From Sega Retro


I hear Ballistic were a publishing label divised by Accolade for Sega consoles (similar to Flying Edge/Acclaim - i.e. not a separate company so no "co-publishing" involved). There was a page once for Ballistic, but it was deleted and I can't remember why.

Ballistic gave us the unlicensed Mega Drive games (aside from Ishido which is their oldest MD release). After the lawsuit, I think the name was dropped and Accolade took responsibility for things again. So I think the better way of detecting unlicensed games isn't so much to look at the ROMs, but instead the packaging.

Type A (1990) Type B (1991) Type C (1993) Type D (1993)
Ishido MD US Box Front.jpg


HardBall MD US Box.jpg



(pre-"Genesis Red")

BSUaJ MD US Box.jpg

("Genesis Red")

I don't know if any "Type C"s were released without a license. These have been sportted with Sega Seal of Quality [i]stickers[/i], presumably added after the lawsuit, but the packaging itself was designed before Accolade got their license. And all those "type C"s were later re-released in Europe with official Mega Drive branding

it also helps to date them. Accolade released lots of things in 1993. -Black Squirrel 12:57, 22 August 2011 (CDT)

Oh and I have no idea what's going on with Super Off Road. Cartridge says licensed, packaging says otherwise.
And Tinhead used the Ballistic name for unknown reasons. But probably an oddball. -Black Squirrel 13:06, 22 August 2011 (CDT)
The Ballistic page I made was just a redirect to Accolade and I had deleted it because I wasn't sure if they were the same company or not. I still don't know.
I had only used the ROMs as a springboard to try to sort out this mess. Perhaps the boxes are a better idea, but now the problem is verifying everything. Accolade's site isn't useful; even in 1996 American game companies hated talking about their older games :/ I guess i should pull through those old news articles.
I have no idea about TinHead or Super Off Road :| I guess I could try asking Sega-16 to see if anyone there has a clue?
And what do you mean by dating everything? - Andlabs 13:16, 22 August 2011 (CDT)
Well as in, rather than saying "1993" we can say "early 1993" or "late 1993" without having to hunt for precise dates, because some packaging is clearly an earlier design than others -Black Squirrel 13:19, 22 August 2011 (CDT)