ToeJam & Earl III for Dreamcast Appears Online
After 12 years in videogame purgatory, ToeJam & Earl 3 is now available on the SEGA Dreamcast.
Back in October, rumors about a Dreamcast edition of ToeJam & Earl III started finding their way onto the Internet. A YouTube user named ZakHooiTM uploaded a video that showed off 30 minutes of gameplay, and teased gamers with the possibility of a future release. Well, that day is finally here. You can now play ToeJam & Earl III on your Dreamcast.
ZakHooiTM got his hands on the game after purchasing a Dreamcast development kit on eBay. "When I received the devkit I was eager to see what was on the internal hard drive (all devkits have one, except older versions)," ZakHooiTM wrote on the Assembler Games Forums. "I connected the kit to my PC and opened Windows Explorer, there where the raw files of the game. However, I had to rebuild the GD-M (GD Emulator) project file in order to get it to boot, when I got it to boot I went to Assembler Games and showed my discovery. So there are no GD-ROMs that are discovered, I just got very lucky to find the game assets and the binary to boot the game."
The version that ZakHooiTM discovered is actually a beta, so the game reportedly has some issues after the first 10 (or so) levels. However, if you're a Dreamcast junkie, you can download your very own a copy at Assembler Games.
ZakHooiTM was quick to point out that he doesn't have permission from SEGA or Greg Johnson to release the title. So, he's asking that the game "never be sold or pressed to disc." He's not interested in making any money off of the project, and asked that any donations be sent to the Mardan School.
Source: Assembler Games
Wow. I remember TJ&E on Genesis, one of the weirdest games I've played to date, but fun in its own right. Interesting to see a 3rd installment when I was only vaguely aware of a sequel. Still cool, and something I might just get around to playing with since I recently bought a DC unit and two of its odd memory cards (with new batteries so yay for playing the VMU minigames).
I remember playing TJ&E3 on the XBox. It was actually a pretty good game, and more of a return to the original style from the second game.
... And now I want to play it again.