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Wacky Races (Mega Drive)

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Wacky Races
Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer: Eden Entertainment Software
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Racing
Number of players: 1-2
Status of prototype(s): Prototype dumped

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Wacky Races for the Sega Mega Drive is an unreleased racing game developed by Eden Entertainment Software and is based on the TV franchise. Though never released onto store shelves, a prototype of the game has since emerged on the internet.

For a Mega Drive game, Wacky Races is very advanced, offering an experience comparable to Super Mario Kart on the SNES despite the system lacking a "Mode 7"-esque graphical setting. Offered is a full grand prix and a battle mode, both of which can be played by up to two players. Every wacky racer with the exception of Dick Dastardly & Muttley is playable. The game is also notable for being one of the only Wacky Races games to use the music heard in the TV show, rather than inventing its own music tracks.

It is unknown exactly how complete the prototype version of the game is. All the stages and modes appear to be in working order, but the prototype informs the user that it was "meant for demonstration purposes only" which suggests more work was intended before home release.

[From the programmer:] As far as I was concerned, the game was 100% complete, although it might have a few bugs remaining as it never got passed on to SEGA for approval. As far as I understand it, Virgin Games, who were the publishers, discovered they didn't actually have the rights to the Wacky Races license after all, so the game was canned. They didn't figure this out until after the game was complete!

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
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CRC32 1b173f09
MD5 cac7180bd723cdb4056df77a951d7dbd
SHA-1 5f310699e017e0becb4f41e7f00cb86606dbc0ed
2MB Download.svg (806 kB) i

References


Games based on Hanna-Barbera cartoon shows released for Sega systems
Sega Master System
The Flintstones (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
The Flintstones (Taito) (1993) | The Pirates of Dark Water (1994) | Yogi Bear: Cartoon Capers (1994) | Scooby-Doo Mystery (1995) | The Flintstones (Ocean) (199x) | Wacky Races (unreleased)
Sega Dreamcast
Wacky Races (2000) | The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (unreleased)