An earlier version of this article was originally posted on February 2, 2009.


  • SnakeinmyBoot - April 2, 2014 6:14 a.m.

    The blue sphere stages were dissed while Sonic 2's half pipes of terror get their own entry? To each his own. But, I gotta say the last few half pipes were a pain because you had to play and fail them dozens of times to memorize the stupid bombs and increasingly valuable ring groups(better grab every ring in round 1, better to have more to sacrifice) coming around a blind corner at Sonic's favorite speed, too fast. The blue sphere level's might have been tedious but required skill more than memorization and most had interesting, original layouts unlike the pipes. Which type got it's own mini-game by the way? Hmmm? And S3&K's bubble gum machine was okay, but the energy ball one was great. You could usually grab the shield you wanted easily, get tons of rings for super/hyper mode, and maybe a couple extra lives if you're lucky. The slots one can fall into a pit of spikes while stuck in super mode, though. Screw you triple Robotnics, I just wanted an electric shield or a few more rings. All those bonus and special stages did tie together one of the greatest games of all time, though. Ignore all the goodies and go for the challenge or work for the extra layer or two of security and have an easier time fighting Robotnic. And for those whining about new games, don't we got sidequests in games now? Bonus Levels were a break from the normal action that might have a reward for use in the normal game. Isn't that what a sidequest is, just shorter with little to no plot?
  • Pruman - April 1, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    I'm going with the lightsaber fights against Boba Fett and Vader from the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game. Not only are the levels great, they're a rare case of amazing use of force feedback. Blocking Vader's strikes makes it feel like the stick is going to get ripped right out of your hand. Sure, you'll die the first few times because of the weird controls, but taking Vader down is so damn cool...
  • g1rldraco7 - March 31, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    Yay Sonic and Shadow finally do an article together. Justin is Sonic and Lucas is Shadow by the way, I loved the shooting range in RE4, very fun. The Test Your Might levels in MK were too hilarious if you did mash fast enough.
  • garnsr - March 31, 2014 7:39 p.m.

    Puppeteer had some nifty looking bonus levels, even if they were just bouncing to catch stars.
  • Vonter - March 31, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    Another thing brushed aside by modern gaming. T_T
  • SWEDE7769 - March 4, 2009 8:40 a.m.

    You forgot one of the greatest bonus levels EVER - GAUNTLET - welcome to the treasure room... as for the kids out there, today's bonus levels are garbage or nonexistent compared to us OLD SKOOLERS
  • gmilf71 - February 5, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    yah, what ABOUT nazi zombies?!?! and where are the R&C insominiac museums? but MK and SF2 are deffinitely win. ninjas breaking bricks and fat sumos kicking sedans are very awsome.
  • noobeater - February 3, 2009 7:54 p.m.

    i cant remember but dint golden eye have bonus missions not part of he main story? any answers? great article sonic on sega genesis ftw!
  • key0blade - February 3, 2009 12:22 p.m.

    animeman and KHfan are right, a bunch of old *great* games
  • Romination - February 3, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    I want to give an example of a modern game... *scrounges through stuff he has* Ah! Elebits had some great bonus levels. They were all quite a challenge, but i loved them because of it. No More Heroes had a bonus level that was a throwback to old games like Galaga, that was cool too. House of the Dead 2+3 had this cool 'between games' level where you earned stuff for arcade mode. Could the knifing in Deadly Silence be a bonus level? ...yep. all i got
  • Weasel - February 3, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    What, no Skullmonkeys? The Little Bonus Room song is awesome! And lets not forget the super-secret Disco bonus round.
  • aznpoolpro - February 3, 2009 2:41 a.m.

    because mostly old game had bonus rounds. Now adays thy dont have them anymore, the companies are more concentrated on Graphics and NEW stuff. Like Whats the next best thing!
  • Ninja-KiLLR - February 3, 2009 1:33 a.m.

    OMG cool spot i loved that game. that was one of my first games too
  • Octaviux - February 2, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Fat guy kicking a car wins
  • Sebastian16 - February 2, 2009 11:43 p.m.

  • skyguy343 - February 2, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    what about target tests in smash bros?
  • sixboxes - February 2, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    What about Final Fight, where you smash the car? Sure it's a lot like the SFII bonus level on this list, but boosted by the facts that a) you have a nice long pipe with which to demolish the auto, and b) the thug walks up just after you're done and drops to his knees, sobbing "Oh, my god!" Priceless, that.
  • vic88 - February 2, 2009 6:23 p.m.

    the classics are where its at .
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - February 2, 2009 6:16 p.m.

    resi 4, sonic and mortal kombat are the best, particulary "TEST YOUR MIGHT" in MK.
  • oliver89 - February 4, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    my brother had a cheat on enter the matrix where you get 2 player and you get to fight as cars.

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