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Level select

For a level select, wait until Tails blinks once, then then two more times in quick succession at the title screen. Then, hold Diagonal Down/Left, 1 and 2 and wait until Tail blinks for a third time. Press Start at exactly that moment, while Tails' eyes are closed. A sound will confirm the code has worked. Use Up or Down to select a level and press 2 to begin playing.

The level select may also be accessed by holding Diagonal Down/Left, 1 and 2 during the introduction sequence. Keep these buttons held as the title screen is displayed, then release them after three chimes are heard. Press Start to enter the level selection screen.

Level select (European version)

For a level select, enter the sound test screen and play tracks 19, 65, 9, then 17 (in that order). Press Start to exit the screen. Wait until Sonic and Tails give a "thumbs up" and press 1 and Start together, then Start.

Level passwords (European version)

LevelPassword
2EAGF
3CHFA
Bonus(none)
5DGBC
6HBGA
7FBHE
Bonus(none)
9BFCH

Hint: More than nine lives

The instruction manual for the game states that you cannot exceed the maximum number of nine lives; however, in reality, you can exceed nine lives, but the counter will stop at nine. Lives above nine will still be stored, but just not displayed. If you have, for example, eleven lives, the counter will display nine. If you lose one, it will remain at nine.

Hint: Hidden area

At the start of Under Ground Zone Act 2, a secret area can be found in the location where you start, but further up on a ledge. In order to get into it you must go to the bottom of the ledge. Go even further, turn around, and run at full speed. Then, press Down and you will start to roll. If done correctly you will break through and enter. Inside there 24 rings and a ring box, giving you a total of 34 rings. There is also a mine car that will lead you out. There are a number of hidden areas like this in the game; they are often found in locations where there are perfectly square bricks. Run toward the bricks at full speed and roll; or if there is a spring available, use that and roll to break through the bricks.

Game Genie codes

This cheat requires the Game Genie cheat device.

EffectCode
Unlimited Lives009-04F-3BE
Invincible After 1 Ring (Except On Act 3)A78-92C-19E
Each Ring Worth 2 Points026-5ED-E6E
Each Ring Worth 3 Points036-5ED-E6E
Each Ring Worth 4 Points046-5ED-E6E
Each Ring Worth 5 Points056-5ED-E6E
Each Ring Worth 6 Points066-5ED-E6E
Each Ring Worth 7 Points076-5ED-E6E
Each Ring Worth 8 Points086-5ED-E6E
Don't Lose Rings When Hit3A7-E4C-2A2
Start With 1 Life012-B8D-E66
Start With 5 Lives052-B8D-E66
Start With 9 Lives092-B8D-E66
Stop Timer001-12D-3B7
Start On Act 23E2-E4D-3B4 + 012-E5D-E69
Start On Act 33E2-E4D-3B4 + 022-E5D-E69

Pro Action Replay codes

This cheat requires the Pro Action Replay cheat device.

EffectCode
Unlimited Rings (press 1 at the end of the level during score totalling)00D2-9963
Unlimited Lives00D2-9809
Invincibility after being hit once00D3-A915
Start at Underground Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9500 + 00D2-9600
Start at Underground Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9500 + 00D2-9601
Start at Underground Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9500 + 00D2-9602
Start at Sky High Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9501 + 00D2-9600
Start at Sky High Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9501 + 00D2-9601
Start at Sky High Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9501 + 00D2-9602
Start at Aqualake Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9502 + 00D2-9600
Start at Aqualake Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9502 + 00D2-9601
Start at Aqualake Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9502 + 00D2-9602
Start at Greenhills Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9503 + 00D2-9600
Start at Greenhills Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9503 + 00D2-9601
Start at Greenhills Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9503 + 00D2-9602
Start at Gimmick Mountain Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9504 + 00D2-9600
Start at Gimmick Mountain Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9504 + 00D2-9601
Start at Gimmick Mountain Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9504 + 00D2-9602
Start at Scrambled Egg Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9505 + 00D2-9600
Start at Scrambled Egg Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9505 + 00D2-9601
Start at Scrambled Egg Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9505 + 00D2-9602
Start at Crystal Egg Zone, Act 1 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9505 + 00D2-9600
Start at Crystal Egg Zone, Act 2 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9505 + 00D2-9601
Start at Crystal Egg Zone, Act 3 (activate enable switch after the first 2 title screens but before the level starts, after the level starts disable Pro Action Replay)00D2-9505 + 00D2-9602
Keeps Time At Zero (Seconds)00D2-B900
Keeps Time At Zero (Minutes)00D2-BA00
High Gravity00D5-18FF
Never ending jump (switch code off to return to ground)00D5-180F
Glider From Start00D5-0213
Invisible Sonic00D5-2876

Infinite Extra Lives

On to of the first loop in Green Hills Zone Act 1, there is a life monitor. If you're fast enough because of the impulse that you took to climb on the loop, you will take the life monitor and pass directly. Press Jump exactly on the diagonal green spring and try to return to where the extra life is and it will be there again. You can repeat this as many times as you want.

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