Remember back in October when someone found four prototype copies of Akira for the Game Boy? Well that someone - Patrick Scott Patterson - has recently released gameplay video of one of the prototype Akira carts being played on the Super Game Boy.
The game looks promising despite its unfinished state, with the bike section looking particularity fun. Sadly the platforming stage mechanics are not implemented at all despite having all the graphics in place. At least now we can have a better glimpse at what the game's producers were aiming at, sticking close to the famous anime movie's plot.
In far better shape of development is the prototype of Basento's Heavy Weight Hockey for the NES. This particular effort on ice hockey features violence and exploding goalies for each conceded goal, giving even the likes of Mutant League Hockey on the Mega Drive / Genesis a run for its money.
You even get points for disposing of opponent players like Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe but watch out for friendly fire. It certainly looks like a fun alternative to the other "kings of the rink" on the NES (Konami's Blades of Steel, Nintendo's own Ice Hockey and Technos Japan-only Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockeu-Bu) and the presentation is really quite excellent, which makes a real shame this game ended up never being released. Adding to the mystery is the fact there are no known records of a video game company called Basento, leaving us in the dark on whom was responsible for this zany game and why it never got a publisher in the first place.
Last but not least there's Mall Rats for the Mega Drive. Sadly it is not a video game adaptation of Kevin Smith's 1995 cult movie Mallrats featuring an alarmingly young Jason Lee and Shannen Doherty (ask your parents) but is instead game about exterminating giant mice in a mall.
Interesting insights onto games which were believed to have been lost forever and games that never were. Do you think any of these three could have made a dent in the '90s market? Would you have bought any of them? Fire those comments away!
Looking forward to seeing these prototypes dumped
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A game about Akira on Game Boy... and yet Ridley is "too big" for Smash.
What a weird world we live in.
... I really need that hockey game...
Why would you try and make a game of such a visually stunning movie for the weaker hardware?
Maybe Tetsuo's mind blew just at the crazy thought of it
Is the anime good I love NGE btw
@Shiryu Came here to say exactly this! A friend showed me this on Twitter last week, and to me it looks like an even more zany Ike Ike Nekketsu. Loving it!
@World I really wished they would released the Kunio 3DS compilation in the west. How expensive could it be to translate those 8 games anyway? It's Kunio's 30th anniversary and no one outside of Japan is paying homage.
@Shiryu Yep, I would've bought that in a second. I was hoping some third party would offer to publish it, but I guess if it's not a Kunio beat-'em-up there's a lack of interest (even though I'd say at least Nekketsu Dodgeball is a general classic)!
The hockey one looked really interesting. Akira on Game Boy no doubt would also have gone with its console siblings, but that seriesgot cursed, hard. Who knows how it would have gone (though I can't imagine very well).
Hoping these get released so we can start dissecting them to see what other secrets they might hold.
@hieveryone It's ultimately up to you, but I just picked up Akira this past summer and watched it for the first time since probably the mid 90s. I thought it was fantastic and look forward to watching it again soon, hopefully on something bigger than my phone this time.
Cool to see Akira in action. Seems like a tough property to make into a 2D video game. I would have loved seeing what a NES-era Sunsoft, Natsume or Konami could do with it. I love the placeholder music here, especially the happy chime that signifies Tokyo's destruction. Very cool find for the guy who has these carts.
lol trust me in about 1 week youll be able to buy these on carts.
just search for them.
You had me at Mallrats... Interesting as the movie also had NHL Hockey 94' on Sega Genesis (or technically NHL All-Star Hockey)
Heck I'd play a game based on a Kevin Smith film, I do like visual novels, lol!
Why would they not finish and release an akira game at least in Japan. It's only the most famous piece of Anime ever. Except maybe DBZ.
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