Mr. Nutz

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Mr. Nutz
Publisher: Ocean
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Krisalis/Shaun Hollingworth
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[1] T-164016-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-164016-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-164016-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-164016-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?

Mr. Nutz is a platform game developed by Ocean for a variety of video games platforms including the Sega Mega Drive in 1994. In the game you take control of Mr. Nutz, who must stop the evil yeti from freezing the world. The Mega Drive version was only released in Europe. TV sports at the time of released placed the game as a competiting 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.


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. 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.


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

Magazine articles

Main article: Mr. Nutz/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


CVG UK 158.pdf

Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #158: "January 1995" (1994-12-15)

Supersonic FR 25.pdfSupersonic FR 25.pdf

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 №159, p84[1]
71 №10, p13
85 №27, p34/35
75 №1995/02, p100[5]
86 №26, p84-86[2]
94 №46, p112/113
69 №65, p67
88 №42, p32/33
93 №25, p54-59
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
MrNutz MD EU Box.jpg
MrNutz MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU

MrNutz MD AU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, FR

Mr. Nutz MD FR Manual.pdf

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)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:CVG UK 159.pdf, page 84
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf, page 84
  3. File:MegaForce FR 32.pdf, page 2
  4. File:MegaForce FR 34.pdf, page 2
  5. File:MegaFun DE 1995-02.pdf, page 100