Hey, remember '90s Arcade Racer? This Sega-inspired speed-fest first slid into our collective consciousnesses way back in 2013, when it hit Kickstarter and was quickly confirmed for release on the Wii U. The game – created by one-man studio Pelikan13, AKA: Antonis Pelekanos – hit its funding goal and was quickly snapped up by publisher Nicalis, with a 2014 release being the target.
It missed that target, but footage appeared in 2015 which suggested it was alive and well, and that we wouldn't have to wait too long to play it. In 2016, it was revealed that the game would be skipping Wii U in favour of Switch – a logical move – and would be called '90s Super GP.
Then it all went rather quiet.
Now, it's worth pointing out that we were one of the first mainstream gaming sites to give this promising racer any kind of attention, and did so because we thought it looked bloody amazing. For a one-man team, the visuals looked utterly incredible and managed to nail that trademark 'Sega Blue Skies' look perfectly. We've been waiting for news – any news – for years, and have repeatedly contacted Nicalis via official PR channels in the hope that we'd get some kind of update. Every time, we've been met with silence.
It's our understanding that Pelekanos is no longer associated with the game, and has since switched focus to the amazing-looking brawler The Takeover, which will be published soon on Switch by Dangen Entertainment. Nicalis still has the '90s Super GP game page live on its site, with Switch, PS4 and Steam listed as the supported platforms and 'Soon!' as the optimistic release date.
Will this game ever see the light of day, or is it stuck in development hell forever? The funds raised on Kickstarter back in 2013 will have presumably been used up long ago, although we are led to believe that those who crowdfunded the game initially have been offered full refunds by Nicalis. It would be a real shame for this promising racer to vanish forever, but with its original creator no longer involved with its development, it could well be that '90s Super GP never leaves the garage.
Needless to say, we'll update this story if we get any word back from either Nicalis or Pelekanos. In the meantime, tell us if you were one of the people who backed the game in 2013 and if you'd like to see it on Switch eventually.