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Junction
Publisher: Micronet
Developer:
Publisher(s) of original games: Konami
Developer(s) of original games: Konami
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Puzzle,
Sega Mega Drive
Action (JP box has both, Sega of Japan master list only says Action)






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,000 T-22023
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 22016



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,000 T-22017
Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-22018



Junction (ジャンクション) is a 1990 arcade puzzle game by Konami. Micronet ported it to the Sega Mega Drive the same year and to the Sega Game Gear the following year.

While Junction was publically advertised as having a November 1990 release in North America, it was delayed until mid-April 1991 for unknown reasons.

Gameplay

The goal of each level is to get the red ball around the field to cross all the "bridges" sticking out of the level boundaries solely by moving tiles around in the same way one would solve Fifteen puzzles. The D-pad moves the empty space around and holding B/2 makes the ball move faster. If the ball hits an empty space, hits a level boundary, or falls into the hole, you lose the ball.

Magazine articles

Main article: Junction/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Visions (US) #2: "October/November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Game Players Sega Guide! (US) Vol. 2, No. 3 (199x-xx-xx)
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Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[2]
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
64 №30, p100[3]
70 №12, p112
64 №5, p92
80 №23, p53
76 №4, p18[4]
81 №18, p66
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
6 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Junction MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Junction md us cart.jpg
Cart
Junction MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
Junction MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Junction MD JP CartTop.jpg
Junction MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
52 №7, p79
70 №15, p129
36 №3, p35[5]
36 №3, p79[6]
Sega Game Gear
49
Based on
4 reviews

Game Gear, US
Junction GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngJunction GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Junction GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Junction gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, JP
Junction GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngJunction GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Junction GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 94cdce8d
MD5 6d8a871ce4b1e88aecd4d0d50a137e99
SHA-1 7981e5764458f5230184c7b2cf77469e1ed34270
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge (US/JP)

References

  1. File:SegaVisions US 07.pdf, page 45
  2. File:EGM US 031.pdf, page 107
  3. File:Generation4 FR 030.pdf, page 100
  4. File:SegaPro UK 04.pdf, page 18
  5. File:SegaMasterForce UK 03.pdf, page 35
  6. File:SegaForceMega UK 03.pdf, page 79