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Quotation1 Smash item boxes to get items. Quotation2
— Description, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

The Item Box[1] (アイテムボックス[2] Aitemu Bokkusu?), also referred to as the Video Monitor[3] (アイテムボックス[4] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"), Monitor[5] (アイテムボックス[6] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"), Item Capsule[7] and TV[8] (アイテムボックス[9] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"), is an object that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Having been featured frequently in the series since the very beginning, Item Boxes contain various kinds of power-ups or bonuses which can be used by the player. Placed on the ground, in mid-air or even hidden in different places in the various levels, the player can open Item Boxes in order to obtain their power-ups.

Description

Monitor

The Item Boxes' classic "monitor" design.

The appearance of Item Boxes has changed on several occasions throughout the Sonic series. In the early games of the series, they took the form of gray and rectangular/cubic television monitors with the icon of the power-up contained inside shown on said monitors' black screens. Even though they were replaced in later games, classic monitor Item Boxes have made appearances in recent games, mostly in those that feature 2.5D gameplay, such as Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, II and Metal, and Classic Sonic's levels in Sonic Generations and Sonic Forces. Otherwise, since Sonic Adventure, modern Item Boxes were designed to look like ellipsoid glass capsules with a red cap on the top and an icon inside them that identifies the power-up they contain. In games such as Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Lost World, the appearance of modern Item Boxes has been simplified so that they resemble round glass capsules with red top and bottom covers.

Located in levels, Item Boxes are usually placed on the ground. However, they can also be hidden in a level's environment (i.e. in palm trees). They can also be found suspended in midair, particularly those designed without a base. In some games, when a classic monitor Item Box is hidden in the air (like when hidden in palm trees) or stuck to the ceiling, striking it from below will cause it to fall to the ground.

Item Box Adventure 1

A modern Item Box as it appears in Sonic Adventure.

A classic monitor Item Box can be broken from directly above or from the sides with different attacks. This usually involves the player having to Spin Jump onto them, roll into them with the Spin Attack or Spin Dash, or attack them with similar ground-bound or aerial attacks. The Homing Attack can also target and break Item Boxes the same way it targets and destroys enemies. Certain playable characters can also use weapons to break Item Boxes. In several 3D games and certain 2D games since Sonic Adventure however, the modern glass capsule Item Boxes can be broken by simply touching them. After breaking open an Item Box, the icon that is seen in the Item Box will pop out and the player receives the power-up or item. Once an Item Box is broken, it will remain as such until the player loses a life or starts the level over.

If the player holds the jump button while destroying a classic monitor Item Box from above, the playable character will bounce back as if they hit a Badnik; that is, the longer the distance the player falls onto the classic monitor Item Box, the higher the higher will bounce back up. The player can land normally on the Item Box, if the playable character does not perform a Spin Jump or any other variations of the move.

In the classic Sonic games, there is a brief delay between the moments where the player breaks the Item Box and when the player receives the power-up. For example, if the player gets a Shield or Invincible item, it is still possible for the player to take damage before the power-up's effect is received.

The usage of Item Boxes has varied considerably through the series, being present in most 2D as well as 3D titles until Sonic Unleashed and its succeeding Boost-style games, in which they were replaced with different methods of getting power-ups, such as floating Super Rings and 1-Ups, which can be obtained by simply touching them. Despite this, Item Boxes continue to appear as a semi-regular feature in the series.

Game appearances

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

Statictv
It makes sure that you don't lose them.

Super Ring and Invincibility Video Monitors as they first appear in Sonic the Hedgehog (1991).

The Item Box first appeared in the original 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, where it is called the Video Monitor[3] (アイテムボックス[4] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, the Video Monitors are presented as simple, gray cubic televisions with a base below them, a red button on their lower left, and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Video Monitor contains.

In gameplay, the Video Monitors can only be opened by attacking them. The Video Monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
InvincibleStH16Bit
Invincible[3] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[4] N/A
Extra life 01
One-Up[3] 1 up[4] N/A
SpeedBootsStH1
Power Sneakers[3] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[4] N/A
Shield
Shield[3] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[4] N/A
Monitor classic
Super Ring[3] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[4] N/A
Tv super
"S" N/A An unused S Video Monitor hidden in the game's files. It is only viewable via hacking and does nothing in gameplay.
Tv goggles
N/A N/A An unused Video Monitor hidden in the game's files. This power-up's purpose is unknown and its functionality was not programmed into the final game; it can only be implemented through hacking and does nothing. In the 2013 remake of the game though, this power-up can be placed in Debug Mode, where it behaves like the Shield, but only underwater.
Tv eggman
N/A N/A An unused Video Monitor hidden in the game's files.
Statictv
N/A N/A Only available in Debug Mode. The Video Monitor itself is non-functional.

Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)

ItemboxStH8-bit

In the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Item Box is referred to as the video monitor[10] (アイテムボックス[11] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, they look like basic, gray cubic television sets with a base below them and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the video monitor contains.

In gameplay, the video monitors can only be opened by attacking them. The video monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name
English Japanese
Arrow Monitor
Arrow Monitor[12] Point Marker (ポイントマーカー Pointomākā?)[13]
Continue
Continue Monitor[14] Continue (コンティニュー Kontinyū?)[13]
InvincibleStH8Bit
Invincible[10] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[13]
OneUpStH1GG
One-Up[10] 1 up[11]
PowerSneakersStH1GG
Power Sneakers[10] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[11]
ShieldStH1GG
Shield[10] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[13]
SuperRingStH1GG
Super Ring[10] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[11]

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit)

Static
Why need shield if I can pass this zone so easily

An Item Box that contains Shield in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

In the 16-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Item Box is referred to as the monitor[15] (アイテムボックス[16] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box") and is said to contain "Super Items".[15] In the multiplayer mode of the game however, the monitors are referred to as Item Boxes.[17] In this game, they appear as gray cubic television sets with a base below them, a red button on their lower right, and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the monitor contains.

In gameplay, the monitors can only be opened by attacking them. As well as that, the player can hit a monitor suspended in the air from below in order to make it drop to the ground, but it can also crush the player. Also, in multiplayer mode, each of the players has a chance to win the round depending on how many monitors they break. Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 features identical monitor power-ups as well. The Monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
InvincibleStH216Bit
Invincible[15] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[16] N/A
S2 Sprite 1UpSonic
S2 Sprite 1UpTails
OneUpKnucklesStH216Bit
One-Up[15] 1 up[16] N/A
PowerSneakersStH216Bit
Power Sneakers[15] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[16] N/A
ShieldStH216Bit
Shield[15] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[16] N/A
SuperRingStH216Bit
Super Ring[15] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[16] N/A
Teleport Monitor
Teleporter[17] Teleportation (テレポテーション Terepotēshon?)[18] Only available in 2P mode. Can be placed in main game using Debug Mode.
Random
N/A Only available in 2P mode. Noticeably, all monitors in 2P mode feature the "?" power-up. Also, in Options, the player can toggle the behavior of the "?" monitors to either grant all the power-ups in the game or grant Teleporter only.
RobotnikStH216Bit
N/A Eggman Mark (エッグマンマーク?)[18] Only available in 2P mode.
Static
N/A N/A An unused monitor hidden in the game's files.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)

ItemboxStH28bit

In the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the Item Box is referred to as the Monitor[5] (アイテムボックス[6] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, their design is again that of a cubic television with a base below them and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Monitor contains.

In gameplay, Monitors appear more generally and can only be opened by attacking them. The Monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
OneUpStH2GG
1-Up[19] 1up[20] N/A
InvincibleStH28Bit
Invincibility[5] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[20] N/A
PowerSneakersStH2GG
Power Sneakers[5] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?) The Sega Master System version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 contains a single Power Sneakers power-up in Aqua Lake Zone Act 2, which is removed and replaced with a Super Ring in the Sega Game Gear version.
SuperRingStH2GG
Super Ring[5] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[6] N/A
QuestionMarkStH2GG
N/A N/A An unused Monitor hidden in the game's files.
MarkerStH2GG
N/A N/A An unused Monitor hidden in the game's files.
ContinueStH2GG
N/A A Continue Monitor exists in Crystal Egg Zone. However, it is masked by foreground scenery so the image is never seen.
Grey Speed Shoes
N/A N/A An unused Monitor hidden in the game's files.

Sonic the Hedgehog CD

ItemboxCD

In Sonic the Hedgehog CD, the Item Box is referred to as the monitor[21] (アイテムボックス[22] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box") again. In this game, they appear as gray cubic television sets with a base below them, a red button on their lower left, and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the monitor contains.

In gameplay, monitors appear normally and can only be opened by attacking them. Also, in the game's Special Stages, if the player blows up one of the UFOs, the player will sometimes receive certain monitor power-ups. The monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
OneUpStHCD
1-Up[21] 1 up[22] N/A
InvincibleStHCD
Invincible[21] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[22] N/A
PowerSneakersStHCD
Power Sneakers[21] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[22] N/A
ShieldStHCD
Shield[21] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[22] N/A
SuperRingStHCD
Super Ring[21] Ring 10 (リング10 Ringu 10?)[22] N/A
S Monitor in CD
"S" N/A An unused monitor hidden in the game's files. Gives Sonic Invincibility and Power Sneakers (the latter's music will play when opened).
BlueRingStHCD
N/A N/A An unused monitor hidden in the game's files. The monitor itself is non-functional. Opening it plays the Goal Post sound effect.
TimeBonusStHCD
N/A N/A An unused monitor hidden in the game's files. It has no effect other than freezing certain level elements (animation, etc.) when opened.

Sonic Chaos

ItemboxChaos
And so the life gets easier...only for several seconds

A video monitor containing the Rocket Shoes in Sonic Chaos.

In Sonic Chaos, the Item Box is referred to as the video monitor[23] (アイテムボックス[24] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, their design is again that of a cubic television with a base below them and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the video monitor contains.

In gameplay, the video monitors can only be opened by attacking them. The video monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
ExtraLife1SChaos
ExtraLife2SChaos
Extra Life[23] 1UP[24] N/A
InvincibleSChaos
Invincible[23] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[24] N/A
PowerRingSChaos
N/A Speed Shoes (スピードシューズ Supīdoshūzu?)[24] N/A
RocketShoesSChaos
Rocket Shoes[23] Rocket Shoes (ロケットシューズ Rokettoshūzu?)[24] N/A
SuperRingSChaos
Super Ring[23] 10 Ring (10リング 10 Ringu?)[24] N/A
Time Stop
N/A Time Stop (タイムストップ Taimu Sutoppu?)[24] Only available in Special Stages.

Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball

In the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, Item Boxes are featured as hidden objects in small chambers in the corners of each level. In gameplay, Item Boxes can only be opened by attacking them. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game include extra lives and continues. There are also certain Item Boxes with the Japanese kanji for "look" (見る Miru?) on them. These variants contain hints to secret codes that can be used in the game.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles

ItemboxS3&K
You got the all.

Monitors with almost all the power-ups in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and the lock-on version Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, the Item Box is referred to as the monitor[25][26] (アイテムボックス[27][28] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box") and is said to contain "Sonic Power Ups" in Western instruction booklets,[25] although they do not explicitly name the objects said power-ups come from. In these games, the monitors have a slightly different design. Rather than resembling cubic television sets, they look like light gray Macintosh Color Classics with a red, blue and yellow button on their lower half, right above the disk drive. However, they retain the static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the monitor contains.

In gameplay, the monitors can only be opened when attacked. The monitor power-ups featured in these games are as follows

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
Extra Life
One-UpTailsStH3
One-UpKnucklesStH3
1-Up[29] 1UP[27] N/A
Fire Shield Thumb
Flame Shield[25] Flame Barrier (フレイムバリア Fureimubaria?)[27] N/A
Sonic 3 Stars
Invincibility[25] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[27] N/A
Electric Shield Thumb
Lightning Shield[29] Thunder Barrier (サンダーバリア Sandābaria?)[27] N/A
Robotnik
Robotnik[29] N/A
Sonic 3 Ring
Super Ring[25] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[27] N/A
Bubble Shield Thumb
Water Shield[25] Aqua Barrier (アクアバリア Akuabaria?)[27] N/A
Speed Shoes
Super Shoes[26] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[27] N/A
Smonitor
SStH3
"S" N/A Only available in Debug Mode.

In addition to the monitors appearing normally in gameplay, the player can make a monitor pop out of the ground if they make the Goal Plate fall down in a certain spot. This monitor will contain either a Super Ring or one of the three elemental shields. Also, when the player enters the first and second Bonus Stages, the power-ups from Single Player mode can be collected from multiple colored floating orbs.

The Competition Mode features different kinds of power-ups, which include Super Shoes, Slow-Down Shoes, Rings, Bananas, Self-Propelled Bombs, Springs and Changes. Competition Mode does not feature monitors, as the power-ups are collected immediately from small bubbles.

Sonic Drift series

Sonic Drift

In Sonic Drift, the Item Boxes resemble cubic television sets with a base below them and a full-colored screen that indicates the type of power-up they contain.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes appear along the racetracks and are obtained once the playable characters make contact with them. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name
English Japanese
High-Speed
N/A High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[30]
Invincibility-Muteki
N/A Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[30]

Sonic Drift 2

In Sonic Drift 2, like in Sonic Drift, the Item Boxes resemble cubic television sets with a base below them and a full-colored screen that indicates the type of power-up they contain.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes appear along the racetracks and are obtained once the playable characters make contact with them. However, to utilize an Item Box's effects in this game, the player has to press up on Controlpadds after obtaining said Item Box power-up. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name
English Japanese
DashboxDrift2
Dash[31] Dash Box (ダッシュBOX) Dasshu bokkusu?)[32]
MutekiboxDrift2
Invincible[31] Invincible Box (無敵BOX Muteki bokkusu?)[32]
Drift 2 YellowMonitor
Jump[31] Jump Box (ジャンプBOX Janpu bokkusu?)[32]
Drift 2 BlackMonitor
Mine[31] Mine Box (機雷BOX Kirai bokkusu?)[32]

Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble

Rocket Shoes
Yeah, time to fly!

A Rocket Shoes monitor in Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble.

In Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, the Item Box is referred to as the monitor[33] (アイテム[34] Aitemu?, lit. "Item"). In this game, their design is again that of a cubic television with a base below them and a screen that displays the icon of the power-up the monitor contains.

In gameplay, the monitors can only be opened by attacking them. The monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
One-UpSonicSTripleTrouble
One-UpTailsSTripleTrouble
1-UP[33] 1UP[35] N/A
Chaos Emerald Item Box
Chaos Emerald[33] Warp Gate (ワープゲート Wāpugēto?)[35] Only available in the first and second Acts of a Zone.
InvincibleSTripleTrouble
Invincibility[33] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[35] N/A
Tailsmonitor
Hyper Heli-Tails[36] High Speed Heli-Tails (ハイスピードヘリテール Haisupīdoheritēru?)[37] Only available to Tails.
Snowboard Game Gear
Jet Board[38] Snowboard (スノーボード Sunōbōdo?)[34] Only available in Robotnik Winter Zone for Sonic.
MarkerTripleTrouble
Marker[36] Marker (マーカー Mākā?)[35] N/A
Pogo Spring
Pogo Spring[38] Hopping (ホッピング Hoppingu?)[34] N/A
PowerSneakersSTripleTrouble
Power Sneakers[33] High Speed Shoes (ハイスピードシューズ Haisupīdoshūzu?)[37] N/A
Screw Shoes
Propeller Shoes[38] Screw Shoes (スクリューシューズ Sukuryūshūzu?)[37] Only available in Tidal Plant Zone for Sonic.
Rocket Shoes
Rocket Shoes[38] Rocket Shoes (ロケットシューズ Rokettoshūzu?)[37] Only available to Sonic.
SuperRingSTripleTrouble
Super Ring[33] 10 Ring (10リング 10 Ringu?)[35] N/A
Time
Time Bonus[36] Time (タイム Taimu?)[35] Only available in platforming Special Stages.

Knuckles' Chaotix

ItemboxChaotix

In Knuckles' Chaotix, the Item Box is referred to as the Monitor[39] (アイテムボックス[40] Aitemu Bokkusu??, lit. "Item Box") yet again. In this game, they appear as gray cubic television sets with a wide base below them, a red button and two black buttons on their lower edge, and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Monitor contains.

In gameplay, the player can only obtain the power-up inside a Monitor by attacking it. The Monitor power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
Change-Animated
Change[39] Change (チェンジ Chenji?)[41] N/A
CombiCatcherKnucklesChaotic
Combi Catcher[42] Combi (コンビ Konbi?)[43] Only available in Bonus Stages.
Combine Ring
Combine Ring[39] Combine Ring (コンバインリング Konbainringu?)[40] N/A
Grow
Grow[39] Big (ビッグ Biggu?)[44] N/A
InvincibleChaotix
Invincible[39] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[44] N/A
PowerSneakersKnucklesChaotic
Power Sneakers[39] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[44] N/A
ShieldKnucklesChaotic
Shield[39] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[44] N/A
Shrink
Shrink[39] Small (スモール Sumōru?)[44] N/A
StageSelectKnucklesChaotic
Stage Select[45] Slot (スロット Surotto?)[43] Only available in Bonus Stages.
SuperRingKnucklesChaotic
Super Ring[39] Ring 10 (リング10 Ringu 10?)[40] N/A
Swap
Swap[39] Swap (スワップ Suwappu?)[41] N/A
Unused1KnucklesChaotic
N/A N/A An unused Monitor hidden in the game's files.
Unused2KnucklesChaotic
N/A N/A An unused Monitor hidden in the game's files.

Tails Adventure

In Tails Adventure, the Item Box does not appear as a gameplay element in the levels. Instead, one can be seen it in the upper left corner of gameplay HUD, where it shows the amount of Rings that player has.

Sonic 3D Blast

Itembox3DBlast
I'm going to gold now.

A Gold Shield TV in Sonic 3D Blast.

In Sonic 3D Blast, the Item Box is referred to as the TV.[46] In this game, the TVs are featured in an isometric perspective and are presented as gray cubic television sets with a base below them and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the TV contains.

In gameplay, the TVs can only be opened by attacking them. The TV power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name
English Japanese
BlueShieldS3DBlast
Blue Shield[46] Blue Barrier (ブルーバリア Burūbaria?)[47]
ExtraLifeS3DBlast
Extra Life[46] Sonic 1UP (ソニック1UP Sonikku 1UP?)[47]
Gold Shield
Gold Shield[46] Gold Barrier (ゴールドバリア Gōrudobaria?)[47]
RedShieldS3DBlast
Red Shield[46] Red Barrier (レッドバリア Reddobaria?)[47]
S3DInvincibleSprite
N/A Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[47]
PowerSneakersS3DBlast
N/A High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[47]
SuperRingS3DBlast
N/A 10 Rings (リング10コ Ringu 10 ko?)[47]

Sonic Blast

RandomBlast

In Sonic Blast, the Item Box is referred to as the TV[8] (アイテムボックス[9] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, the TVs are once more presented as gray cubic television sets with a base beneath them and a screen that displays the icon of the power-up the TV contains.

In gameplay, the TVs can only be opened by attacking them. The TV power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
KnucklesTVBlast
Extra Life[48] Knuckles 1up (ナックルズ1up Nakkuruzu 1up?)[49] Sonic gets nothing when opening this TV.
SonicTVBlast
Extra Life[48] Sonic 1up (ソニック1up Sonikku 1up?)[49] Knuckles gets nothing when opening this TV.
ShieldBlast
Shield[8] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[49] N/A
ShoesBlast
Shoes[8] Speed Boots (スピードブーツ Supīdobūtsu?)[49] N/A
RandomBlast
N/A ???[49] N/A
RingTVBlast
N/A 10 Ring (10リング 10 Ringu?)[49] N/A
EggmanTVBlast
N/A Eggman (エッグマン Eggman?)[49] N/A
InvincibilityBlast
N/A Invincible (ムテキ Muteki?) N/A
MarkerBlast
N/A Marker (マーカー Mākā?)[49] N/A

Sonic Jam

In Sonic Jam, the Item Box is referred to as the Secret Card in-game. In this game, they use their design from Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, making them resemble light grey (and flat) rectangular devices with a button on their lower half and a video screen on their upper half.

In gameplay, Secret Cards appear briefly as hidden objects in Sonic World. These Secret Cards included cheat codes and major information from the Sonic games featured in the game's compilation.

Sonic Adventure

Adventure Light Speed Attack

Sonic using the Light Speed Attack to break Item Boxes and robots.

In Sonic Adventure and its remake Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[1] (アイテムボックス[2] Aitemu Bokkusu?). In this game, rather than resembling computer/TV monitors, the Item Boxes were redesigned to resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom and the rotating icon of the Item Boxes' power-up floating inside them. This makes them visible from more angles, and would be a design shared with future 3D Sonic titles.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can be opened when touched by the playable character. Also, if the player is using Sonic, he can target the Item Boxes with his Homing Attack. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
5 Rings[1] 5 Ring (5リング 5 Ringu?)[2]
Monitor Sonic Adventure 10 Rings[1] 10 Ring (10リング 10 Ringu?)[2]
N/A Explosion (エクスプロージョン Ekusupurōjon?)[50]
Extra Life[1] 1UP[2]
High-Speed Shoes[1] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[2]
Invincibility[1] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[2]
Magnetic Shield[1] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[2]
Random Rings[1] Random Ring (ランダムリング Randamu ringu?)[2]
Shield[1] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[2]

Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure

ItemboxPocketAdventure

In Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, the power-up container is referred to as the item box[51] (アイテムボックス[52] Aitemu Bokkusu?). In this game, their design is again that of a cubic television with a base below them and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the item box contains.

In gameplay, the item boxes can only be opened by attacking them. The item box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name
English Japanese
OneUpSPocketAdventure
1UP[51] 1UP[52]
InvincibleSPocketAdventure
Invincible Protect[51] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[52]
PowerSneakersSPocketAdventure
Power-Sneakers[51] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[52]
ShieldSPocketAdventure
Shield[51] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[52]
SuperRingSPocketAdventure
Super Ring[51] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[52]

Sonic Adventure 2

Item Box Adventure 2

An Item Box in Sonic Adventure 2.

In Sonic Adventure 2 and its remake Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[53] (アイテムボックス[54] Aitemu Bokkusu?). In this game, the Item Boxes resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom and the icon of the Item Boxes' power-up floating inside them. Sonic Adventure 2 also introduces the Floating Item Boxes, variants of the Item Boxes which resemble red balloons.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can be opened when touched by the playable character. Also, the player can target the Item Boxes with the Homing Attack. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
Sa2 item box ring 5 5 Rings[53] 5 Ring (5リング 5 Ringu?)[54]
Sa2 item box ring 10 10 Rings[53] 10 Ring (10リング 10 Ringu?)[54]
Sa2 item box ring 20 20 Rings[53] 20 Ring (20リング 20 Ringu?)[54]
Sa2 item box bomb Bomb[53] Explosion (エクスプロージョン Ekusupurōjon?)[54]
Sa2 item box extra-life Extra Life[53] 1UP[54]
Sa2 item box health Health[53] Life (ライフ Raifu?)[54]
Sa2 item box speed shoes High-Speed Shoes[53] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[54]
Sa2 item box invincibility Invincibility[53] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[54]
Sa2 item box shield magnetic Magnetic Shield[53] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[54]
Sa2 item box shield Shield[53] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[54]
Sa2 item box blank N/A N/A

Sonic Advance series

Sonic Advance

ItemboxSAdvance

In Sonic Advance, the Item Box is referred to as the box[55] (アイテムボックス[56] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, they are presented as hexagon-shaped blue capsules with a red cap on the top and bottom and the icon of the power-up the box contains emblazoned on the front.

In gameplay, the boxes can only be opened by attacking them. Additionally, in a VS Race, the boxes rotate between power-ups at a steady pace, while in Chao Hunt, boxes containing set items appear throughout the level, disappearing if nobody breaks them after enough time has passed. The box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
ItemboxSAdvance
5 Rings[55] 5 Ring (5リング 5 Ringu?)[56] N/A
TenRingSAdvance
10 Rings[55] 10 Ring (10リング 10 Ringu?)[56] N/A
RandomRingSAdvance
? Rings[55] Random Ring (ランダムリング Randamu ringu?)[56] N/A
BarrierSAdvance
Barrier[55] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[57] N/A
ExtraTrySonicSAdvance
ExtraTryTailsSAdvance
ExtraTryKnucklesSAdvance
ExtraTryAmySAdvance
Extra Try[55] 1up[57] N/A
InvincibleSAdvance
Invincible[55] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[55] N/A
MagneticBarrierSAdvance
Magnetic Barrier[55] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[57] N/A
SpeedShoesSAdvance
Speed Boots[55] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[56] N/A
BlindSAdvance
N/A Blind (ブラインド Buraindo?)[58] Only available in VS Chao Hunt.
BrakeSAdvance
N/A Brake (ブレーキ Burēki?)[58] Only available in VS Race.
ConfusionSAdvance
N/A Confusion (混乱 Konran?)[58] Only available in VS Race and Chao Hunt.
TransparencySAdvance
N/A Transparency (透明 Tōmei?)[58] Only available in VS Chao Hunt.
WarpSAdvance
N/A Warp (ワープ Wāpu?)[58] Only available in VS Race.

Sonic Advance 2

ItemboxSAdvance2

In Sonic Advance 2, the Item Box is referred to as the box[59] (アイテムボックス[60] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box") again, and are said to contain "Special Items'.[59] In this game, they are presented as round and blue capsules with a red cap on the top and bottom and the icon of the power-up the box contains emblazoned on the front.

In gameplay, the boxes can be opened by simply touching them with the playable character. In addition, in Multiplayer (the multiplayer mode of Sonic Advance 2), the boxes rotate between power-ups at a steady pace. The box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
OneUpSonicSAdvance2
OneUpTailsSAdvance2
OneUpKnucklesSAdvance2
OneUpAmySAdvance2
OneUpCreamSAdvance2
1-Up[59] 1UP[60] N/A
FiveRingBonusSAdvance2
5 Ring Bonus[59] 5 Ring Bonus (5リングボーナス 5 Ringubōnasu?)[61] N/A
ItemboxSAdvance2
10 Ring Bonus[59] 10 Ring Bonus (10リングボーナス 10 Ringubōnasu?)[61] N/A
RandomRingBonusSAdvance2
Random Ring Bonus[59] Random Ring Bonus (ランダムリングボーナス Randamuringubōnasu?)[61] N/A
InvincibleSAdvance2
Invincibility[59] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[60] N/A
MaximumSpeedSAdvance2
Maximum Speed[59] MAX Speed (MAXスピード Makkusu supīdo?)[60] N/A
MagneticShieldSAdvance2
Ring Magnet[59] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア]Jiryoku baria?)[60] N/A
ShieldSAdvance2
Shield[59] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[60] N/A
AttackSAdvance2
N/A Attack (アタック Atakku?)[58] Only avilable in Multi-Game Pak Mode.
SlowSAdvance2
N/A Brake (ブレーキ Burēki?)[58] Only avilable in Multi-Game Pak Mode.
ConfusionSAdvance2
N/A Confusion (混乱 Konran?)[58] Only avilable in Multi-Game Pak Mode.
MosaicShieldSAdvance2
N/A Mosaic (モザイク Mozaiku?)[58] Only avilable in Single-Game Pak Mode.
WarpSAdvance2
N/A Warp (ワープ Wāpu?)[58] Only avilable in Multi-Game Pak Mode.

Sonic Advance 3

ItemboxSAdvance3

In Sonic Advance 3, the Item Box is referred to as the Box[62] (アイテムボックス[63] Aitemu Bokkusu?, lit. "Item Box"). In this game, the Boxes are designed as blue and round glass capsules with a red cap on the top and bottom and the icon of the power-up the Box contains emblazoned on the front.

In gameplay, the Boxes can be opened by attacking them with the playable character. In addition, in Multi-Pak VS play (which is the multiplayer mode of Sonic Advance 3), the Boxes rotate between power-ups at a steady pace. Occasionally, however, these Boxes will change into red and black Boxes with back and white upside-down power-up icons. Opening such Boxes will create a negative effect, such as the opponent(s) getting a boost or the player(s) being affected by power-ups meant to hinder the opponent(s). The Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
OneUPSonicSAdvance3
OneUPTailsSAdvance3
OneUPKnucklesSAdvance3
OneUPAmySAdvance3
OneUPCreamSAdvance3
1-Up[62] 1UP[63] N/A
FiveRingBonusSAdvance3
5 Ring Bonus[62] 5 Ring Bonus (5リングボーナス 5 Ringubōnasu?)[63] N/A
ItemboxSAdvance3
10 Ring Bonus[62] 10 Ring Bonus (10リングボーナス 10 Ringubōnasu?)[63] N/A
RandomRingBonusSAdvance3
Random Ring Bonus[62] Random Ring Bonus (ランダムリングボーナス Randamuringubōnasu?)[63] N/A
InvincibleSAdvance3sprite
Invincibility[62] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[63] N/A
MaximumSpeedSAdvance3
BadMaximumSpeedSAdvance3
Maximum Speed[62] MAX Speed (MAXスピード Makkusu supīdo?)[63] N/A
RingMagnetSAdvance3
Ring Magnet[62] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[63] N/A
ShieldSAdvance3
Shield[62] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[63] N/A
ConfusionSAdvance3
BadConfusionSAdvance3
N/A Confusion (混乱 Konran?)[64] Only available in Multi-Pak Battle.
MinusRingSAdvance3
BadMinusRingSAdvance3
N/A Minus Ring (マイナスリング Mainasu ringu?)[64] Only available in Multi-Pak Battle.
MosaicSAdvance3
N/A Mosaic (モザイク Mozaiku?)[64] Only available in Single Pak Battle.
SlowSAdvance3
BadSlowSAdvance3
N/A Slow (スロー Surō?)[64] Only available in Multi-Pak Battle.
SwapSAdvance3
N/A Swap (入れ替え Irekae?)[64] Only available in Multi-Pak Battle.
TransparencySAdvance3
N/A Transparency (透明 Tōmei?)[64] Only available in Single Pak Battle.

Sonic Heroes

Item Box Heroes
Sonic Heroes Item Box

An Item Box in Sonic Heroes.

In Sonic Heroes, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[65] (アイテムボックス[66] Aitemu Bokkusu?) yet again. In this game, they are designed as rotating triangular prisms with three screens to show the power-up's icon. The prisms themselves each rest on top of an orange and yellow disk.

In gameplay, the player can open Item Boxes by simply touching them with the playable character. Also, the player can target the Item Boxes with the Homing Attack and Thunder Shoot. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. Some Item Boxes are also found inside Cages that only Power Type characters can break or inside Cases that can only be unlocked with Switches or by clearing out surrounding enemies. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
1 UP[67] 1UP[68]
Barrier[67] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[68]
Fly Charge[67] Wing (ウイング Uingu?)[68]
High Speed[67] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[68]
Invincible[67] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[68]
Power Core[67] Power Core (パワーコア Pawākoa?)[68]
TenRingsSHeroes Rings[67] Ring (リング Ringu?)[68]
Team Blast Ring[67] Blast Gauge Up (ブラストゲージUP Burasutogēji UP?)[68]

Shadow the Hedgehog

Shth item box

An Item Box in Shadow the Hedgehog.

In Shadow the Hedgehog, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[69] (アイテムBOX[70] Aitemu Bokkusu?) yet again. In this game, the Item Boxes resemble round glass capsules with two orange lids on opposite sides of the capsules and the icon of the Item Boxes' power-up floating inside them.

In gameplay, many Item Boxes float indirectly in the air. In addition, the player can open an Item Box simply by touching it or by attacking it with weapons. Also, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
1-Up[71] 1up[72]
Barrier[71] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[72]
Damage Recover[71] Damage Recovery (ダメージ回復 Damēji kaifuku?)[73]
Heat Barrier[71] Heat Barrier (ヒートバリア Hītobaria?)[72]
Invincible[71] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[73]
Shth item box Rings[71] N/A
Magnetic Barrier[71] Magnet Barrier (マグネツバリア Magunetsubaria?)[72]

Sonic Rush series

Sonic Rush

FiveRingBonusSRush

In Sonic Rush, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box once more.[74] In this game, they are designed as cubic boxes with a blue coloration and the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains emblazoned on the front. The boxes themselves each rest on top of an orange disk, akin to those in Sonic Heroes.

In gameplay, the player can open Item Boxes by simply touching them with the playable character. Also, in Battle Play (the multiplayer mode of Sonic Rush), the Item Boxes' contents randomly change at a steady pace, with their constantly changing power-up icons indicating which power-up is currently available. Likewise, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen that the playable character is on. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
OneUpSRush
1 Up[74] 1UP[75] N/A
FiveRingBonusSRush
5 Ring Bonus[74] 5 Ring Bonus (5リングボーナス 5 Ringubōnasu?)[75] N/A
RandomRingBonusSRush
Random Ring Bonus[74] Random Ring Bonus (ランダムリングボーナス Randamuringubōnasu?)[75] N/A
Attract[76] [77] Only avilable in Battle Play
BarrierSRush
Barrier[74] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[75] N/A
Confusion[76] [77] Only avilable in Battle Play
InvincibleSRushSprite
Invincible[74] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[75] N/A
MagneticBarrierSRush
Magnetic Barrier[74] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[75] N/A
Max Tension Bonus Rush
Max Tension Bonus[74] Max Tension Bonus (MAXテンションボーナス Makkusu tenshonbōnasu?)[75] N/A
Max Tension Bonus[76] Max Tension Bonus (MAXテンションボーナス Makkusu tenshonbōnasu?)[77] Only avilable in Battle Play
Slow[76] Slow (スロー Surō?)[77] Only avilable in Battle Play
Tension Bonus Rush
Tension Bonus[74] Tension Bonus (テンションボーナス Tenshonbōnasu?)[75] N/A

Sonic Rush Adventure

ItemBoxRushAdventure

In Sonic Rush Adventure, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box again.[78] In this game, the typical Item Box resembles a round, blue bauble that sits in an elaborate gray bowl and has the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains emblazoned on the front. In Sea Stages however, the Item Boxes are slightly different in terms of design, being predominantly green instead of blue.

In gameplay, the player can open Item Boxes by simply touching them with the playable character. Also, in Battle mode (the multiplayer mode of Sonic Rush Adventure), the power-up in an Item Box randomly changes at a steady pace, with the constantly changing power-up icon on each Item Box indicating which power-up is currently available. Likewise, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen that the playable character is on. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
1UP[78] 1up[79] N/A
5 Ring Bonus[78] 5 Ring Bonus (5リングボーナス 5 Ringubōnasu?)[79] N/A
Random Ring Bonus[78] Random Ring Bonus (ランダムリングボーナス Randamuringubōnasu?)[79]/Ring (リング Ringu?)[80] N/A
Attract[81] Attract (アトラクト Atorakuto?)[82] Only available in Battle Mode.
Barrier[78] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[79] N/A
Boost Up[83] Boost (ブースト Būsuto?)[80] Only available in Sea Stages.
Confusion[81] Confusion (コンフュジヨン Konfu~yujiyon?)[82] Only available in Battle Mode.
High Speed[78] Speed Up (スピードアップ Supīdoappu?)[79] N/A
Invincible[78] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[79] N/A
Magnetic Barrier[78] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[79] N/A
Maximum Tension Bonus[78] Max Tension Bonus (MAXテンションボーナス Makkusu tenshonbōnasu?)[79] N/A
Repair[83] Repair (リペア Ripea?)[80] Only available in Sea Stages.
Score Bonus[83] Score (スコア Sukoa?)[80] Only available in Sea Stages.
Slow[81] Slow (スロウ Surō?)[82] Only available in Battle Mode.
Tension Bonus[78] Tension Bonus (テンションボーナス Tenshonbōnasu?)[79] N/A
Tension Bonus[81] Tension Steal (テンションスティール Tenshonsutīru?)[82] Only available in Battle Mode.

Sonic Riders series

Sonic Riders

In Sonic Riders, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[84] (アイテムBOX[85] Aitemu Bokkusu?) yet again. In this game, the Item Boxes resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, like in Sonic Adventure 2. They all also have a blue icon depicting a yellow question mark floating inside them.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can be opened by simply touching them with the playable character. There can appear up to more than eight Item Boxes in a row on the tracks and all of them give randomized power-ups, which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
AirIconSRiders
Air[84] Air (エア Ea?)[85]
ExplosionSRiders
Explosion[84] Explosion (エクスプロージョン Ekusupurōjon?)[85]
HighSpeedIconSRiders
High Speed[84] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[85]
InvincibleBarrierSRiders
Invincible Barrier[84] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[85]
MagneticBarrierIconSRiders
Magnetic Barrier[84] Magnetic Barrier (磁力バリア Jiryoku baria?)[86]
SpeedDownSRiders
Speed Down[84] Speed Down (スピードダウン Supīdodaun?)[86]
RingIconSRiders
Rings[84] Ring (リング Ringu?)[85]
QuestionItemSRiders
Question Item[84] Question (クエスチョン Kuesuchon?)[86]

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box once more.[87] In this game, the Item Boxes possess the same design they had in Sonic Riders. As such, they resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom and a blue icon depicting a yellow question mark floating inside them.

In gameplay, the player can open the Item Boxes by touching them with the playable character. There can appear up to more than eight Item Boxes in a row on the tracks and all of them give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the screen. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name Notes
English Japanese
Attack[87] N/A
Colorball[87] N/A
Explosion[87] N/A
GP Boost[87] N/A
High Speed[87] N/A
Magnetic Barrier[87] N/A
Missile[88] Only available in Survival Battle.
Parts Lock[87] N/A
Rings[87] N/A
Shield[88] Only available in Survival Battle.
Speed Down[87] N/A
N/A N/A

Sonic Free Riders

Sonic-Free-Riders-Rocky-Ridge-screen-2

Item Boxes in Sonic Free Riders.

In Sonic Free Riders, the power-up container is called the Item Box yet again.[89] In this game, the Item Boxes possess the same design they had in Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity. As such, they resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom. Most of them also have a blue icon depicting a yellow question mark floating inside them. The exceptions to this are the Air and Ring-related Item Boxes, whose icons show the power-ups they contain.

In gameplay, the player can open the Item Boxes by touching them with the playable character. There can appear up to more than eight Item Boxes in a row on the tracks and all of these give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. The exceptions to this are the Air and Ring-related Item Boxes as mentioned earlier, which sit for the player to grab with an outstretched arm or in hard-to-reach places. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
BowlingStrikeSFRiders Bowling Strike[89] Bowling Strike (ボウリングストライク Bouringusutoraiku?)[90]
FreeThrowSFRiders Free Throw[91] Free Throw (フリースロー Furīsurō?)[92]
Octo-BoostSFRiders Octo-Boost[91] Octopus Boost (オクトパスブースト Okutopasubūsuto?)[92]
Octo-InkSFRiders Octo-Ink[91] Octopus Trap (オクトパストラップ Okutopasutorappu?)[92]
RingCan Ring Can[91] Ring Can (リングカン Ringukan?)[92]
SodaRocketSFRiders Soda Rocket[91] Rocket Soda (ロケットソーダ Rokettosōda?)[92]
TargetTorpedoSFRiders Target Torpedo[89] Throwing Bomb (スローイングボム Surōingubomu?)[90]
TeeShotSFRiders Tee Shot[89] Tee Shot (ティーショット Tīshotto?)[92]
Air30SFRiders N/A Air×30 (エア×30 Ea × 30?)[90]
Air50SFRiders N/A Air×50 (エア×50 Ea × 50?)[90]
Air100SFRiders N/A Air×100 (エア×30 Ea × 100?)[90]
AirMaxSFRiders N/A Air×MAX (エア×MAX Ea × Makkusu?)[90]
Ring10SFRiders N/A Ring×10 (リング×10 Ringu × 10?)[90]
Ring20SFRiders N/A Ring×20 (リング×20 Ringu × 20?)[90]
Ring30SFRiders N/A Ring×30 (リング×30 Ringu × 30?)[90]
Ring100SFRiders N/A Ring×100 (リング×100 Ringu × 100?)[90]
SpecialItemSFRiders N/A Special Item (スペシャルアイテム Supesharu aitemu?)[92]
QuestionSFRiders N/A Question (クエスチョン Kuesuchon?)[90]

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Item Box Sonic 06

In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the power-up container is again referred to as the Item Box[93] (アイテムBOX[94] Aitemu Bokkusu?). In this game, the Item Boxes resemble ellipsoid glass capsules with a red top lid and a red foot each, and the icon of the Item Boxes' power-up floating inside them. They essentially share their appearance with their Sonic Adventure counterparts, but have more details to them.

Tails throwing an item box

Tails throwing an Item Box with Dummy Rings in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

In gameplay, the playable character can break an Item Box simply by touching it. The player can also target an Item Box with the Homing Attack. In addition, when an Item Box is broken, the icon for the power-up it contained will be shown on the bottom of the screen. Also, unique to this game, after collecting a power-up from an Item Box, it will be left empty if the player returns to it after losing a life. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name Notes
English Japanese
1-Up[93] 1UP[94] N/A
Gauge Up[93] Gauge Up (ゲージUP Gēji UP?)[94] N/A
High Speed[93] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[94] N/A
Invincible[93] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[94] N/A
Rings[93] Ring (リング Ringu?)[94] N/A
Shield[93] N/A An unused Item Box listed in the game's instruction booklet and hidden in the game's files.

In gameplay, Tails can as well throw Item Boxes as a part of his Dummy Ring-related attacks.

Mario & Sonic series

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Item Boxes are featured in Dream Event. The Power-ups they contain in these games include Bombs, Shields and Speed Shoes. They can also contain extra items from the Mario games such as Super Stars, Mega Mushrooms, Green and Red Shells.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

In Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Dream Events feature Item Boxes. The Power-ups they contain in these games include Bombs, Shields and Speed Shoes. They can also contain extra items from the Mario games such as Super Stars, Mega Mushrooms, Green and Red Shells.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Item Boxes are set to make an appearance in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Sonic Rivals 2

SR2 card 30

One of the Item Box cards in Sonic Rivals 2.

In Sonic Rivals 2, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box. In this game, it makes a cameo appearance as two of the collectible cards in the game. One of them in particular depicts its appearance from Sonic Heroes while the other depicts it appearance from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). To collect the Sonic Heroes Item Box card, the player must attack any rival 250 times. To collect the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) item Box card on the other hand, the player must successfully Air Boost 25 times.

Sega Superstars series

Sega Superstars Tennis

In Sega Superstars Tennis, the Item Boxes can be spotted both in the background of the Green Hill Zone court and during Sonic the Hedgehog-related side missions and mini-games. In this game, the Item Boxes are once more presented as gray cubic television sets with a base beneath them and a yellow-framed screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains.

In gameplay, Item Boxes can be opened simply by touching them. During Sonic the Hedgehog-related side missions and mini-games. Item Boxes will randomly drop down from the sky and land on the playing field for the player to pick up. The Item box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
TenRingsSSuperstarsTennis 10 Rings
InvincibilitySSuperstarsTennis Invincibility
ExtraLifeSSuperstarsTennis Life+1
SpeedBoostSSuperstarsTennis Speed Boost
ShieldSST Shield

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

SASASR 45

A pair of Item Boxes in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, the power-up container is called both the item box and the item capsule.[95] In this game, the Item Boxes resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, like in Sonic Unleashed. They all also have a yellow question mark floating inside them.

In gameplay, the player can open Item Boxes by simply running over them with the playable character. There can appear up to several Item Boxes in a row on the tracks and all of them give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
All-Star Item[96]
S&SASR Bowling Bomb Bowling Bomb
S&SASR Confusion Star Confusing Star[95]
S&SASR Giant Rocket Giant Rocket[95]
S&SASR Speed Shoes High Speed Shoes[95]
S&SASR K.O. Glove K.O. Glove[95]
S&SASR Manual Rocket Manual Rocket
S&SASR Mega Horn Mega Horn[95]
S&SASR Mine Mine[95]
S&SASR Pocket Rainbow Pocket Rainbow[95]
S&SASR Energy Shield Shield[95]

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Oceansignfigants

An Item Box next to Sonic in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

In Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the Item Boxes resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, like in Sonic Unleashed. They all also either have a yellow question mark or a yellow exclamation mark floating inside them.

In gameplay, the player can open Item Boxes by simply running over them with the playable character. There can appear up to several Item Boxes in a row on the tracks and those with question marks inside them give randomized Pickup items which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. The Item Boxes with an exclamation mark inside them on the other hand give Super Pickup items, which are fixed high-power Pickup items that depend on the Item Box's location. The Item Box Pickup items featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name Notes
English Japanese
Transbadge6
All-Star Item N/A
Puftup
Blowfish N/A Only available in Western releases.
Preview Boost
Boost[97] Boost (ブースト Būsuto?) N/A
Preview Drone
Drone Radio Control Car (ラジコンカー Rajikonkā?) N/A
Preview Firework
Firework[97] Rocket Firework (ロケット花火 Rokketo Hanabi?) N/A
Transbadge1
Glove[97] Glove (グローブ Gurōbu?) N/A
Transbadge5
Hot Rod[97] Rocket Engine (ロケットエンジン Rokketo Enjin?) N/A
Preview Ice
Ice Cannon[97] Ice Ball (アイスボール Aisu Bōru?) N/A
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Super Glove N/A
Transbadge4
Swarm[97] Bee Rush (ビーラッシュ Bī Rasshu?) N/A
Transbadge2
Twister[97] Twister (ツイスター Tsuisutā?) N/A
N/A Hindering Jelly (おじゃまぷよ Ojama Puyo?) Only available in Japanese releases.

Sonic Unleashed

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An Item Capsule in the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed.

In the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed, Item Boxes are called Item Capsules.[7] In this game, they received a more basic appearance, being rounder capsules with red cups on the top and bottom. Item Capsules in this game also have a certain object inside them that depends on the object they contain.

In gameplay, the player can open an Item Capsule by simply touching it with the playable character. Unlike normal Item Boxes however, these objects are dispersed throughout the stages and puzzles in the Gaia Gates, often in hidden locations or hand-to-reach places. The Item Capsule content featured in this game mostly include collectibles like movies, hints, soundtracks, and artwork. Such Item Capsules have a golden question mark inside them. However, they can also sometimes contain an extra life. Such Item Capsules have blue triangular prisms inside them. In the nighttime stages, many Item Capsules contain blue Dark Gaia Force which help Sonic the Werehog charge his Unleashed Gauge. These Item Capsules have floating energy orbs inside them.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Episode I

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An item box in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal by extension), the power-up container is called the Item Box[98] (アイテムBOX[99] Aitemu bokkusu?). In this game, the item boxes resemble gray and cubic, yet modern television sets with a small base underneath them, a red button on the left side and a black screen that displays the icon of the power-up the item box contains.

In gameplay, the item boxes can only be opened by attacking them. Also, with Sonic/Super Sonic, the player can target the item boxes with the Homing Attack. As well as that, the player can hit a item box suspended in the air from below in order to make it drop to the ground. While Sonic cannot get crushed by a fallen Item Box, it will make him sink through the ground and get stuck if it lands on top of him. This is a regular in-game glitch, that is possible to happen often in corner sections. The Item box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
Sonic4Episode1 Render Invincible Invincible[100] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[101]
Sonic4Episode1 Render 1UP One-Up[100] 1UP[101]
Sonic4Episode1 Render PowerSneakers Power Sneakers[98] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[99]
Sonic4Episode1 Render Shield Shield[100] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[101]
SplashHillMonitor Super Ring[98] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[99]

Episode II

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A golden item box in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.

In Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[102] (アイテムBOX[103] Aitemu bokkusu?). In this game, they are primarily gray and cubic, yet modern television sets with a small base underneath them, a red button on the left side and a black screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains. However, there are also Item Boxes that have a golden coloration, although those Item Boxes are only for containing special power-ups.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can only be opened by attacking them. In addition, the player can target the Item Boxes with Sonic/Super Sonic's Homing Attack. Sometimes, the player will also come across Item Boxes that hover in midair. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
Sonic4Episode2 Render Invincible Invincible[104] Invincible (ムテキ Muteki?)[105]
Sonic4Episode2 Render 1UP One-Up[104] 1UP[105]
Sonic4Episode2 Render PowerSneakers Power Sneakers[102] High Speed (ハイスピード Haisupīdo?)[103]
Sonic4Episode2 Render Shield Shield[104] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[105]
Sonic4Episode2 Render SpecialCombination Special Combination[106] Special Combination (スペシャルコンビネーション Supesharukonbinēshon?)[107]
Sonic4Episode2 Render SuperRing Super Ring[102] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[103]

Sonic Colors

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In the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, the Item Boxes are designed as blue and round glass capsules with a red cap on the top and bottom and the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains emblazoned on the front.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can be opened by simply touching them with the playable character. In addition, the player can target them with the Homing Attack. Also, in Versus Mode (the multiplayer mode of Sonic Colors), the Item Boxes rotate between power-ups at a steady pace. Also, whenever the player opens a Item Box in Versus Mode, a new one will soon reappear in the old one's place. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
OneUpSColors
1UP[108] N/A
FiveBonusRingSColors
5 Ring Bonus[108] N/A
RandomRingBonusSColors
Random Ring Bonus[108] N/A
ExplodingBalloonItemBox
Exploding Balloon[109] Only available in Versus Mode.
MineColors
Mine[109] Only available in Versus Mode.
ReaperItemBox
Reaper[109] Only available in Versus Mode.
SpringItemBox
Spring[109] Only available in Versus Mode.
StealBoostItemBox
Steal Boost[109] Only available in Versus Mode.
StealWispItemBox
Steal Wisp[109] Only available in Versus Mode.
TenRingBonusColors
N/A N/A
InvincibleSColorsSprite
N/A N/A
MagnetBarrierSColors
N/A N/A
PowerSneakersSColors
N/A N/A
BarrierSColors
N/A N/A

Sonic Generations

Item Box statue

An Item Box statue in the Statue Room in the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Generations.

In Sonic Generations, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box.[110] In both the console/PC and Nintendo 3DS version of the game, they appear as gray cubic television sets with a base below them, three red button and one light blue button on their lower edge, and a black screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains.

In the console/PC and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, the Item Boxes can only be opened by attacking them on the sides or the top. Jumping straight underneath them will not break them. The player is also unable to target them with a Homing Attack on the console/PC version of the game.

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the typical Item Boxes only appear in Classic Sonic's Acts. Certain Challenge Acts for Classic Sonic also include Item Boxes containing Challenge Act-exclusive power-ups. There are also several Challenge Acts that possess Item Boxes that regenerate after they have been opened. The player can also buy Skills from the Skill Shop that allow the player to activate specific power-ups without opening Item Boxes. The Item Box power-ups featured in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations are as follows:

Render Name Notes
English Japanese
1-Up[111] N/A
Aqua Shield[112] Only available in Challenge Acts.
Flame Shield[113] Only available in Challenge Acts.
Invincible[111] N/A
Power Sneakers[111] N/A
Skateboard[111] Only available in City Escape Act 1.
Super Ring[111] N/A
Thunder Shield[114] Only available in Challenge Acts.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, Item Boxes appear in both Modern and Classic Sonic's Acts. In addition, when opening an Item Box in this version of the game, the Item Box's power-up icon appears on the left side of the screen. As well as that, the player can hit an Item Box suspended in the air from below in order to make it drop to the ground. In case an Item Box lands on top of Sonic, it will simply bounce repeatedly on Sonic's head until he moves out of the way. The Item Box power-ups featured in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations are as follows:

Render Name Notes
English Japanese
SonicGenerations 3DS Render 1UP
1UP[115] N/A
SonicGenerations 3DS Render Invincible
Invincible[115] N/A
SonicGenerations 3DS Render MagneticShield
Magnetic Shield[115] N/A
SonicGenerations 3DS Render Shield
Shield[115] N/A
SonicGenerations 3DS Render SuperRing
Super Rings[115] N/A
SonicGenerations 3DS Render TimeItem
Time Item[115] Only available in "Keep the Pace" missions.

Sonic Jump series

Sonic Jump (2012)

Monitor

In the 2012 remake of Sonic Jump, the Item Box is referred to as the TV. In this game, their design is again that of a cubic television with a base below them and a red and light blue button on their bottom edge. They all also have a static screen that displays a question mark.

In gameplay, the TVs can only be opened when attacked. Also, all of them give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon on them. The TV power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Sprite Name
English Japanese
BombSJump
Bomb
MagnetSJump
Magnet
RingTimeSJump
Ring Time
ShieldSJump
Shield

Sonic Jump Fever

In Sonic Jump Fever, the Item Box is called the TV once more. In this game, the TVs are again designed as cubic televisions with a base below each of them and a red and light blue button on their bottom edges. They all also have a static screen that displays a question mark.

In gameplay, the TVs can only be opened when attacked. Also, all of them give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon on them. The TV power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name Notes
English Japanese
Sonic Jump Fever - Detonate Powerup
Detonate N/A
Sonic Jump Fever - Flame Jump Powerup
Flame Jump N/A
Sonic Jump Fever - Magnet Powerup
Magnet N/A
Sonic Jump Fever - Ring Time Powerup
Ring Time N/A
Sonic Jump Fever - Shield Powerup
Shield N/A
Sonic Jump Fever - Spring Shoes Powerup
Spring Shoes N/A
Sonic Jump Fever - Stun Powerup
Stun N/A
Boost An unused TV for Vector hidden in the game's files.
Target Enemy An unused TV for Rouge hidden in the game's files.

In addition to regular TVs, the game also features a new variant of the TVs that only appears in runs when the Power-Up Doubler Booster is equipped, which grant two power-up items at once as opposed to only one from regular TVs. These are depicted as identically-shaped televisions with orange static screens displaying the number two in them.

Sonic Dash

In Sonic Dash, the Item Boxes resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, like in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The insides of the glass capsules are also colored blue and they all have a question mark floating inside them.

In gameplay, the player can open Item Boxes by simply running over them with the playable character. In addition, Item Boxes can be found normally at corners, but also behind walls, Totem Poles or any other obstacles as well. Also, all of them give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
Magnet
Hundred Ring Bonus
Random Ring Bonus
Shield
X2 Multiplier

Sonic Lost World

In Sonic Lost World, the Item Boxes sport their design from Sonic Unleashed, except with brighter red covers. They each also have their power-up's icon floating inside them.

In both the Wii U/PC and Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Item Boxes can be opened by touching them with the playable character. Also, exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version, the player is able to lock onto them with the Homing Attack.

On both versions of the game, the Item Boxes found in Zones can contain Wisps, which include Cyan Wisps, Yellow Wisps, Indigo Wisps, Crimson Wisps, Magenta Wisps, Green Wisps and Black Wisps on the Wii U/PC version, and Cyan Wisps, Yellow Wisps, Indigo Wisps, Red Wisps, Ivory Wisps and Gray Wisps on the Nintendo 3DS version. These Item Boxes also usually regenerate after the player opens one.

In the Wii U/PC version of the game, Item Boxes found in-Zones are overall rare. They also mostly contain Wisps, and rarely contain power-ups other that Super Rings. However, there is an Item Box power-up called Warp that appears whenever the player fails to reach the next Star Post too many times, and is there to help the player skip to the next checkpoint or the end-of-level Capsule.

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A Super Ring Item Box in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World.

In the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, Item Boxes are featured more general in Zones and grant power-ups like Super Rings, Big 50 Rings, Blue Shields, Thunder Shields, Aqua Shields, Flame Shields, Speed Ups and Invincible in addition to Wisps. In the Nintendo 3DS version, Item Boxes can be found under rocks, in mid-air and inside other breakable objects and structures.

In the Wii U/PC version, many of the mentioned non-Wisp power-ups are rewarded by completing certain missions in Zones, finding random drops on the World Map of the Lost Hex, or being gifted by other players through Miiverse (Wii U version only). Also, in the Nintendo 3DS version, the player can create Item Boxes with power-ups in Tails' Lab using Materials. These Item Box power-ups can then later be activated while playing through a Zone by accessing the suitcase menu.

Sonic Runners

Item Box in Sonic Runners
Runnersthing

An Combo Bonus Item Box in Sonic Runners.

In Sonic Runners, the Item Boxes resemble round glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, much like in Sonic Lost World. They each also have the icon of their Item Box's power-up floating inside them.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes in the stages can be opened by touching them with the playable character. These Item Boxes are set on the pathways or floating in the mid-air. The Item box power-ups featured during stages in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
ComboBoosterSRunners
Combo Bonus
CyanLaserSRunners
Cyan Laser
IndigoAsteroidSRunners
Indigo Asteroid
InvincibleSRunnersItemBox
Invincible
MagnetSRunners
Magnet
ShieldSRunners
Shield
SpringSRunners
Spring
YellowDrillSRunners
Yellow Drill

Like in Sonic Lost World, Item Boxes and their power-ups are also featured as Equippable Items, which can be brought before a run and then be activated by touching them on the bottom of the screen. Super Ring Item Boxes appear as separated items, but also as Equitable Items, and they can be acquired as reward after getting a high enough score.

Sonic Mania

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In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the power-up container is referred to as the Item Box[116] (アイテムボックス[117] Aitemu Bokkusu?) yet again. In these games, they borrow their design from their counterparts in the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Knuckles Chaotix. As such, they resemble gray cubic television sets with a wide base below them, blue scribble on their lower edge, a red button on their lower right edge, and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains.

In gameplay, the player can only obtain the power-up inside an Item Box by attacking it. The monitor power-ups featured in these games are as follows:

Sprite Name Notes
English Japanese
SM1UpSonic
SM1UpTails
SM1UpKnuckles
SMP1UpMighty
SMP1UpRay
1-UP[116] 1UP[117] N/A
SMShield
Blue Shield[116] Barrier (バリア Baria?)[117] N/A
SMAquaShield
Bubble Shield[116] Water Barrier (アクアバリア Akua Baria?)[117] N/A
CharacterItem
Character[118] N/A Only available in Encore Mode.
The Eggman Mark Returns!
Eggman Mark[116] Eggman Trap (エッグマントラップ Egguman Torappu?)[117] N/A
SMFlameShield
Fire Shield[116] Flame Barrier (フレイムバリア Fureimu Baria?)[117] N/A
Hyper Ring monitor
Hyper Ring[116] Hyper Ring (ハイパーリング Haipā Ringu?)[117] N/A
SMInvincibility
Invincible[116] Invincible (無敵 Muteki?)[117] N/A
SMThunderShield
Lightning Shield[116] Thunder Barrier (サンダーバリア Sandā Baria?)[117] N/A
Similar looking Swap icon
Player Swap[119] Teleporter Only (テレポーターのみ Terepōtā nomi?)[120] Only available in Competition mode and Encore Mode.
SMPowerSneakers
Power Sneakers[116] High Speed (ハイスピード Hai Supīdo?)[117] N/A
To be or not to be that is the question
Random[119] Random (ランダム Randamu?)[120] Only available in Competition mode and Encore Mode.
SMSuperRing
Super Ring[116] Big 10 Ring (ビッグ10リング Biggu 10 ringu?)[117] N/A
SMSMonitor
"S" N/A Only available in Debug Mode.

In addition to the Item Boxes appearing normally in gameplay, the player can make an Item Box pop out of the ground if they make the Goal Plate fall down in a certain spot. This Item Box will contain either a Super Ring or one of the three elemental shields.

In the game's Competition Mode, the player can decide the Item Boxes' release patterns during an Act. This includes the options "Fixed" (the chosen Act retains its original power-ups), "Teleporters Only" (every Item Box in the Act is replaced with the Player Swap power-up), and "Random" (every Item Box in the Act is replaced with the Random power-up). Also, in Competition Mode, each of the players has a chance to win the round depending on how many Item Boxes they break.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

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In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the Item Boxes retain the same design they had in Sonic Lost World. As such, they resemble round glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, though their covers’ underside is remniscient to earlier capsule designs. They all also have a yellow question mark floating inside them.

In gameplay, an Item Box can be opened when a playable character makes contact with it. In addition, Item Boxes will regenerate a second after they have been obtained by a player. Every playable character also has their own unique set of power-up Items they can obtain at random from Item Boxes, though all characters can obtain one common power-up. Unlike in previous games, obtaining a power-up from Item Boxes stores it in one of the three slots at the bottom of the screen. As such, the player is able to store up to three Items at a time. These Items can then be used by touching their respective icon.

The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
BashonsenSFSB
Bashosen
Blizzard Bomb
Blizzard Bomb
SFSBBoobyTrap
Booby Trap
SFSBBubbleBomb
Bubble Bomb
Bunny Boost
Bunny Boost
Chao Attack Speed Battle
Chao Attack
Chao Nado
Chao-nado
Chopper Chomp
Chopper Chomp
DeadEnd
Dead End
Drac-O'-Lantern
Drac-O'-Lantern
DragonDanceIcon
Dragon Dance
SFSBElectroBoost
Electro Boost
SFSBExplosiveMine
Explosive Mine
FestiveUmbrellaBoost
Festive Umbrella Boost
SFSBFireBoost
Fire Boost
SFSBFireWhirl
Fire Whirl
SFSBFireball
Fireball
SFSB Firework Flurry
Firework Flurry
FlueShot
Flue Shot
FrozenChomperChomp
Frozen Chopper Chomp
HarvestTime
Harvest Time
HomeRun
Home Run
SFSBIceBoost
Ice Boost
SFSBIceMine
Ice Mine
SFSBIceWave
Ice Wave
SFSBIllusionBoost
Illusion Boost
SFSBIllusionMine
Illusion Mine
SFSBInvincibility
Invincibility
SFSBLavaBomb
Lava Bomb
SFSBLightning
Lightning
Lilytrap
Lilytrap
SFSBMotobug
Moto-Bug
SFSBSpeedShoes
Power Sneakers
Pyro-BombIcon
Pyro-Mine
SFSBShield
Shield
StarTrail
Star Trail
SFSBSteal
Steal
SFSBStormCloud
Storm Cloud
StrikeOut
Strike Out
SFSBTornado
Tornado
SFSB Sprite TrapShot
Trap Shot
Umbrella Boost
Umbrella Boost
SFSBWhirlwind
Whirlwind
SFSBWindBoost
Wind Boost
WipeoutIcon
Wipeout
WrenchRushIcon
Wrench Rush
ZapTrapIcon
Zap Trap

Sonic Forces

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In Sonic Forces, the power-container is called the Item Box once more.[121] In this game, they appear as gray cubic television sets with a base below them, red buttons on their lower edge, a light blue button on their lower right, and a static screen that displays the icon of the power-up the Item Box contains.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can only be opened by attacking them. Also, Item Boxes in Sonic Forces only appear in Classic Sonic's stages. Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
BonusRingsSForces
Bonus Rings[121]
InvincibleSForces
Invincibility[121]
PowerSneakersSForces
Power Sneakers[121]
ShieldSForces
N/A

Team Sonic Racing

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Item Boxes in Team Sonic Racing.

In Team Sonic Racing, the power-up container is called the Item Box[122] (アイテムボックス[123] Aitemu Bokkusu?) again. In this game, they usually resemble glass capsules with a red lid on the top and bottom, like in Sonic Unleashed, except with three small bolts on each cover. They all also have a yellow question mark floating inside them. The only exception to this is a certain power-up, whose capsule has blue lids and its power-up icon floating inside it.

In gameplay, the Item Boxes can be opened by touching them with the playable character. They appear in strategic positions along all the race tracks and all of them give randomized power-ups which are indicated by the question mark icon in them. They usually only give one power-up, but they may in some cases give a set of three identical power-ups for some types of power-ups. What kind of power-up the Item Box grant is displayed in the HUD's WIsp Window. In addition, the characters on one's team in gameplay can transfer Item Boxes between each other using Item Box Transfer. The Item Box power-ups featured in this game are as follows:

Render Name
English Japanese
BlackBombTSRacing
Black Bomb[124] Black Bomb (ブラック・ボム Burakku Bomu?)[125]
BlueCubeTSRacing
Blue Cube[124] Blue Cube (ブルー・キューブ Burū kyūbu?)[125]
CrimsonEagleTSRacing
Crimson Eagle[126] Crimson Eagle (クリムゾン・イーグル Kurimuzon īguru?)[127]
CyanLaserTSRacing
Cyan Laser[126] Cyan Laser (シアン・レーザー Shian rēzā?)[125]
GrayQuakeTSRacing
Gray Quake[126] Gray Quake (グレイ・クエイク Gurei Kueiku?)[125]
InvincibilityTSRacing
Invincibility[124] Invincible Capsule (無敵カプセル Muteki kapuseru?)[123]
IvoryLightningTSRacing
Ivory Lightning[126] Ivory Lightning (アイボリー・ライトニング Aiborī raitoningu?)[127]
JadeGhostTSRacing
Jade Ghost[124] Jade Ghost (ジェイド・ゴースト Jeido gōsuto?)[125]
MagentaRythmeTSRacing
Magenta Rhythm[124] Magenta Rhythm (マゼンタ・リズム Mazenta rizumu?)[125]
OrangeRocketTSRacing
Orange Rocket[126] Orange Rocket (オレンジ・ロケット Orenji roketto?)[127]
PinkSpikesTSRacing
Pink Spikes[126] Pink Spikes (ピンク・スパイク Pinku Supaiku?)[127]
RedBurstTSRacing
Red Burst[124] Red Burst (レッド・バースト Reddo bāsuto?)[125]
VioletVoidTSRacing
Violet Void[124] Violet Void (バイオレット・ボイド Baioretto boido?)[125]
WhiteBoostTSRacing
White Boost[126] White Boost (ホワイト・ブースト Howaito būsuto?)[127]
YellowDrillTSRacing
Yellow Drill[126] Yellow Drill (イエロー・ドリル Ierō doriru?)[127]

Additionally, in the case of Invincibility, there is a hidden Item Box on each track that contains this power-up.

Variants

Floating Item Boxes

Main article: Floating Item Box
Item Box Balloon Adventure 2

Floating Item Box in Sonic Adventure 2.

The Floating Item Box, or simply Balloon, is an Item Box variant in the form of a red Balloon with white and blue circles containing a star on it. They function like regular Item Boxes, except that they are always floating in the air. While Floating Item Boxes do not display the power-up they contain, they do give an aerial boost when opening one. They first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2.

Target Switch

Main article: Target Switch
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The Target Switch

The Target Switch is an Item Box variant that appears as a target floating in midair. If the player tries to fly too close to it, the Target Switch will start spinning and cannot be hit. To earn its power-up, the player has to hit the Target Switch with Thunder Shoot from a safe distance. They first appeared in Sonic Heroes.

In other media

Stay Sonic

In Stay Sonic, Item Boxes, referred to as PCs, are given some sort of a back story. When planning to use his Retro Orbital Chaos Compressor to contain all the negative energy of the planet within six Emeralds, Dr. Ovi Kintobor required a seventh Emerald to stabilize the process, but could not locate one himself. To broaden his search, he set up a network of PCs across the entire planet that served as an interlinked communications system, allowing the people of Mobius to pass along any information to him that they could about the final Emerald's potential whereabouts.[128]

Sonic the Comic

Empty-Monitor-Sonic-The-Comic

An empty Item Box in Sonic the Comic. Art by Mike Hadley.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Item Boxes make an appearance. In this media, they have the same kind of background from Stay Sonic.

Another one of Dr. Kintobor's creations was an artificial duplicate of Sonic known as an "Extra Life", which was stored within one of Mobius's many Item Boxes. Unfortunately, the Extra Life was never needed and so remained trapped in its Item Box for years, slowly becoming corrupted and bent on revenge, until it duped Tails into freeing it by pretending to be the real Sonic. After besmirching Sonic's name by causing chaos in the Emerald Hill Zone, the Extra Life was sucked back into its Item Box by Tails, and the Item Box was then kicked into space by the real Sonic.[129]

Archie Comics

Item box (Archie)

An Item Box, from Sonic the Hedgehog #282.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, an Item Box with the Flame Shield power-up was in development by GUN. It was created by Hope Kintobor and was originally invented to be a device that would help E-123 Omega during combat battles.

In the Post-Super Genesis Wave timeline, the Item Box appeared once again, this time as a container for miscellaneous objects. In this continuity, it borrows its designs from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic Colors.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Containment Bubble

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Iteam Box is called a Containment Bubble. It was once used by Vector and Espio to imprison the Zombot Charmy until a cure was made for his Metal Virus infection. It borrows its desgin from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Early Sonic canon

As documented in the Sonic Bible released by Sega of America, the Item Boxes (referred to as PCs in the bible) were installed across the planet Mobius by Dr. Ovi Kintobor. These PCs provided an information network throughout Mobius—a public bulletin board service. Anyone with information or ideas leading to the discovery of the Grey Emerald was encouraged to post messages on the bulletin board. After the terrible accident that transforned Dr. Kintobor into the evil Dr. Robotnik, the bulletin board's information was wiped out. In its place, inexplicably, "magical objects" ended up being contained in each PC.[130]

Trivia

  • Item Boxes from Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog CD are based on the basic CRT monitors, while Item Boxes in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles bear resemblance to Apple's Macintosh from the mid-1980's. Item Boxes in Knuckles Chaotix, Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic Mania seem to have a generic CRT design. Later on, Item Boxes in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 seem to be loosely based on modern flat-panel LCD TVs.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 are the only games where the player is able to get crushed by a fallen Item Box. Normally, in games such as Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) and Sonic CD, Item Boxes are usually seen bouncing on Sonic's head and falling simply to the ground without damaging him or simply being broken open in other games.
    • This does not apply in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, as boxes will simply be opened when attacked from below.
  • In games where players are allowed to choose both Sonic and Tails, the latter cannot destroy Item Boxes on his own. However, this was possible in the Simon Wai and Nick Arcade prototypes of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Although Item Boxes do not appear in the two-player Competition Mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, one Item Box can be seen at the options menu of Competition Mode, as items can be set on and off.
Item box expo

One of Item Box advert posters.

  • City Escape has advertisements of different stuff in Sonic Adventure 2, one of them being Item Boxes with ten Rings and various other power-ups.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, an extra-life Item Box can be seen at the top of the loop in the Green Hill Zone stage.
  • Item Boxes make several appearances in LEGO Dimensions. Extra-Life and Ring Item Boxes appear in several places, and Item Boxes displaying a picture of a 1x1 Lego brick serve as the Minikit collectable in Sonic's level pack.

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