50Hz Mega Drive Games

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This is a WIP list of games on Mega Drive which are meant to be played at 50Hz. Playing those games at 60Hz won't necessarily lead to wrong game or music speed as they might have been coded properly, but it would be best, if possible, to play them on a PAL 50Hz console.

The list was created due to a statement made by UK composer Matt Furniss who told donluca, founder and maintainer of the 16-bit Audiophile Project, in a private message on Twitter, that the music he composed was meant to be played back on a PAL console at 50Hz.

This statement has lead to further research which, as of now (2022-10-05), will take for granted that games which:

  1. Have been coded by a European developer
  2. Have their music made by a European composer
  3. Use a sound driver which is known to have been coded and used in European countries (such as the Krisalis sound driver)

are meant to be played on a PAL 50Hz Mega Drive.

These lists are meant to be considered incomplete and, more importantly, need to be thoroughly verified.

The Verified column marks games that were explicitly verified to be intended for PAL systems.

List of games meant to be run in PAL mode:
Game name Developer(s) Composer(s) Sound Driver Verified Notes
Addams Family (The) Ocean Jonathan Dunn, Vic Mizzy Krisalis
Addams Family Values Ocean Keith Tinman, Tero Kostermaa Teque London
Adventures of Mighty Max (The) WJS Design Matt Furniss Krisalis
Aquatic Games (The) - Starring James Pond and the Aquabats Millennium Interactive, Vectordean Richard Joseph Electronic Arts
Alien 3 Probe Matt Furniss Krisalis
American Gladiators Imagitec Design Barry Leitch Imagitek
Arch Rivals Arc Developments Dan Forden, Mark Cooksey Arc Developments
Asterix and the Great Rescue Core Design Nathan McCree Core Design
Asterix and the Power of the Gods Core Design Nathan McCree Core Design
AWS Pro Moves Soccer BGS & ZAT Productions Jesper Kyd Zyrinx
Back to the Future Part III Probe Barry Leitch, John Phillips custom (John Phillips)
Batman Forever Probe Andy Brock, Tim Follin Probe
Bill's Tomato Game Tempest Matt Furniss, Mike Clarke Krisalis sound driver pauses every 6th frame in NTSC mode
-Valley Bell
Blaster Master 2 Software Creations Tony Williams Sound Images v1.2
Body Count Probe Steve Collett GEMS
BoogerMan: A Pick and Flick Adventure Interplay Matt Furniss Krisalis
Bram Stoker's Dracula Traveller's Tales Matt Furniss Krisalis
Bubba 'n' Stix Core Design Martin Iveson, Nathan McCree Core Design
Bubble and Squeak Audiogenic Allister Brimble Krisalis
Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble Probe Andy Brock Probe
Cannon Fodder PanelComp Allister Brimble, Jon Hare GEMS
Chuck Rock Core Design Matt Furniss Krisalis
Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck Core Design Martin Iveson, Matt Furniss Krisalis
Corporation / Cyber Cop Core Design Matt Furniss Krisalis
Daffy Duck in Hollywood Psionic Systems Matt Furniss Krisalis
Dino Dini's Soccer Dini & Dini Productions Allister Brimble, Matt Furniss Krisalis
Double Dragon Software Creations Tony Williams Sound Images v1.0
Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone Software Creations Tony Williams Sound Images v1.2
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Virgin Games Allister Brimble GEMS
European League Soccer / World Trophy Soccer /
J.League Champion Soccer
Krisalis Matt Furniss Krisalis
F-15 Strike Eagle II MicroProse Matt Furniss Krisalis
Fatal Rewind / The Killing Game Show Raising Hell Tony Williams, Ray Norrish Sound Images v1.0
Fido Dido Kaneko Matt Furniss Krisalis
Fun Car Rally Accolade Matt Furniss  ?
G-Loc Air Battle Probe Matt Furniss Krisalis
Gadget Twins Imagitec Design Barry Leitch Imagitek
Gods Graftgold John Foxx, Jason Page Graftgold custom
Gunship Probe Matt Furniss Krisalis
Hook Core Design Leslie Bricusse Krisalis
Humans (The) Imagitec Design Baz Leitch, Ian Howe Imagitek
Hurricanes Arc Developments Andi McGinty Arc Developments Custom
Incredible Hulk (The) Probe Matt Furniss, Steve Collett Krisalis
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe Factor 5 Chris Hülsbeck  ?
Itchy & Scratchy Game (The) BITS Studios Shahid Ahmad BITS
James Bond 007: The Duel Domark Software Matt Furniss Krisalis
James Pond: Underwater Agent Millennium Interactive, Vectordean Richard Joseph Electronic Arts
James Pond II: Codename RoboCod Millennium Interactive Richard Joseph Electronic Arts
James Pond 3: Operation Starfish Millennium Interactive, Vectordean Richard Joseph  ?
Jim Power: The Arcade Game Loriciel Chris Hülsbeck Audios Wave Slave MD
Joe & Mac Eden Entertainment Software Matt Furniss Krisalis Released only in US and Brazil.
Judge Dredd Probe Andy Brock Probe
Last Action Hero BITS Studios Shahid Ahmad BITS
Lawnmower Man (The) Teque London Allister Brimble Teque London
Legend of Galahad (The) Traveller's Tales Matt Furniss Krisalis
Lemmings 2: The Tribes Digital Developments Matt Furniss Krisalis
Lost Vikings (The) Silicon & Synapse Matt Furniss Krisalis
Lotus II: R.E.C.S. Gremlin Graphics Tony Williams, Patrick Phelan Sound Images v1.4
Man Overboard! Odysseus Software Tony Williams Sound Images v1.2
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein BITS Studios Shahid Ahmad, Ronnie Shahmoon BITS
Mega-Lo-Mania / Tyrants: Fight Through Time Sensible Software Matt Furniss, Richard Joseph, Michael Burdett Krisalis
Mega Turrican Factor 5 Chris Hülsbeck Audios Wave Slave MD
Mickey Mania Traveller's Tales Matt Furniss, Andy Blythe, Marten Joustra Krisalis
Micro Machines: Turbo Tournament '96 SuperSonic Software Tim Bartlett Codemasters
Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament SuperSonic Software Tim Bartlett, Gerard Gourley Codemasters
Micro Machines Military SuperSonic Software Tim Bartlett Codemasters
Misadventures of Flink (The) Psygnosis David Lowe Psygnosis
Mortal Kombat Probe Dan Forden, Matt Furniss Krisalis
Mortal Kombat II Probe Dan Forden, Matt Furniss Krisalis
Mr. Nutz Ocean Matt Furniss, Raphael Gesqua Krisalis
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing Gremlin Graphics Patrick Phelan Sound Images v1.4
No Escape BITS Studios Shahid Ahmad, Andy Taylor BITS
Ottifants (The) Graftgold Jason Page Graftgold custom
Pete Sampras Tennis Zeppelin Games unknown Sound Images v1.2
Pinocchio Virgin Games Allister Brimble GEMS
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventures Activision Robert Higgins Krisalis
Predator 2 Perfect 10 Matt Furniss, David Kneupper Krisalis
Puggsy Traveller's Tales Matt Furniss Krisalis
Red Zone Zyrinx Jesper Kyd Zyrinx
ResQ Tempest Matt Furniss Krisalis
Rise of the Robots Mirage Technologies, Data Design Interactive Richard Joseph, Jason Page Psygnosis
Robocop 3 Eden Entertainment Software Matt Furniss Krisalis
Second Samurai Vivid Image Matt Furniss Krisalis
Sensible Soccer Sensible Software Matt Furniss, Richard Joseph Krisalis
Shadow of the Beast WJS Design David Whittaker, Tony Williams Sound Images v1.0
Shadow of the Beast II WJS Design David Whittaker, Tony Williams Sound Images v1.2
Shaq Fu Delphine Software International Raphael Gesqua GEMS
Simpsons (The): Bart vs. The Space Mutants Arc Developments Mark Cooksey Arc Developments
Skeleton Krew Core Design Nathan McCree Core Design
Smurfs (The) Infogrames Frédéric Mentzen GEMS
Smurfs 2 (The) Visual Studio, Climax Russel Shaw Images Software
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe The Bitmap Brothers Matt Furniss, Tim Simenon, Dennis Leigh, John Phillips Krisalis
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage Software Creations Tony Williams, Chris Jojo Sound Images v1.2
Spider-Man & X-Men: Arcade's Revenge Software Creations Geoff Follin, Tim Follin, Tony Williams Sound Images v1.4
Spirou Infogrames Frédéric Mentzen, Thierry Carron GEMS
Stargate Probe Andy Brock, Steve Collett Probe
Stellar Assault / Shadow Squadron SEGA Teruhiko Nakagawa, Naofumi Hataya, Masaru Setsumaru SMPS sound driver pauses every 6th frame in NTSC mode
It is the only SMPS driver that does this.
-Valley Bell
Street Racer Vivid Image Matt Furniss Krisalis
Sub-Terrania Zyrinx Jesper Kyd Zyrinx
Super Off Road Software Creations Tony Williams Sound Images v1.0
Super Smash T.V. Probe Matt Furniss Krisalis
Super Skidmarks Acid Software Tim Bartlett
T2: The Arcade Game Probe Matt Furniss Krisalis
Tecmo Super Baseball Tecmo Chris Braymen, Rick Rhodes, Dean Morrel GEMS
Terminator (The) Probe Matt Furniss Krisalis
Terminator 2: Judgment Day BITS Studios Shahid Ahmad BITS
Tick (The) Software Creations Tony Williams Sound Images v1.2
Time Trax Malibu Interactive Tim Follin  ? The composer's own recording of the title theme played at 50 Hz.
The music plays faster at 60 Hz.
Tintin in Tibet Infogrames Fabrice Bouillon, Emmanuel Régis GEMS
Toxic Crusaders Infogrames Frédéric Mentzen GEMS
Toy Story Traveller's Tales Randy Newman, Andy Blythe, Marten Joustra GEMS
Turrican The Code Monkeys Chris Hülsbeck, Paul Kenny, J.D. Rogers  ?
Ultracore Digital Illusions unknown  ?
Universal Soldier The Code Monkeys Paul Kenny, J.D. Rogers  ?
Venom & Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety Software Creations Tony Williams, Suddi Raval Sound Images v1.2
Wheel of Fortune Imagitec Design Barry Leitch, Ian Howe Custom (Rob Walker)
Wiz 'n' Liz Raising Hell Matt Furniss Krisalis
Wolfchild Core Design Matt Furniss Krisalis
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage Teeny Weeny Games Jason Page, Rob Lord  ?
Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension Gremlin Graphics Matt Furniss Krisalis
Zoop PanelComp Brian Schmidt, Mark Davis, Bob Scumaci custom (Brian Schmidt)


Games which MAYBE need to be played back at 50Hz and need confirmation:
Game name Developer(s) Composer(s) Sound Driver Notes
3 Ninjas Kick Back Malibu Interactive Richard Joseph, Jason Page Psygnosis Developed by US based Malibu Interactive
Adventures of Batman and Robin (The) Clockwork Tortoise Jesper Kyd Zyrinx Developed by US based Clockwork Tortoise
Combat Cars Accolade John Carehag  ? Composed by Sweden John Carehad, but developed by US based Accolade
Cosmic Spacehead SuperSonic Software unknown Codemasters Developed by UK based SuperSonic Software, but unknown composer
Krusty's Super Fun House Audiogenic, Fox Williams Mark Miller GEMS Developed by UK based Audiogenic but composed by US Mark Miller)
Lion King (The) Westwood Studios Matt Furniss Krisalis Composed by UK Matt Furniss but developed by US based Westwood Studios
Lotus Turbo Challenge Magnetic Fields, Gremlin Graphics Barry Leitch, Shaun Southern Electronic Arts Composed by Barry Leitch (UK) and Shaun Southern (US), developed by two UK based companies
Marsupilami Apache Software Matthew Owens Gems "Produced by: Paul Chamberlain of Sega Europe Ltd." Released in EU months before US.
Mortal Kombat 3 Sculptured Software Dan Forden, Chris Braymen, Roy Wilkins GEMS Composers Chris Braymen, Roy Wilkins and Sculptured Software are American
Onslaught Nextgrand, The Code Monkeys unknown  ? UK based developers, unknown composer(s)
Populous Bullfrog Rob Hubbard Electronic Arts Developed by UK based Bullfrog, but developed by Rob Hubbard (US)
Psycho Pinball Codemasters Tim Bartlett Codemasters  ?
Rock n' Roll Racing Blizzard Tony Williams Sound Images v1.2 Composed by Tony Williams (UK), but developed by US based Blizzard
Simpsons (The): Bart's Nightmare Sculptured Software Dean Morrell GEMS Developed by UK based Sculptured Software, but composed by Dean Morrell (US)
Tinhead MicroProse Paul Tonge Sound Images v1.5 Composed by Paul Tonge (UK), but developed by US based Microprose
Top Gear 2 Gremlin Graphics Patrick Phelan, Ashley Bennet, Paul Bennet, Neil Biggin Sound Images v1.4 Developed by UK based Gremlin Graphics, 2 UK composer and 2 US composers
Wacky Races Eden Entertainment Software Paul Latham Eden Entertainment Software/Stuart Middleton & Tim Round Developed by UK based Eden Entertainment Software, but composed by Paul Latham (US)
WWF Raw Sculptured Software Chris Braymen, Kingsley Thurber, Scott Freeman GEMS Kingsley Thurber, Scott Freeman and Sculptured Software are American

Some games more compatible with vgmlpfnd at 50hz

The Krisalis engine seems to work better with vgmlpfnd at 50hz than 60hz, with a 99~100% exclamation-point rate. This is confirmed so far with Chuck Rock II, Joe & Mac, and Mickey Mania. It may not be the case for games of other engines, and seems not to be the case for Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble and Marsupilami.