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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]

Prototype Genesis Nomad Codenamed ‘Venus’ Shown for the First Time in New ‘SEGA Test’ Video | Video Spotlight

Monday, November 30th, 2020

In the new year, SEGA are running a 60th anniversary initiative called the SEGA Test. This will be an online course that will contain 60 questions and take roughly 60 minutes to complete. The test will take place 3 times a day on January 23rd and 24th 2021.

In preparation for the test, Hiroyuki Miyazaki, the Chief Contents Officer at Sega of America, is hosting a series of online SEGA history videos and the first is now available to watch below. In this video, Professor Miyazaki discuss SEGA’s console history and the code names used for its various hardware.

A real surprise occurs at 11:36 has Professor Miyazaki shows the Venus prototype of the Genesis Nomad for the very first time. It’s a fascinating look at the console’s development and it clearly uses the buttons of a stock 6 button Mega Drive controller and a directional pad from a Game Gear. Check out the full video below and brush up on your SEGA knowledge so you’re ready for the SEGA Test!

Unreleased Super Star Wars Port for Mega Drive Uncovered

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Once again those wonderful people at Hidden Palace have uncovered a truly fascinating piece of Mega Drive history and archived it for future generations. This time we have an unreleased port of Super Star Wars to the Mega Drive by SEGA Interactive, more famously known for Greendog. This prototype dates back to January 1993, and despite some mention in magazines from the time, this port has never been seen until now. Check it out in action below:

If you’d like to try this prototype yourself you can download it from the game’s entry at Hidden Palace. The ROM will work in an emulator or on actual hardware with use of a flash cart. A huge thanks to all involved for making this available to the public.

Unreleased Akira Game for Mega Drive Dumped by Hidden Palace

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Another incredible find and release from Hidden Palace has been made available! This time we’ve been treated to the first and only ROM dump of an unreleased Akira game developed by Black Pearl Software. Originally developed for release in 1994, the game’s development was halted after a series of resignations in the team and a change in development priority with other Black Pearl titles.

You can watch the game in action via the embed below:

The ROM file for this Akira prototype is available to download from Hidden Palace and can be played in an emulator or on an actual Mega Drive through use of a flash cart.

Sonic 3 Prototype from November 1993 Dumped by Hidden Palace, Features Different Music & Sprites

Monday, November 18th, 2019

For the final week of Hidden Palace’s Sonic month, the prototype archivists have released something very special. The team have dumped a November 1993 prototype of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 which features different music and sprites which are based on those from Sonic 2.

This prototype comes from a time when Sonic 3 was supposed to contain all the stages from Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, and while Sonic 3’s stages are mostly complete, the Sonic & Knuckles stages are often incomplete, showcasing an early insight into that game’s development. Screenshots from this prototype made their way into the Sonic 3: Exclusive Story of the Year! preview supplement which we also have archived in our merchandise section.

The real discovery comes with the game’s soundtrack. Sonic fans will know that the PC version of Sonic 3 features different tunes for Ice Cap, Launch Base and Carnival Night Zone. Well it appears that these tunes actually pre-date the versions that were eventually included in the final release of Sonic 3, as they make an appearance in this prototype. This is the first time anyone has heard these tunes powered by the Mega Drive’s YM2612 sound chip and it makes for some truly fascinating listening.

Check out a playthrough of the prototype ROM below. You can download the ROM to play yourself via this link to the game’s entry at Hidden Palace.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

Unreleased Prototypes of Sonic 2 and Sonic Chaos Dumped by Hidden Palace

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

UPDATE
Overnight an additional Sonic 2 prototype has been made available by the good people at Hidden Palace. This prototype dates from August 1992 and can be downloaded by clicking here.

ORIGINAL STORY
Hidden Palace‘s Sonic Month continues with a fresh selection of unreleased Sonic prototypes. This time we have 3 different releases of Sonic Chaos for Master System and Game Gear and a separate Sonic the Hedgehog 2 release for Mega Drive.

The Sonic Chaos releases date from May, June and July 1993 with the May release being an early Game Gear prototype that features different character sprites from the final build. Download links for each of these releases are listed below:

Sonic Chaos (May 17 1993, Game Gear)
Sonic Chaos (June 30 1993, Master System)
Sonic Chaos (July 13 1993, Master System)

The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 prototype comes from September 1992 and still features beta stage names and some graphical glitches with the title cards which have previously been published in the Sonic 2 Gold Guide by Tony Takoushi. This prototype can be downloaded by clicking here.

For fans of either game, these prototypes reveal some fascinating insight into the games’ development and are well worth a look if you have any interest in either game.

The Earliest Sonic CD Prototype Has Been Dumped Alongside a Previously Trade Show-Only Multimedia Disc

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The earliest known prototype has been located and dumped by the good people at Hidden Palace and you can now download and play it yourself through emulation. This prototype dates back to December 4th 1992 and features the ‘CD Sonic’ title screen alongside an earlier build of Palmtree Panic which is known here as Salad Plain Zone. If you’d like to see the prototype in action then SEGADriven’s very own Tracker_TD has recorded a playthrough on his YouTube channel:

Alongside this release, Hidden Palace have also released a dump of a trade show-only multimedia disc that features some new artwork and animations of Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. Images of this artwork was previously referenced in magazine news articles that discussed Sonic 2 being ported to Mega-CD, which ultimately never came to pass:

You can download the Sonic CD prototype and the SEGA Multimedia Studio disc from Hidden Palace right now.

[Source: The Sonic Stadium]

Unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive Prototype for Sale on eBay

Monday, December 17th, 2018

UPDATE

Someone has bought the Dreamcast Zip Drive! The auction ended on the 18th of December at 18:07 CET.

ORIGINAL POST

The Dreamcast Zip Drive was an unreleased add-on that was due to release in Autumn 2000. Co-developed by SEGA and Iomega, the device would give users access to 100mb zip disks to allow for greater storage space for browsing the internet and downloading additional game content like maps for Quake III Arena. The add-on connects to the Dreamcast via its expansion port and power input, requiring you to then power your Dreamcast using the zip drive’s power input. The zip drive also features a USB slot on the front which would have given users access to more peripherals that never came to pass.

It’s an interesting little device that never made it to store shelves, but now you can own one of the prototypes. There is currently “one of less than five worldwide” on sale on eBay. The zip drive is located in Berlin and will set you back 4225 euros, around £3798 in British sterling. It’s certainly not a bargain, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting SEGA curios to pop up for quite some time. And let’s not forget, it does come with a zip disk!

Click here to be taken to the auction which is due to end on the 15th of January 2019.

Unreleased Prototype of Castlevania: The New Generation Leaked

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

An unreleased prototype version of Castlevania: The New Generation has been leaked online. Also known as Castlevania Bloodlines, this prototype features some noticeable differences from the final Mega Drive game:

– Black title screen with longer intro
– Title screen says “1P PRESS START” suggesting the possibility of a 2P mode
– Different mermen
– Different wolf boss
– Music restarts every time you enter a room
– Layout changes
– The inside part of the second half of stage 1 has no background
– The outside part has a light blue background and the falling bone bridge portion is more difficult
– The knight boss’ sprite is different
– The stage 2 water is different

The ROM can be downloaded from the Castlevania Dungeon forums and originates with a user called @TheCount#5993 in the CVDungeon discord.

[Source: Castlevania Dungeon and Hardcore Gaming 101]

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