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The Scott Pilgrim game that almost was...

As if we weren’t already batshit crazy over the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - out TODAY on PlayStation Network! - we’ve now been reduced to giggle fits over what the game almost wasComics Alliance managed to scare up this never-before-seen video that’s supposedly a pitch to, or from, Ubisoft. Of course, anybody who’s read Brian Lee O’Malley’s books already knew full well that such a game might perhaps be the most perfectly adaptable property in the history of anything, but somebody really went above and beyond to convince the suits to see things our way. And thank God they did! The sizzle reel below isn’t just a remarkable tribute to the world of Pilgrim, it simultaneously validates everything we did between 1988 and 1993.

You’ll not only find heartwarming references to Mega Man and Ninja Gaiden, whoever was behind this pitch reel even went so far as to include 8-bit chiptunes from The White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Ramones as a placeholder soundtrack (that role eventually went to the greatest band ever record to TalkRadar’s theme song, Anamanaguchi!)

Wow… just wow. I’m so elated right now I just want to quit working and spend the rest of the day reflecting on my childhood since this video proves everything actually was as awesome as I remember it.

Here’s some of our favorite nods.

Aug 11, 2010

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  • ROBOcat - November 10, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    Holy gooses Plumtree at the end!
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 16, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    I <3 Chiptune Master of Puppets.
  • Zeb364 - August 15, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    I love how Antista straight up denies Webswinger's comment. Good Stuff.
  • super0sonic - August 15, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    i am sorry but this looks like ass. I Love Paul Robertson work so much. I mean a game were he has done the sprite work is like a wet dream for me.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - August 14, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    I swear I saw a DMC reference... Sword out of the heart, anyone?
  • Jadernader - August 12, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    So many musical references meh brain popped... also Ninja Gaiden scene is awesome i still have that game for my NES lol
  • xskull - August 12, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    wow now i see where the intro from IWBTG came from
  • FNG - August 12, 2010 2:34 a.m.

    The screen where you choose the difficulty reminds me of "I Wanna Be The Guy".
  • NeoKef - August 12, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    I'm still crying this doesn't have online co-op... reCAPTCHA: grical Occasionally, is recomme Why the f*** is that so long?
  • Hurricrane - August 12, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    it seems to be the same as the actual game only everything is 8 bit instead of pseudo 16 bit, which I like better to be honest. I've had enough of the "retro throwbacks"
  • nuno004 - August 11, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    @theemperor nope metallica is "made of win"
  • alienkid771 - August 11, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    @TheWebSwinger You just got Anistafide!
  • SillyPigeon - August 11, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    WOAH! that was awesome. Totally late to the Scott Pilgrim Bandwagon, finished volume 3 today. Waiting for Amazon to send volume 4 (why did i order free shiping?) Don't know whether to get the PSN or XBL version of the game. Anyway im going to finish the books first
  • FlyinMX - August 11, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    I read the plot summary of this comic series, and thought it sounded like one of the dumbest comics ever. The game may end up being good. But from what I've seen, the source material is lousy.
  • PooPSock - August 11, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Quintouply epic! And webswinger got pwned Antista style. :D
  • VaneTrago - August 11, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    Jesus, when did gamers become such douchebags? Finally, we get a game that's essentially a throwback with a bad-ass love story on top of it, and for the most part it seems to be nothing but complaining. Are you kidding? These are the kinds of games that people of my era (Late NES, all of Genesis, SNES) have been clamoring for since that era died. Even if you don't like the River City Ransom inspired gameplay in the snippet, you should be able to at least appreciate it. Unless these people are the generation raised on PS2 and onwards, and then don't worry about it, I completely understand. reCaptcha - finally time Exactly.
  • KREATIVEassassin - August 11, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    I still don't know anything about Scott Pilgrim. Everyone is all up in Scott Pilgrim's ass and I have no idea what's going on.
  • Gable - August 11, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    I WANT THE SOUNDTRACK NOW. Love it.
  • GreatMuerte - August 11, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    yeah Smashing Pumpkins, nice!
  • kduff51 - August 11, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    Having never read Scott Pilgrim, that video makes me love it

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