The Continue Monitor[1] (コンティニュー[2] Kontinyū?, lit. "Continue") is a video monitor power-up that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. When obtained, it grants a Continue.


The video monitors that serve as Continue Monitors have the word "CONT" written on their black screen in white.

When breaking open a Continue Monitor, the player receives a Continue. As such, in case the player loses all of their lives, the Continue will let them start a level over with three extra lives once.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)

The Continue Monitors made their first appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit). In this game, they only appear in the Special Stages.

Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball (8-bit)

In the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, the Continue Monitors made a return. In this game, they are featured as hidden objects in small chambers in the corners of each level.


  • An otherwise unused, but fully functional Continue Monitor also appears in the 8-bit Sonic the Hedgehog 2, but it is locked in a wall so it is impossible to get without cheat codes.


  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Game Gear) United States instruction booklet, p. 11.
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Game Gear) Japanese instruction booklet, pg. 16.
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