South Park [GBC - Cancelled]

April 5, 2008 by
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A South Park videogame was planned for the GameBoy Color and was in development at Acclaim studios in 1998, but sadly the project was soon cancelled by the shows creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone due to them feeling that the game isn’t right for the Game Boy Color as children were the main demographic for the system. There are not many info on this game and only a single screenshot was published in an old Nintendo Power magazine (issue 114). The prototype cartridge now belongs to Trey and Matt, commemorating the very first South Park game ever created.

It seems that after the South Park game was cancelled Acclaim didn’t want all their investment in the project to go to waste so it was changed to Maya the Bee and published in Europe. After a little more tweaking it also became the New Adventures of Mary Kate & Ashley and published in the US. If you check videos of these 2 games, you can see that the HUD is basically the same, the platforms and the ladders are similar

If you worked on this game and have some more info or screens on the project, please let us know!

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Videos from “Mary Kate & Ashley” for the GBC:

16 thoughts on “South Park [GBC - Cancelled]

    1. monokoma

      For some cancelled games we are lucky enought and collectors or developers understand that it was important to share this kind of material for everyone, because they are gaming history that could be lost forever.. and so various playable cancelled games are leaked online. To find them, google is your friend. Sadly, most of the cancelled games that are in the U64 Archive are not leaked yet.. and probably they will be lost forever :(

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  1. atomickid

    look at the graphics and the status bar, it’s like maya the bee on GBC.
    I had this game long time ago :o

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  2. Anonymous

    The reason it was canceled by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators, because they didn’t want a Game Boy Color version of the South Park game made since they felt the game was not for kids. But they did keep a few copies of the Game Boy Color in comemorant of what was originally started as the first South Park game.

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  3. stud102

    The reason it was canceled by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators, because they didn’t want a Game Boy Color version of the South Park game made since they felt the game was not for kids. But they did keep a few copies of the Game Boy Color in comemorant of what was originally started as the first South Park game

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  4. rodent

    The reason given is true. The game was also only days from being submitted to Nintendo as a final build. It featured some nice little animated scenes and some digitised speech from the show as well.

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  5. rodent

    It’s possible I may have a rom of it somewhere, I’ll have a hunt through my archives. Atomickid is right. After the game was cancelled Acclaim didn’t want all their investment in the project to go to waste so it was changed to Maya the Bee and published in Europe. After a little more tweaking it also became the New Adventures of Mary Kate & Ashley and published in the US. I liked it better when it was South Park.

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    1. monokoma

      From South Park to Maya the Bee? That’s a real twist :O

      Here’s a video from Maya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb5HCYAsgFQ
      The HUD is basically the same, the platforms and the ladders are similar

      Here’s a video from Mary Kate & Ashley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOjQcPqz4KM
      Again, the HUD is the same, there are similar ladders and platforms

      Thanks again for the info Rodent! Really appreciated :) If you’ll be able to take some screens or videos from the South Park version, it would be great!

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  6. charlie66

    matt and trey cancaled this game because they felt it wasnt for younger audiences. at south park studios they still keep a few copies.

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  7. rodent

    The thing I couldn’t quite work out was why the project was allowed to go almost to the end before it was cancelled??? I mean neither the GBC user base nor the demographic that South Park was intended for changed over the duration of the project, and the project stuck pretty much to the same design all the way through, so why wait right until the end before deciding that?

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  8. David

    I ran a website about South Park games for a while, hosted at a website called N64 Shooters back in 1999 if not earlier. My website was called “South Park Gaming Central” and later changed names to the “South Park Penny Arcade.”

    I scanned that screenshot from Nintendo Power for my website. Glad to see it still exists on the internet over a decade later.

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