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































Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
1-2
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95More...[1] T-81066
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99No results[3]No results[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
£34.99More...[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
$34.95More...[7] T-81058
Sega Game Gear
UK
£32.99More...[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
Sega Game Gear
IT
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,

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will fire in the direction of the player,

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will fire in the opposite direction and

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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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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:5px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in Sega Visions (US) #10: "November/December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:5px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:5px; padding-right:2px;">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)More...[10]
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:5px; padding-right:2px;">Mega Drive print advert in Mega Force (ES) #8: "Diciembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:5px; padding-right:2px;">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)More...[11]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 More...[12]
78 More...[13]
50 №13, p75
60 More...[14]
33 No results[15]
37 No results[16]
70 No results[17]
72 No results[18]
67 №35, p38-39
85 №13, p62-63
85 №18, p68
91 More...[19]
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68
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
SuperSmashTV MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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 More...[12]
22 №12, p42-43
67 More...[20]
30 №13, p156
30 №31, p146
27 No results[21]
30 More...[22]
54 №35, p40
65 №13, p62-63
44 More...[23]
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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 More...[24]
68 More...[25]
50 More...[26]
58 №14, p49
51 More...[9]
34 More...[27]
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57
Based on
7 reviews

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

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. 1.0 1.1 GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 54
  2. Sega Pro, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-16), page 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 57
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 84
  5. Computer & Video Games, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 90
  6. Computer & Video Games, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 86
  7. 7.0 7.1 GamePro, "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 112
  8. Computer & Video Games, "May 1993 (Go! Issue 19)" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 14
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 27
  10. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  11. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 15
  12. 12.0 12.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-15), page 90-91 (90)
  13. GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 52 (54)
  14. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 137 (133)
  15. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 36-37 (36)
  16. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 57
  17. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 50-52 (50)
  18. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 84-85 (84)
  19. Sega Force, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-10), page 28-30 (28)
  20. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 150
  21. Hobby Consolas, "Noviembre 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 86-87 (86)
  22. Player One, "Décembre 1992" (FR; 1992-12-10), page 136 (132)
  23. Sega Force, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-08), page 60-61 (60)
  24. Computer & Video Games, "May 1993 (Go! Issue 19)" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 14-15 (14)
  25. GamePro, "October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 126 (112)
  26. Player One, "Mars/Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-03-10), page 114 (106)
  27. Sega Force, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-14), page 67