As many people know Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was one of the most popular 16 bit platform titles of the war 90’s. Sonic 3 had tremendous success on the Sega Genesis and despite not selling as much as the first two Sonic games it was and still is considered to be a memorable platform classic. While Sonic 3 released in 1994 there are some who question whether or not the game could have sold as much on the Sega Saturn following its release in ’95. Its unlikely that the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 would have been a huge success on the Sega Saturn to the same extent as it was for the Genesis console considering how much it ended up selling in retail during the mid to late 90’s.
While the Sega Saturn ended up selling over 9 million units worldwide the Sega Genesis sold over 30 million between 1988-1997. Also, considering the fact that Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2 was on the Sega Genesis having the third game on Sega Saturn would not have made too much sense. Overall, releasing Sonic the Hedgehog 3 for the Genesis console worked out well and seeing how popular Sonic CD was in ’93 releasing the game for the Sega CD would have been a better alternative than the Sega Saturn at the time.