Glover was a 3D platformer game developed by Interactive Studios Ltd and released for the Nintendo 64 and Playstation in 1998. A sequel was announced for Nintendo 64, Playstation and Dreamcast with a launch originally slated for mid 1999, but was later cancelled.
In 2010, NESworld recovered a playable beta of the Nintendo 64 version of Glover 2 and by October 2011, the ROM was leaked online.
Thanks to Nesworld and Goomther for the contributions!
The Bizarre Story Behind Its Cancellation
On February 25, 2015, James Steele, a programmer formerly of Interactive Studios, released a blog entry detailing the unusual circumstances which led to the cancellation of the game. According to the developer, a huge misstep at Hasbro involving one worker severely over-estimating the amount of cartridges required for the game blemished the Glover name at the company, ultimately resulting in the discontinuation of its sequel:
“…as far as we were told, Glover 2 had been canned because of Glover 1. Now this seems strange, because the first Glover has sold fairly well for a non-Nintendo N64 title. And it was on the back of those sales that Glover 2 had been given the go-ahead at Hasbro in the first place.
But Hasbro had messed up. They had screwed the pooch big time. You see, when ordering the carts for the first game, the standard production run was something like 150,000 units. And this is what the management at ISL had advised Hasbro to order – because the N64 wasn’t really fairing that well compared to the PS1 at the time and non Nintendo titles tended to sell poorly. They thought that Glover was a good game in its own right, and a moderate 3rd party success would sell around 150,000 units. And that is exactly what happened. Hence the go ahead for the sequel.
So Glover was a money maker for Hasbro, right? Right? Nuh-uh. As it happened, Nintendo had a special on N64 carts at the time the game was being schedule for production. Some bright spark at Hasbro thought it would just be absolutely SUPER to order double the normal amount – so they put in an order 300,000 units at a slightly reduced cost.
The problem was that none of the retailers wanted to take that stock off Hasbro’s hands. The game had been moderately successful, but the demand just wasn’t there. And thus Hasbro was left with 150,000 or so copies of Glover for the N64 that nobody wanted. That’s something like half-a-million dollars worth of stock that they can’t shift. And with Hasbro Interactive not being in the best of financial shape Glover became a dirty word around the company, as it became apparent over the course of Glover 2 development that they were stuck with all those carts.
Of course, the blame was put on the game and brand itself rather than the idiot who ordered the extra 150,000 carts from Nintendo. And that ladies and gentlemen, is why Glover 2 had been cancelled.”
According to Steele, who we later caught up with, the game was around 80-85% complete at the time development ceased.
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Ahhh! What? They should have released it…
Hmmm. I wonder if we can find a beta…
Man it would have been fun to play as Glover again especially if you could use that axe on the enemy lol.
Glover was actually developed by Interactive Studios Ltd (now Blitz Games), and published by Hasbro. I still remember the day it was canned, as this was the first game that I ever worked on.
Thanks a lot for the info BinaryDad! :) Do you know if there are some other screens or videos for Glover 2 around?
thanks binarydad, i edited the article :)
Huh, never knew a second one was in the works at some point. It’s too bad, the first was pretty good. Very under-rated.
Wait, multiplayer? Ah, c’mon… :/ It makes me want to play it more…
man, i swear i saw ‘glover 2’ at a fleamarket
Maybe a “glover 2” proto is out there? We can only hope..
Aw…didnt know about this, thats regrettable…Glover was a fun game…BUT!
When I look at Turok Evolution – which was not only published way to early but had to ditch its brilliant approaches – I am pretty happy this did not work out.
That way, it still is possible to finish this game without pressure of time (provided that they still own the rights on this game…)…
Well it’s no Glover 2.
But if you guys liked Glover that much you should really give Billy Hatcher a try (if you haven’t already).
The similarities are uncanny.
i am looking for glover 2 every were cause i really want to play it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
loved glover, never knew there was going to be a second, should have released it on gamecube or ps2 or even now on the Wii’s virtual console.
“Fun Multiplayer Game”?
Now I really wish they released it…!
Imagine what it would be like if this release now on the Nintendo DS and it featured manipulation of multiple gloves via the stylus to make lizard, bird heads, or other forms one would make when goofing around in reality. Maybe you could join an at first enemy hand to your own to enable this option by playing a game of rock, paper, scissors and determine which option you should choose based on psychological cues indicated by whether it moves relaxed, rigidly, hyper-actively, ect. After all that platform has been dry of a good 3D platformer for well over the past year especially when it comes to one that’s multiplayer.
Finished “Glover”, Epic Game!, Heard There Was A Sequel Coming Out, Waited, & Waited Until I Gave Up, Then I Found Out It Was Scrapped Damnit Fellas!
Glover 2 proto was found :)
Story behind is funny.
That prototype is an absolutely stellar discovery. The game looks considerably more vibrant than its forbear, and the controls look pleasingly tight as well.
Just to qualify that statement, though–it’s pleasing to look at, though concurrently heart-breaking. Judging by the videos, I’m tempted to say that I would have tried to pick this one up, had it been released.
nes world release a rom of the game! it should be playable to everyone
Why don’t nesworld.com dump the game? =/
It seems that some of the old cheat codes for the first Golver game also work on the prototype.
Sorry for a second post. Details of some codes and a Level Select menu:
Awesome, i did not know that NES World released the rom of Glover 2! Huge props to them and thanks for the codes Edward :)
they have released a rom for glover 2 here http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UW9CSRR7
Another Glover 2 prototype has been released by 64scener.com, with far fewer working levels.
There is music inside glover 2
why didn’t nobody rip them there are alot in it.
and there are some unused things ask well.
I always thought Glover was the final result of the N64 “Dream Team” member Spectrum Holobyte, which was purchased by Hasbro Interactive around the time of Glover’s release.
Someone managed to fix some of the bugs in Glover 2 to make it more playable:
wow that’s awesome! They did a great work, really happy to see this fixed even if still not complete :O
Someone needs to make a GoFundMe or Kickstarter for finishing glover 2.