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The Wide Springs (3連バネ 3-Ren?), also known as Long Springs (ロングスプリング Rongu Supuringu?), is a recurring gimmick in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that first appeared in Sonic Adventure. It is a variation of the regular Spring, but with three springs on one plate.

Description

The Wide Spring's standard appearance is a red oblong with three blue circles on, each with a yellow star in the center. The Wide Spring's main object is to send the player flying into the air when touched, though there are some differences between them from game to game, like appearance and additional abilities. The player can also use the Homing Attack to target the Wide Spring from a distance.

Games appearances

Sonic Adventure

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A model of the Wide Spring in Sonic Adventure.

The Wide Spring first appeared in Sonic Adventure, where it looks slightly winded. Wide Springs do not appear often in the game, only being found in specific Stages such as Twinkle Park.

Sonic Adventure 2

The Wide Spring next appeared in Sonic Adventure 2, where it slightly modified and became much like an Oblong. When using it, the playable characters will enter their spinball form. The Wide Springs are only used by Sonic, Shadow, Knuckles, Rouge, Tikal and Chaos.

Sonic Heroes

Wide Springs also appeared in Sonic Heroes. In this game, the Wide Spring's appearance is slightly modified, as instead of being completely oblong, the Wide Spring is bend from the sides and one of its circles will lights up when the player touches it. After touching all its circles, the player will get a special power-up, like Invincibility, Super Rings and Power Cores. Like in Sonic Adventure 2, it will turn the playable character into a ball when touching it.

Shadow the Hedgehog

The Wide Spring appeared again in Shadow the Hedgehog. In this game, its design is changed, possesses a scratched red surface and three dark green circles instead of the blue circle with stars. Also, it will just make Shadow spin without an aura, but he is still can do a Homing Attack after launching by one of them.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

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The model of the Wide Spring.

The Wide Springs reappeared in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). In this game, they returned to their regular appearance from Sonic Heroes. The only difference between the Wide Springs in this game and the previous ones is that these ones will only launch the player higher to the air without the playable characters entering their spinball form. Additionally, the player can still use the Homing Attack after being launched up by one these springs.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

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ٍStorm heading to a Wide Spring.

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, the Wide Spring retained its appearance from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) and are seen in most courses. When interacted, the Wide Spring will launch the player to a series of smaller Springs or other gimmicks to traverse through the course, usually acting as a shortcut. However, the player cannot interact with them unless he/she is running along the course on-foot, or is under the effects of the Attack power-up item.

Sonic Unleashed

The Wide Springs reappeared again in both versions of Sonic Unleashed. Like in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), it will not make the playable character enter his spinball form and the player can use the Homing Attack after being launching by it.

Sonic and the Black Knight

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The Wide Spring in Sonic and the Black Knight.

In Sonic and the Black Knight, the Wide Spring has the same exact appearance as in Sonic Unleashed. However, its colors has been modified to suit the game graphics. They appear only in the game's Legacy missions.

Sonic Colors

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Yellow Wide Spring, as it is seen in Wii version of Sonic Colors.

In the Wii version of Sonic Colors, the Wide Spring reappeared again and more often than the regular Springs. Like in the previous games, it will not make the playable character enter his spinball form and the player can use the Homing Attack after being launched by it.

Besides the regular Wide Springs, there are yellow types of them in this game, but they appear less frequently. After touching one of these springs, it starts to auto-scroll along with the stage and the player usually has to balance on top of it. Like traditional yellow Springs, they don't bounce as high as regular ones, but it is possible to get launched higher by stomping multiple times. Using Super Sonic on this platform is not advisable as it cannot keep up with his speed.

Sonic Generations

The Wide Springs made another return in Sonic Generations. In this game, it has nearly the same outfits of that appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Like in the previous games, it will not make the playable character enter his spinball form and the player can use the Homing Attack after being launching by it.

Trivia

  • In the multiplayer mode of Sonic Adventure 2, if Metal Sonic bounces off the Wide Spring while performing the Somersault at the same time, he will be propelled in his standing animation.
  • Wide Springs also appear in Feel The Magic: XY/XX during the "Chaser" minigame. Both games were developed by Sonic Team.

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