It's OK if you don't recall the movie "Happily Ever After", Filmation's sequel to Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", because it was a terrible flop. We guess people didn't really care for the life of Snow White after the perfect ending of the original tale. There was of course a video game being produced to go along with the movie, but thanks to the film's disastrous production and marketing - and despite showing up several times in magazine previews - it was quietly canned and moved from the NES onto more powerful hardware, namely the Super Nintendo.
And all was merry across the land until the hero Sean McGee stumbled upon a prototype cartridge of Happily Ever After just last year. Even better, it was the complete NES game that was found inside it! It has now been released and yet another game that was lost that will now be preserved for the ages. You can read on Nintendo Player how the whole magic affair came to unfold.
You play as Snow White in the game as she seeks the help of the seven Dwarfelles in order to rescue the Prince who was taken by Lord Malice (voiced in the movie by none other than Malcolm McDowell), brother of the currently deceased Evil Queen. Talk about role and gender reversal!
You might expect this game to be kid friendly and even aimed at little girls of the '90s; this is where you would be dead wrong. This game was developed by Japanese developer Sofel and it's as hardcore as they come. Precise jumping and striking skills are called for almost instantly as you make you way with Snow White and try to grab fruit before it disappears off the screen, aided by the power of the Seven Dwarfelles to navigate hazards. It is scary how fast you will die in the first level alone. Think "Castlevania", or even dare we say "Ninja Gaiden" territory here. It is also surprisingly far from standard licensed shovelware we all know and loath nowadays. As far as a NES game goes it has very good graphics, sound and controls. It's arguably better than the American developed Super Nintendo game.
It is a shame that so many games like Happily Ever After must still exist undiscovered, and even sadder how many of them are already lost or destroyed due to one or other unexpected event. We are happy to say that in this case and for the ages, Sofel's little platforming gem will now live (...are we really doing this? Well, ok)... happily ever after.