Mr. Nutz

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Mr. Nutz
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Ocean Software
Developer:
Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-164016-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[2][3] T-164016-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$99.9599.95[4] FMRN00SMC
OFLC: G

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Mr. Nutz is a platform game developed by Ocean Software for a variety of video games platforms including the Sega Mega Drive in 1994. The Mega Drive version was only released in Europe. TV sports at the time of release placed the game as a competing product against both Sonic and Mario.

A sequel, titled Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad was released for the Amiga in the following months. It was planned for release on the Sega Mega Drive under the name of Mr. Nutz 2 but was ultimately scrapped despite reportedly being finished (and sent to various magazines for review). Uncompiled source code of the game was leaked in 2009 and compiled into a playable build in 2012.

Story

The Yeti, a gruesome beast with an icicle for a heart and bad breath, is making the world colder in an attempt to create a new and permanent ice age that he will rule over. Only Mr. Nutz can make it past the Yeti's many henchmen and defeat the Yeti himself in a fight to the finish.

Gameplay

Mr. Nutz is a standard platformer where the end of the stage has to be reached in order to clear it. Controls can be customized at the options screen, though the default controls are as follows: B is for jumping; A and C attack; running can be automatic or toggled by a button. Standing attacks make Mr. Nutz throw acorns (limited amount), while crouching attacks are tail swipes (unlimited use). Genre-typical gimmicks such as moving platforms, locked doors etc. are used a lot.

The game uses a password system to record progress. The game is very long for a platformer, requiring over an hour for a standard playthrough. Score isn't saved through passwords, so gameplay focusing on score requires the player to clear the game in one sitting.

Levels

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Woody Land
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Adventure Park
Password: MAGICS 
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The Living Room / Fowl Kitchen
Password: GOLDEN 
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Volcano Underpass / Clouds
Password: WINDOW 
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Mean Streets
Password: CASPER 
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Ice Scream / Frozen Nutz
Password: PIZZAS 

Versions

The Sega Mega Drive version was released after the Super NES version and features the following changes aside from the obvious color reduction:

  • Default health is now 5 (a full health bar) instead of 3.
  • Controls are a bit more responsive.
  • No transparency & zoom effects.
  • Reduced background detail in certain stages, e.g. 1-3
  • Dialogue before boss fights was removed.

Production credits

  • A Game Produced by: Pierre Adane, Philippe Dessoly
  • Game Design: Pierre Adane, Philippe Dessoly
  • Program: Pierre Adane
  • Graphics: Philippe Dessoly
  • Original Music: Raphael Gesqua
  • Sound Conversion: Krisalis Ltd
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Mr. Nutz/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)
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Print advert in Supersonic (FR) #25: "Octobre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №36, p90/91
64 [2]
71 №10, p13
93
85 №27, p34/35
75 [7]
86 [8]
94 [9]
69 №65, p67
88 №42, p32/33
93 №25, p54-59
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
MrNutz MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0786ea0b
MD5 00ee0a02b8794b32584ea1aabadd4580
SHA-1 318ff3a44554b75260d5b9b9e7b81a3cfd07581a
1MB 1994-12 Cartridge (EU)

References


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