The lost Nintendo games

In a parallel universe, you'd have played these by now

NES

Final Fantasy IV

Cheeky Squaresoft. In the flush of success with their initial Final Fantasy games, they cobbled together a screenshot of what they %26lsquo;imagined%26rsquo; the next game would look like, along with a cunning press release that promised new job classes like %26ldquo;cook%26rdquo; and %26ldquo;carpenter%26rdquo;. That%26rsquo;s right - though planned, the game never existed at all, and the company instead opted to dedicate their resources to their first SNES title - the Final Fantasy IV we know and love today.

Drac%26rsquo;s Night Out

A woeful tale of in-game advertising run amok. Drac%26rsquo;s Night Out got its funding by promising Reebok to put its protagonist, Dracula, into a pair of then-popular pumps. You%26rsquo;d then guide the vampire to his girlfriend%26rsquo;s house for a bloodsucking rendezvous. But like Dracula himself, Drac%26rsquo;s Night Out never saw the light of day, though a prototype of the game sold on eBay for $760 in 2005.

SimCity

A recent discovery, this. Back in 2005, somebody doing the housework at Nintendo HQ discovered a SimCity development cartridge - reportedly the only one ever made. If it really was going to be developed, it makes a kind of cosmic sense, given that the NES was practically the only console that never received a SimCity port.

California Raisins: The Grape Escape

With such corkers as McDonald Land (McDonald%26rsquo;s) and Yo! Noid (Domino%26rsquo;s Pizza), the NES was no stranger to the awkward advergame. But this would have been different. Hammered into shape by Capcom, California Raisins%26rsquo; gameplay resembled some of the company%26rsquo;s other NES classics such as Duck Tales and Chip %26lsquo;n Dale Rescue Rangers. Sadly, the claymation raisins%26rsquo; waning popularity led to the finished game getting axed before release.

Master Fighter II

Okay, this isn%26rsquo;t exactly a cancelled game. In fact, it wasn%26rsquo;t even legal. Master Fighter II was a pirated Famicom conversion of the SNES%26rsquo;s Street Fighter II. Amazingly, its gameplay remained pretty faithful to its bigger brother despite the fact it was all kinds of ripped-off. This sort of piracy is common in China, where shoppers can even pick up some crazy soul%26rsquo;s conversion of Final Fantasy VII (which originally came on three CDs, remember) for the NES.

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