Winter Challenge

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

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[1] ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Video Game Classics)
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Accolade)
T-119046-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][5] ACLD007
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)

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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.

Gameplay

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.

Events

  • 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

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #124: "March 1992" (1992-02-15)
also published in:
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Print advert in Joypad (FR) #6: "Mars 1992" (1992-02-1x)
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Print advert in AS Magazin-Video Igrice (SCG) #13: "Jul-Avgust 1995" (1995-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[11]
Console XS (UK) PAL
78
[12]
Cool Gamer (RU)
10
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
74
[14]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
40
[15]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
84
[16]
Games-X (UK)
80
[17]
Game Informer (US)
70
[18]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
93
[19]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
75
[20]
Joypad (FR) PAL
81
[21]
Joystick (FR)
77
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
66
[23]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
66
[24]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
86
[25]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
57
[26]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
62
[27]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
85
[28]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
85
[29]
Player One (FR)
79
[30]
Play Time (DE)
77
[31]
Power Play (DE)
76
[32]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
82
[33]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
78
[34]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[35]
Sega Pro (UK)
82
[36]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
78
[37]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
73
[38]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
70
[39]
Sega Force (UK)
80
[40]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
66
[41]
Video Games (DE)
76
[42]
Zero (UK)
83
[43]
Sega Mega Drive
73
Based on
33 reviews

Winter Challenge

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

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Cart
Mega Drive, EU (Ballistic)
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Cover
WinterChallenge MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
WinterChallenge MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, EU (Accolade)
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Cover
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Cart
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

References

  1. GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 42
  2. Computer & Video Games, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-15), page 8
  3. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 55
  4. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 110
  5. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 29
  6. Joypad, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-02-1x), page 2
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  8. Mean Machines, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-27), page 66
  9. Svet Kompjutera, "Jul/Avgust 1995" (YU; 1995-xx-xx), page 2
  10. Svet Kompjutera, "Septembar 1995" (YU; 1995-xx-xx), page 32
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 337
  12. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 136
  13. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 236
  14. Computer & Video Games, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-15), page 60
  15. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 32
  16. GamePro, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 44
  17. Games-X, "20th-26th February 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 26
  18. Game Informer, "January/February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 7
  19. Game Zone, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-24), page 44
  20. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 78
  21. Joypad, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 92
  22. Joystick, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 144
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "December 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 79
  24. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  25. Mega Action, "Christmas 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 38
  26. Mega Fun, "02/94" (DE; 1994-01-19), page 77
  27. MegaTech, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-20), page 24
  28. Mean Machines, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-27), page 74
  29. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  30. Player One, "Mars 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 118
  31. Play Time, "4/92" (DE; 1992-03-04), page 72
  32. Power Play, "3/92" (DE; 1992-02-12), page 134
  33. Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 28
  34. Sega Power, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-06), page 54
  35. Sega Pro, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-16), page 54
  36. Sega Pro, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-13), page 16
  37. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  38. Sega Pro, "February 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 66
  39. Sega Zone, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-23), page 70
  40. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 48
  41. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 222
  42. Video Games, "1/92" (DE; 1992-02-03), page 33
  43. Zero, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 59