NATIVE II [Nuon – Tech Demo / Cancelled]

NATIVE originally started as a “homebrew” shoot ’em up project on the Atari Jaguar platform by German developers Duranik. The project was eventually cancelled after the developers had issues working on the Jaguar platform and they were also concerned about the game being too similar as R-Type. This did not stop them from showing interest in taking the game over to the NUON and they created some mock-up videos of what the game would have looked like running on the platform. Unfortunately VM Labs, the developer behind the NUON technology was short-sighted and was not interested in the game, effectively killing it forever.

Note that while the videos below say that they are from the Atari Jaguar version, these are actually the NUON demos Duranik had made.

Thanks to Adam for the contribution!



aMaze [Nuon – Cancelled]

aMaze was among the first known titles to be announced for the NUON DVD game system but like most of the games announced for it, aMaze never saw the light of day. The premise was based upon those old marble balance board games where you tried to get a small ball to the goal, avoiding the many holes along the way. It also was notable at the time as the game employed real-time raytracing to draw objects such as the ball. The official description goes as follows:

aMaze is based on the classic board game that challenges you to tilt the board in order to roll a steel ball through a nerve-racking maze of trap holes. Simple in theme yet elegant in graphic nature, aMaze is best described as an overall experience that is highly addictive, yet surprisingly relaxing. From the outset, aMaze was designed to be attractive to all types of gamers – from hard core to mainstream. aMaze is an engaging game for everyone.

Some screenshots and a couple of videos can be found at NUON-Dome.

Thanks to Adam for the contribution!


Project X [Nuon – Proto]

Nuon originally started off as “Project X,” and was featured in EGM’s 1999 Video Game Buyer’s Guide. One of the Nuon’s main software developers was Jeff Minter, who created a version of Tempest (entitled Tempest 3000) for the system, and the built-in VLM-2 audio visualizer. NUON was created by VM Labs who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001. The rights to the NUON technology was purchased in 2002 by Genesis Microchip. – [Info from Wikipedia]