Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

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Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9949.99[2] 1035
Sega Mega Drive
EU
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ1035
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][5]
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
CA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
AS
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.9534.95[7] 2429
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
BR
075270

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Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude! is a Sega Mega Drive action platformer developed by Interactive Designs and published by Sega of America. Released in 1992 to mixed reviews, it was ported to the Sega Game Gear the following year.

History

Conceptualized by Sega of America producer Michael Latham around characters from the obscure 1998 board game Surf Trip[8][9][10][11] (created by surfer Ric Green[12] and illustrated by American artist Cam de Leon[13][14][15][8]), Greendog was partly inspired by Latham’s experiences growing up in the Caribbean. While the producer had greater ambitions for the game's design, Sega of America’s marketing department were not as convinced, and Interactive Designs were only provided half the expected budget and a short five-month development cycle.[16]

Reception

The game was initially released to middling reception, with most reviewers left unimpressed with the frustrating platforming and slow gamefeel. While players and publications alike saw enough passion in the game to save it from truly scathing reviews, it is not a fondly remembered title. Drawing arguably unfair comparisons to Lester the Unlikely, a Super Nintendo game with an exceedingly similar premise, the title is commonly seen as an extension of Sega of America’s forced attempts at pushing its “cool” corporate image.

This perceived attitude has seen the game become the star of community parody, notably seeing a resurgence in popularity thanks to YouTube personality Joe Redifer of Game Sack. First appearing in episode 154, and being introduced with an eagerly 1990s-attitude-filled exclamation of “Green-DAAAWG”, Redifer’s exaggerated pronunciation has become associated with the game’s modern identity.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source:
In-game credits[17]


Source:
US manual
[18]

Game Gear version version

Source:
In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Television advertisements

US TV advert
UK TV advert

Print advertisements

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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #6: "Octubre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Video Games (DE) #1992-11: "11/92" (1992-10-28)
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Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Sega Force (SE) #1992-02: "2/92" (1992-11-19)
also published in:

Photo gallery

Ric Green's "Surf Trip The Board Game"

Autographed copy of Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 [21]
84 [22]
40 [23]
70 [24]
72 [25]
98 [26]
85 №6, p14-15
88 №13, p68-69
90 [27]
70 [28]
57 [29]
56 [30]
49 [31]
90 [32]
73 [33]
68 №36, p28-31
82 №13, p38-40
80 №18, p66
72 [34]
81 [35]
72 [36]
71 [6]
63 [37]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
23 reviews
Mega Drive, US
Greendog MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Greendog MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (alt)

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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
Greendog MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Greendog MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
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PCB
Mega Drive, PT
Greendog MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
Greendog MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, Asia
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, CA
Greendog MD CA Box.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[7]
Sega Game Gear
75
Based on
1 review

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, BR
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Cover
Greendog GG BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c4820a03
MD5 12199da6628b92c9bbd59460ae602a8c
SHA-1 fe47514e9aeecabaed954a65d7241079dfec3d9e
512kB 1992-06 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 f27925b0
MD5 e6c364fce0f71a9eb9e5474cd84c2067
SHA-1 b5bf962000636bb1cbdf134759baa1e25b25d097
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

External links

References

  1. Sega Visions, "August/September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 64
  2. GamePro, "November 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 56
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-17), page 26
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 64
  5. Sega Pro, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 40
  6. 6.0 6.1 Supergame, "Dezembro 1992" (BR; 1992-12-xx), page 38
  7. 7.0 7.1 GamePro, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 206
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:Trademark Surf Trip Reg Nº 1558214 1989-09-26 (United States Patent and Trademark Office).pdf
  9. https://www3.wipo.int/branddb/en/showData.jsp?ID=USTM.73776203
  10. File:TheOrangeCountyRegister US 1989-04-10 page 55.png
  11. Press Release: 1989-09-21: RETAILING : Every Dog Has His Day, and Star of Surfer Board Game Is No Exception
  12. 12.0 12.1 Sega Visions, "June/July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 83
  13. https://i.ibb.co/h2mjjrS/53870696-2021991671438060-5926669708217267020-n.jpg (archive.today)
  14. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/surf-trip-board-game-1988-artwork-cam-1831285370 (archive.today)
  15. File:SurfTripInc Registration 1988-06-14 (California Secretary of State).pdf
  16. K Horowitz (2016). Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjKGdI0egEk
  18. File:Greendog_MD_US_Manual.pdf, page 9
  19. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 46
  20. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 35
  21. Consoles +, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 86-87 (86)
  22. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 73
  23. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 54
  24. Excalibur, "" (CZ; 1993-09-10), page 37
  25. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 1: October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 6/10 (6)
  26. GamePro, "November 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 54 (56)
  27. Joystick, "Novembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 158
  28. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 24-27 (24)
  29. Mega, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 50-51 (50)
  30. MegaTech, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-20), page 42-43 (42)
  31. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 64-67 (64)
  32. Player One, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-10), page 62-65 (62)
  33. Play Time, "12/92" (DE; 1992-xx-xx), page 90
  34. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 88
  35. Sega Force, "1/93" (SE; 1993-01-14), page 14
  36. Sega Force, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 56-58 (56)
  37. Video Games, "11/92" (DE; 1992-10-28), page 48
  38. https://books.google.pt/books/content?id=BGEEAAAAMBAJ&hl=pt-PT&pg=PA32&img=1&zoom=3&sig=ACfU3U39G70gpQPVaKnG54B7ZyG590JzYg&w=1280 (archive.today)


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