[TOP 13] Best Sonic 3 AIR Mods In 2022

Looking for the best Sonic 3 AIR mods? you’ve landed on the right gaming blog. Sonic 3 A.I.R. is by far the most amazing fan-made game for Sonic that exists, It brings fans back into the 2D world of Angel Island but with so many new features and twists such as the 16:9 widescreen support, consistent 60 fps gameplay, a spanking new time attack mode, along with several bug fixes and minor gameplay tweaks.

One of the perks of this game is that, like many other Sonic games, it supports mods extremely well. As a result, it has gained an enormous library of mods that can rival other official titles in the franchise. However, with over a thousand mods out there, picking the right ones for you could prove to be a heavy chore.

That’s why today on JoinGame, we took it upon ourselves to unburden you from any heavy lifting, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Sonic 3 AIR mods on the internet right now.

These are the best Sonic 3 AIR Mods:

  • Sonic 3 Complete Sprites
  • Extra Slot Mighty
  • Super Form Miles 
  • Ultimate Metal Sonic
  • Sonic Mania HUD
  • Boss Bar HUD
  • Original Zone Order


It is well known that sprites are vital to any Sonic gameplay, as they act as companions during the runs. In the course of gameplay, they grant abilities to your playable characters, such as extending the duration of power-ups and dashes, magnifying the appearances of power-ups, enhancing the collection of rings, etc.

Sonic 3 Complete Sprites adds more Sonic 3 sprites to the already existing sprites! It contains sprites that have been imported from Sonic 3 Complete. Meaning that not only there will be a full set of unique Super Sonic sprites, but also a set of customized sprites for normal Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Some of the tweaked sprites have more subtle mutations than others.


Everyone’s favorite hard-shelled champion, Mighty the Armadillo, makes his return to the Angel Island Revisited universe. Extra Slot Mighty is a mod that adds the Ultimate Mighty as an extra character to Sonic 3 AIR without having to exceed Sonic’s existing slots.

Mighty, comes equipped with all of his signature abilities such as bullet deflection and spike immunity. Comparable to how it worked in Sonic Mania, he can slam through Badniks with the hammer drop, climb large walls with the wall jump and navigate Knuckle’s routes in Angel Island act 2, Ice Cap, and Lava Reef act 2.


If Tails is your favorite character, then you will love this mod which had a lot of love and attention put into it, Arifkunviid’s Miles changes all the tail sprites with Arifkunviid’s Sonic-3-styled tail sheet! It also includes some minor tweaks here and there.

Furthermore, this mod doesn’t just alter Tails’ sprites, it also makes sure he has a special separate continuation screen, separate sprite poses at all endings, and also some animations that are changed (Like the Idle, looking up or down).


“Metaru Sonikku” the evil antagonist, an extremely powerful Badnik version of Sonic the Hedgehog, created by Dr. Eggman with the sole purpose of destroying Sonic. Is now a playable character in Sonic 3 A.I.R. This mod also introduces Metal Sonic into Sonic 3 AIR, with a complete animation set, enhanced custom moveset, and more features than ever before.

Ultimate Metal Sonic ships with a full sprite sheet, and 9 different palettes, with some taking inspiration from Metal’s appearance in other games or from his robotic hedgehog brethren.


Sonic Mania HUD, as the name would suggest, is a UI mod that replaces the standard HUD elements with those from Sonic Mania. While the standard HUD isn’t by no means ugly, the Sonic Mania HUD provides a more crisp and compressed look that penetrates to the very core of the details.


Boss fights in Sonic 3 A.I.R. are nothing but interesting and engaging, however, your focus will be entirely put on trying to evade the boss attacks while at the same time trying to land some of your own.

Boss Bar HUD is another gameplay mod that adds a bar to your boss fights to help you monitor your progress. This way you will be able to calculate your next moves based on the current battle’s progress.


Original Zone Order is a mod that does exactly as it says, it tries to reverse the current zone order in Sonic 3 AIR back to its formal order.

It does so by placing Flying Battery in-between Carnival Night and IceCap, as intended in the original game prior to the game being split into two versions.

So this concludes our list of the best Sonic 3 AIR mods. We really wish you’ll have a chance to browse through them and settle on some of them for your next playthrough.

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JoinGames Staff