Smash T.V.

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Smash T.V.
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Flying Edge (US/EU)
Sega Game Gear
Acclaim Japan (JP)
Developer:
Licensor: Williams Electronics Games
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Krisalis sound driver
Genre: Action[1][2][3]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
1-2
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.9549.95[5] T-81066
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-81066-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[6][7] T-81066-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Master System
EU
MK-27044-50
Sega Master System
UK
£34.9934.99[9] MK-27044-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,5004,500 T-81057
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.9534.95[10] T-81058
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-81058-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£32.9932.99[12] T-81058-50

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Smash T.V. (スマッシュTV) is an arcade hit by Williams Electronics Games, first released in 1990.

The game was brought to a variety of platforms by Acclaim, including the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, Game Gear, Master System, Mega Drive, Super NES, and ZX Spectrum. It has recently been re-released on the Xbox Live Arcade service. The game was followed by a semi-sequel Total Carnage, which did not prove to be as successful.

The Mega Drive and Super NES ports were titled Super Smash TV, though are essentially the same game and the title screens were left unchanged.

Gameplay

Smash TV is very similar to Robotron 2084, in that the player is controlled by two joysticks. One joystick alters the player's movement, while the other alters the direction of weapon fire. The player must overcome numerous enemies that spawn from four sides of the screen, making sure not to be killed. It is set in the then future world of 1999, where extreme violence and death in game shows is considered acceptable and is highly popular among viewers. As such, the game takes place in a studio with a presenter, and various studio equipment can be seen when transitioning between rooms. To compensate for the danger, there are lots of expensive prizes to be won by contestants.

Problems arise in some console ports of the game due to a lack of controller buttons. The Sega ports for example have to make do with alternative control schemes as neither the Mega Drive, Game Gear or Master System have four firing buttons. With the default Mega Drive setting, A will fire in the direction of the player, B will fire in the opposite direction and C will lock the firing direction until released. However, there is the option to play with two controllers, where player 1's D-pad handles movement and player 2's handles the shooting. Using this method means the game is restricted to single player.

Due to the awkward controller set-ups the Super NES version is often seen as the superior console port, however both Nintendo copies are unable to render as many enemies on screen at once without slowdown, and do not retain the original music from the arcade version.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programmed By: ZZKJ
  • Graphics By: Mark Knowles
  • Audio By: Krisalis
  • Produced For Probe Software By: Neil Young
  • Produced For Acclaim By: Dan Feinstein, Tom Gibson, Donn Nauert
  • Tested By: Tyrone Miller, Jo Libertela, Tom Rademacher, Jon Gross, Adrian Curry
Source:
In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Smash T.V./Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Drive print advert in Sega Visions (US) #10: "November/December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Video Games (DE) #1992-10: "10/92" (1992-09-30)
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Mega Drive print advert in Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Mega Drive print advert in Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Master System print advert in Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[15]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
83
[16]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[5]
Joypad (FR)
50
[17]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
33
[18]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
33
[19]
Mega (UK) PAL
37
[6]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
63
[20]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
70
[21]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
72
[22]
Player One (FR)
60
[23]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
67
[24]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[25]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
85
[26]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
91
[27]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
75
[28]
Video Games (DE)
66
[29]
Sega Mega Drive
64
Based on
17 reviews

Smash T.V.

Mega Drive, US
SuperSmashTV MD US Box.jpg
Cover
SSTV MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Smash TV MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, EU
SuperSmashTV MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
SuperSmashTV MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Smash TV MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
38
[9]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
17
[30]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
22
[31]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
67
[32]
Joypad (FR) PAL
30
[33]
Joystick (FR) PAL
30
[34]
Mega Force (FR)
65
[35]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
27
[36]
Player One (FR)
30
[37]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
54
[38]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
65
[39]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
65
[40]
Sega Force (UK)
44
[41]
Sega Master System
43
Based on
13 reviews

Smash T.V.

Master System, EU
Smash TV SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
SuperSmashTV SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

SmashTV SMS AU cartback.jpgSmashTV SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU (Classics)
SmashTV SMS AU classics cover.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
50
[42]
Consoles + (FR)
63
[43]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
77
[12]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
65
[44]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
50
[45]
Game Power (IT)
40
[46]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
68
[10]
Joypad (FR)
68
[47]
Player One (FR)
50
[48]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
58
[49]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
58
[50]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
51
[11]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
34
[51]
Video Games (DE)
34
[52]
Sega Game Gear
55
Based on
14 reviews

Smash T.V.

Game Gear, JP
SuperSmashTV GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperSmashTV GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, US
SuperSmashTV GG US Box Back.jpgSuperSmashTV MD GG Box Spine.jpgSuperSmashTV MD GG Box.jpg
Cover
SuperSmashTV GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Smash T.V. GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
SuperSmashTV GG EU Box Back.jpgSuper Smash TV GG EU BoxSpine.jpgSuperSmashTV GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperSmashTV GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Super Smash TV GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 e0b1aff8
MD5 fd65b6794d6778c7948cd9b8b02a12f5
SHA-1 b4515aad1cad31980d041632e23d3be82aa31828
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 1006e4e3
MD5 d378d5784b82154bdc7b36976a7c7737
SHA-1 85189e29f3f6b94f95723bc75571e9424df119f9
256kB Cartridge

References

  1. File:SuperSmashTV GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. File:SuperSmashTV GG JP Box Front.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  4. Sega Pro, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-16), page 7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 54
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Mega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-17), page 57
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 84
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 86
  9. 9.0 9.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 90
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 GamePro, "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 112
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-28), page 27
  12. 12.0 12.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1993 (Go! Issue 19)" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 14
  13. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  15. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 231
  16. Computer & Video Games, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 91
  17. Joypad, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-xx), page 75
  18. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 37
  19. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  20. Mega Fun, "09/92" (DE; 1992-09-22), page 39
  21. MegaTech, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-20), page 50
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  23. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 137
  24. Sega Power, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-03), page 38
  25. Sega Pro, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 56
  26. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  27. Sega Force, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-10), page 28
  28. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 192
  29. Video Games, "12/92" (DE; 1992-11-23), page 62
  30. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 155
  31. Game Zone, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-24), page 42
  32. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 158
  33. Joypad, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-10-xx), page 156
  34. Joystick, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 146
  35. Mega Force, "Octobre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 83
  36. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 136
  37. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 136
  38. Sega Power, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-03), page 40
  39. Sega Pro, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 57
  40. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 72
  41. Sega Force, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 60
  42. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1994" (JP; 1994-06-08), page 20
  43. Consoles +, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-1x-xx), page 160
  44. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "November 1992" (US; 1992-10-13), page 86
  45. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 169
  46. Game Power, "Marzo 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 85
  47. Joypad, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 118
  48. Player One, "Mars/Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-03-10), page 114
  49. Sega Pro, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-11-12), page 49
  50. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 75
  51. Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 67
  52. Video Games, "12/92" (DE; 1992-11-23), page 132


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