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135 Unreleased Dreamcast Prototypes Released by Hidden Palace

Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Hidden Palace’s amazing archiving efforts with Project Deluge continue! This time we have a brand new set of 135 unreleased Dreamcast prototypes and some SEGA Xbox prototypes as well.

Some notable inclusions on the Dreamcast side of things are an unreleased English localisation of Shanghai Dynasty, an early build of 4 Wheel Thunder called Offroad Thunder, an early prototype of Deep Fighter and a prototype of SEGA GT that features a track called “sonygt2” and features Luigi (see above). This one was clearly not made for public distribution!

On the Xbox side of things we also have prototypes of Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller, ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth and Gunvalkyrie.

You can explore every new prototype released by Hidden Palace by clicking here. These disc images will work under emulation or on real hardware if you have a solution to play backups.

[Source: Hidden Palace]

Unreleased Game Gear Puzzle Game ‘BreakThru!’ Now Dumped

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

The good people over at SMS Power have managed to secure the loose EPROMs of an unreleased Game Gear title called BreakThru! and have now dumped the game and preserved it digitally.

BreakThru! was originally released on other systems such as PC, SNES, Game Boy in 1994 and Saturn and Playstation later in 1995. The game is infamous for being endorsed by Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov. This Game Gear version was completed but never released for unknown reasons.

You can download the ROM file from SMS Power’s page on the title. SMS Power have also released a patched version that is more compatible with different hardware. The ROM file can be played on real hardware using something like an Everdrive cartridge. Alternatively the game can be played under emulation.

[Source: SMS Power]

Lost ‘The Simpsons: Bug Squad!’ Tech Demo for Dreamcast Discovered

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

A tech demo for a Simpsons game on the Dreamcast has been discovered by ‘sreak’ over at the Dreamcast-Talk forums. This demo of a game called The Simpsons: Bug Squad! was dumped from a Dreamcast dev kit and developed by Red Lemon Studio in 2000 as a pitch to Fox Interactive. It was never greenlit and this demo is the only evidence of it ever existing.

It’s an interesting little title putting you in the shoes of a bug in The Simpsons’ homestead, and you explore the area in a similar way to Toy Commander. You can check out the game in action via the video embed from the Dreamcastic Channel below:

If you would like to play The Simpsons: Bug Squad! tech demo you can download the raw data from the Dreamcast dev kit dump via this forum post over at the Dreamcast-Talk forums.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Images of Unreleased Mega Drive Sonic Game “Treasure Tails” Released Online

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

The first images of an unreleased Mega Drive Sonic spin-off called Treasure Tails have appeared online. These come directly from Craig Stitt who many may know as an artist on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic Spinball. Stitt himself pitched the game back in February 1993. The game was meant to be a forced-perspective platform/puzzle/adventure game featuring Tails as the main playable character. It supposedly never made it to a playable state and the images seen in this article come from a VHS tape that Stitt have put together in 1995.

In addition to this discovery, the first concept images of Boomer the Turtle have also appeared. This was a character Stitt designed for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as Sonic’s original sidekick before Tails was even conceived. The character was ultimately scrapped.

Also released is footage of another unreleased title that Craig Stitt pitched called Astropede. The game features a centipede protagonist that runs at high speeds through a stage that uses graphics from the then-unreleased Hidden Palace stage from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Stitt had hopes that the character could exist as a part of Sonic’s Universe. Check out the footage from SEGAbits below:

[Source: Sonic Retro and SEGAbits]

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.

SEGA Fish Life and Unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive Features Added to Hardware Section

Monday, November 11th, 2019

2 new features on some rather obscure Dreamcast hardware have now been added to our hardware section.

To begin with we have a feature on the incredibly rare, Japan-only SEGA Fish Life unit. This piece of hardware was sold to businesses as a way to add a virtual aquarium to their decor.

The other hardware feature we’ve added is on the unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive peripheral. This peripheral would have connected to a Dreamcast and sat underneath the console and given users access to 100mb zip disks to allow for greater storage space while browsing the internet and downloading additional game content.

Both features contain multiple images of both pieces of hardware.

Boxed Printing of Unreleased Mega Drive DICE Shooter ‘Ultracore’ Coming to Japan

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Columbus Circle are back once again with a new boxed Mega Drive game and this time its the infamously cancelled Ultracore by DICE. Ultracore is also included as a bonus built-in game with Analogue’s recently released Mega SG systems, but this will be the first time the game has received a boxed pressing, alongside the (now sold out) boxed Mega Drive version that Strictly Limited Games are running.

It can be pre-ordered from Amazon Japan now for ¥9,650, about £71.82 at the current exchange rate.

Columbus Circle have previously released newly boxed Mega Drive games in the form of 16-Bit Rhythm Land and Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer.

Box of STI Floppy Disks Contain Unreleased Mega Drive Game, Sonic 2 Development Documents and Other Rarities

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

A collection of floppy disks previously owned by SEGA Technical Institute employee Tom Payne has ended up in the hands of Jason Moorhouse, a California-based retro game shop owner. With the help of Frank Cifaldi of the Video Game History Foundation, Bob Morgan and Jessie Perez, these disks have been dumped and converted into a readable format and some incredible discoveries have been made.

The most interesting of the bunch is an unreleased Mega Drive game called Spinny & Spike vs the Nightmare King. The game is not in a playable state, but various art assets have been ripped and a selection of them are viewable here:

Also included are a huge selection of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 development documents. A lot of these documents are previously released concepts by Yasushi Yamaguchi, but there are some new discoveries in here and we’ve included a selection below.

If you want to read the full story on the origins of the box of floppies and exactly what is contained on each disk then click here to go to the Megabits blog and have a look around. There is some truly fascinating stuff here.

Unreleased Dreamcast Game ‘Internet Game Pack’ Discovered

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Hidden Palace user ‘drx’ has discovered, dumped and released a cancelled Dreamcast game called Internet Game Pack. This title was developed by Visual Concepts in 2001 and was scheduled for release as an Official Dreamcast Magazine cover disc, but presumably shelved due to the unpopularity of the Dreamcast.

The game features a selection of classic games like Chess, Poker and Dominoes and was made for online play. However, all the games can be played offline as well. You can see the title in action via the embed below:

Head on over to Hidden Palace to download the disc image if you would like to play this title via emulation.

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