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41. Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Genesis (1994)
Sonic Team

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 holds a very special place in my heart. For one thing, the game introduces the greatest game character of all time: Knuckles the Echidna! This new foe matched Sonic on every level, and laughed at him while he continued to impede the Blue Blur's progress. This game is also noteworthy to me because for years I could not beat this game. Try as I might, I would make it all the way to Carnival Night Zone and get stuck in that one barrel area. Just Google "Carnival Night Zone" and you'll get a plethora of pictures like this:

Glad to see I wasn't alone. Despite the setback, I still loved playing this game and all the great fun I had before getting to that roadblock. Fantastic music (rumors state tht Michael Jackson helped with the music), great level design (Well... yeah), new power-ups, and classic Sonic goodness made this game a winner in my book. Years later, I finally did beat Carnival Night Zone and go on to IceCap (Dat music) Zone, Launch Base Zone, and stop Robotnik from restoring the Death Egg. Mission Complete.