Metal Fangs

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For the unreleased Mega-CD version, see Metal Fang.


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Metal Fangs
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Victor Musical Industries
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Genre: Hyper Car Action (ハイパーカーアクション)[2], Shooting[3]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[4] T-60033

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Metal Fangs (メタルファング) is a Sega Mega Drive overhead racing game developed by Sega R&D 8 (and very likely co-developed by Genki) and published by Victor Musical Industries. Released exclusively in Japan in December 1993, the game is most known for its troubled development cycle, and for likely being conceived as a first-party Sega title.[5]


A changes the player racer, and C activates the racer's special attack.



Main article: Metal Fang.

Metal Fangs was originally developed for the Mega Drive, and while completed around June 1992[5], but was not released until December 1993. The delay appears to have been a result of plans by JVC Musical Industries (the American counterpart of Victor Musical Industries) to release the game as a launch title for the upcoming Sega CD. This new version, known as Metal Fang, did not materialize, and development was instead moved to the Mega Drive.[1] Ultimately, the game would only be release on cartridge, and exclusively in Japan.

While solely credited to Victor Musical Industries, it appears development was primarily completed by Sega R&D 8 (known as Sega AM2 when the game released)[1] Apparently displeased with the game enough to disown the project, Sega either gave the mostly-completed game to developer Genki for finalization, or gave the fully-completed game to publisher Victor Musical Industries for release.[1]

The game is composed by Hiroshi Kawaguchi and programmed by Tomoharu Kimura, both staff of Sega R&D 8, and graphic design was likely done by Genki co-founder Manabu Tamura.[1] Additionally, an unused copyright notice for Yonezawa is located in the game's code[6]; Yonezawa shared a close relation with Sega of Japan, and was later fully acquired by them in 1994.[1]

Production credits

In-game credits
Metal Fangs MD credits.pdf

Magazine articles

Main article: Metal Fangs/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-08: "August 1992" (1992-07-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-09: "September 1992" (1992-08-08)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-10: "October 1992" (1992-09-08)
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Physical scans

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Metal Fangs

Mega Drive, JP
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Technical information

Main article: Metal Fangs/Technical information.

External links


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