Analogue’s FPGA Mega Drive/Genesis console, the Mega Sg is giving would be owners an additional bonus built into the console. A pack in title! Hardcore, a side-scrolling shooter in the vein of other European shooters such as the Turrican series, was developed by Digital Illusions who have since changed their name to DICE. (Who went on to become famous for the Battlefield series.) Due to the impending arrival of disc based consoles in 1994, the publisher of the game, Psygnosis decided to cancel the title despite being slated for release on Amiga, Mega Drive, Genesis and SEGA CD, with the Mega Drive/Genesis version being nearly ready for shipment. However due to legal issues, Analogue states on their website the game will be renamed to Ultracore. The game content will remain the same.
In recent years a publisher known as Strictly Limited, run by members of the game’s developers, have acquired publishing rights from Sony for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. However Analogue has recently announced that they will be the first to house the game onto every Mega Sg console. The game was nearly lost due to hard drive failure that would have wiped the game out from existence.
Analogue is looking to repeat it’s efforts in providing unreleased video games with their hardware as an additional incentive. They had previously provided an unreleased title on their last console, the Super NT. It featured two pack-in games for it’s FPGA based Super Nintendo console which included an unreleased version of Super Turrican and it’s sequel that could be accessed from the console’s system menu. No doubt this is a fantastic incentive for an already attractive package; an HDMI ready clone console with a wide range of compatibility options out of the box.
The Mega Sg is currently available for pre-order from their website with release slated for April 2019.