Mega Drive / Genesis

Rambo 3 [MD/G – Beta]

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Fireteam Rogue [SNES GEN MD – Cancelled]

Fireteam Rogue is a cancelled action adventure game that was developed by Accolade for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. It seems that the project had to be canned for economic isssues. A couple of Alpha of this project were leaked online and you can read a long article with more info about this on SNES Central!

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Rap Basketball [Cancelled – SNES / Mega Drive / Genesis]

Rap Basketball is a cancelled sport game that was in development by Motown Records for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Thanks to D we have some more info that can be preserved about this unreleased game:

In 1994, Motown Records had wanted to enter into the video game industry, because Virgin was doing well.
Their first product was going to be called “Rap Basketball” and was said to actually have ‘Snoop Dog’ signed among other Rap artists. In January 1995, I was the sole artist assigned to the project at the time, and went out to research graffiti walls in order to paint cool backgrounds for SNES/SEGA ports using Deluxe Paint II, Deluxe Animation II, and Tume. Here are two actual screenshots day and night of the basketball court (missing the ‘boom-box’ and ‘player-characters’) I think it would have been a really fun game, too bad Motown decided against entering the video game business a few months later.

Thanks to SNES Central for some of these images!

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Phantasy Star IV [MD/G – Beta / Unused Stuff]

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Originally, Phantasy Star IV was to have been designed for the Sega CD system, and would have been vastly different from its final incarnation. Features like 3-D dungeons (such as those featured in the first Phantasy Star), full motion video cutscenes, voice acting, and much more were planned. Unfortunately, poor sales and lack of support for the Sega CD platform caused a change of plans midway through development. Most of these features were scrapped from the final design, and the end result was a cartridge game that bore little resemblance to the original plans. [info from Wikipedia]

Some unused items and techniques can still be found in the game’s code: we can read more info about these at PS Algo!

Feeve was used during the debugging or the making of Phantasy Star IV, as a test to see if techniques worked properly. There is really no evidence to support this, save that the technique cannot be gained by playing the game normally.

The Blood Axe, the Spiral Slasher are strange items that were made inaccessible as part of normal game play, but never actually removed.

Two planet maps, one for Motavia and one for Dezoris, are coded into the game, and can be viewed using an edited saved game. Sega simply chose to not allow players to have access to the maps.

Thanks to Klinger Bea Arthur and Robert Seddon for the contributions!

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Sonic The Hedgehog [MD/G – Beta / Concept]

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In the beta screenshots of Sonic there are some differences: title screen, the mispelled word “RING” instead of “RINGS”, Sonic that loses rings in a strange way, Sonic punching the air at the end of the level, strange things in Starlight Zone in the background and UFOs in Marble Zone. Sonic Team originally planned 5 acts a stage..with 15 stages.

Development for Sonic the Hedgehog began in April 1990, after Sega ordered its AM-8 team to develop a game featuring a mascot for the company. After choosing a hedgehog as the main character, the 15-man group changed its name to Sonic Team and started working on Sonic the Hedgehog. The main minds behind the game were character designer Naoto Ohshima, game programmer Yuji Naka and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara.

The game was originally intended to feature a sound test menu, with animated graphics based around Sonic break-dancing to the music of a “Sonic Band” consisting of Sharps Chicken (guitar), Max Monkey, (guitar), Mach Rabbit (drums), and Vector the Crocodile (keyboard/synth); Vector was later re-designed and re-used for the games Knuckles’ Chaotix and Sonic Heroes.[citation needed] The development schedule meant that the feature had to be scrapped, and Yuji Naka decided to replace the test with the “SEGA!” chant used in TV advertisements, which took up 1/8 of the 4-megabit cartridge. A text-only sound test option remained in the final game’s level select cheat menu.

[Some info from Wikipedia]

Also, Kondensaattori100 noticed some beta differences in the video below:

1.Green Hill Zone boss weapon
2.Spring.

Thanks to  Zero 7, FullMetalMC, Assjerk, Parker Verboom, Youlute and Rod_Wod for the contributions!

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