Marble Madness

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  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U/PAL
  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-J
  • Master System
  • Game Gear

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Marble Madness
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Tengen (JP)
Sega Master System
Virgin Games
Sega Game Gear
Tengen
Developer:
Distributor:
Sega Game Gear
Domark (EU)
Licensor:
Sega Master System
Tengen
Sega Mega Drive
Tengen (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Sega Master System
Atari Games
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Atari Games
Developer(s) of original games: Atari Games
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mouse
Genre: Puzzle[1], Action[2], Arcade[3]

















Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
1-2
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[4] T-48113
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.9539.95[6] 708901
Sega Mega Drive
EU
E004SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[7] E004SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Master System
EU
27024-50
Sega Master System
PT
MSJ27024
Sega Master System
UK
£32.9932.99[10] 27024-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.9534.95[12] 301033-0161
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-48058-50
Sega Game Gear
PT
GGJ48058
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.9927.99[13][14][15] T-48058-50
Non-Sega versions

Marble Madness (マーブルマッドネス) is an arcade game developed by Atari Games and released in 1984. Its popularity saw numerous ports to home platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

Gameplay

The object of the game is to move a marble down an isometric field from one point to another, making sure not to fall of ledges or be damaged in other ways. The original arcade release relied heavily on a trackball controller, but the console ports rely on directional pad, meaning the control is less accurate. On the Mega Drive, the D-pad moves the ball in the on-screen direction of the button press. For example, Up will move the marble vertically up on the screen, with the respective effect in the arena.

History

The rights to the game were passed across a multitude of developers and publishers. In 1991 Electronic Arts had publishing rights, and produced a copy of the game for the Mega Drive in North America and Europe. While this version is complete, music porting and text drawing is somewhat sloppy, some of the graphics were recreated, colors were changed (most notably, the marble is now red), and the marble's motion restrictions were somewhat relaxed (allowing for jumps and drops not possible in other versions of the game).

Atari Games' home console division Tengen produced their own Mega Drive copy for the Japanese market in 1993, which is different to the Electronic Arts version. This is similar to the situation regarding the Mega Drive port of Klax, in which Namco produced their own copy for Japan. This Japanese version, which appears to have been produced internally by Tengen of Japan, is much more faithful to the original game (but whether or not it is a direct port is unknown), and features trackball support through the Sega Mouse.

Virgin Games published a Master System version the following year.

Tengen would also publish the Game Gear version. Both the Master System and Game Gear ports were created by Steve Lamb.

The game is present in the internal data of the Japanese Mega Drive Mini, but is inaccessible without modding the system.

Production credits

Mega Drive version (US/EU)

  • Genesis version By: Michael Schwartz
  • Music and Sound By: Steve Hayes
©1991 Atari Games Corporation and Electronic Arts
Source:
In-game credits
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[16]


Mega Drive version (JP)

As with Gauntlet IV, there are two screens of credits. The first screen, the original arcade version's credits, shows after three demo loops.

  • Designer/Graphics Programmer: Mark Cerny
  • Game Programmer: Bob Flanagan
  • Animator: Sam Comstock
  • Sound Design: Hal Canon, Brad Fuller
  • Hardware Design: S Ly, J Margolin, D Paauw, D Snyder
  • System Support: C Downend, M Hoff, J Ritter
  • Software Support: M Albaugh, M Mahar, R Moore
  • Hardware Support: J Castillo, E Durfey, P McCarthy, N Minh
Source:
In-game credits
Marble Madness JP credits 1.png
[17]


The second screen, the porting credits, comes 12 loops later.

  • Project Leader/Programmer: Jun Amanai
  • Programmer: Takayuki Muraoka
  • Graphics Conversion: Ken-ichi Nemoto
  • Audio Conversion: Kenji Yokoyama
  • Customer Service: Naomi Takahashi, Mizuho Yoshioka
  • Special Thanks: Bill Hindorff
Source:
In-game credits
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[18]


Master System version

TM Atari Games Corporation.
Licensed to Tengen.
©1992 Tengen All Rights Reserved
Source:
In-game credits
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[19]


Game Gear version

TM Atari Games Corporation.
Licensed to Tengen.
©1992 Tengen All Rights Reserved.
  • Code By: Steve Lamb.
Source:
In-game credits
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[20]


Magazine articles

Main article: Marble Madness/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Marble Madness/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[21]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
70
[22]
Consoles + (FR)
82
[23]
Console XS (UK) PAL
82
[24]
Dengeki Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
72
[25]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
55
[26]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
88
[27]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
63
[28]
Génération 4 (FR)
89
[29]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
80
[30]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
70
[31]
Joypad (FR)
80
[32]
Joystick (FR)
79
[33]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
69
[34]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
95
[35]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
73
[36]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
60
[37]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
88
[38]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
88
[39]
Player One (FR)
75
[40]
Play Time (DE)
47
[41]
Power Play (DE)
67
[42]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
66
[43]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[44]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[45]
Sega Force (SE)
76
[46]
Sega Force (UK)
82
[47]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
82
[48]
Super Juegos (ES)
59
[49]
Supersonic (FR)
89
[50]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
72
[51]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
70
[6]
Video Games (DE)
70
[52]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
33 reviews

Marble Madness

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
MarbleMadness MD JP CartTop.jpg
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Cart
Marble Madness MD JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US
MarbleMadness MD US Box.jpg
Cover
MarbleMadness MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Marblemadness md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
MarbleMadness MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Marble Madness MD EU Made In Taiwan Cart.jpg
Cart
Marble Madness MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
MarbleMadness MD SE rental cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
60
[53]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
70
[54]
Joypad (FR)
88
[55]
Joystick (FR)
88
[56]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
70
[57]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
70
[58]
Player One (FR)
40
[59]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
69
[60]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[61]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
88
[62]
Sega Force (SE)
70
[63]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
76
[10]
Supersonic (FR)
76
[64]
Video Games (DE)
60
[65]
Sega Master System
72
Based on
14 reviews

Marble Madness

Master System, EU
MarbleMadness SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
MarbleMadness SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, PT
MarbleMadness SMS PT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, AU
MarbleMadness SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
MarbleMadness SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
92
[66]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
70
[67]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
84
[14]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
87
[68]
Joypad (FR)
85
[69]
Joystick (FR)
89
[70]
Player One (FR)
75
[71]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
74
[15]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[72]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
79
[73]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
77
[74]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
70
[12]
Video Games (DE)
61
[75]
Sega Game Gear
79
Based on
13 reviews

Marble Madness

Game Gear, US
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Cover
Marble Madness GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Marble Madness GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
MarbleMadness GG EU Box Back.jpgMarble Madness GG EU Box Spine.jpgMarbleMadness GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Marble Madness GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Marble Madness GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, PT

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 79eba28a
MD5 ab99c73cffd808ddd93c43e2f52cc92d
SHA-1 059e99fde8726a45a584007186913eb9a01f738e
512kB 1992-02 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 bf6f3e5f
MD5 97832999dd6d2ba467b5625006b018a0
SHA-1 f5efe0635e283a08f98272a9ff1bc7d37c35692c
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 9559e339
MD5 b83f36fd113a8f75f1a29652acb641fc
SHA-1 42c5cd5afebbf860a8ad80ea684f9b216762109e
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)

References

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  1. File:MarbleMadness GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. File:MarbleMadness SMS EU Box.jpg
  4. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1993" (JP; 1993-06-08), page 146
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sega Pro, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 9
  6. 6.0 6.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "March 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 42
  7. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 67
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 39
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Power, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 11
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-xx), page 68
  11. GamePro, "July 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 90
  12. 12.0 12.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "September 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 85
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-09-28), page 6
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Game Zone, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-19), page 63
  15. 15.0 15.1 Sega Power, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-06), page 39
  16. File:MarbleMadness Title.png
  17. File:Marble Madness JP credits 1.png
  18. File:Marble Madness JP credits 2.png
  19. File:MarbleMadness SMS Title.png
  20. File:MarbleMadness GG Title.png
  21. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 123
  22. Beep! MegaDrive, "September 1993" (JP; 1993-08-07), page 21
  23. Consoles +, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 86
  24. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 131
  25. Dengeki Mega Drive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 37
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 28
  27. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 67
  28. Famitsu, "1993-08-20,27" (JP; 1993-08-06), page 1
  29. Génération 4, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 153
  30. Game Zone, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-24), page 24
  31. Hippon Super, "September 1993" (JP; 1993-08-03), page 49
  32. Joypad, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1991-12-1x), page 96
  33. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 140
  34. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 63
  35. Mega Force, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 1992-01-15), page 98
  36. MegaTech, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-20), page 44
  37. Micromanía (segunda época), "Junio 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 80
  38. Mean Machines, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-27), page 82
  39. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  40. Player One, "Avril 1992" (FR; 1992-04-10), page 90
  41. Play Time, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-06), page 93
  42. Power Play, "3/92" (DE; 1992-02-12), page 140
  43. Sega Power, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-06), page 36
  44. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 68
  45. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  46. Sega Force, "1/92" (SE; 1992-xx-xx), page 14
  47. Sega Force, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 66
  48. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  49. Super Juegos, "Mayo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 48
  50. Supersonic, "Mai/Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 10
  51. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 108
  52. Video Games, "1/92" (DE; 1992-02-03), page 30
  53. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 132
  54. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 143
  55. Joypad, "Août/Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-07-1x), page 66
  56. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 205
  57. Mean Machines, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-28), page 72
  58. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 135
  59. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-07-10), page 135
  60. Sega Power, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-02), page 27
  61. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 38
  62. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 71
  63. Sega Force, "2/92" (SE; 1992-11-19), page 24
  64. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
  65. Video Games, "8/92" (DE; 1992-07-22), page 99
  66. Consoles +, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 119
  67. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 167
  68. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 62
  69. Joypad, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 100
  70. Joystick, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 165
  71. Player One, "Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-09-10), page 116
  72. Sega Pro, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-16), page 48
  73. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  74. Sega Force, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-13), page 56
  75. Video Games, "8/92" (DE; 1992-07-22), page 121


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