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Darius (Genesis Mini)

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Title Screen

Darius

Developer: M2
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: September 19, 2019
Released in US: September 19, 2019
Released in EU: October 4, 2019
Released in AU: September 19, 2019
Released in AS: September 19, 2019


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.


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The Genesis Darius is a fan port that was later licensed by Sega and included with the Sega Genesis Mini. Did I mention that it's a brand-new Genesis game in 2019?

Test Screens

In the Options menu, there are three cheat codes that open up various testing screens.

Darius Genesis Mini Sound Test.png
Pressing Up, Up, Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Down will bring up a sound test screen, which plays the game's soundtrack. Interestingly, it automatically switches between tracks like a music player rather than playing the same song on loop, as most sound test menus do. It also plays the title jingle when you access it.

Darius Genesis Mini Color Test.png
Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down accesses a cross-hatch and color test, much like you would find on an arcade game for testing the screen.

Darius Genesis Mini Lag Test.png
Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up is the most interesting, as it opens a screen for testing display and audio lag. Considering this game was designed to be played in an emulator, this might have been used for testing latency during the development of the Genesis Mini.

Hidden Credits

Present in the memo field of the ROM header:

PRODUCED BY M2 - PROGRAMMED BY HIDEKI.K

"Hideki.K" refers to Hideki Konishi, a hobbyist programmer who had been working on this port prior to Sega picking it up for official release.