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Marko's Magic Football

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Marko's Magic Football
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Domark
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $? T-88086
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £44.99[2] T-88086-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    ?F T-88086-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM ? T-88086-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    ES
    ?Ptas T-88086-50
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $129.95[4] FMAR04SMC
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    R$? 046630



    Sega Mega-CD
    UK
    £? T-88025-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    FR
    ?F T-88025-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    DE
    DM ? T-88025-50
    Sega Mega-CD
    ES
    ?Ptas T-88025-50



    Sega Game Gear
    UK
    £? T-88078-50
    Sega Game Gear
    FR
    ?F T-88078-50
    Sega Game Gear
    DE
    DM ? T-88078-50
    Sega Game Gear
    ES
    ?Ptas T-88078-50
    Sega Game Gear
    IT
    T-88078-50



    Marko's Magic Football, known simply as Marko in North America, is a 1994 platform game developed and published by Domark for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD and Sega Game Gear. The Mega-CD and Game Gear versions were released exclusively in Europe, though the Mega-CD port was unofficially brought to the US via Good Deal Games who started selling unlicensed reproductions sometime in the 2000s.

    In Marko's Magic Football you play as Marko, a football player who uses his football to complete various platforming tasks.

    A Sega Master System version was reportedly in development at some stage too, although was cancelled.

    History

    Comic adaptation

    Sonic the Comic included "Marko's Magic Football" comics strips. The single story arc was ruunning from issue #41 to issue #46. It's one of the few comic strips in Sonic the Comic that is based off 3rd party game.

    Versions

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Marko's Magic Football Marko's Magic Football
    English (US) Marko Marko

    Production credits

    Mega Drive version

    • Programming: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr
    • Additional Programming: Chris West, Paul Margrave
    • Game Engine: Warren Mills
    • Animation: Jolyon Myers
    • Backgrounds: Tony West
    • Additional Backgrounds: Jolyon Myers, Matt Hicks
    • Music Score: Jolyon Myers
    • Sound Effects: Mike Ash, Jolyon Myers
    • Music Conversion: Mike Ash
    • Original Idea: Mark Strachan
    • Game Design: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr, Jolyon Myers, Tony West, Jason Orbaum, Jaid Mindang
    • Game Gear Team: Steve Pearce, Andy Taylor, Mike Adams, Jason Cunningham
    • Utilities: Colin Carter, Paul Margrave, Warren Mills
    • Marko Character Design: Tony West
    • Character Designs: Jolyon Myers, Jaid Mindang
    • QA Supervisors: Ken Jordan, Simon Huggins
    • Quality Testers: Gary Patino, Tim Mawson, Steven Frazer
    • Producers: Warren Mills, Jolyon Myers, Darren Anderson, Gary Patino
    • PR: Anna Macario
    • PR Porter: Jolyon Myers
    • Marketing and Advertising: Brynn Gilmore, John Hendrick, Anna Macario, Tammy Williamson
    • Management: Russel Ferrier, Jim Tripp, Matthew Timms, Brynn Gilmore
    • Special Friends: Stefan Myers, Kate Jones, Paul Walker, Martin Oliver, Andy Walker, Julie and Nina, Andrea Taylor, Mark Walker, Warren Ragg, John Fermor, Nemisses, Sharon Winship, Sue and Chriss Brooks, Sean Doyle, Terrie and Mathew Ayling, Justine Chany, Barry Fermor, Dink and Ann, Andrew Selfrigde Soggy, Simon Lindsel, Sue and Chris Brooks, Ed Gien, Mr Zoot
    • Special Thanks to: George Benson, Paul Daniels


    Mega-CD version

    • Programming: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr
    • Additional Programming: Chris West, Paul Margrave
    • Game Engine: Warren Mills
    • CD Conversion: Andrew Oliver, Kev Brady
    • Animation: Jolyon Myers
    • Backgrounds: Tony West
    • Additional Backgrounds: Jolyon Myers, Matt Hicks
    • Music Score: Jolyon Myers
    • Sound Effects: Mike Ash, Jolyon Myers
    • Music Conversion: Mike Ash
    • Original Idea: Mark Strachan
    • Game Design: Warren Mills, Michael A Carr, Jolyon Myers, Tony West, Jason Orbaum, Jaid Mindang
    • Game Gear Team: Steve Pearce, Andy Taylor, Mike Adams, Jason Cunningham
    • Utilities: Colin Carter, Paul Margrave, Warren Mills
    • Marko Character Design: Tony West
    • Character Designs: Jolyon Myers, Jaid Mindang
    • QA Supervisors: Ken Jordan, Simon Huggins
    • Quality Testers: Gary Patino, Tim Mawson, Steven Frazer
    • Producers: Warren Mills, Jolyon Myers, Darren Anderson, Gary Patino
    • PR: Anna Macario
    • PR Porter: Jolyon Myers
    • Marketing and Advertising: Brynn Gilmore, John Hendrick, Anna Macario, Tammy Williamson
    • Management: Russel Ferrier, Jim Tripp, Matthew Timms, Brynn Gilmore
    • Special Friends: Stefan Myers, Kate Jones, Paul Walker, Martin Oliver, Andy Walker, Julie and Nina, Andrea Taylor, Mark Walker, Warren Ragg, John Fermor, Nemisses, Sharon Winship, Sue and Chriss Brooks, Sean Doyle, Terrie and Mathew Ayling, Justine Chany, Barry Fermor, Dink and Ann, Andrew Selfrigde Soggy, Simon Lindsel, Sue and Chris Brooks, Ed Gien, Mr Zoot
    • Special Thanks to: George Benson, Paul Daniels


    Magazine articles

    Main article: Marko's Magic Football/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    MarkosMagicFootball MD-GG FR PrintAdvert.jpg

    Mega Drive/Game Gear FR print advert

    EGM US 062.pdfEGM US 062.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
    also published in:
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]

    CVG UK 150.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #150: "May 1994" (1994-04-15)
    also published in:

    ConsolesPlus FR 042.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #42: "Avril 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

    Physical scans

    Mega Drive version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    86 №32, p130/131/132
    60 №151, p55[2]
    64 №20, p56/57[7]
    85 №21, p26/27/28
    83 №43, p88/89[8]
    82 №55, p34/35
    82 №33, p46/47
    79 №29, p11
    Sega Mega Drive
    78
    Based on
    8 reviews

    Mega Drive, US
    MarkosMagicFootball MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    MarkosMagicFootball MD US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, EU
    MarkosMagicFootball MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    MarkosMagicFootball MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, BR
    Marko md br cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU
    MarkosMagicFootball MD AU Box.jpg
    Cover
    Marko MD AU Cart Silver top.jpg
    Marko MD AU Cart Silver.jpg
    Cart
    MarkosMagicFootball MD AU Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

    Game Gear version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    59 №1995/04, p91[9]
    70 №21, p92/93
    Sega Game Gear
    65
    Based on
    2 reviews

    Game Gear, EU
    MarkosMagicFootball GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngMarkosMagicFootball GG EU Box Front.jpg
    Cover

    Mega-CD version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    77 №55, p112[10]
    Sega Mega-CD
    77
    Based on
    1 review

    Mega-CD, EU
    MarkosMagicFootball MCD EU Box Back.jpgMarkosMagicFootball MCD EU Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    MarkosMagicFootball MCD EU spinecard.jpg
    Spinecard

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 2b8c8cce
    MD5 74e2d605309f3d23174d6ac15d7c9608
    SHA-1 b73d01599d8201dc3bd98fdc9cc262e14dbc52b4
    2MB 1994-07 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 2307b905
    MD5 62854ed2fcf40402785eb9e3a6aa0137
    SHA-1 717e924db1ac7cfd099adb6031a08606fcb30219
    2MB 1994-04 Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32 0273e564
    MD5 dc6d5e720794bcdc98852184cac9c268
    SHA-1 42b871c3a91697e1d7b8c6f1eae9d2a8b07a0fca
    2MB 1994-03
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 22C418BF
    MD5 BA846684A66E90372C3C234955EE28BC
    SHA-1 F255D7EA194D88A1588A2BF3FF34926DE17C7FF1
    512kB Cartridge (EU)

    References