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Unreleased Mega Drive games

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Name Involved Companies Details ROM Found and Released?
AD2001/Power Ball AD2001 HiCom Info on this page is all that's known. Was almost completed according to former HiCom employee Jason Park. No
Al Unser Jnr Racing Software Toolworks Featured at Summer CES 1994. [1] No
Aliens Konami Mentioned in Mean Machines #2.[2] No
"Amegedon" Project Softmax Info on this page is all that's known. No
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies MicroProse Mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #10. Released on DOS, Amiga and Atari ST. No
Andre Panza Kick Boxing Electro Brain Mentioned in GamePro #33[3]; possibly became Best of the Best: Championship Karate No
Blood Money Psygnosis Cancelled for unknown reasons. Matt Furniss, the game's composer, confirmed its existence on Sega-16. No
Bobby's World Riedel Software Productions, Hi Tech Entertainment Info on this page is all that's known. No
Brett Hull 2 Accolade Mentioned in German SEGA Magazin 6/94 and to be released just months after the first game. In the end the first game didn't even make it to Europe. No
Cadaver Image Works, Bitmap Brothers Later in 1991[4] No
Casper (Mega Drive) Riedel Software Productions, Hi Tech Expressions Info on this page is all that's known. No
Chessmaster 2100 Software Toolworks Released for PC. Shown at Winter CES 1992.[5] No
Combat Aces Baton Technologies? Cancelled due to the lack of release of the Teleplay Modem. Programmed by Chuck Peavey. Yes
Congo (Mega Drive) Viacom Cancelled for unknown reasons. Not sure if this is a prototype of an unreleased game or an unlicensed game. The SNES Congo appears to be an entirely different game, despite the SNES one being based on and the MD one appearing to be based on the film. Previewed in Mean Machines Sega #35. Yes
Cybernauts: The Next Breed Accolade Advertised by Accolade in the packages for some of their later games... and a lot of other places too. Cancelled along with Fireteam Rogue below because they were overmarketed to the point that there would be no realistic way to have the games completed the way they were advertised and still be fun — so new Accolade management dropped them. Previewed in Mean Machines Sega #20. No
Dan Marino's Touch Down Football Virgin Games Mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #10. Probably the same game as below. No
Dan Marino Power Play Football Virgin, Park Place Productions GDRI - what is their source? No
Dino Racers Maximum Effect, Codemasters Previewed in Mean Machines Sega #23. Started January 1994 No
DNAction: The New Breed Accolade Shown in Games World #1. No
Doctor Who Sega Previewed in Mean Machines Sega #22. Apparently connected to the 1996 TV movie. No
DynoBlaze Bonsai, Virgin A press release was released by Bonsai/Virgin, and is still available on Bonsai's website. Cancelled for unknown reasons. Yes, but not actively circulated (and is a completely different build from the one used to take the existing screenshots and footage — in fact, it might not even be correct)
Environmental Detective Magicom Shown in some issue of Mean Machine (TODO FIND OUT WHICH). Cancelled for unknown reasons. No
EXP: The Excellent Potato Open Production Info on this page is all that's known. A DOS version was completed and released in Korea. No
Fun Car Rally MagiCom Prototype of Accolade's Combat Cars. BKK on Sega-16 reveals that MCOM in the game's ROM is likely to be MagiCom because they were developing Mega Drive games around the ROM's date, and one person who worked with them later founded Funcom, who held the rights to Combat Cars before Accolade. The title music appears to have been taken from The Beach Boys' Fun Fun Fun (or possibly Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode). The name entry music may be Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed by Matt Bianco. The reasons for the title and music changes are unknown. Yes
Future Zone Electro Brain Featured at CES 1993 and GamePro #45[6]. No
Halloween Capsule Softmax Info on this page is all that's known. Cancelled for unknown reasons. No
Hanna Barbera's Turbo Toons Empire Interactive Previewed in Mean Machines Sega #22. Only released on SNES in Europe. No
The Head Alexandria GDRI (what is their source?) No
Hellfire Run Panoramic Software GDRI - what is their source? No
Highway Encounter Vortex Mark Haigh-Hutchinson said to have developed Amiga, Atari ST, and Mega Drive versions in 1990, none of which were released. A prototype of the Atari ST version has been released No
Hooves of Thunder RazorSoft Mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #10 and GamePro #33[3]. No
IF HiCom Info on this page is all that's known. A DOS version was also in development, but unreleased as well. No
Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures Factor 5, US Gold Reviewed in GamePro and German GAMERS. Conversion from the SNES game. Reportedly completed in EGM preview. Cancelled for unknown reasons. No
Interplanetary Lizards of the Texas Plains Tengen, Alexandria (GDRI - what is their source?) Featured at Winter CES 1993. This Unseen64 page shows a magazine scan (TODO IDENTIFY THE MAGAZINE) which is all that's known about this game. Planned to be released in spring 1994 according to German SEGA Magazin 3/94. No
Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road Baja 1000 Williams Entertainment Announced at Summer CES 1994, mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #23. Sequel to Super Off Road, only released on SNES. 1994-11[7] No
Jimmy Connors Tennis Ubi Soft Mentioned in GamePro #33[3] No
Joe Montana Football (Mediagenic)/Hyperball Mediagenic At least 30% complete when it suffered a combination of being locked in development hell and Mediagenic's financial troubles. Was to be developed entirely at Mediagenic. The Joe Montana Football that was released is based on an engine by Electronic Arts and Park Place Productions.
Karate Blazers Mc O'River Arcade game. Shown at Winter CES 1992.[5] No
Kung Fu: The Legends Continue Sunsoft Featured at Winter CES 1993 No
Lennox Lewis Boxing Acclaim, Park Place Productions GDRI - what is their source? No
The Lord of the Rings (EA) EA Shown at Winter CES 1992[5] and mentioned in early EA print advertisements[8]. Planned release date for 1992.[9] No
Lothar Matthäus Super Soccer Krisalis The game is called "Manchester United Championship Soccer" in UK and "Lothar Matthäus Super Soccer" in Germany but was only released to the SNES. A Mega Drive version were planned for and shown in German SEGA Magazin 1/95. No
The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse Capcom Featured at Winter CES 1994. Originally released for SNES. No
Magician's Castle Psygnosis Featured at Winter CES 1993 No
Mall Rats Software Toolworks Featured at Summer CES 1994. No
Matrix Accolade Featured at Summer CES 1994. No
Maverick: SFG Sage's Creation Featured at Winter CES 1992 and mentioned in GamePro #33[10].
Mission Impossible Ocean Developer unknown. Shown in Joypad #44, Top Consoles #4, and Console Plus #45. Cancelled for unknown reasons. No
MTV Sports: Extreme Viacom Featured at Summer CES 1994. [11] No
Mr. Nutz 2 Neon, Ocean Reviewed in several European magazines. The game is a conversion of Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad for the Amiga and has been reported being completed by the main programmer, Peter Thierolf, who still keeps a fully finished game ROM but cannot release it due to copyright issues. Game screenshots running on Gens emulator were taken by him. Source code of the game was released and compiled in a full ROM. Yes
Ninja Gaiden IV Sega Shown in Gamefan #1 and EGM #37 — which shows pictures from Level 2 of the Ninja Gaiden ROM above. Not sure if this is still the same as Ninja Gaiden above — needs investigation. Both the above ROM and this small preview come from 1992. No
Nolan Ryan Express Mentrix Software 1993-02[12] No
Operation Aliens THQ Mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #10. Possibly connected to the Operation Aliens animated TV pilot and toy line. No
Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors Absolute Entertainment Featured at Summer CES 1994. The Mega CD version was cancelled too, but has since been unearthed. Mean Machines Sega Issue #23 says a Mega Drive version existed. No
Pegasus Racer Ringler Studios GDRI - source No
Popeye the Sailor Man Technos Featured at Winter CES 1994, Shown in Console Mania #28, Game Fun #94. No
Road Runner Alexandria GDRI - what is their source? No
Road to the Cup Hockey '94 Electro Brain, Park Place Productions GDRI - source No
Rocket Rescue Hotshot This Unseen64 page, has magazine scans ('TODO IDENTIFY WHICH MAGAZINE) which is all that's known about the game. No
Savage Heroes Electronic Arts Cancelled because the project was too ambitious and the developer chosen (unknown) produced a prototype that did not impress EA managers. No
Search for Ramses II Tengen Mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #10. No
Shadow of Yserbius AT&T Featured at Summer CES 1994. No
Skulljagger's Revenge American Softworks Featured at Summer CES 1994. Due early 1995. No
Smaartvark/Dreyfuss Smaartvark Codemasters More info (might need confirmation) and magazine scan clipping (TODO IDENTIFY WHICH MAGAZINES) are at this Unseen64 page. Codemasters also advertised the game in the January 1994 EGM. Short article with screenshots in Mean Machines Sega #15. Cancelled for unknown reasons. No
Snow White: Happily Ever After ASC Featured at Winter CES 1993 and Summer CES 1994. No
Solo Flight Microprose Released for home computers. Shown at Winter CES 1992.[5] No
The Sporting News Virtual Soccer Probe, Hudson Soft [13] No
Technocop: The Final Mission Razor Soft Planned sequel to Technocop show at Winter CES 1992[10].
Troll Adventures American Softworks Announced at Summer CES 1994, mentioned in Mean Machines Sega #23. Probably the same as Super Troll Islands on SNES. [14] No
Vampire Killer Razor Soft Shown at Winter CES 1992[15] No
Wheel of Fortune 2 Gametek Mentioned for release in GamePro #54[16]. No
World Cup Soccer Acclaim Featured at CES 1993 and GamePro #45[17]. No
http://vgmdb.net/album/1818 someone (Ancient?) may have been working on a game called The Stickman is Back
http://turbo-boing.com/about Arena?
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 protos have SVP support strings
http://www.gamengai.com/cmnt_inf.php?id=1436&type=0
http://basiscape.com/arts_sakimoto.html quite a few here; possibly also other basiscape artists

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