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Version: 3.0 | Updated: 01/03/2004

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                            Sonic the Hedgehog FAQ
                                  Version 3.0
                                January 3, 2004
                                   by MManos

Note: This guide was made using the version taken from the Nintendo GameCube
      game, "Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut".  From what I understand by my
      research online, this is a copy of the Mega Drive version of the game.
      Any indications between the Mega Drive version and the GameGear version
      will be noted where they are appropriate, and this guide is equally
      usable by those playing either version of the game.





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              [TOC]     CHAPTER 00:  Table of Contents     [TOC]

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This FAQ now contains the commonly-used "Quick Find" catalog.  Next to each
section of the guide contains a three-letter code.  Hit CTRL+F to access the
"Find" menu, type in the three-letter code, and keep searching (should be the
second find) until you find the section you inquire!

CHAPTER 01:---------------------------------------- Copyright Information [CPT]
CHAPTER 02:---------------------------------------------- Version History [VSH]
CHAPTER 03:--------------------------------------------------- Characters [CHR]
CHAPTER 04:-------------------------------------------------------- Items [ITM]
CHAPTER 05:----------------------------------------------------- Controls [CTL]
CHAPTER 06:-------------------------------------------- Zone Descriptions [ZND]
CHAPTER 07:------------------------------------------- The Chaos Emeralds [EMR]
CHAPTER 08:----------------------------------------------- Special Stages [SPC]
CHAPTER 09:------------------------------------------------------ Badniks [BDN]
CHAPTER 10:------------------------------------------------------- Bosses [BSS]
CHAPTER 11:------------------------ Codes, Cheats, Glitches, and Oddities [CCG]
CHAPTER 12:---------------------------------------------- Acknowledgments [ACK]
CHAPTER 13:----------------------------------------------- Author Contact [ATC]
CHAPTER 14:-------------------------------------------- Guide Usage Rules [GUR]
CHAPTER 15:--------------------------------------------------- Final Word [FNW]





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            [CPT]     CHAPTER 01:  Copyright Information     [CPT]

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This document, "Sonic the Hedgehog FAQ," cannot be duplicated (manually,
electronically, or otherwise) without written, not electronic, permission from
the author, myself for those who aren't aware.  Also, full credit must be given
to me, and the guide must be used as a whole, not in parts.  This will not be
used as a "bonus," "prize," or otherwise.

Copyright (c)2003-2004 Michael Manos
All Rights Reserved

Any website may use this guide, as long as nothing has been changed, and an
e-mail asking permission has been given.

If I find this guide on a website I haven't given permission, I will notify
the proper authorities.

If you wish to host this guide, you must follow the following criteria:
A) Follow the rules outlined in Chapter 14.
B) E-mail me beforehand asking for permission.
C) Have a credible website with decent information already available.
D) Promise that you will not share the information with other websites,
   claiming the work to be your own.

It's really quite simple.  Don't plagiarize me/cut parts out and tell me
that you are going to publish it, and you get to.  Easy.






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               [VSH]     CHAPTER 02:  Version History     [VSH]

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          ==========================================================
                       January 3, 2004 -- Version 3.0
          ==========================================================
  Welcome to another new year, ladies and gentlemen.  Here's what I've done:

ALTERATIONS
- Another new year, another change to the Copyright Information section that
  involves the year, among other things, including the fact that there is no
  Chapter 18 in this guide.  Oops.  Just one con of copying and pasting.
- Changes have been made to the Author Contact section.
- I changed the Final Word a little bit.



          ==========================================================
                        October 4, 2003 -- Version 2.0
          ==========================================================
            Well, I made a couple of quick revisions to this guide.

ALTERATIONS
- I suppose this isn't too important, but I changed the format of the guide, so
  it is now done on WordPad instead of Word.
- Changes have been made to the Copyright Information section.


          ==========================================================
                         June 28, 2003 -- Version 1.0
          ==========================================================
                              Hot off the press!





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                  [CHM]     CHAPTER 03:  Characters     [CHM]

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                              SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
          ===========================================================
A resident of South Island, a speed demon, and a guy with a major chili dog
obsession, Sonic the Hedgehog has evolved into one of the most loved video game
mascots of our time.  When one mentions "Sega," one can't help but think of the
blue, spiky-haired insectivore.

          ==========================================================
                               DR. IVO ROBOTNIK
          ==========================================================
Also known as Dr. Eggman, Robotnik is the definition of evil dudes who need to
hit a Stairmaster.  The red suit and fiery mustache define this guy, but
nothing seems more prominent than the Egg-O-Matic, his transport device used to
hover throughout the universe.

          ==========================================================
                           SOUTH ISLAND INHABITANTS
          ==========================================================
Instead of the standard "Damsel-in-Distress" theme found in many games in this
genre (*cough* Mario *cough*), Sonic must rescue the residents of this island.
Either the gravity level must be really high or there's a lack of nutrition
among the locals, but they are all really short.





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                    [ITM]     CHAPTER 04:  Items     [ITM]

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                     ITEM(S)          ||           USE(S)
          ==========================================================
          |        Power Rings        || Sonic's life depends on   |
          |                           || these shiny, metallic     |
          |                           || rings.  As long as you    |
          |                           || have one ring when hit by |
          |                           || an enemy's attack, or if  |
          |                           || you fall on spikes, you   |
          |                           || will not die.  Contrary   |
          |                           || to other games in the     |
          |                           || series, you lose all your |
          |                           || rings when hit, and they  |
          |                           || are unattainable when     |
          |                           || lost.                     |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |        Ring Monitor       || This gives you ten rings. |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |     Sonic Head Monitor    || This gives you one extra  |
          |                           || extra life.               |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |        Boot Monitor       || This gives a temporary    |
          |                           || speed boost.              |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |        Star Monitor       || This gives temporary      |
          |                           || invincibility.            |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |    Blue Sphere Monitor    || This gives you a shield.  |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |       Arrow Monitor       || When broken, this         |
          |                           || provides a starting point |
          |                           || within the stage if you   |
          |                           || die before completing the |
          |                           || act.                      |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |          Springs          || These shoot you into the  |
          |                           || air.                      |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |        Prison Eggs        || You free the Mobius       |
          |                           || inhabitants by jumping on |
          |                           || the lever on top of these |
          |                           || at the end of each zone,  |
          |                           || with Sky Base Zone as the |
          |                           || only exception.           |
          '--------------------------------------------------------'





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                   [CTL]     CHAPTER 05:  Controls     [CTL]

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                BUTTON CONTROL(S)     ||      MOVE OR ABILITY
          ==========================================================
          |     D-Pad Left, Right     ||  Walk or Run Left, Right  |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |       D-Pad Up, Down      ||      Look Up, Crouch      |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |           1 or 2          ||           Jump            |
          |---------------------------||---------------------------|
          |  While Moving, D-Pad Down ||  Super Sonic Spin Attack  |
          |                           ||          (Roll)           |
          '--------------------------------------------------------'





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              [ZND]     CHAPTER 06:  Zone Descriptions     [ZND]

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One of these days, I may get a walkthrough in this guide.  For now, here's some
brief descriptions of the six zones.

Each zone has three acts.  In each act, Sonic has ten minutes to race to the
end, pass all the obstacles, and collect as many rings as possible.  Pass as
many arrow monitors as possible, for if Sonic should die, he would restart at
the last-broken arrow monitor rather than at the beginning.  Third acts consist
of a short run through the act, followed by a boss battle and nothing more.

          ===========================================================
                             ZONE 01:  Green Hill
          ===========================================================
Yes sir, there's only one hill.  It is either a really large hill or a rather
small island.  Anyway, this is the tutorial zone of the game.  There are three
acts in each zone.  At the end of the final act, there will be a boss, one of
Robotnik's fantastic creations.  Located in a valley of South Island, the main
hazards are spikes, which are mainly at the bottom of the zone floor, and
falling into the abyss.  If you see a yellow warning sign (MD only), don't
move; a floating platform will come to bring you across the spikes or
emptiness.


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                               ZONE 02:  Bridge
          ===========================================================
Surprise, surprise; this zone takes place on bridges.  With high cliffs and
river valleys, this level has some depth, along with one of the coolest 8-Bit
songs in the Sonic franchise.  In Act Two, the screen moves automatically, so
make it a priority not to travel too far ahead.  You may fall or run into a
Badnik.


          ===========================================================
                               ZONE 03:  Jungle
          ===========================================================
Not quite a carnival zone, but pretty close.  This jungle is full of rivers and
springs.  When you see a log in a river, jump on it, and use the D-Pad to
maneuver below the fish.  Act Two consists of a long climb up levitating
platforms decorating a waterfall, so you might want to become accustomed to
Sonic's jumping.


          ===========================================================
                              ZONE 04:  Labyrinth
          ===========================================================
The first underwater zone made in history of the GameGear/Mega Drive series.
Apparently, an ancient civilization got flooded.  The music is relaxing in this
world, but you must be alert at all times; this zone is torture if you do not
have enough skill.  Patience is a virtue, remember. White lance-spikes will
hurt you.  Watch for levers and hit them quickly, because you can survive about
30 seconds without air, even with invincibility.  Take care.


          ==========================================================
                             ZONE 05:  Scrap Brain
          ==========================================================
The first act of this game is rather easy; you should finish it in about a
minute.  The flamethrowers can easily be avoided simply by running regularly.
Act Two is a completely different story.  A labyrinth (What?  Didn't we already
have one?) of booby traps, levers, and electric machinery await you.  Take it
slowly, and always take the upper path whenever possible.


          ==========================================================
                              ZONE 06:  Sky Base
          ==========================================================
An original zone in a GameGear game that will become a series staple: the
aerial fortress.  Electricity powers this big boy, and it will harm you if you
come in contact with some conduits.  They're harmless until they glow, however.
Act Two has no rings, so watch out: huge artillery awaits you.  Obviously,
Robotnik no longer plays Mr. Nice Guy in this zone.  Pure challenge will stun
beginners.





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              [EMR]     CHAPTER 07:  The Chaos Emeralds     [EMR]

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The Chaos Emeralds are the things that make the world go 'round... or at least
the world of Sonic the Hedgehog.  There are six of them, each of a different
color, and Robotnik wants these badly.  You find them throughout each zone.
Locations of the emeralds will come in a later version.





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                [SPC]     CHAPTER 08:  Special Stages     [SPC]

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Special Stages have a unique twist on them in this game.  Like other games, you
need to collect fifty rings (and be in possession of when you complete an act)
in order to access this stage.

For one thing, there's a two minute time limit.  In a "Spring Yard Zone"-esque
stage, you use giant springs to bounce up and collect as many rings as
possible.  One "CONT" Monitor exists in each stage; collecting this gains you,
shockingly, a continue.

After your first five or six stages, the time limit is halved.





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                   [BDN]     CHAPTER 09:  Badniks     [BDN]

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There are twelve different Badniks, but I do not know the names.  Therefore, I
shall use the names from the Genesis game.


     =====================================================================
                                 NAMED BADNIKS
     =====================================================================

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                        Ball Hog                         |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Location:-------------------------------------- Scrap Brain
          Description:------------------------------------ A pink pig
          Attack:------------------------------ Launching Projectiles

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                        Burrobot                         |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Location:---------------------------------------- Labyrinth
          Description:----------------- A red and blue drilling robot
          Attack:------------------------------------- Roaming Around

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                       Buzz Bomber                       |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Locations:------------------------------ Green Hill; Bridge
          Description:---------------------------------- A red hornet
          Attack:------------------------------ Launching Projectiles

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                       Caterkiller                       |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Locations:------------------------------------- Scrap Brain
          Description:---------------------------- A pink caterpillar
          Attack:------------------------------------- Roaming Around

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                         Chopper                         |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Locations:---------------------- Green Hill; Bridge; Jungle
          Description:--------------------------------- A red piranha
          Attack:-------------------------------------------- Jumping

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                        Crabmeat                         |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Locations:---------------------- Green Hill; Bridge; Jungle
          Description:---------------------------- A red and tan crab
          Attack:------------------------------ Launching Projectiles

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                          Jaws                           |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Location:---------------------------------------- Labyrinth
          Description:---------------------------------- A pink shark
          Attack:------------------------------------- Roaming Around

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                        Moto Bug                         |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Location:--------------------------------------- Green Hill
          Description:------------------------- A red wheeled ladybug
          Attack:------------------------------------- Roaming Around

          .-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-.
          |                         Newtron                         |
          '-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-'
          Location:--------------------------------------- Green Hill
          Description:----------------- A green newt with yellow eyes
          Attacks:----------------- Launching Projectiles; Relocating



     =====================================================================
                                UNNAMED BADNIKS
     =====================================================================
         There are three Badniks without names.  Their data is below.

          Location:------------------------------------------- Bridge
          Description:---- A pink and yellow lobster with gray spikes
          Attack:------------------------------------- Roaming Around

          Location:----------------------------------------- Sky Base
          Description:------------------------------------ A red bomb
          Attack:------------------------------------------ Exploding

          Locations:---------------------------------------- Sky Base
          Description:--- A red orb with four spiked surrounding orbs
          Attack:------------------------- Launching Surrounding Orbs





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                   [BSS]     CHAPTER 10:  Bosses     [BSS]

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                        GREEN HILL - Egg-O-Matic Dasher
          ===========================================================
          Description:---------- The Egg-O-Matic in its "purest" form
          Attack:------------------------------------- Screen Dashing
          Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
          How to Defeat:------- For the GameGear version, hit when he
          ------------- lowers down.  For Mega Drive players, you can
          ----------------------------------------- hit him any time.


          ===========================================================
              BRIDGE - Egg-O-Matic Levitating Projectile Launcher
          ===========================================================
          Description:------- A blue, projectile-shooting Egg-O-Matic
          Attack:------------------------------- Projectile Launching
          Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
          How to Defeat:- Just hit the Egg-O-Matic whenever possible.
          ----------------- Be forewarned, for you may stop spinning.
          -------------- Game Gear's boss battle takes place over two
          ----------------- gaps while Mega Drive's version is over a
          --------------------------------------------------- bridge.


          ===========================================================
                       JUNGLE - Egg-O-Matic Ball Dropper
          ===========================================================
          Description:------- The Egg-O-Matic that, well, drops balls
          Attack:------------------------------------- Dropping Balls
          Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
          How to Defeat:--- Hit whenever possible and avoid the balls
          -------------------- and the gaps on the side of the stage.


          ===========================================================
                LABYRINTH - Egg-O-Matic Homing Torpedo Launcher
          ===========================================================
          Description:------- The Egg-O-Matic that launches torpedoes
          Attack:--------------------------- Homing Torpedo Launching
          Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
          How to Defeat:-- Once again, hit whenever possible.  Oxygen
          ----------------- isn't a problem, for Sonic cannot die due
          ------------------------------------------- to suffocation.


          ===========================================================
                        SKY BASE - Electron Manipulator
          ===========================================================
          Description:----------- Giant tube protected by electricity
          Attack:------------------------------------ Electric Shocks
          Number of Hits Needed:-------------------------- Eight Hits
          How to Defeat:---- Surprise, surprise... hit whenever able.





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    [CCG]     CHAPTER 11:  Codes, Cheats, Glitches, and Oddities     [CCG]

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Admit it.  You have wanted to cheat in almost any video game to come out.
Fortunately, we have a section for you special people.  Here it is.

Game Genie codes coming soon.

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                                   IGN CODES
          ==========================================================
EXTRA LIFE (ANY LEVEL)
At the end of any level, if you have less than 50 rings and therefore cannot
get to the bonus level, run through the turnstile and then stop and jump
straight into the air.  If the turnstile is off the screen when it stops
spinning, when you come down it should show a picture of Sonic and therefore
give you an extra life.


EXTRA LIFE (LEVEL ONE)
To get an extra life at the beginning of the game, walk (don't run) down the
first ramp.  And after you have walked over the edge of the ramp find the
second tree.  Go to it and jump.  An extra life power-up will fall!


LEVEL SELECT
When you see tails running press Start + Button 1 and 2.  Also rotate the
directional pad.  When you hear the coin sound press start.



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                                  DIFFERENCES
          ===========================================================
There are several differences between the GameGear and Mega Drive versions of
the game, including the following:
- The Mega Drive has a higher screen resolution, making it easier to see your
  surroundings.
- The GameGear has a higher color palette.
- The Special Stage has a different color scheme.
- The Bridge Zone boss is fought on bridges on the Mega Drive.





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               [ACK]     CHAPTER 12:  Acknowledgments     [ACK]

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PEOPLE                                  WEBSITES
-- Webmasters                           -- GameFAQs <www.gamefaqs.com>
   - For hosting this FAQ                  - For continuing to show great
-- Myself                                    appreciation for FAQ writers such
   - For writing this FAQ                    as myself
-- Rob (AU620RS@aol.com)                   - For being the first host of this
   - For informing me that hedgehogs         FAQ
     are insectivores, not rodents      -- IGN Codes <codes.ign.com>
                                            - For providing the codes
                                        -- GameWinners <www.gamewinners.com>
                                           - For providing the Game Genie codes
                                        -- Green Hill Zone
                                           <www.emulationzone.org/fanfare/ghz/
                                           index.html>
                                           - For information in the
                                             "Differences" section





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               [ATC]     CHAPTER 13:  Author Contact     [ATC]

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I can be reached via e-mail at the following address:

  cyebersurpher@hotmail.com

If you wish to e-mail me about game help, please put "Sonic the Hedgehog GG" as
the title of the e-mail.  I also ask that you do not address questions about
the Genesis version of the game and how it relates to this game.  They are two
different games.

Furthermore, do not ask a question involving something already addressed in
the guide, such as "How many zones are in the game?".  I have received
countless e-mails with questions like that.  They aren't appreciated.





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              [GUR]     CHAPTER 14:  Guide Usage Rules     [GUR]

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DOs:
-- Please e-mail me before publishing this guide.  If not, I will be forced to
   take legal action against you.  You don't want that.
-- I made all these sections for a reason.  Leave them in.


DON'Ts:
-- Don't take out sections.
-- Don't make it so it says you are the author of this FAQ.  I know how to use
   search engines, and I will find you.
-- Don't publish this without asking me.  The only website exempt to this is
   GameFAQs <www.gamefaqs.com>
-- Don't post an outdated version of this FAQ.  People want fresh, new
   material.





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                  [FNW]     CHAPTER 15:  Final Word     [FNW]

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Imagine, about five years ago, a lonely kid wanted to help gamers out, so he
created a sole guide for Sonic the Hedgehog.  Now, this makes his fifth guide
for GameFAQs, and he has surpassed the age of sixteen.  I just hope you enjoy
my work and continue to read my work when you need help with the Blue Blur and
his adventures.  For now, later.





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