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I have an original Wii. I downloaded the original Sonic Genesis games on the Wii Virtual Console: Sonic the Hedgehog 1, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles.

As most Sonic fans know, Sonic 1 is unfortunately incompatible with Sonic and Knuckle's lock on technology. And this is true even for the virtual console as I found out. Though in 2005 I read somewhere that a Knuckles in Sonic One version was released. Though I couldn’t find it in the Wii shop channel.

Is it possible to play as Knuckles in Sonic 1 on the Wii? Either as a mod or a purchasable downloadable game?

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It is not possible to play as Knuckles in the Wii Virtual Console release of Sonic the Hedgehog 1.

The Wii Virtual Console version of Sonic the Hedgehog 1 is a direct port of the original 1991 Genesis game. It has no additional features.

According to a post on The Escapist Forums, if you own Sonic & Knuckles on the Wii Virtual Console, it is possible to use the Sonic & Knuckles lock-on technology with Sonic 1, 2, and 3.

Press the '-' button on the Wii Remote. This can be done ANY time. The game will reset and reload as what ever you chose. There are 4 options: Normal, Sonic 1, Sonic 2 and Sonic 3.

Normal is just Sonic & Knuckles, and the others are Get Blue Spheres (Sonic 1), Knuckles in Sonic 2, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles


The only official way to play as Knuckles in the original Sonic the Hedgehog would be the remastered iOS and Android ports by Christian Whitehead. The mobile port included several enhancements, such as the addition of Tails & Knuckles as unlockable characters.

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