Unreleased Mega Drive Port Of Bill's Tomato Game Released On Reproduction Cartridge

Bills-Tomato-Game-Mega-Drive-Prototype-ReleasedTwenty two years ago Psygnosis launched on the Commodore Amiga a frustrating-yet-addictive puzzler starring an unlikely vegetable hero. Bill's Tomato Game was a huge hit, one which was supposedly due to hit the Mega Drive next. While this Sega plant never bore fruit, those currently in possession of the only known prototype have created a run of reproduction cartridges to get the game out there.

Back in September 2012, this unreleased Mega Drive / Genesis port of the Amiga classic was made available for auction on eBay. Needless to say the cartridge fetched a rather hefty sum at auction, mainly due to the fact that no ROM of the game's code exists anywhere online.

Although many thought the title was destined to end up in yet another collection and remain unpreserved even longer, it was soon confirmed that the new owners were the enthusiastic video game preservationists, the Nolan brothers. This generous duo have released countless unarchived games back into the community, including long lost classics such as the recent Monster Party (Famicom) prototype.

While this auction may have been won nearly two years ago, the Nolan brothers made it clear even back then that their intention was to get this game out there for all to enjoy - something which is now happening. Over at the NintendoAge forums, Mark Nolan is currently taking orders for a short run of handmade Bill's Tomato Game reproduction cartridges in cases with custom artwork.

Priced up at $75 for those in North America and $90 for everyone else (including shipping), 100 copies of Bill's Tomato Game are being made available, all using new parts. If this wasn't enticing enough already, Nolan has also stated that a Mega Drive / Genesis ROM of the game will be released online for free when the cartridges have sold out.

Unreleased Sega Megadrive Port of Bill's Tomato Game Gameplay Video

Link: Order Bill's Tomato Game (Mega Drive Prototype) Reproduction Cartridge

Source: Allgamers

Last Updated ( 01 August 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) makinagenesis 2014-08-02 15:31
Too expensive for the finished looking product, UGC's are absolute crap and look alien in any decent collection. They should have sourced quality cases for that price. If this was a NES release ( a la Chuck Yaeger from the same guys) much more effort would be put into the finished look and feel

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