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ToeJam and Earl 3 Dreamcast Prototype Dug Up Eleven Years Later

by Ron Duwell | January 1, 2014January 1, 2014 11:00 am PST

An eager fan has dug up the ToeJam and Earl III: Mission to Earth beta copy on the Dreamcast, and he has finally released it for everyone to enjoy.

It is not the most beloved game in SEGA’s Xbox line-up, but ToeJam and Earl III has its old-school charm and library of wacky ideas. I’m always a sucker for randomly generated levels. Originally, it was intended to be released on the Dreamcast and Nintendo 64, but due to the unfortunate collapse of SEGA’s beloved console, the company scrapped this older version in favor of the Xbox. It was released in 2002 to mediocre reviews.

User ZakHooiTM discovered the files on a Dreamcast dev-kit he picked up for $1,200. He has reached out to SEGA for permission to release his build, but has not yet heard back from them.

“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. “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.”

He is asking for donations for the build, and the proceeds will all be donated to charity at Marden School for learning disorders.

We will half advocate his release for the purpose of history and seeing what could have been, but it would be awfully kind of you to hunt down a real copy of the Xbox version of ToeJam and Earl III: Mission to Earth before downloading the game. It’s cheap no matter where you look.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...