X-Women: The Sinister Virus

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X-Women: The Sinister Virus
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Clockwork Tortoise
Licensor: Marvel Entertainment Group
Planned release date: 1996-11[1], 1996-12[2], 1997-01[3][4]
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1

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X-Women: The Sinister Virus is an unreleased Sega Mega Drive game featuring the female characters of Marvel's X-Men comic book series. It was due to be released as part of the last batch of first-party Mega Drive games in North America, with a release date planned for late 1996. It would have acted as a spiritual sequel to X-Men 2: Clone Wars.

X-Women would have allowed players to control popular female characters from the X-Men cast, including Storm and Rogue. It was a side-scrolling action game supposedly being developed by Clockwork Tortoise, and was previewed in an early state at E3 1996, with the aim of being released later in the year. X-Women was later mentioned in EGM #89 (December 1996), presumably having missed its original deadline.

The reason for its cancellation are not fully understood - Clockwork Tortoise disbanded in late 1996/early 1997, and focus at Sega was shifting away from the Mega Drive and onto the Sega Saturn. X-Women was considered to be scrapped by early 1997. No prototypes of X-Women have ever been found.

Magazine articles

Main article: X-Women: The Sinister Virus/Magazine articles.

External links


X-Men games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1993) | X-Men (1993) | Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994) | X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995) | X-Women: The Sinister Virus (unreleased)
Sega Game Gear
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1994) | X-Men (1994) | X-Men: GamesMaster's Legacy (1994) | X-Men: Mojo World (1996)
Sega Saturn
X-Men: Children of the Atom (1995) | X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1997)
Sega Master System
X-Men: Mojo World (1996)
Sega 32X
X-Men: Mind Games (Unreleased)
X-Men related media
Sega Tunes: X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1996)