Metal Fangs

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Metal Fangs
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Victor Musical Industries
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Genre: Hyper Car Action (ハイパーカーアクション)[1], Shooting[2]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[3] T-60033

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Metal Fangs (メタルファング) is a Sega Mega Drive overhead racing game developed by Sega R&D 2 (and likely co-developed by Genki) and published by Victor Musical Industries. Released exclusively in Japan in December 1993, the game is most known for its troubled development cycle, and for likely being conceived as a first-party Sega title.[4]


A changes the player racer, and C activates the racer's special attack.


Originally developed for the Sega Mega-CD and promoted in magazines and at trade shows, Victor Musical Industries' American counterpart JVC planned on releasing Metal Fangs as a launch game for the new system. Such a release did not materialize, and development was instead switched to the Sega Mega Drive.[4]

Metal Fangs was completed around June 1992[4], but was not released until December 1993. While solely credited to Victor Musical Industries, it appears development was primarily completed by Sega R&D 2.[4] Apparently displeased with the game enough to disown the project, Sega either gave the mostly-completed game to developer Genki for finalization, or gave the fully-completed game to publisher Victor Musical Industries for release.[4]

The game is composed by Hiroshi Kawaguchi and programmed by Tomoharu Kimura, both staff of Sega R&D 2, and graphic design was likely done by Genki co-founder Manabu Tamura.[4] Additionally, an unused copyright notice for Yonezawa is located in the game's code[5]; Yonezawa shared a close relation with Sega of Japan, and was later fully acquired by them in 1994.[4]

Production credits

  • Programer: T.K
  • Desiner: M.T
  • Sound: H.M
  • Assistant: K.S, M.H, K.O, H.H, H.M

Magazine articles

Main article: Metal Fangs/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-08: "August 1992" (1992-07-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-09: "September 1992" (1992-08-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-10: "October 1992" (1992-09-08)
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Physical scans

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1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
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Metal Fangs

Mega Drive, JP
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a8df1c4c
MD5 2e54c5d255ff54027741a2cbbd699cfc
SHA-1 489e81d2ac81810d571829e8466374f242e81621
512kB 1992-06 Cartridge (JP)

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