Sonic has been captured by Badniks on Angel Island, where he had been hiding in the Marble Temple, and brought in chains to Robotnik's spaceship. Tails secretly followed, stowing away on the Badnik's transport. Robotnik has Sonic brought before him, bemoaning the day he had once transformed Sonic into this supersonic creature. Sonic understands why: it must bring back memories of the days when Robotnik was still good, and known as Professor Kintobor. When a Penguinator Badnik reveals that they also found the Emeralds with Sonic, Robotnik is overjoyed... that is until Sonic breaks free of his chains, knocks the bag of emeralds out of the spaceship hatch, and then jumps after it. Tails has to rush to catch Sonic before he hits the ground. Robotnik orders all of his armies to chase the two of them.