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Smash T.V.
Publisher: Flying Edge,
Sega Game Gear
Flying Edge (US/EU), Acclaim (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1] T-81066
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3][4] T-81066-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-81066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-81066-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-81066-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[5] MK-27044-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27044-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27044-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27044-50



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,500 T-81057
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.95[7] T-81058
Sega Game Gear
UK
£32.99[8] T-81058-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81058-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81058-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81058-50



Smash TV (スマッシュTV) is an arcade hit by Williams Electronics, 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.

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

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SegaVisions US 10.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #10: "November/December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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MegaForce FR 10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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VideoGames DE 1992-10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Video Games (DE) #10/92 (1992-09-30)
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MegaForce ES 07.pdfMegaForce ES 07.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #7: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #14: "Noviembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[9]
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MegaForce ES 08.pdfMegaForce ES 08.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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MegaForce ES 11.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #11: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #18: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[10]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №132, p90-91[5]
78 №38, p52[1]
50 №13, p75
60 №26, p137[11]
33 №4, p36-37
37 №1, p57[3]
70 №10, p50-52[12]
72 №1, p84-85[4]
67 №35, p38-39
85 №13, p62-63
85 №18, p68
91 №10, p28-30[13]
Sega Mega Drive
68
Based on
12 reviews

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

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
38 №132, p90-91[5]
22 №12, p42-43
67 №14, p150[14]
30 №13, p156
30 №31, p146
27 №1, p86-87[6]
30 №26, p136[15]
54 №35, p40
65 №13, p62-63
44 №11, p60-61[16]
Sega Master System
41
Based on
10 reviews

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

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 №15, p160
77 №138 (Go!), p14-15[8]
68 №39, p126[7]
50 №29, p114[17]
58 №14, p49
51 №1, p27
34 №14, p67[18]
Sega Game Gear
57
Based on
7 reviews

Game Gear, US
SuperSmashTV GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperSmashTV 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.jpgNospine.pngSuperSmashTV GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
SuperSmashTV GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
SuperSmashTV GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngSuperSmashTV GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

References