.
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[[File:Bonus Stage title card.png|thumb|220px|Title card for the Bonus Stage in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''.]]
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{{Nihongo|'''Bonus Stages'''<ref>''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive]]) United States instruction booklet, pg. 14.</ref>|ボーナスステージ<ref>''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' ([[Sega Mega Drive]]) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 24.</ref>|Bōnasusutēji}}, also referred as '''Mini Games''', are extra, optional minigames in the games in the [[Sonic the Hedgehog series|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' series]], where the player usually enters a different type of Stage with a different gameplay style. Bonus Stages are usually meant as a place where the player can collect [[Ring]]s, [[point]]s, [[1-Up|extra lives]] or other items when passing through a [[zone]]. In each game, there's different way to enter Bonus Stages as such being transported after collecting certain amount of Rings, finding hidden [[Giant Ring]]s or after passing through the regular Zone. Bonus Stages and their gameplay styles vary between each games, as they have featured many different gimmicks such as [[gumball]]s, [[slot machine]]s and other types of minigames.
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Bonus Stages are not to be confused with [[Special Stage]]s, as the objective of the Special Stages is that the player collects something in order to obtain a [[Chaos Emerald]]s. Regardless, some of the Special Stages have retrained the same role as Bonus Stages in several games.
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==Game appearances==
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===''Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball''===
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{{main|Bonus Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball) (16-bit)|Bonus Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball) (8-bit)}}
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[[File:Trapped-Alive.png|thumb|170px|The first Bonus Stage, "Trapped Alive".]]
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There are four different Bonus Stages in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball]]'', all of which take place inside a regular pinball cabinet. In this game, the player can play three Bonus Stages after passing through the regular levels, as the fourth level only becomes playable if the player has collect all the Rings from the three previous levels. When playing in the Bonus Stages, [[Sonic the Hedgehog|Sonic]] himself can be seen playing the pinball table in the reflection of the windows in the background.
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Each Bonus Stage has its own requirements for gathering more [[point]]s to the total score. When playing, the player has three pinball balls to use during the Bonus Stage. Completing them will rewarded the player with "Rising Jackpot".
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In the 8-bit version of ''Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball'', there are different three different Bonus Stages which the player can enter in the same manner as in the 16-bit counterpart game. Here, however, Sonic appears the pinball sections and is able to find treasure boxes with points, [[Ring]]s, [[1-Up|extra lives]] and [[Continue]]s.
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===''Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles''===
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{{main|Bonus Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles)}}
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[[File:Gumball-Machine.png|thumb|Gumball Machine type of Bonus Stage.]]
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''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' and its add-on continuation ''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]'' have three different Bonus Stages, which the player can enter via a [[Star Post]] when having a certain number of Rings in hand. While ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3'' only features one type of Bonus Stage and ''Sonic & Knuckles'' features two, the locked-on version of the game, ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles'' features all three Bonus Stages. Each Bonus Stage's gameplay and purpose are different. Sometimes, if this stage is accessed by a glitch, rather than saying "Bonus stage", the title card will say "Dolius Stage" instead.
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===''Sonic Labyrinth''===
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{{main|Bonus Stage (Sonic Labyrinth)}}
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In ''[[Sonic Labyrinth]]'', a hidden Bonus Stage can be entered by finding the closed door with "BONUS" mark on it in [[Labyrinth of the Sea]]. The player has to enter a [[cannon]] to be launched into the direction where the door is located. After entering the Bonus Stage, the player can collect a huge amount of [[Ring]]s within 30 seconds, where each Ring adds 25 Rings to the score. After clearing the Bonus Stage, the player obtains the sixth [[Chaos Emerald]] and can clear the game with the good ending.
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===''Knuckles' Chaotix''===
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{{main|Bonus Stage (Knuckles' Chaotix)}}
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[[File:Endless Void Bonus Stage.png|thumb|Knuckles in a Bonus Stage.]]
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In ''[[Knuckles' Chaotix]]'', there are hidden [[Giant Ring]]s set around in each [[Stage]] which can transport the player into the Bonus Stage if he/she possesses 20 [[Ring]]s. Here, the player gets transported into a different dimension that serve as the Bonus Stage, which Combi partner does not appear in. In these Bonus Stages, the player falls down an endless void where numerous power-up boxes float around. By touching certain power-up boxes, the player can collect Rings and points. If running out of Rings or hitting an [[Goal (obstacle)|Exit]] box, however, the player is send out of the Bonus Stage.
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===''Sonic Advance 3''===
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{{main|Mini-Games (Sonic Advance 3)}}
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In ''[[Sonic Advance 3]]'', there are two types of minigames available, which the player can participate in by finding [[Transporter]]s within each [[Zone Map]]. In the first minigame, the player has to press one of the five switches that lights up on a large [[capsule]] as quickly as possible to earn as many points as possible, and in the second minigame, the player has to destroy all enemies within the area. Depending on how long it takes the player to complete these minigames, the player is rewarded with a certain number of [[1-Up|extra lives]].
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===''Sonic Runners Adventure''===
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{{main|Bonus level}}
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[[File:Srabonusstage.jpg|thumb|Espio in a Bonus level.]]
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In ''[[Sonic Runners Adventure]]'', Bonus levels are extra levels where the player can obtain additional [[ring]]s. These levels can be entered by collecting a [[Bonus item]] and then finishing the level in which it was found. In each Bonus level, the playable character flies through an obstacle-free space for a short time, during which they can pick up Rings from various clusters.
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===''Sonic Mania''===
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{{main|Bonus Stage (Sonic Mania)|Pinball Stage}}
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[[File:SMSpSt8.png|thumb|Sonic in a Bonus Stage.]]
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The Bonus Stages return in ''[[Sonic Mania]]'', where they can be accessed in the same as they as with ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]''. They are functionally identical to the [[Special Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles)|Special Stages]] from ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3'', ''[[Sonic & Knuckles]]'' and ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles]]'', requiring the player traverse a small spherical planet, collecting blue [[sphere]]s and Rings while avoiding red spheres. Unlike previous Bonus Stages, the award for successful completion of a Bonus Stage in ''Sonic Mania'' is a medallion (silver for completion and gold for a [[Perfect Bonus|"Perfect"]] completion).
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In the Encore Mode DLC of ''[[Sonic Mania Plus]]'', the Bonus Stages resemble pinball machines. In these stages, players can choose prizes from a machine resembling the [[Combi Catcher]] from ''[[Knuckles' Chaotix]]''. Acquiring items such as the [[Flame Shield]] grants the player the ability to use the item during their playthrough. This is the same for acquiring other characters to the player's party. Collecting a [[Doctor Eggman (Classic Sonic's world)|Eggman]]-shaped bomb grants the player nothing.
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==Trivia==
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[[File:Scd Sega Summer Catalogue 1992 Cropped.jpg|thumb|The only known picture of the level. Note the slot reel, "R" and "U" panels, and the rest of the level below Sonic.]]
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*On a single screenshot of ''1992 Sega Summer Catalogue'' it is shown that there was originally meant to be labyrinthine levels in ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog CD]]'', which could possibly be scraped [[Bonus Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog CD)|Bonus Stages]]. These levels are somewhat reminiscent of [[Special Stage (Sonic the Hedgehog) (16-bit)|Special Stages]] from the original ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]''.
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*''[[Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball|Sonic the Hedgehog]] [[Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (8-bit)|Spinball]]'', ''[[Sonic Labyrinth]]'' and ''[[Sonic Runners Adventure]]'' are the only ''Sonic'' games that have Bonus Stages but not Special Stages.
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*Certain [[Special Stage]]s in [[Sonic the Hedgehog series|''Sonic the Hedgehog'' series]] do not focus on finding Chaos Emeralds, but rather to collect points, Rings, extra lives and Continues like in the Bonus Stage. Few examples include from the 8-bit version of ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' and ''[[Sonic Blast]]'' (if the player enters the Special Stage in the first act of the [[Zone]]) and ''[[Sonic Heroes]]'' (if the player decides to enter the Bonus Challenge).
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==References==
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{{Reflist}}
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{{Bonus Stage Navbox}}
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[[Category:Bonus Stages|*]]
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[[Category:Game stages]]

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Not to be confused with Bonus Zone, a Zone in Sonic Jump.
Bonus Stage title card

Title card for the Bonus Stage in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Bonus Stages[1] (ボーナスステージ[2] Bōnasusutēji?), also referred as Mini Games, are extra, optional minigames in the games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, where the player usually enters a different type of Stage with a different gameplay style. Bonus Stages are usually meant as a place where the player can collect Rings, points, extra lives or other items when passing through a zone. In each game, there's different way to enter Bonus Stages as such being transported after collecting certain amount of Rings, finding hidden Giant Rings or after passing through the regular Zone. Bonus Stages and their gameplay styles vary between each games, as they have featured many different gimmicks such as gumballs, slot machines and other types of minigames.

Bonus Stages are not to be confused with Special Stages, as the objective of the Special Stages is that the player collects something in order to obtain a Chaos Emeralds. Regardless, some of the Special Stages have retrained the same role as Bonus Stages in several games.

Game appearancesEdit

Sonic the Hedgehog SpinballEdit

Trapped-Alive

The first Bonus Stage, "Trapped Alive".

There are four different Bonus Stages in Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, all of which take place inside a regular pinball cabinet. In this game, the player can play three Bonus Stages after passing through the regular levels, as the fourth level only becomes playable if the player has collect all the Rings from the three previous levels. When playing in the Bonus Stages, Sonic himself can be seen playing the pinball table in the reflection of the windows in the background.

Each Bonus Stage has its own requirements for gathering more points to the total score. When playing, the player has three pinball balls to use during the Bonus Stage. Completing them will rewarded the player with "Rising Jackpot".

In the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, there are different three different Bonus Stages which the player can enter in the same manner as in the 16-bit counterpart game. Here, however, Sonic appears the pinball sections and is able to find treasure boxes with points, Rings, extra lives and Continues.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & KnucklesEdit

Gumball-Machine

Gumball Machine type of Bonus Stage.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and its add-on continuation Sonic & Knuckles have three different Bonus Stages, which the player can enter via a Star Post when having a certain number of Rings in hand. While Sonic the Hedgehog 3 only features one type of Bonus Stage and Sonic & Knuckles features two, the locked-on version of the game, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles features all three Bonus Stages. Each Bonus Stage's gameplay and purpose are different. Sometimes, if this stage is accessed by a glitch, rather than saying "Bonus stage", the title card will say "Dolius Stage" instead.

Sonic LabyrinthEdit

In Sonic Labyrinth, a hidden Bonus Stage can be entered by finding the closed door with "BONUS" mark on it in Labyrinth of the Sea. The player has to enter a cannon to be launched into the direction where the door is located. After entering the Bonus Stage, the player can collect a huge amount of Rings within 30 seconds, where each Ring adds 25 Rings to the score. After clearing the Bonus Stage, the player obtains the sixth Chaos Emerald and can clear the game with the good ending.

Knuckles' ChaotixEdit

Endless Void Bonus Stage

Knuckles in a Bonus Stage.

In Knuckles' Chaotix, there are hidden Giant Rings set around in each Stage which can transport the player into the Bonus Stage if he/she possesses 20 Rings. Here, the player gets transported into a different dimension that serve as the Bonus Stage, which Combi partner does not appear in. In these Bonus Stages, the player falls down an endless void where numerous power-up boxes float around. By touching certain power-up boxes, the player can collect Rings and points. If running out of Rings or hitting an Exit box, however, the player is send out of the Bonus Stage.

Sonic Advance 3Edit

In Sonic Advance 3, there are two types of minigames available, which the player can participate in by finding Transporters within each Zone Map. In the first minigame, the player has to press one of the five switches that lights up on a large capsule as quickly as possible to earn as many points as possible, and in the second minigame, the player has to destroy all enemies within the area. Depending on how long it takes the player to complete these minigames, the player is rewarded with a certain number of extra lives.

Sonic Runners AdventureEdit

Main article: Bonus level
Srabonusstage

Espio in a Bonus level.

In Sonic Runners Adventure, Bonus levels are extra levels where the player can obtain additional rings. These levels can be entered by collecting a Bonus item and then finishing the level in which it was found. In each Bonus level, the playable character flies through an obstacle-free space for a short time, during which they can pick up Rings from various clusters.

Sonic ManiaEdit

SMSpSt8

Sonic in a Bonus Stage.

The Bonus Stages return in Sonic Mania, where they can be accessed in the same as they as with Sonic the Hedgehog 3. They are functionally identical to the Special Stages from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, requiring the player traverse a small spherical planet, collecting blue spheres and Rings while avoiding red spheres. Unlike previous Bonus Stages, the award for successful completion of a Bonus Stage in Sonic Mania is a medallion (silver for completion and gold for a "Perfect" completion).

In the Encore Mode DLC of Sonic Mania Plus, the Bonus Stages resemble pinball machines. In these stages, players can choose prizes from a machine resembling the Combi Catcher from Knuckles' Chaotix. Acquiring items such as the Flame Shield grants the player the ability to use the item during their playthrough. This is the same for acquiring other characters to the player's party. Collecting a Eggman-shaped bomb grants the player nothing.

TriviaEdit

Scd Sega Summer Catalogue 1992 Cropped

The only known picture of the level. Note the slot reel, "R" and "U" panels, and the rest of the level below Sonic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) United States instruction booklet, pg. 14.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Mega Drive) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 24.
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