On October 18, 2014 (the twentieth anniversary of the original release of Sonic & Knuckles and subsequently Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles), Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley (who developed the remastered versions of Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2) released a concept video showcasing a prototype of a remastered version of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for smartphone devices they have worked on for a while. However, circumstances prevented the development from proceeding any further.
The same as the 1994 game.
Why it Was Cancelled
- There were music copyrights in the zones' music that were composed by Michael Jackson and Brad Buxer
- Christian Whitehead couldn't hold the Sonic 3 Mobile Rights
- The mobile port of Sonic 3 ended up being cancelled.
- The Mobile ports of Sonic CD, Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 are stand alone.
- Sonic Mania released in August of 2017.
- a Version of Sonic 3 Close to the mobile ports called Sonic 3 A.I.R Was Released, with a mobile port being released soon.
- It will finally see the light of day in Sonic Origins in 2022.