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Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops

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Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops
Publisher: Time Warner Interactive
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? T-48236
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FDIC03SMC



Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops is a basketball game with commentary from US sportscaster and former basketball coach Dick Vitale. It features numerous college basketball teams, and was developed and published by Time Warner Interactive in 1994.

During development the game was codenamed with the simpler title of Dick Vitale's Awesome Baby Basketball[1].

Gameplay

The game is unusual in that it attempts to create a fully 3D experience on Sega Mega Drive hardware, something assumed impossible. Depending on who has the ball, the screen rotates to face behind the player, rather than having a side-on view like NBA Jam. Unfortunately due to console limitations, this means there are no backgrounds (minus the floor and hoops), the rotations are choppy and the framerate is lower than in most games.

History

Release

Though likely intended for a US-only release, Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby" College Hoops managed to find its way to Australia. Rather than design new box art, Time Warner simply decided to plaster stickers on the box relevant to Australia, creating some tacky results.

Magazine articles

Main article: Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SegaVisions US 21.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[2]
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GamePro US 064.pdfGamePro US 064.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[3]
  • Game Players (US) Vol. 7 No. 10 "October 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
46
Sega Mega Drive
46
Based on
1 review

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1312cf22
MD5 441c32abf70cf3587096fb4819205b80
SHA-1 2aac7a1cf92e51a14fd3e12a830e135fee255044
2MB 1994-07 Cartridge (US)

References

  1. Press release: 1993-04-02: TENGEN VIDEO GAMES: DICK VITALE TO DESIGN COLLEGE BASKETBALL VIDEO GAME
  2. File:GamePro US 066.pdf, page 173
  3. File:EGM2 US 05.pdf, page 160
  4. File:GamePlayers US 0710.pdf, page 60