Thought I'd give one of my faves - Revenge of Shinobi - another go, even though I've beaten it to death like infinity times.
Except curiously - despite this being a US-originated product - it's going by the name of The Super Shinobi for today.
Cue the Sega logo. Dum de dum.
Then almost immediately, the intro plays (no copyright screen).... but with the music from Level 1. Erm?
Press Start to get to the menu.
Hang about, what are those funny numbers in the corner? Do I smell........ LEVEL SELECT?
Check the options.
Almost straight away, I notice a new option - No Death. It appears to make you totally invincible. No kidding.
Start Level 1. It plays music from one of the later levels. What. The. Fuck?
Folks, I'm starting to suspect that whoever compiled this compilation back in late '98/early '99 seemingly wasn't smart enough to notice they were bundling what appears to be some kind of beta version of a classic Sega title into their set. I know Steve Snake provided the emulator, but did he choose the games as well, or was that someone else's job?
Still, intriguing find - particularly as I don't believe a rom dump of this sort of revision already exists. Now if only somebody could take the time to work out how to break that KVQ format and rip the roms out. It's decade-old encryption now, so maybe we might have better luck with it? And before you ask, no I don't know how to code shit. I really wish I could.