Unseen 64 was born in 2001, from the passion of some italian friends that after some years looking at Nintendo 64 games that never came outor that were released with many differences from the beta version, decided to make an archive about them. We were young and with a lot of free time, it was just for fun that we kept working on U64 until it became the huge archive that you see today.Sadly we are not young anymore: we have families, full-time jobs, bills to pay and other real-life commitments that keep us busy 24/7. We don’t have so much free time anymore to write about unseen games. If we find some free time for our lovely videogames, we prefer to play them, than to write about the ones that we’ll never be able to play! From a couple of years we have already slowed-down the updates for Unseen 64 and there are still hundreds, HUNDREDS of emails, comments, contributions that we were not able to read yet. Also, to keep online our archive there are lots of other technical-related works to do, bugs to fix, servers to keep safe, plugins to update.
The current situation of videogames is much more complex than what we tried to follow in the early 2000: there are games for consoles, there are games for handhelds, there are games for PCs, there are games for smarthphones and there are hundreds of new indie-games announced every day. It’s basically impossible to keep up with so many interesting videogames that could be cancelled or that could be released with many changes from their beta versions.
This is why we decided that Unseen 64 will not cover new games for next-gen consoles (PS4, XBONE, Wii U) and not even “current gen” handleds as the 3DS or PSVita. We would not be able to do a good work when we are already in trouble to cover all the most interesting beta and cancelled games for the “retro” consoles. So Unseen 64 will slowly became a “more static” archive of Retro-Unseen-Games.
Today is much more easy to create a “website” using something like wikis, wordpress, tumblr, blogger and similar free tools so we hope that there will be some young gamers with more free time than us, that will decide to create their “Unseen Next-Gen Games Archive” for all the future beta and cancelled games.
U64 will not be closed. We’ll still keep Unseen 64 updated as much as we can and we’ll try to ready all the contributions that you will send to us, but we don’t know when we’ll be able to reply and to add them. For quick news about beta and cancelled games, we’ll probably share them on Twitter or Facebook, so follow us!
Let us know what you think about this and thanks a lot for you support in all these years! :D
Atari Karts is a Mario Kart-style racing game for Atari Jaguar published by Atari Games and developed by Miracle Designs Ltd. The game music was composed in 1994 by Fabrice Gillet in Protracker on an Amiga. Both he and the people who created the in-game artwork are not listed in the game’s credits at the end of the game. The manual refers to them as the “Miracle Designs Team”. [Info from Wikipedia]
Gamepopper101 has found a beta video of the game from viMasterJag’s YT Channel. Some of the differences shown in the video should be:
Different title theme
Different character on title screen (final release is Bently Bear)
Menu screen is different (but uses the same text font)
No Background on menu screen
Three characters not found in final version: Pum King, Firebug, Miracle Man (?)
Character selection screen is also different
Missing stages (?)
Camera moves to back of player differently in beta (it moves like in Super Mario Kart in the final version) (?)
As we can read on Wikipedia, Dragon’s Crown is a 2D action game developed by Vanillaware with assistance from Atlus for the PSvita and PS3. Originally the game was planned for the Dreamcast in 1998, as stated by Vanillaware president George Kamitani, but sadly it was cancelled because he was unable to find a publisher willing to support the project. A concept art from the Dreamcast version of Dragon’s Crown was published in the game’s artbook. As we read on VG247:
Siliconera says that in the artbook you can see elements of the current Sorceress, and Wizard while the female warrior design would later be used as the base in Fantasy Earth Zero, the Square Enix PC title Kamitani worked on as the art director.
The Neverhood is an point and click adventure game made by Doug TenNapel and released for PC by DreamWorks Studios in 1996. Two years later a 2d platform game called Skullmonkey, which it was intended as a sequel of the first game, was created by the same developers for PSX. It was a commercial failure, and so the IP was quickly forgotten by the producer.
However in 2012 sketches probably intended for a new game in the series appeared in a Neverhood fan forum. You can see those concept arts in the gallery below.
Dementium 2 is a FPS developed by Renegade Kid and released for DS in 2010. Below we can seen some screenshots and a video of a tech demo that was created before the actual development of the game started. Gregg Hargrove briefly talked about it in the Renegade Kid board:
I wanted to comment on how amazed I am that anyone was even able to find any info on the original “Village” demo that became D2. Wow!
I also wanted to give a shout out to the artist that helped me develop that demo, Erik McKenney, who sadly was not able to stay on with us past the demo. Times were crazy and we didn’t know where what was going to happen so we lost a great artist to a more stable company. D2 would have been that much better if we could have kept him on.
Wolfang is an action game / side scrolling shoot ‘em up that was in development by Seibu Kaihatsu (?) for the original Playstation and it would have been published by Bird (?). There are not many info about this, maybe the game was released under a different name and a by different publisher? (even if it’s not listed in Sibu Kaihatsu’s games list) If you recognize this game or have some more info, please let us know!
Catacombs is a cancelled FPS that was being developed by Cavia for Square-Enix in 2010. The game was never officially announced and the project was shelved in 2011, but in 2012 Siliconera leaked some screenshots and informations about it.
Catacombs was basically an interesting crossover between a RPG with random-generated dungeons and a team-based shooter. The player could upgrade the guns that he found in the ruins but also use magic. Four different characters were available, each one with its own story, which according to the narrative director Brandon Sheffield had an important role in the game:
Since we’re all inherently different and our mind is the only thing we can truly know, then our reality exists only inside of our brains. So each stage was about these people destroying their own fears and doubts and also their identity. They were supposed to be overcoming their sense of self, and how that related to their identity as an American, but also their otherness.”
EDGE in 2012 played an early build of the game that run on a heavily modifed version of Mindjack engine.
Dinosaur Legend (Kyouryuu Densetsu) is a cancelled NES / Famicom game that was in development by HAL Laboratory, a famous developer that gave Nintendo popular series as Kirby and Super Smash Bros. They created many games for the Famicom/NES, but one of them was never release: Dinosaur Legend. It was going to be a curious RPG where you travel with a dinosaur to save the world. It had a game mechanic where the dinosaur steadily evolves (could it have been a Pokemon Ante litteram?).
It is currently unknown why the game was never published but you can see a lonely screenshot below.
Thanks to Susumu for the translation from japanese.
Crash Landed is a canceled 3d platformer that was being developed by Renegade Kid in 2008 or 2009 for publisher Activision. It featured Crash Bandicoot, a character originally created by Naughty Dog in the 90′s.
Crash Landed was never officially announced, but thankfully in 2013 Nintendo World Report shared a video of the game on its youtube channel.
Fallen Frontier is a 2d shooter developed by Moonshot Games which it was supposed to be released for PC, XBLA and PSN. As we can see from the video and the screenshots below, it seems that the game was directly inspired by Bionic Commando, inasmuch as the main character could use his grappling hook to pull enemies and to swing across gaps. An offline and online co-op mode was also available.
It looked quite interesting, but unfortunately Moonshot Games decided to cancel Fallen Frontier in 2013 because, as we can read on joystiq, they wanted to focus on mobile and social games instead:
Post-PAX we came to the grim realization that the market had shifted pretty substantially since we first started working on the game,” Isla said. “The console downloadable platforms had plateaued somewhat, and publishers were less excited about investing there. A game that had sold itself easily the first two times all of a sudden became a much harder sell the third time. By that time, the real interest and the accompanying dollars seemed to had moved on to mobile and social.”