Rare Master System Game discovered! – Game de check!

Game de check - SEGA Master System

SMS Power are video game preservationists and they have just acquired a rare game for the Sega Master System. The game in question? Game de Check! Koutsuu Anzen, which I am sure you have never heard of.

It was developed by SEGA in 1987 on a commision from The Tokyo Marine and Fire Insurance company. Around 300 copies were rumoured to have been produced.

The game was only available as a rental, it is one of the rarest games on the Master System. SMS Power, the SEGA 8-bit preservation group teamed up to buy the cartridge for a staggering £3,800 from japanese auctions back in December of 2019.

Game de check
Game de check
Game de check

A look at the english translation

The team at SMS Power have now set to work on creating an english language version, they said “Because of the significance and rarity of this game, we decided that we’d try creating a translation patch for non-Japanese reading audiences so they could enjoy it”. The team reverse engineered the code, extracted scripts and created custom tooling to inject code along with the translated text, new fonts and translated graphics.

Game de check
Game de check
Game de check

SMS Power has dumped the Game de Check! Koutsuu Anzen ROM, ensuring its preservation, but what happened to the other copies of the game? “It’s not clear today what happened to those 200 or 300 cartridges,” SMS Power said. “Were they actively rented by many schools and associations? We have no evidence of Sega fans saying that they were exposed to this game in 1988. The game seemingly wasn’t promoted to gamers, and the Master System was not particularly popular in Japan either. Likely many of those cartridges were unused, lost or destroyed.”

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