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Battle Wings, Out Run 3-D, Cyborg Hunter prototypes (happy anniversary Sega Mark III)
Post Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:05 pm
Last edited by Bock on Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:18 pm; edited 2 times in total
Today is the Sega Mark III's 35th anniversary. The console - essentially our Sega Master System - was released on October 20th, 1985.

To celebrate we're uncovering a couple of recently obtained prototypes:

Battle Wings (Bomber Raid) prototype for the Sega Master System.

The working title for Bomber Raid was Battle Wings. In fact, the retail version of Bomber Raid contains a hidden cheat to activate the old title screen. We uncovered a build of the game, sent to Sega of Europe for evaluation, which appears to predate the original Japanese/US release. Among other things, this version of the game lacks the Bomber Raid title screen, lacks the introduction animation and has amusing typos in the text. *EDIT* As found by Nineko, the final boss is also partly glitchy and incomplete in this version (see comments below).




Out Run 3-D Prototype for the Master System.

Announced in Japan, Out Run 3-D eventually only made it to Europe and Brazil. This early prototype with a "1988" date on the title screen (vs "1989" for final version) notably includes a rendition of Passing Breeze which is absent in the final version.

If you compare Out Run 3-D screenshots and Out Run screenshots you'll also notice the Start section in this prototype is closer to the one in Out Run, as presumably Out Run 3-D was programmed as a derivation of Out Run and slowly evolved into its final form.




Cyborg Hunter Prototype for the Master System.

We already released a prototype of its Japanese counterpart Chouon Senshi Borgman (超音戦士ボーグマン) in 2009, and now uncovered a prototype of English Cyborg Hunter. I haven't played enough of this build yet, but the first thing apparent is that this build uses an earlier/placeholder localization. Whereas the final version refers to the hero as "Paladin" and the enemy "Voltron", this prototype refers to them respectively as... "Ralph" and "Brad Biddle". While the latter name is common enough, I wonder if it could be the name of a Sega employee involved in the localization?




Happy birthday Sega Mark III !
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:30 pm
Wow, awesome finds, Bock! :)

It's especially nice to hear about Battle Wings, as Bomber Raid was one of my favorites on the SMS back in the day.

thanks for sharing & best regards,
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:33 pm
Thanks Master!
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SUPERB ! Thank you !!
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:44 pm
A very good present for SMS birthday, yes sir!
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:15 am
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I can only join the others in expressing my thanks.
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:30 pm
Thank you! Happy birthday Mark III!
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:48 pm
Here, have a video of Battle Wings: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4s59VkttGs8.

That final boss doesn't look right to me.
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:25 pm
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:19 pm
Added pictures of the board with EPROM chips to the top post + a note about the final boss as found by Tom/Nineko.
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:22 pm
Well, the final US release of Cyborg Hunter was published by Activision. Wouldn't be surprised if they felt the need to punch up the character names before release. :P
Though almost certainly the name Voltron was trademarked, but I guess the '80s was still that era when games thought "nobody was gonna sue".
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