Road Riot 4WD
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|Road Riot 4WD|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Licensor: Atari Games|
|Planned release date(s): Autumn 1992, 1992-12, 1993-04, 1993-05, 1993-07, Autumn 1993|
|Number of players: 1|
|Status of prototype(s): Prototypes dumped|
|Sound driver: Lisa's Sound Driver|
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Road Riot 4WD (ロードライアット4WD) is an arcade game released by Atari Games in 1991. A Sega Mega Drive port was demonstrated at Winter CES 1992 and Summer CES 1992 by Tengen but was cancelled. Details of the Mega Drive port are sketchy, however it is likely this would have been built in-house by Tengen (alongside an Atari Lynx version, also cancelled around the same time).
On the Mega Drive, Road Riot 4WD was forced to make severe graphical cutbacks over its arcade counterpart (which featured real-time sprite scaling at high frame rates). A leaked test report from September 1993 suggests the game was not reaching Sega of America's quality threshold, with Sega complaining about poor performance among other bugs. It is suspected Tengen could not overcome these issues and chose to cancel the game entirely, having been working on the title for over 18 months.
A port of Road Riot 4WD had been released for the Super Nintendo in late 1992, which opted to display the game permanently in split-screen mode and make serious cutbacks to suit the hardware. The SNES version was developed by Equilibrium for THQ (possibly due to a frosty relationship between Tengen and Nintendo of America) - there is no suggestion the two were involved in this Mega Drive version.
A prototype of the Mega Drive version with a 1992 copyright date was released by Hidden Palace on January 1, 2022. A later prototype from 1993 was found and released by DrBizz six months later on June 16, 2022.
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- Main article: Road Riot 4WD/Magazine articles.
ROM dump status
|1MB||1992-09||EPROM cartridge||(435 kB) (info)||Page|
- ↑ GamePro, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
- ↑ MegaTech, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-20), page 6
- ↑ Dengeki Mega Drive, "February 1993" (JP; 1993-01-xx), page 129
- ↑ GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 112
- ↑ Marukatsu Mega Drive, "May 1993" (JP; 1993-04-08), page 137
- ↑ Dengeki Mega Drive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 168
- ↑ http://vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=LSD_(GEN_Driver)
- ↑ 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 254