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The First ROM Dump of a Sonic 1 Prototype Has Finally Been Released Thanks to Hidden Palace

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Hidden Palace have gifted the community one of the most significant ROM dumps of any SEGA game for their final release of 2020.

The team have released the very first publicly available prototype of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for Mega Drive, and it is downloadable right now and playable in either an emulator or on real hardware.

You may have seen the various unused gameplay elements and alternate artwork from this prototype in pre-release footage or the various magazine coverage from the time. This includes the UFOs in Marble Garden Zone, the different neon signs in Spring Yard Zone, the checkerboard ball that Sonic can run on in Green Hill Zone and the different stage titles for Spring Yard Zone and Scrap Brain Zone. Well, they’re all in this prototype and it makes for a fascinating insight into the game’s development.

Download the Sonic the Hedgehog prototype now by clicking here. Thank you to everyone at Hidden Palace for digitally preserving such an important piece of SEGA history.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

New Sonic Adventure 2, Spinball & Mean Bean Machine Prototypes Released by Hidden Palace

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Fast becoming one of the most important resources for digital archiving of prototype software, Hidden Palace have released another slew of prototype versions of various Sonic the Hedgehog titles. These new dumps of late development builds of Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine showcase some fascinating insight into their development and feature a slew of differences from their final builds.

Sonic Adventure 2 features many grammatical errors that would be corrected for the final build, Metal Harbor and the final Sonic and Shadow battle are considerably more difficult and the driving stages feature different collision results when driving into other vehicles. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

Sonic Spinball features an entirely different menu theme which was infamously changed at the last minute due to STI discovering they didn’t have the license to use the original Sonic the Hedgehog theme. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine features the smallest amount of differences between this dump and its final release, with only the staff credits missing from this build. The full list of differences can be read on the Hidden Palace entry for this release.

All of these dumps can be downloaded and played through emulation or on real hardware from the Hidden Palace entries linked above. Hidden Palace will be streaming and revealing their “last present from under the tree” tonight (31/12/2020) at 10pm GMT on Twitch, so if you’re excited to see more prototypes from their team then be sure to tune in.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

Knuckles in Sonic 2 Added to Upcoming SEGA Ages Port of Sonic 2

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Weekly Famitsu have revealed a new feature of the upcoming SEGA Ages port of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Nintendo Switch. This port will also include the ‘Knuckles in Sonic 2’ functionality that would normally come from locking the game onto Sonic & Knuckles. This allows players to play the entire game as Knuckles the Echidna as opposed to Sonic or Tails.

The SEGA Ages port of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is still without a release date, but it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch as a downloadable title. The game will also add additional actions, a Super Sonic mode and online rankings. The SEGA Ages collection has been entirely developed by M2 for Nintendo Switch and often feature exclusive features.

[Source: Gematsu]

Disney to Re-Release Mega Drive Versions of Aladdin and The Lion King in New Budget Collection This October 29th

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

UPDATE
In light of this announcement, Disney have removed the previously available Steam versions of The Lion King and Aladdin from sale. Their storefront pages are still on Steam, but the option to buy them is no longer there. Thanks to Saturn Memories for the tip.

ORIGINAL STORY
Disney and Digital Eclipse will re-release the Mega Drive versions of Aladdin and The Lion King in a new budget-release collection for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 29th 2019.

This new compilation also includes the Game Boy versions of the games alongside the SNES version of The Lion King. The SNES version of Aladdin isn’t included, likely due to a licensing issue. The SNES version of Aladdin is a completely different game when compared to its Mega Drive equivalent, and it was developed by Capcom.

The collection also boasts a 15 second rewind button, a previously unreleased “Final Cut” of Aladdin and the 1993 trade show version of Aladdin. Aladdin is famous for being the 3rd best selling Mega Drive game behind Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

[Source: Nibel on Twitter]

Unreleased 32X Port of Pinocchio Discovered | YouTube Channel

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

A recently discovered 1995 prototype of Pinocchio for the 32X has been discovered. Dumped by Radar and released by drx, this 32X version of the game features a wider colour palette and some additional layers of parallax scrolling backgrounds. You can see the game in action via our video below, where we also compare it to the eventual 1996 Mega Drive release:

Click here to download the ROM from Hidden Palace if you’d like to try it for yourself. It’s a fascinating little discovery!

New Dreamcast Game ‘Intrepid Izzy’ Seeking Kickstarter Funding

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Intrepid Izzy is a new Dreamcast action platformer from Senile Team; famed creators of Rush Rush Rally Racing and Beats of Rage. The game is currently in development and is seeking funding via the Kickstarter platform. At the time of writing the game is 40% funded with 17 days to go. If you’re interested in supporting a new Dreamcast project then you can visit the game’s Kickstarter page and pledge now. The Dreamcast tier will set you back 30 euros which is a great price for a brand new, physical Dreamcast game. In conjuction with the Dreamcast release, the game will also be released on PC and PS4.

[Source: Intrepid Izzy on Kickstarter]

Bubsy and Accolade Return with Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back for PC and PS4

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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Okay so Bubsy is not a SEGA property but the original 2 games did appear on the Mega Drive and publisher Accolade are intrinsically connected with a big part of SEGA history (click here to read more), so we have to let you know that Accolade are back and they’re publishing a brand new Bubsy title called Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back. Yes, really.

Developed by Black Forest Games who are responsible for the rather good Giana: Twisted Dreams, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is clearing riffing on the first two Bubsy titles and offers a 2.5D aesthetic, a whole host of yarn-based gimmicks and a snarky attitude to boot.

Check out the announcement trailer by clicking below:

Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back will launch on PC and PS4 in Autumn 2017.

[Source: Gematsu]

Review: The Golden Compass on Xbox 360

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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There’s something morbidly fascinating about SEGA’s late 2000s movie tie-in games. There’s so many of them and they’re all outsourced to little studios who were probably given an extremely tight deadline to work towards and the results are telling. Why on Earth SEGA commissioned a game based on 2007’s underperforming The Golden Compass (currently rocking a 43% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an opening weekend described by New Line Cinema as “a little disappointing”) is a mystery to me, but I imagine it’s probably down to being a family orientated movie with an insane amount of fantasy gimmicks that can be utilised for a video game.

Click here to read our full review complete with scans of the cover, instruction manual and disc as well as screenshots.

Review: Earthworm Jim 2 for Mega Drive

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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The original Earthworm Jim is a zany, off-the-wall, run ‘n’ gun, cartoon platformer that has earned its place as one of the Mega Drive’s greatest games. A sequel seemed inevitable at the time, but in hindsight, was there really anything that the Earthworm Jim formula needed to improve on?

Click here to read our full review of Earthworm Jim 2 on the Mega Drive. This review contains scans of the cover art, instruction manual and cartridge. Screenshots are also featured.

New 2D Sonic Game Sonic Mania Revealed, Releasing Spring 2017

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

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Developed in collaboration with Sonic CD/1/2 Remastered developer Christian Whitehead, SEGA have revealed a new 2D Sonic adventure called Sonic Mania and it looks GORGEOUS:

Sonic Mania features all new 2D art and stages, throwback stages which are based off stages in 16 bit Sonic titles and a new drop-dash mechanic which allows you to instantly accelerate after a fall to the ground.

Sonic Mania launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2017.

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