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European Racers [Sega Mega CD – Unreleased]

Revell-Monogram had announced the release of European Racers, the first title in its revolutionary new Power Modeler software line for June 1994. The Sega CD version of European Racers was planned for released later in the year and was to be published by Dreamers Guild.

The driving simulation game can be played with any of the four super-hot European racers (Porsche 911 Slant Nose, the turbo- charged Bugatti EB110, the Italdesign Nazca M121, and the Lamborghini Countach) and begins with a challenging, exciting and realistic race through the back roads of Europe, dodging obstacles and sometimes outrunning the police to arrive at one of four tracks: the Zurich Switchback, the Sicilian Jackknife, the Barcelona Corkscrew or the Stuttgart Screamer. If gamers make it to the track on time, before running out of gas or incurring too much damage to their car, they then face-off against five on-screen competitors, in an action-packed, five- lap race.

Randomly selected video segments appear throughout the game, featuring a policeman, a knowledgeable pit crew member, a sportscaster, a smart-alecky custodian, a gas-station attendant and an admiring beauty queen, to add excitement and unparalleled realism.

Gamers can modify their car, before and during the race, to change its performance in response to randomly generated weather and road conditions. Modifications include switching between automatic and manual transmission, and selecting from five wing or spoiler settings and three tire options. Gamers must also determine how much fuel to start the race with and whether or not to refuel to avoid running out and ending the game.

To make the game as realistic as possible, technical specifications for each car have been built into the game to simulate the actual performance of each of the European sports cars.

Article by myfishbone

 

Pop’n Land [Sega Mega CD – Cancelled]

Pop’n Land is a cancelled side scrolling action game for the Sega Mega CD probably developed by Takeru ( as you can read on GDRI ) and to be published by Takeru’s publishing label Sur De Wave. The game added a RPG flavour to its gameplay by letting players to costumize their hero. In fact you could have assigned 16 different choices for the head, body and weapon allowing 4,096 different combinations, some useful others totally worthless. Pop’n Land had 15 cute and colorful stages, each with a unique Boss. The game was never released for unknown reasons.

Not everything was lost, because a Pop’n Land music track (“Pleasant Companions”) composed by Yoshitsugu Yokoyama and arranged by Issei Asaoka is included in Super Mega Drive Fan – Mega-CD Super Music Collection Vol.1.

Scan from EGM issue 51 and Joypad issue 27.

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The Strangers [Sega CD – Cancelled]

The Strangers was going to be a one to one fighting game based on characters from Malibu comic books ( plus three new characters made specifically for this game). On EGM issue 59 there is a small preview of the game in a very early state. The Strangers probably was never released because the developer, Malibu Interactive, closed down around 1994 ( the preview is from mid 1994 ).

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Hammer vs. Evil D. in Soulfire [Sega Mega CD – Cancelled]

Hammer vs. Evil D. in Soulfire” is a cancelled action game based on MC Hammer, an American rapper most popular during the late 1980s until the mid-1990s. The game was in development by GTE Entertainment and it would have been published by Sega for their Mega CD add-on for the Genesis / Mega Drive, but for some reasons it was never released. We don’t even know much about “Hammer vs. Evil D. in Soulfire”‘s gameplay and only a short video can be seen in the videos below (second one at 03:45). If you know someone that worked on this game, please let us know!

Thanks to myfishbone and Calvin  for the contribution! First video from GrooveRaider‘s “Sega Welcome To The Next Level 1994” video.

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The 4th Unit: Merry Go Round [Sega Mega CD – Cancelled]

The 4th Unit is a series of “point and click” graphic adventures published by Data West in Japan for CD-Rom PCs and Fujitsu FM-TOWNS. It seems that athe sixth chapter called “Merry Go Raund” was also planned for the Sega Mega CD, but it was never released for some reasons. Thanks to Myfishbone we were able to save a promo page about the cancelled Mega CD version, a translation of the main plot and a list of the developers!

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