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IMSA Racing [M2 – Cancelled]

IMSA World Championship is a cancelled racing game that was in development by Studio 3DO for the unreleased 3DO / Panasonic / Matsushita M2 console. When 3DO sold their M2 hardware to Panasonic, IMSA was slowly postponed and then canned. The game had a great graphic engine for its time and it was one of the best “tech demos” to show the power of the M2. This project could have been lost forever, but on July 26th 2010 NikeX has released a playable beta version of IMSA Racing in the 3DO Zero Forums.

In the 3DOZ Forum we can also read more info about the game from one of its developers:

A while later, I started working on IMSA World Championship racing, which was 3DO’s main internally developed M2 game. The director of the game was Ed Rotberg, an industry veteran who was responsible for such classic arcade games as Battlezone and Star Wars Arcade. The lead programmer was Chuck Sommerville, who wrote the original Snakebyte (you know, that game where you drive a snake around and try not to crash into your own tail) as well as the cult favorite Chip’s Challenge. […]

The physics and driving engine for IMSA were licensed from the company that made the arcade game Hard Drivin’. The graphics engine was something called “Mercury” that an external developer had written and then sold back to 3DO, at which point it became our official graphics engine which we encouraged other developers to use. […]

Also, NikeX wrote a review of the IMSA beta, that you can read in here.

It’s 1996, IMSA game is shown to the people. No pixels, but texture correction. Something you don’t see on Playstation 1 or Sega Saturn. And, in this quality, not on N64. In fact, you’ve never seen so solid, vivid-plastic car models, when the camera comes close: The tires are round and they turn in the correct direction. Constant 30 frames per second, even with 10 cars on the track. My jaw tumbled when I saw the realtime presentation of the cars, tires, gears or rear spoilers. Great illuminating effects, readable words on car and parts. Even in the race itself. In 1996, 97 you would have thought: Am I watching a FMV?

Huge props to NikeX for sharing this lost game with the community! Thanks to Celine for the magazine scans!




Earthbound 64 / Mother 3 video documentary (Part I)

As we all know, Earthbound 64 / Mother 3 for the Nintendo 64 DD is one of the most interesting games that were never released. It was an huge and ambitious project, that somehow was resurrected and ported (with many cuts) to the Gameboy Advance, with a long and troubled development cycle. OKeijiDragon has worked on a video documentary that tells the sad story behind Earthbound 64.

Part 1 of this documentart briefly details the conceptual stages of EarthBound 64 and it’s N64 unveiling at the Nintendo SpaceWorld 1996, with the early characters, objects and ideas. It also goes over the significance of music composer Shogo Sakai, who, according to Itoi, was an extremely valuable asset to the project. Last but not least is the last major unveiling of the game at Space World ’99.


It’s summertime, see you in september!

Is it too hot to work? Does the summer call you to the beach or to the mountains for a lengthy retreat? Well, the Unseen 64 Staff is going in vacation, too! We really need a vacation. From tomorrow (1th of August) Unseen 64 will be in “Summer Break Mode 2010”, we are going to relax somewhere around the world and dream about beta games while we are swimming in the ocean or walking in the mountain woods.

Don’t worry! We’ll be back the 6th of September with all the beta updates and unseen news. In the meantime, there are still lots of things to do around here while we are away:

Look and read: Check our archive of beta and cancelled games and read our articles.

Contribute: Would you like to help the U64 Archive? Read how you can help us to preserve more beta screens, videos and info!

Interact: Join the U64 Forum to discuss about unseen games with other geeks! We’ll post some updates and unseen-news in the forum while the site will be in summer  break mode.

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Thanks to everyone that supports U64 with love. See you all very soon!

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Titan Warriors [NES – Unreleased]

Titan Warriors is a cancelled shoot ’em up that was developed by Capcom for the NES / Famicom, in 1988. The game was meant to be a sequel of Vulgus, an arcade shooter developed and published by Capcom in Japan in 1984. An almost complete build (with just some bugs) of Titan Warriors was somehow leaked online, and you can download it at the Lost Levels Forum. For more info about this project, you can read a nice article written by Frank Cifaldi for 1UP’s Retro Gaming Blog.




[Project] Knights of the Old Republic 1 Beta Restoration

ZM90‘s new big “beta remake” project is a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1 Restoration (K1R). KotOR is a Star Wars RPG developed by BioWare and published in 2003 for the Xbox and PC, but some stuff were removed from the game before the final version. What this project basically does is to add most of the beta content back to the game. Things that he plans on restoring include the cut swoop races, the Tatoinee Temple, the E3 demo area (to use it as an optional tutorial area), as well as any other beta content that still fits with the story. We say good luck to him and wish him the best on this new project. Check out a couple of videos from the project below.