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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Genesis)

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Title Screen

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Based on: Puyo Puyo
Developers: Compile, Sega
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Genesis
Released in US: December 1993
Released in EU: January 1994
Released in KR: 1994
Released in BR: 1994


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page
ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is a Westernized Puyo Puyo based on the syndicated cartoon Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Look at the prototype.
  • See if there are any more unused graphics.
  • Document the leftover tilemaps.

Unused Graphics

Most of these are leftovers from Puyo Puyo.

Gameplay

Used in the arcade Puyo Puyo to keep track of the player's credits.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the game still contains unused assets from the arcade Puyo Puyo. The game no longer contains the "Insert Coin" prompt that was buried in the Mega Drive Puyo Puyo's title screen data, but still contains the credit(s) counter in its gameplay sprite data.

MeanBeanMD PauseText.png

8x16 text is used rather than a unique graphic for the PAUSE text. This is the one used in Puyo Puyo.

MeanBeanMD VSDifficulty.png

Graphics used in Puyo Puyo to denote the 1P VS 2P difficulty modes.

MeanBeanMD NumberDifficulty.png

While the game only uses numbers from 1 to 5 to mark the difficulty levels, other numbers do exist.

Lesson Mode

MeanBean MD LessonModeTileset.png

The entire Endless/Lesson Mode tileset is still present in the game, but is never used. As this game uses only one graphic pointer for the entirety of Scenario Mode (unlike Puyo Puyo), the leftover Lesson Stages do not actually load this tileset. Note that the palette which should be used for these tiles either has been removed or it's never loaded, so the one from Puyo Puyo is used in the image.

MeanBean MD Block.png

This shadowed block was part of the background in the Endless Mode from Puyo Puyo. While a similar set of tiles is still used as the background of various screens, this one is not.

MeanBeanMD FlashingSquare.png

The flashing square is only used in the first Lesson stage.

MeanBeanMD TutorialText.png

This is the tutorial text shown in the first Lesson Stage in Puyo Puyo. Since this is only present in the Endless Mode tileset (which is never loaded during gameplay), the actual object appears scrambled when the stage is accessed in the game.

Cutscene Sprites

Arle doesn't fight Dr. Robotnik's robots anyway. Sonic does, except you don't actually play as Sonic here. Great!

Graphics of Arle! They are always loaded initially (and then partially overwritten) during cutscenes due to developer laziness as they contain the dialog box sprites.

MeanBeanMD Harpy.png

Sprites of Harpy exist too for whatever reason; these are probably the forgotten duplicate Harpy sprite data from Puyo Puyo, as these are never even loaded by Mean Bean Machine either.

Game Over

Do you want to continue?

Leftovers from the Game Over screen of Puyo Puyo. Unsurprisingly, they are never loaded in memory too.

MeanBeanMD VSGameOver.png

More leftovers from Game Over screens, this time from the 1P VS 2P Mode.

High Score

MeanBeanMD HighScore.png

The graphics from High Score screen used in Puyo Puyo were replaced during the conversion, but not completely as they still get loaded in memory.

MeanBeanMD HighScoreFont.png

The High Score screen only uses letters.

MeanBeanMD HighScoreFont2.png

This was used to mark the different game modes. Appropriate graphics exist and are used in this game.

Misc Fonts

MeanBeanMD PuyoPuyoFont.png

The original font of Puyo Puyo is only used in the Checksum Error Screen, so most of it is unused, including numbers and their duplicates.

MeanBeanMD DemoText.png

Another leftover from Puyo Puyo. The font used in the demo mode of the original game obviously isn't used here.

MeanBeanMD DialogFont.png

While this 8x16 font is used during the cast roll in Puyo Puyo, this game uses a different 8x8 one. This is another of the few graphics to never get loaded.

Unused Stages

The Lesson Stages of Puyo Puyo are still present, and can be accessed via patch code 00BEFE:00?? (where "??" is 00, 01, or 02), although they're a bit glitchy: the tutorial text is scrambled, no music plays, Coconuts stands at odd positions in the stage intros, and Scratch takes the place of Skeleton-T as the challenger. The flashing squares showing which beans can be cleared with the current piece still remain, though. Beating the third Lesson Stage advances the player to the ending scene.

Sound Test

What, no sprites this time?

In the Genesis Puyo Puyo, the game was programmed to check the RAM at 00FFFC02 was set to 0000. If this was the case, the Sound Test would not display in the Options. If you beat the Scenario Mode once or use a code at the Title Screen, it would send FFFF to the RAM at 00FFFC02. This would then display the Sound Test in the Options.

The game still retains the code to check if the Sound Test can be displayed in the Options.

Code to display the text "SOUND TEST" in "OPTIONS" (USA Version):
  0233F8  4A 79  TST.W   ($00FFFC02)              ; Checks the word in FFFC02.
  0233FE  67 14  BEQ     #$14 [023414]            ; If word is 0000, then jump to 23414.
  023402  10 3C  MOVE.B  #$07,D0                  ; Copy byte 07 to D0 (option that is selected).
  023406  3A 3C  MOVE.W  #$0B9E,D5                ; Copy byte 0B9E to D5 (text position).  
  02340A  43 F9  LEA     ($00023416),A1           ; Load 023416 into A1.
  023410  61 00  BSR     #$FB16 [022F28]          ; Jump to 23F28.
  023414  4E 75  RTS                              ; Return to start.

Code for number of options to select in "OPTIONS" (USA Version):
  023088  14 3C  MOVE.B  #$06,D2                  ; Copy byte 06 to D2 (Sound Test can't be selected).
  02308C  4A 79  TST.W   ($00FFFC02)              ; Checks the word in FFFC02.
  023092  67 06  BEQ     #$06 [02309A]            ; If word is 0000, then jump to 2309A.
  023096  14 3C  MOVE.B  #$07,D2                  ; Copy byte 07 to D2 (Sound Test can be selected).
  02309A  

Unlike the Genesis Puyo Puyo, the code has been removed so you can't unlock the Sound Test if you beat Scenario Mode or enter a code at the Title Screen. The programmers have added some code that loads before the Title Screen, where FFFF is moved to the RAM at 00FFFC02 (so the Sound Test will display). It then checks the Hardware Version of the Mega Drive. If the Mega Drive is not Japanese, then it reverses the bytes so 0000 is now in the RAM at 00FFFC02 (so the Sound Test will not display).

Code is activated before the Title Screen (USA Version):
  00E102  33 FC  MOVE.W  #$FFFF,($00FFFC02)       ; Move FFFF to FFFC02.
  00E10A  61 00  BSR     #$0BAE [00ECBA]          ; Jump to 00ECBA.

  00ECBA  10 39  MOVE.B  ($00A10001),D0           ; Copy Hardware Version Byte (A10001) to D0.
  00ECC0  02 00  ANDI.B  #$C0,D0                  ; Check bits 7 & 6 from D0 (Region & Display).
  00ECC4  67 14  BEQ     #$14 [00ECDA]            ; If bits 7 & 6 are 00, then jump to ECDA.
  00ECC6  30 39  MOVE.W  ($00FFFC02),D0           ; Move word from FFFC02 to D0.
  00ECCC  46 40  NOT.W   D0                       ; Reverse the bits in D0.
  00ECCE  33 C0  MOVE.W  D0,($00FFFC02)           ; Move word from D0 to FFFC02.
  00ECD4  4E F9  JMP     ($00023536)              ; Jump to 23536.

  00ECDA  4E 75  RTS                              ; Return to start.

In the Sonic Classics version, the code to prevent the Sound Test from being displayed has been modified. The code to check the Hardware Version is still there, but the rest of the instructions have been set to no operation (with two instructions not doing anything useful). Then 0000 is moved to the RAM at 00FFFC02 (so the Sound Test will not display).

Code is activated before the SEGA Logo (Sonic Classic - USA/Europe V1.1):
  1224F6  10 39  MOVE.B  ($00A10001),D0           ; Copy Hardware Version Byte (A10001) to D0. 
  1224FC  02 00  ANDI.B  #$C0,D0                  ; Check bits 7 & 6 from D0 (Region & Display) 
  122500  04 00  SUBI.B  #$00,D0                  ; Subtract 0 from D0 (Region & Display) 
  122504  4E 71  NOP                              ; No operation.
  122506  4E 71  NOP                              ; No operation. 
  122508  4E 71  NOP                              ; No operation.
  12250A  4E 71  NOP                              ; No operation. 
  12250C  13 FC  MOVE.B  #$00,($00FF0A3A)         ; Move 00 to FF0A3A.
  122514  4E 75  RTS                              ; Return to start.

Code is activated before the Title Screen (Sonic Classic - USA/Europe V1.1):
  10E10C  33 FC  MOVE.W  #$0000,($00FFFC02)       ; Move 0000 to FFFC02.
  10E114  61 00  BSR     #$0BAE [10ECC4]          ; Jump to 0BAE.

Unused Music

The game has 26 tracks (this includes the "No Music" track)", but the game only allows 19 of them to be selected in the Sound Test. The programmers have added some code that checks the Hardware Version of the Mega Drive. If the Mega Drive is Japanese, then it increases the value so all 26 tracks can be selected instead of 19.

Code to unlock extra sounds if the Hardware Version is Japan (USA Version):
  0227FC  1E 39  MOVE.B  ($00A10001),D7           ; Copy Hardware Version Byte (A10001) to D7.
  022802  02 07  ANDI.B  #$C0,D7                  ; Check bits 7 & 6 from D7 (Region & Display).
  022806  66 04  BNE     #$04 [02280C]            ; If bits 7 & 6 are not 00, then jump to 2280C.
  022808  14 3C  MOVE.B  #$1A,D2                  ; Copy byte 1A to D2 (26 tracks can be selected).
  02280C 

If you go to the following ROM location, you can change the hex byte from 13 to 1A. This will allow you to select all the tracks on any Hardware Version of the Mega Drive.

Number of tracks to select (USA Version):
  022839 = Number of "Music Tracks" that can selected in Sound Test.

Present in the Sound Test are 6 unused tracks. These are mostly leftover tracks from the Genesis Puyo Puyo. Some are based from Genesis Puyo Puyo, but have been updated to use different instruments and actual drum samples, rather than the noise-based percussion instruments that were used in the original game.

Song ID Description
01 Parts of the track sound similar to 02 (used in the intro) and 07 (the song used for Stages 9–12).
0C The Stage Clear original track from the Genesis Puyo Puyo.
0F The Brave of Puyopuyo original track from the Genesis Puyo Puyo. A remixed version of this track is used before you verse Dr. Robotnik.
10 The Theme of Puyopuyo original track from the Genesis Puyo Puyo. A remixed version of this track is used for the Cast Roll.
14 A faster and slightly altered version of the Stage 13 Battle Theme.
15 A very weird sound.

Game Genie Codes

If you have a Game Genie, then use the following cheat codes to unlock the Sound Test and select all the tracks.

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (USA Version):
  F2WA-EA8J - Skip the Region Check.
  BA4T-EA2R - Disable Checksum. 
  CHTT-BCAC - Unlock the Sound Test.
  DJYA-FEK2 - Listen to the unused music in Sound Test.

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Europe Version):
  F2WA-EA8N - Skip the Region Check.
  BA4T-EA2W - Disable Checksum. 
  CHTT-BCAJ - Unlock the Sound Test.
  DJYA-FEK6 - Listen to the unused music in Sound Test.

Sonic Classic (USA/Europe V1.1):
  CTDW-TA3C - Disable Checksum.
  99TV-B92R - Unlock the Sound Test.
  DJYB-FENC - Listen to the unused music in Sound Test.

Checksum Error

Clean your cartridge!

The checksum error screen from the Genesis Puyo Puyo still exists in this game, and is still triggered in the same way, which is of course the ROM checksum failing.

Unused Tilemaps

The game contains tilemaps from the 1P VS 2P and Endless Mode used in Puyo Puyo.

Hmmm...
To do:
The tilemap is split in many parts. Find all of these.

Note that while the tileset for Endless Mode still exists, the 1P VS 2P one doesn't.

Sixth Puyo Color

MeanBeanMD Puyo6Pal.png

Color ID: 02

Like in Puyo Puyo, code for the sixth colored puyo still exists here and its palette is used properly. As the graphics were overwritten, in the fixed screenshot tiles from the violet puyo are used.

Normal Fixed
MeanBeanMD Puyo6Normal.png MeanBeanMD Puyo6Edit.png

Regional Differences

US Korea
Dr Robotnik Mean Bean Machine USA.png Dr Robotnik Mean Bean Machine Korea.png

In addition to Sound Test accessibility (see above), the Korean version changed the lockout screen message to all-caps, and corrected the "onry" typo to "only".