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By pressing down on the D-pad and rapidly pressing the jump button, Sonic would turn into a spinning ball and would dash at high speed upon release.  Spin dashing allows for players to go from a dead stop to high speed, which is very useful when attempting to regain speed after being struck by an enemy.  Spin dashing also makes passing through obstacles such as loops and corkscrews much easier.  After reaching speed Sonic can then also go into a roll and attack and destroy any enemy he may encounter.  This type of dashing is not without risk as the player can reach such high speeds that they might be unable to avoid running into a hazards.

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