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Sonic Advance 3
Route 99

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Route 99 (ルート99 Rūto 99?) is the first Zone of Sonic Advance 3. It is a highly urbanized area and one of the parts of the earth that Dr. Eggman created when he broke the planet apart with Chaos Control.


Route 99 is an urban city built around a large metropolis arranged with rails, construction and switches. Skyscrapers can az well be seen in in the background.


Route 99 is the starting point of Sonic and Tails' adventure after being separated from their friends by Eggman's world-shattering experiments with Chaos Control.


This mess of highway features a lot of straightaways to allow the player to become accustomed to the game's high speeds. There are also some simple platforming, switch puzzles and Grind Rails to get the player used to the Tag Action-based gameplay. Gimmicks include moving boxes, Star Light Zone-styled Seesaws, Spring Poles, corkscrew bridges, and Platform-raising Wheels. Dangers include Badniks, spike pits, death by crushing, and a brief bottomless pit near the end of Act 1.


Act 1

Act 2

Act 3


Main article: Egg Hammer 3

The Egg Hammer 3, from Sonic Advance 3.

The boss of Route 99 is the Egg Hammer 3. The battle starts off with a fight with Gemerl. To defeat him, the player needs to hit him four/two times. Then the characters are escorted to fight with the Egg Hammer 3. To defeat it, the player will need to know when he's going to hit the player. The hammer will smash left and right alternatively. When Dr. Eggman smashes down, the player needs to smash his face in. The player needs to hit him eight/six times for him to be destroyed.


  • The city background of this Zone appears to be based on a pre-2001 Lower Manhattan as a skyscraper that resembles the North Tower of the former World Trade Center complex (as well as other buildings that resemble the surrounding World Financial Center) can be seen amongst the skyline. The original building was destroyed in the 11 September attacks, nearly three years before the release of Sonic Advance 3.
  • The background music for this Zone is a remix of the music that plays in Tails' Lab in Sonic Battle.
  • The name of this Zone could be a reference to the famous U.S. highway, Route 66.
  • A remix of Act 1's music is unlockable in Sonic Generations. Another remix of Route 99's music appears as one of the selectable songs that can be played in events in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.




Name Artist(s) Length Music track
Route 99 Map 1:25
Route 99 (Act 1) Kenichi Tokoi 2:49
Route 99 (Act 2) 2:39
Route 99 (Act 3) 2:51
N/A (Sonic Generations remix) 1:19


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