Nightmare Busters [SNES – Unreleased]

Nightmare Busters [SNES – Unreleased]

Nightmare Busters is a cancelled beat ’em up / action game that was in development in 1994 by Arcade Zone (a french studio) for the Super Nintendo. After Sony decided to not publish Nightmare Busters SNES as the original Playstation arrived in Europe, Arcade Zone had to close down and cancel all their projects.

At 1UP Games we can read an interview with former Arcade Zone’s developers, in which they talk about the studio’s closure:

Carlo Perconti: What happened is that Sony broke off the Nintendo distribution in Europe, refusing to take the products. Without buyers and incapable of publishing them by ourselves, we had to close down Arcade Zone and interrupt undergoing developments, with profound regret. Other companies which already weighed in the balance survived and moved on to the Playstation. We were at the wrong time at the wrong transition, the one which saw Nintendo’s European market become Sony’s European market.

Nightmare Busters was eventually leaked online thanks to members of ASSEMbler games and you can find a ROM quite easily with Google. As wrote by Evan on SNES Central, this game was eventually released in 2004 for cell phones as Flynn’s Adventure.

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4 thoughts on “Nightmare Busters [SNES – Unreleased]

  1. LastNinja2

    This game is a very recognizable clone of Capcom’s “Midnight Wanderers” (also known as “Roosters”), originally released as part of an arcade collection of three different games known as “Three Wonders” (“Wonder 3” in Japan).
    Nightmare Busters almost plays identical to Midnight Wanderers and the graphics style is very, very similar: the goblin enemies almost seem ripped off and some stages, like the forest one, are very close to the original.

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