Retro Gaming Australia

Aussie Oddities #1 – Mega Drive Booster Packs

by on May.21, 2010, under Aussie Oddities

One of my intentions behind starting Retro Gaming Australia was not only to provide a location for local retro gaming fans to gather, but also to provide a showcase to the rest of the world of some of the weird stuff we got down here that never appeared elsewhere in the world – hence the name Aussie Oddities.

Our first oddity is quite the specimen. In 1995, as part of some unknown promotion, Sega Ozisoft decided to bundle up a number of popular Mega Drive games into what they called Booster Packs. These sold for roughly the same as the game itself, but they came packaged in a paint can (with the game’s box art and description printed on there), which contained the game and a packet of fizzy Sonic shaped candy – I can’t remember exactly what they’re called, but I want to say “Sonic Bombs”.

Brian Lara Cricket is one of the known Booster Pack games

At the current time, I’ve not been able to source an exhaustive list of the games that were available in Booster Pack form. From corroboration with a few acquantainces in the industry, we know for sure that Brian Lara Cricket and Asterix and the Power of the Gods were part of the set. Unfortunately, I’m not able to provide visual evidence of my copy of the Brian Lara Cricket set – either my parents threw it away while cleaning, or it’s in their shed. If you are able to shed any extra light on the subject or provide a picture, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

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