Winter Challenge

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Winter Challenge
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Ballistic, Accolade
Sound driver: Accolade sound driver
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.95[1] ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[2][3] ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
?F ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas ACLD007

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Winter Challenge, also known as The Games: Winter Challenge is a Winter Olympics-esque sports game for the Sega Mega Drive. It was originally released without a license from Sega, however following the Sega v. Accolade lawsuit, the game was re-released with a license. It is a port of a DOS game of the same name, originally released in 1991.

Winter Challenge was followed by Summer Challenge in 1993.


Though it lacks any endorsement from the International Olympic Committee, Winter Challenge is thought to have been released to coincide with the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. However, as the Mega Drive version of the game is virtually identical to its DOS counterpart, it is most likely based on events which occurred in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.


  • Downhill
  • Luge
  • Cross Country
  • Bobsled (two man)
  • Speed Skating
  • Giant Slalom
  • Biathlon
  • Ski Jump

Represented Nations

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • USSR

Winter Challenge does not reflect the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991, thus the USSR competes as a nation. In reality, former Soviet nations competed in both the Summer and Winter 1992 games under the "Unified Team" banner (under the Olympic Flag, which Accolade would not have the rights to use).

Production credits

  • Programming: Mike Benna, Jeff Sember
  • Art: John Boechler
  • Music: Alistair Hirst
  • Producer: Pam Levins
  • Developed By: MindSpan

Magazine articles

Main article: Winter Challenge/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 031.pdfGamePro US 031.pdf

Print advert in GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:

CVG UK 124.pdfCVG UK 124.pdf

Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #124: "March 1992" (1992-02-15)
also published in:

Joypad FR 006.pdfJoypad FR 006.pdf

Print advert in Joypad (FR) #6: "Mars 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Mega Drive Serbia3.jpg

Print advert in Svet Kompjutera (SCG) #130: "Jul/Avgust 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 [9]
74 [10]
84 [1]
80 №43
93 №4, p44-46
81 [11]
77 [12]
66 [13]
86 №8, p38
62 [14]
85 [15]
79 [16]
82 [17]
78 №51, p54
79 [18]
82 №11, p16/17
78 №18, p68
73 №28, p66
70 №15, p70
80 [19]
83 №36, p59
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
21 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US
(Video Game Classics)
WinterChallenge MD US Box Back Classic.jpgNospine.pngWinterChallenge MD US Box Front Classic.jpg
WinterChallenge MD US Cart Classics.jpg
Mega Drive, US (alt)

WinterChallenge MD US Cart Alt.jpg
Mega Drive, EU (Ballistic)
WinterChallenge MD EU Ballistic cover.jpg
WinterChallenge MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, EU (Accolade)
WinterChallenge MD EU Box.jpg
WinterChallenge MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f57c7068
MD5 882565088f39ff017d1ff7005784c9c4
SHA-1 6c948c98bbf52b849ffa1920e127c74ae04d75d1
1MB 1991-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 60d2a8c4
MD5 3c678432c6cf19b389b1b52f7356e6d5
SHA-1 61748b459900f26832da72d6b4c51f886994d7cf
1MB 1991-12 Page