Mega Man Universe is a cancelled 2.5D platformer game that was being developed by Capcom for XBLA and PSN. It was officially announced on July 16, 2010 with a mysterious video made by Iam8bit.
Its first gameplay video was unveiled at PAX 2010, showing three different levels and some of the selectable characters; the stand outs of which were “Bad Box Art Mega Man” and a teaser for Ryu from Street Fighter. Arthur from Ghost n’ Goblins was planned to be playable too.
Six months later, Mega Man Universe was playable at TGS 2010, where its main features were introduced in more detail.
The same three stages from PAX, created only for demonstration purposes, appear here too; each one representing a different difficulty level (Easy, Normal and Hard).
In the screenshot the earth gargoyle has a slightly different sprite. The color is a bit darker but it could be because of the magazine. The enemies in the first beta level were different as seen in this preview video of a sample Demon’s Crest demo for retailers.
There were two Demon’s Crest prototype sample cards on eBay and one japanese beta version was leaked some time ago, you can find the download in this nice anonymous Tumblr, thanks to Casey for the share! This ROM dump of the Japanese sample / beta game looks more like the final game compared to the video, but maybe with the help of our friends at TCRF it would be possible to find some interesting unused stuff hidden in the beta code.
In this beta you start the game with all 5 talismans and four of the crests. This is different compared to the final version. The game stops after the second battle with Arma in stage four and you are greeted with this screen.
Armageddon Potato noted:
After doing some comparisons there is a large chunk of blank data in the retail rom at the very begining (which was also dumped by a SUPERUFO apparently as it’s tagged in the header.) After that the prototype is indentical the final minus the size differences. I wouldn’t expect any changes in the prototype then. […]
I landed up getting a cleaner rom rip. One without the SUPERUFO header which may have been causing the blank space problem(since that makes no sense!) It does appear to have some differences, although they may be possibly minor. Once I get some solid free time I’m going to have to play though both the retail game, and the prototype. I need to know exactly where the game lock you from the later levels in the prototype, and possibly pictures/screenshots of where this happens.
If you notice more beta differences from Demon’s Crest, let us know in the comments below!
Thanks to Casey Strange and MicroChirp for the contributions!
Ghosts ‘n Goblins 64 is a cancelled action game that was in development by Capcom for the N64. In November ’96 Capcom invited the press to check out their upcoming lineup for the next year. Among the games shown there was a new Ghosts ‘n Goblins game for Nintendo 64. From what Neil West, Next-Generation Magazine’s editor-at-large present at the event , described we known that the prject was still in a early state of development but it was already clear that Mario 64 was a big source of inspiration as happened for many games in that period like Konami’s Goemon 64. After that event nothing more was shared with the public and the game was quietly cancelled by the publisher maybe because the N64 performance in the japanese market resulted relatively weak.
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is an action game developed by Capcom for the Nintendo 3DS. Before the final product was released Capcom had a different idea for 2 game modes 1 called “scene attack” and the other called “survival”. Not much is known other than they were scrapped into one mode. In the beta demo you could play a level known as 4-1 and in the video below you can see at 2:49 an Ax guy walking towards the player, but in the final game the boss was changed to a Garrador, a totally different boss. Also, you can notice that where the players score is in the HUD, there are six 0’s, but in the final it was changed to seven 0’s