PC Engine / PC FX

Tengai Makyou III: NAMIDA 3 [PC Engine / PC-FX – Cancelled]

Tengai Makyou III: NAMIDA was a new game in the highly popular Tengai Makyou series (known as Far East of Eden outside Japan) planned for PC-FX. The game actually was first announced for PCEngine Super CD and later moved to Arcade Card Duo format but never completed. Below you can see a japanese teaser article when the game was first revealed for SCD thanks to The Turbo List.

The game was announced in 1995 and development ceased at a very late stage. In July 1997 Hudson Soft officially announced that the project has been halted due to the fact that a release on the shrinking PC-FX userbase would be unprofitable for the company. Several years later Hudson Soft revived the project on PS2 ( and Gamecube but , once again, a version was terminated), heavily re-tooling it, and finally released it in 2005.

Very few media exist about the PC-FX project like for example an image found in GameFan volume 3 issue 10. Defrost in the pcenginefx.com forum posted some nice arts and gifs about Namida for the NEC console.

Article by Celine, thanks to dfrost for the contribution!



Kuma Soldier [PC-FX – Cancelled]

Kuma Soldier is a cancelled shooter in the famous Star Soldier series, planned for PC-FX (to not be confused with Super Star Soldier 3D also planned for PC-FX). As you can see from the short video below (taken from a promotional video made by NEC to promote the then brand-new system) the game provided a time attack mode, but it is unclear if it offered other gaming modes. CD Consoles magazine issue 5 cited how the game in early 1995 was only 20% complete. We can speculate that Hudson Soft cancelled Kuma Soldier when the PC-FX proved to be a failure in the japanese market.

As noticed by users of the Rising Stuff Forum, it seems that Hudson used some of the Kuma Soldier concepts to create Star Soldier R for WiiWare.

Article by Celine!




Cyber Fighter [PC-FX – Cancelled]

Cyber Fighter is a cancelled fighting game set in a futuristic context where robots fight each others like in the terrible game “Rise of the Robots” (it uses pre-rendered graphics too). The title developed by NEC HE would never seen the light of the day for unknown reason. You can watch a short video of Cyber Fighter below, taken from a promotional video made by NEC to promote the then brand-new system.



Space Fantasy Zone [PC Engine – Cancelled]

Space Fantasy Zone is a cancelled shoot ’em up planned for the PC-Engine, as a weird mix between the original Fantasy Zone and Space Harrier. The game was in development in 1991 by NEC Avenue, but for some reasons it was never released. A playable version was eventually leaked online so if you are interested to know more about the game, you should be able to easily find it with google.

Thanks to Celine and Guilherme Miranda for the contribution!