Joe & Mac [MegaDrive Genesis – Beta / Cancelled?]

Joe & Mac [MegaDrive Genesis – Beta / Cancelled?]

Joe & Mac is a platform game originally released in 1991 for the arcades by Data East. It was later ported for various consoles, as the SNES and Mega Drive / Genesis. Rod_Wod sent us some screens from a version of Joe & Mac for the Mega Drive / Genesis that seems to be different from the released one (a simple port of the Arcade version).

For example the background of this boss from the magazine scan:

Looks different from the one in the final game:

Could those screens in the magazine be from a beta version, or a different / cancelled Joe & Mac? We have not finished the final game, so we are not sure. If you have finished Joe & Mac and recognize those images, please let us know!

Thanks to Rod_Wod for the contribution!


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7 thoughts on “Joe & Mac [MegaDrive Genesis – Beta / Cancelled?]

  1. John Doom

    In the arcade, dinosaur’s neck (?) is like the one in the first shot
    The problem is that doing the neck in that way needed a lot of memory expecially for Graphic. Probably it was too much for the consoles’ versions because they could not handle enough memory size in their’s cartridges.
    About the background, IMO they wanted to enhance game’s graphic but it was too much again because of the rom’s size.

  2. Anonymous

    I strongly doubt they are Mega Drive shots. The colours and sprite size are easy tell points. Also, the Mega Drive would probably have flicker on that Dino’s neck if it was to use that many sprites in a row.


  3. Koopako

    I suppose the magazine just took the liberty of using arcade screenshots to illustrate the upcoming mega drive game

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