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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]

Earliest Sonic R Prototype Discovered

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Jon Burton from Traveller’s Tales and his fascinating GameHut YouTube channel is at it again with a fascinating look at the earliest known prototype of Sonic R. The track featured in this prototype wouldn’t make it into the final game and there’s a lot of artwork and assets on show that have never been seen before. You can see the prototype in action by clicking the embed below:

Burton has previously released footage of 2 later prototypes of Sonic R and they can also be watched by clicking the links below:
Sonic R Prototype ver. 0.3
Sonic R Prototype ver. 0.2

[Source: GameHut]

Video Spotlight: The Other SEGA Pluto in Action

Friday, April 19th, 2013

After the amazing discovery of the SEGA Pluto prototype console on Wednesday, the owner of the other console has come forward and created a video of it in action. He has also revealed that he found it at a flea market for a dollar and will likely put it on eBay in the next few days:

[Source: Eurogamer]

ASSEMbler User Reveals Rare SEGA Saturn Prototype

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Well how’s this for SEGA news: a user of the ASSEMbler forums known as Super Magnetic has posted photos of an extremely rare SEGA Saturn prototype called the SEGA Pluto.

The SEGA Pluto would have been a SEGA Saturn with a built in Netlink for dial up internet connectivity. I say “would have been” because there is rumored to be only 2 prototypes in existence, this being the 2nd. The final console obviously didn’t go into production.

Check out the photos of the machine below:

[Source: ASSEMblerGames Forums]

Video Spotlight: Is This Video of a Sonic the Hedgehog Prototype Real or a Really Good Hoax?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Yuji Naka’s Twitter has revealed this rather fantastic video of what appears to be a Sonic the Hedgehog prototype that some of you may recognise from screenshots released in magazines back in 1990:

Now the real question is this; real or fake? Could someone help translate Naka-san’s Tweet to help with this conundrum!?

EDIT: Rough Translation Courtesy of Angelgotchi
“It’s a version of the game that was under construction. Wondering where the ROM came from and wondering if the segment is from after the river with the rocks and palmtrees before it. Nostalgic!”

So Naka-San thinks it’s real! Curiouser and curiouser…

[Source: Yuji Naka’s Twitter]

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