6 Great Games That Never Got Released
Nintendo’s recent release of Earthbound Beginnings really excited us – 25 years after the translation was completed, it was finally released. However, we’re still convinced that there’s no justice in this world, readers. Somehow absolute classics – and games with a surprising amount of potential – have slipped through the net and never even been released. Here’s a selection of the most intriguing…
Star Fox 2
Argonaut’s sequel to this SNES classic was finished and ready to go, featuring a variety of brand new elements that took the game beyond the linear gameplay of the original. Nintendo chose to hold off as the SNES’ 3D capabilities didn’t compare well to those of the PlayStation and Saturn, preferring to postpone 3D games until the N64’s release.
The Dreamcast never got a truly great aerial combat game, but not for want of trying – AM2’s arcade approach to the genre was excellent. Unfortunately, some idiots decided to commit mass murder by flying planes into buildings in September 2001, so the whole thing had to be cancelled.
Look at this. This was being made in 1985. If arcade games had looked like that in 1985, the games industry might have taken a very different turn indeed. Unfortunately, Atari didn’t see fit to release it, and the technology was eventually repurposed for Hard Drivin’ and STUN Runner in 1989.