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Lufia & The Fortress of Doom [Genesis / Megadrive – Cancelled]

Lufia and the Fortress of Doom is a rpg developed by Neverland and released by Taito for SNES in 1993. A (north-american only?) port for Sega Genesis was supposed to be released in 1994, but it got delayed and Taito America eventually closed down in 1995.

However, in 2014, the western programmer that worked on the port leaked a tech demo, featuring just the title screen and a testing dungeon, of the Genesis version of Lufia on the internet. According to him, he had just six months to finish the project:

Well, one of the reasons it was cancelled was because they told me to complete the port in 6 months.. there was no way in hell I could have done it since all the original SNES code was fucking indecipherable and the Japan programmers weren’t any help..

For more informations check the original opa-ages topic.

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Dinosaur Legend (Kyouryuu Densetsu) [NES – Cancelled]

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.

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Sakamoto Ryoma [NES – Cancelled]

Sakamoto Ryoma (aka Sakamoto Ryouma) is a cancelled adventure / RPG that was in development by Toshiba EMI (Toemiland) for the Famicom / NES. It seems that the game was based on the real-life leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan (as we can read in Wikipedia). Ryoma has inspired at least 7 television drama series, 6 novels, 7 manga and 5 films, and in Live A Live, an RPG by Square released in 1994, Sakamoto appears as a playable character. No luck for Ryoma on the Famicom however: the project that was postponed many times until finally vanishing forever.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution! Screens from a Japanese website

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Chachamaru Boukenki 2 [NES – Cancelled]

Chachamaru Boukenki 2 is a cancelled RPG that was in development by Human Entertainment for Famicom/NES. The main character was modeled after a developer at Human that later would appear as referee in a Fire Pro Wrestling for Super Famicom. The bizzare fact about Chachamaru Boukenki 2 is that despite it was never released, the third episode that was planned for Game Boy was actually published. Below you can see what it said to be the only screenshot ever released.

Thanks to GaijinPunch for the help with the japanese language.

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