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Arch Rivals
Publisher: Flying Edge
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] T-81056
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] T-81056-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81056-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-81056-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81056-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Game Gear
US
$39.95[4] T-81118



Arch Rivals, labeled as Arch Rivals: The Arcade Game on the packaging, is an arcade basketball game which was ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear.

Gameplay

Arch Rivals marks the beginning of Midway Games' line of arcade basketball games, and is a predecessor to its most successful entry, NBA Jam. Arch Rivals features fast-paced 2-on-2 player matches and omits many of the rules of the game, such as fouls. Also unlike other basketball games, it is possible to punch opponents in the face.

History

Development

A Sega Master System version, reportedly identical to the Game Gear port, was once set to be released at the same time as the Mega Drive version[6] in June 1992[3], but was scrapped at the last minute. Some publications received review copies, however.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Music composer (uncredited): Dan Forden
  • Music arranger (uncredited): Mark Cooksey

Game Gear version

Source: In-game credits (intro demo)
  • Programmed by: Byron Nilsson
  • Graphics by: Gary Tonge
  • Programming Support: Julian Scott


  • Music composer (uncredited): Dan Forden
  • Music arranger (uncredited): Mark Cooksey

Magazine articles

Main article: Arch Rivals/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[7]
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[8]
  • GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[9]
  • Sega Visions (US) #9: "August/September 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[10]
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Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[11]
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
40 №1, p21Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[12]
75 №37, p40[1]
39 №10, p38-39
87 №14, p126-127[13]
83 №11, p98-99[14]
70 №30, p165[15]
69 №5, p90
45 №7, p42-43
40 №22, p68-69[16]
50 №24, p142[17]
60 №32, p31
80 №7, p58-60[18]
76 №18, p64
84 №1/93, p9[19]
86 №6, p30-31[20]
65 №2/93, p97[21]
Sega Mega Drive
66
Based on
16 reviews

Mega Drive, US
ArchRivals MD US Box.jpg
Cover
ArchRivals MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Arch Rivals MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
ArchRivals MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
ArchRivals MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №44, p163[22]
Sega Game Gear
75
Based on
1 review

Game Gear, US
ArchRivals GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngArchRivals GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
ArchRivals GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Arch Rivals GG US Manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №7, p58-60[18]
Sega Master System
83
Based on
1 review

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e389d7e7
MD5 d97ddf989c558f01a1da1f23e728f935
SHA-1 2bfbe4698f13ade720dbfe10cebf02fe51e5e6ef
512kB 1992-03 Cartridge (US/EU)

References


NBA Jam and related games for Sega systems
Arch Rivals (1992) | NBA Jam (1994) | NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1994) | NBA Hang Time (1996) | NBA Jam Extreme (1996) | NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC (1999) | NBA Hoopz (2001)
NBA Jam spin-off games for Sega systems
College Slam (1996)