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xx Contra III prototype

February 23, 2014, 10:49:38 am by Evan


I promised on Twitter that I would try to do two articles this weekend. Well, promise fulfilled! Today, I present a prototype of Contra III. The title screen shows the early title of the game "Contra IV", but is otherwise pretty much intermediate between the US and Japanese release.

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xx Hebereke no Popoon prototype

February 22, 2014, 07:14:16 am by Evan


It has been a long time since my last update, but I finally took some time to do one! I am releasing a prototype of Hebereke no Popoon, a Puyo Puyo style puzzle game. The prototype dates to about a month and a half before commercial release, and has only superficial differences from the final version. Thanks to lytron for this!


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xx Super Uno prototype

September 29, 2013, 11:38:29 am by Evan


Unfortunately, nothing too special about this prototype. The internal header and some blank space differ from the final version, but otherwise, it should play exactly the same.

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xx Unreleased Games: Mario & Wario

September 22, 2013, 12:29:52 am by Evan
I was looking through my archives this morning, and I remembered that I got these scans from a cereal box that had a contest that was giving away copies of the unreleased game, Mario & Wario. It appears that Nintendo was going to release the game in 1994, and even went as far as to make up a mock-up of the box.

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xx The Firemen prototype

July 29, 2013, 02:10:11 pm by Evan


The original release of this prototype was several years ago, but I have only now just got around to looking at it. The Firemen is a pretty fun action game, though quite short and easy. The prototype is a nearly complete version of the game, with a fairly rough English script. Since it is NTSC, most have assumed it was a US prototype, but I have yet to find any indication that Human found a publisher to bring it to that region. As such, I believe it is likely a prototype of the PAL version of the game, but it had not yet been converted to that video format.

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xx Earthbound update

July 14, 2013, 04:03:27 am by Evan


There have been several Earthbound samples popping up during the past few months, so I thought it would be a good time to update the previously empty page on Earthbound. Thanks to byuu for many of the scans. I found information on several Earthbound samples that contain the final US version of the game, presumably distributed by Nintendo of Europe. There is also a prototype of the US version Earthbound, but there is less information on it.
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xx Yogi Bear prototype

June 26, 2013, 01:53:41 pm by Evan
Quick update today, a prototype of Yogi Bear. This was on Ebay late last year, and other than that, I have no information on this.

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xx Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2 prototype released

June 02, 2013, 07:50:31 am by Evan
I haven't done a ROM release in a while, so I figured I should do one! This prototype Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2 is nearly identical to final, and I could not actually trigger the parts of the binary that are different.  Feel free to have a look.

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I also found a couple of articles I did late last year but forgot to upload. Both are for Brazilian pirate games, pictures courtesy of Marvinsaint from Brazil. Top Gear 3000 and a SNES clone. I am a bit amazed they were able to clone the DSP-4 chip on Top Gear 3000.
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xx Soccer Kid Prototype

May 11, 2013, 01:43:08 am by Evan
Small update today, I have made a page on a prototype of Soccer Kid, which is the PAL version of The Adventures of Kid Kleetz.


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xx Article on two new SNES games

May 05, 2013, 06:32:25 am by Evan
Consoles that won’t die: The SNES in 2013 is an article on the website Venture Beat where they discuss the upcoming Nightmare Busters and Project N. The author asked me for comment, and I gave it there. I won't say I am optimistic about any new games coming out this year. Nightmare Busters, which is essentially a reproduction has been in the woodwork for over a year. Making a new SNES game from scratch is also a big challenge, considering how few tools there are, and the fact that only two people are working on it, along with other projects. Looks like they have made some progress, though.
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