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.

According to a post on The Escapist Forums, it is possible to use the Sonic & Knuckles lock-on technology with Sonic 1, 2, and 3 if if you own Sonic & Knuckles on the Wii Virtual Console. However, like the original 1991 Genesis release, this only unlocks the blue sphere mini-game in Sonic 1.

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

You can officially play as Knuckles in other later releases of Sonic 1. He can be unlocked in the remastered iOS and Android ports by Christian Whitehead or the Sonic Origins collection. Alternatively there are several fan projects that let you play as Knuckles such as the Sonic 1 decompilation, Sonic 1 Forever, or Stealth's Knuckles in Sonic 1 romhack.

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