namco

Magic Formation WARS [WonderSwan Color – Cancelled]

When Bandai unveiled a GPS add-on for WonderSwan at Spring Tokyo Game Show 2001, Namco shown three games compatible with the new device. Magic Formation WARS (known in japanese as 魔放陣WARS) was an RPG that used the peripheral to determinate where battles were held and monsters formation. You could draw a spell on the map to cast a magic. The only other detail known was that the story was divided in scenarios. When the GPS for WonderSwan failed to be marketed it’s likely that Namco cancelled the project.

Images:

Let’s Play Golf [WonderSwan Color – Cancelled]

At Spring TGS 2001 Namco announced three brand-new games for Bandai’s WonderSwan, all of which used the new add-on shown for the first time at that event (like Magic Formation WARS and Super GPS Pac-Man). One of these games was tentatively named Let’s Play Golf (やったつもりでゴルフ).

As the name suggest it is a golf simulation with the peculiarity to use the GPS add-on to create new courses based on your surrounding. Another interesting feature was the presence of an accelerometer inside the cartridge that enable the player to swing using motion controls. The game was never released for unknown reason though we can speculate that the cancellation of the GPS add-on hurt the project’s chance to be distributed.

Images:

Super GPS Pac-Man [WonderSwan Color – Cancelled]

During Spring TGS 2001 Namco announced renewed support for Bandai’s little handheld. One of the game was a curious variant of Pac-Man tentatively named Super GPS Pac-Man (GPS超!!パックマン) that would have used the WonderGate, add on that allowed the WonderSwan to connect to DTT Docomo network, and the GPS add on so that your current location would have been used as a maze where Pac-Man could eat his loved pills, while moving objects like cars would be the enemies.

This bizarre project was never released for unknown reason, though the WonderGate success was limited and the GPS add on was never released so much of its appeal would have been lost without them.

Images:

Time Crisis Adventure [Xbox – Cancelled]

Time Crisis Adventure is a cancelled Xbox game pitch that started at Darkworks in 2003 after Capcom abandoned their other project, Lost Mantis. Time Crisis Adventure was a collaborative work with Namco US. In 2004, for unknown reasons, Namco dropped the title. However, Darkworks found a new publisher (Ubisoft) and it seems that they changed the game to release it as Cold Fear on both PS2 and Xbox in 2005 – with no references to the Time Crisis franchise.

Thanks to Warkdo for the contribution!

Images:

 

Page 1 of 512345