Akira is recognised as one of the breakthrough hits which really pushed anime in the west during the early '90s, and it perhaps surprising that it didn't get more video game adaptations at the time.
That's not to say there weren't any planned, of course; a Famicom version never saw the light of day outside of Japan, and later on western publisher THQ was working on SNES and Genesis editions which were canned before release.
THQ also had plans for handheld Akira titles, and until now there has been little news on these. However, video game personality Patrick Scott Patterson appears to have unwittingly stumbled across not one but four prototype cartridges in a haul of games he recently purchased.
He streamed himself opening the box of games live on Facebook and has posted the footage below.
Finding just one of these carts would be an amazing event, but finding four is nothing short of remarkable.
Patterson plans on holding a "Let's Play" session of the game the Portland Retro Gaming Expo next weekend, so if you're attending that then you're going to be in for a treat.
cant really see anything apart from the title screen, still a great find! will be good when he gets time to put some proper footage up
pfffttt please.... I have the game Boy version of 50 Shades of Grey.
Yeah, it's a nice find but unfortunately there's nothing special to see in the video other than the game's title screens. And bad quality video that shouldn't be allowed anymore in this decade...
Also, that Game Boy looks like it could use some cleaning...
I guess "TETSUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" would kind of fill the Game Boy's tiny screen.
Does the Game Boy reach that many shades?
Excellent find! I wonder if the SNES prototype does exist out there?
A real shame because the game is nothing special, back in the day there was no way anyone could make something worthy of the movie.... except the Famicom version.
@roy130390 more like 4 Shades of Grey HA GEDDIT
I rarely think this, but it'd be nice if someone could extract a ROM of it.
@roy130390 First M rated handheld game? lol!
Just came to say that Akira is one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever, and if you haven't seen it for a while, it deserves a rewatch. Way ahead of it's time.
Thats my friend Scott.
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