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Ballz 3D
Publisher: Accolade
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-119126
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2][3] T-119126-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-119126-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-119126-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-119126-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MD119126
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 046650




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Ballz 3D, or just Ballz is a fighting game developed and published by Accolade for the Sega Mega Drive. The characters are made up of spheres of various sizes, which change to attempt to simulate 3D characters with smooth animations, similar to Vectorman.

Due to many sprites being drawn at once, the game suffers from sprite flickering.

The game was also released on the SNES/Super Famicom. That version featured true sprite scaling, transparencies and a textured, rotating floor compared to the monochrome version on the Sega Mega Drive. The game used an extra chip on the cardrige, while the Sega Mega Drive version did all caluclations without extra hardware.

Gameplay

A is for punches, B is for kicks and C is for jumping, the height of the jump depends on the time the button is held down. Pushing Up or Down moves the character in the 3D space. All characters have a wide array of special moves, including the ability to morph into other characters.

After each few fights, unplaybale boss characters await, which are exceptionally tough to take down, e.g. an ostrich or a dinosaur.

While coming out after Street Fighter 2, the game's simple controlls and mechanics are more akin to early fighting games such as Power Athlete.

Magazine articles

Main article: Ballz 3D/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
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EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
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Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[6]
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Hobby Consolas (ES) #37: "Octubre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №35, p100
87 №155, p91[2]
79 №21, p46
80 №63
100
91 №24, p80-82[3]
80 №24, p44/45/46/47
74 №45, p100
71 №10, p88/89
80 №59, p54/55
90 №37, p50/51
86 №39, p10
Sega Mega Drive
84
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Ballz MD US manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Ballz3D MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Ballz3D MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
Ballz3D MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Ballz3D MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b362b705
MD5 339a8c9a96fcdedb2922b04bcc34f0d2
SHA-1 4825cb9245a701cc59900c57a7a5fa70edc160f0
2MB 1994-07 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. File:EGM US 062.pdf, page 99
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 155.pdf, page 91
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 File:MeanMachinesSega24UK.pdf, page 80
  4. File:GamePro US 064.pdf, page 190
  5. File:EGM US 065.pdf, page 136
  6. File:GamePro US 066.pdf, page 19