Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits (Mega Drive)

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Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Williams Entertainment (US), THQ (Europe)
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Williams Electronics
Game total: 5
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Compilation

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£39.9939.99[2] T-97126-50
Sega Mega Drive
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

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Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits is a compilation of arcade games released in 1996 for the Sega Mega Drive. The Mega Drive version was published by Williams Entertainment in North America, which, following restructuring and buyouts in the mid-1990s, became part of Midway Games, who published the game in Europe as Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits.


In total, five games are available for play in this compilation. Unlike most games that use six button control schemes by default when a Six Button Control Pad is detected, the Mode button must be pressed during gameplay to enable the six button controls for Defender II and Robotron 2084.

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Defender (1980)
Defender is a 2D side-scrolling shoot-'em-up, in which the objective is to shoot aliens, avoid projectiles and obstacles and protect humans from being captured. It was unique for its day for allowing the player to move both left and right, the maps "looping" to create a "circular" playfield. It is also the primary influence for the Sega classic, Fantasy Zone.

Configurable options: ships to start, bonus at, difficulty increase, maximum difficulty, waves per planet.

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Defender II (Stargate) (1981)
Defender II is the sequel to Defender, though curiously was never known as Defender II in the arcades, instead opting for the title of Stargate on grounds of legal issues (Defender II being reserved for the NES and older Atari 2600 ports). Defender II is much the same as the first game, but introduces new enemies, a cloaking device and similar minor gameplay additions.

Configurable options: ships to start, bonus at, difficulty, inviso time per ship, men to warp, last wave for warp.

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Joust (1982)
Joust is a single-screen 2D "platform game", in which players control a man riding a "buzzard", who needs to hit the heads of enemies, similar to traditional jousting.

Configurable options: lives to start, bonus at, difficulty.

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Robotron 2084 (1982)
Robotron 2084 is a dual-joystick top-down shoot-'em-up, in which you attempt to save the last surviving human family from robots. This game traditionally causes problems on systems with less than four face buttons (like the Mega Drive), as without a means to emulate the dual joysticks, eight directional firing is hindered, making the game significantly harder.

Configurable options: lives to start, bonus at, difficulty, controller angle.

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Sinistar (1982)
Sinistar is a top-down shooter similar to Atari's Asteroids, however as well as shooting enemies, players need to locate Sinibombs to prevent the creation of the extremely powerful Sinistar.

Configurable options: ships to start, first bonus at, extra to next bonus, difficulty, rapid fire.

Production credits

  • Lead Programmer and Game Translations (except Joust): Dan Filner
  • Joust Translation: George Phillips
  • Sound Translation: Terry Coatta, Peter Phillips
  • Producer: Andrew Ayre
  • Special Thanks: Wes Gale

Magazine articles

Main article: Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


Print advert in Next Generation (US) #22: "October 1996" (1996-09-17)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[3]


Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)


Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #183: "February 1997" (1997-01-10)

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d68e9c00
MD5 0e1cbc28671b781b174693d234a5a446
SHA-1 8c648318fdd54e2c75c44429a72c1c1a846e67cb
512kB 1996-09 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 c0dce0e5
MD5 c8f4f5adc64fb344ca091982b60334af
SHA-1 97e35e8fbe1546b9cf075ab75c8f790edcd9db93
512kB 1996-11 Cartridge (EU)


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Sega Saturn
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