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Quotation1 Opponents becomes out of control for a given time. Quotation2
— Description, Sonic Rush[1]

Confusion[1][2] is an Item Box power-up in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Exclusive to multiplayer, this power-up scrambles an opponent's controls when obtained.

Description

The Item Boxes featuring Confusion have varied in design over the course of the Sonic series.

Confusion is designed specifically for multiplayer gameplay. When the player obtains Confusion, the opposing player's character controls get scrambled, making it harder to steer their character. This way, the player can gain the upper hand against the opponent during matches. After a few moments however, Confusion will wear off.

Game appearances

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

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Confusion made its first appearance in Sonic Advance. In this game, it is referred to as Confusion (混乱[3] Konran?) in Japanese materials. In this game, Boxes that contain Confusion depict a white icon with an orange ripple-like pattern on it.

In gameplay, Confusion only appears in the Race and Chao Hunt multiplayer features in VS Mode. During gameplay in this mode, the boxes cycle through the power-ups available, including Confusion. Whenever the player obtains Confusion, small white and yellow orbs will appear above the opponent for as long as Confusion is in effect.

Sonic Advance 2

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In Sonic Advance 2, Confusion is referred to as Confusion (混乱[4] Konran?) in Japanese materials. In this game, boxes that contain Confusion depict a white icon with an orange ripple-like pattern on it.

In gameplay, Confusion only appears in the Multi-Game Pak Mode multiplayer feature in Multiplayer. During gameplay in this mode, Confusion can be obtained from any box, whose contents rotate between power-ups at a steady pace. Whenever the player obtains Confusion, small white and yellow orbs will appear above the opponent for as long as Confusion is in effect.

Sonic Advance 3

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In Sonic Advance 3, this power-up is called Confusion[5] (混乱 Konran?) in Japanese material. In this game, Boxes that contain Confusion depict an icon with an orange-white twister on it.

In gameplay, Confusion only appears in the game's Multi-Pak Battle multiplayer. During gameplay in this mode, the Boxes cycle through the power-ups available, including Confusion. Whenever the player obtains Confusion, small bubbling green orbs will appear above the opponents for as long as Confusion is in effect. However, if the player opens a Confusion Box while the Box is red and black, then the player will be affected by Confusion instead of their opponent.

Sonic Rush series

Sonic Rush

In Sonic Rush, this power-up is referred to as Confusion.[1] In this game, Item Boxes that contain Confusion depict a red icon with a white exclamation mark on it.

In gameplay, Confusion only appears in Battle Play (the multiplayer mode of Sonic Rush). During gameplay in this mode, Confusion can be obtained from any Item Box, whose contents rotate between power-ups at a steady pace. Whenever the player obtains Confusion, a blue and white speech bubble containing a ripple appears above the opponent for as long as Confusion is in effect.

Sonic Rush Adventure

In Sonic Rush Adventure, this power-up is called Confusion[2] (コンフュジヨン[6] Konfu~yujiyon?). In this game, Item Boxes that contain Confusion depict a red icon with a white exclamation mark on it, like in Sonic Rush.

In gameplay, Confusion only appears in Battle mode (the multiplayer mode of Sonic Rush Adventure). During gameplay in this mode, the Item Boxes cycle through the power-ups available, including Confusion.

Trivia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sonic Rush (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, p. 32.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Rush Adventure (Nintendo DS) United States instruction booklet, p. 32.
  3. (in Japanese) ソニックアドバンス必勝パーフェクトガイド Aspect. February 8 2002. p. 91. ISBN 978-4757209480.
  4. (in Japanese) ソニックアドバンス2公式ガイドブック. Aspect. January 2003. p. 75. ISBN 978-4757209480.
  5. Sonic Advance (Wii U Virtual Console) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 55.
  6. (in Japanese) ソニックラッシュアドベンチャー最強攻略ガイド. Shogakukan. December 2007. p. 18. ISBN 4091063969.
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