Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship

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Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega-AM2
Planned release date: 2001-08[1][2], 2001-10-04[3], 2001-11-09[4]
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1-4
State before cancellation: Completed
Status of prototype(s): Prototype dumped and released, pressed GD-ROM undumped

Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship (プロペラ アリーナ) is an unreleased Sega Dreamcast game developed by Sega-AM2. The game has since been leaked onto the internet.

In the game, the player flies various planes across arenas and engages in dogfights, making it a spiritual sequel to Wing War. Propeller Arena was also designed with online multiplayer in mind, and had the servers been activated, would have supported the Dreamcast Microphone (except in Europe, where online play was not set to be featured[4]).

Propeller Arena was reportedly finished and ready to be released in late 2001, but was cancelled at the last minute in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States of America. It is assumed that the "Tower City" stage was the main reason for this decision, as it is possible to fly around and crash planes in a city based on New York, and, according to Sega of America, allows "a determined individual to deliberately play the game in a manner that generates images similar to those we have seen on the news"[5].

Propeller Arena was not the only video game to be affected by the news, but is one of the few to be cancelled entirely because of it (another was a planned re-release of Crime Patrol).

During development the game was known as Propeller Head[6].

Production credits

BGM "SOJ Selections" Staff:
  • Musicans: Martin Hirsch (Vocals), John Underdown (Vocals), Yu Watanabe (Guitar), Daisuke Nihei (Bass), Yuuki Maeda (Drums)
  • Engineers: Hiroyuki Hamano (Main Engineer), Tomoyuki Niitsu (Assistant Engineer - IRc2 st), Chitumi Karasawa (Assistant Engineer - MIT st)
  • Producers: Makoto Suzuki (COMPOZILLA), Takeshi Uehara (MIT GATHERING), Kaori Takai (COMPOZILLA), Tatsutoshi Narita
  • Composers: Sachio Ogawa, Tomoya Koga
BGM "SOAD Selections" Staff:
  • Consumed
  • Mad Caddies
  • No Use for a Name
  • Rise Against
  • Zero Down
Victory Label
  • Old School 101

Magazine articles

Main article: Propeller Arena: Aviation Battle Championship/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89 [7]
63 [8]
73 №582, p31
78 [9]
60 [10]
Sega Dreamcast
Based on
5 reviews
Dreamcast, US

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Promotional material