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Owners of Sega’s old and rare home computer the SC-3000 will be pleased to hear that a group of fans over at SC-3000 Survivors have not only created a multicart, but are also selling it. The SC-3000 Mk II Multicart is able to store 63 different Sega SC-3000 and SG-1000 ROM images at once and can also be used to run any other tape software written for the SC-3000. The multicart comes pre-loaded with several tape games including homebrew titles and ports of games from other similar systems, however SG-1000 ROMs must be found and added to the cart manually.
It’s really fantastic to find that Sega fans around the world are still creating games and other cartridges for Sega’s oldest machines such as Martijn Wenting’s amazing Astrododge and this new SC-3000 Mk II Multicart. This is actually the second run of the multicart to go on sale, with the first selling out earlier this month. If pre-ordered before Jan 20th the cartridge will set you back $99 plus shipping, with the non-pre-order price being $109 plus shipping. Check out the sales page here, and let us know if you plan on picking one up in the comments section below!
Sega were a big player in the home console markets of the 80′s and 90′s, and many of our fond memories of retro consoles such as the Mega Drive/ Genesis and the Master System are the same ones that keep us gaming today. But even the most die-hard Sega fan may draw a blank when you ask them about Sega’s very first, Japan-only home console, the SG-1000.
One mad development band Martijn Wenting of Revival Studios aims to give the early little console some much needed love with Astrododge, the first physical release of an SG-1000 in approximately 30 years. Martijn took some time off his busy schedule to answer some of our questions about the console, the game, and the passion that brought his ambitious project to fruition. Check it out after the jump.
Matijn Wenting of Revival Studios has provided us with some further details on his ambitious homebrew game titled Astrododge for Sega’s very first home console, the incredibly rare, Japan only SG-1000.
Mr. Wenting has confirmed that the game will have the following features:
- Single player and 2-player versus mode
- Multicoloured graphics
- Internet highscore uploading
- Online rewards (achievements/trophies) displayed on an in game screen
The talented developer, who has previously created works for the Vectrex, Sinclair ZX-81, Videopac/Magnavox Odyssey 2 and more, has also informed us that, being his first SG-1000 game, it will act as a stepping stone to more new games in 2013.
Martijn has also told us that managing the physical production of Astrododge‘s cartridges and cases has been somewhat difficult, due to there being no physical SG-1000 homebrew releases in the past to use as reference points.
With regards to the version of Astrododge for Sega’s SC-3000, Martijn’s only comment was that a version ‘tailored’ to the rare Japanese home computer will be released in early 2013. Trailers for both games will debut at the upcoming Classic Games event held in Lier, Belgium.
An unmodified form of the above Astrododge screen shot from the SG-1000 version can be found after the jump, and be sure to leave us a comment while you’re down there!
During my visit to Retro Game Beurs Deurne, a retro game fair in the Dutch town of Deurne, I bumped into Martijn Wenting of Revival Studios; a retro game collector and developer with releases on the Vectrex, Sinclair ZX-81, Videopac/Magnavox Odyssey 2 and more. During our talk he confirmed that the mysterious Sega SG-1000 homebrew game developed by Revival Studios, which we reported on last month, is indeed named ‘Astrododge’ and will be released as a physical cartridge, as well as in cassette form for the Sega SC-3000 home computer, making it the first game released for the rare, Japanese-only Sega console in almost 30 years.
Not only does Martijn develop the games, he also designs the box art and writes the manuals resulting in a product of high quality and appeal to collectors. The SG-1000 & SC-3000 release come together in a very limited run of 50 copies available for purchase from his website, or from his appearances at various gaming fairs; the reason for the low print run being due to the scarcity of SG-1000/ SC-3000 owners.
It is worth keeping an eye on Revival Studios in the future as well, as Martijn Wenting revealed to me that two Dreamcast games titled ‘Switch’ and ‘Chao’s Adventure’ are set for release in 2013 as well as another, unnamed SG-1000 game with 100 copies planned for production depending on the success of Astrododge. Check out the Revival Studios website here, and hit the jump to see a larger photo of Astrododge, Revival Studios’ Videopac releases and a picture of the main man himself. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
Homebrew developers, Revival Studios, have listed on their official website that they will be releasing a new SG-1000 game this year. While details on the game have not been announced yet, it’s speculated that the game will be a port of their upcoming MSX & Colecovision game, AstroDodge. Since, the Colecovision and the SG-1000 are extremely similar consoles it would make sense that porting the game wouldn’t be too difficult of a task.
I, for one, am extremely excited about purchasing a new game for the SG-1000 in the year 2012. Sega’s first console is definitely the least talked about of all their systems and to see someone still supporting it is amazing. I hope the homebrew release is a success for Revival Studios and this is not the last SG-1000 game we see from them.