Beat ’em up

Gekido [N-Gage – Cancelled]

Gekido is a series of beat ’em up games developed by Naps Team, released for the Playstation and GameBoy Advance, with a Gekido PSP and a Gekido GameBoy Color that were never finished for some reasons. It seems that they planned an N-Gage chapter too, as we can read in an old IGN article, but even this version was canned. The 2D sprites were really good and it could have been one of the best looking games for the N-Gage, but it possible that they had to stop the development because of the low sales of the Nokia console / phone.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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Bounty Hunter [Genesis / Mega Drive – Cancelled?]

Bounty Hunter is a cancelled (?) beat ’em up that was in development for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. In the game you would have take the role of Garrot, a bounty hunter in the year 2397. You had to travel to four different fantasy realms to neutralize the evil dwellers beating them up using your own fists and feet through Sega’s Activator. In fact Bounty Hunter was planned to be packed with the quirky Sega’s device but in the end it doesn’t seem to ever be released.

Scan from italian Game Power magazine issue 21.

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Warriors [PSX – Cancelled]

Warriors is a cancelled beat ’em up (?) that was in development by Atreid Concept (a French company founded by Nicolas Gaume)  for the original Playstation. As we can read from Wikipedia, in late 1994 Atreid Concept became part of Mindscape (as Mindscape Bordeaux) and later Nicolas Gaume bought Mindscape Bordeaux back in 1996, and renamed the company Kalisto Entertainment. It’s possible that Warriors was in development in that chaotic time and the project could have been canned during the various changes of companies.

Atreid Concept did release a 2D fighting game titled “Savage Warriors” for PC in 1995, but Warriors for the PSX should have been a 3D beat ’em up, at least from what we can read and see in the few concept arts / target renders found by Celine in an article from CD Consoles magazine #2.

If you know someone that worked for Atreid / Kalisto during those years and  that could have some more info about Warriors PSX, please let us know!

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Dinosaurs for Hire [MD GEN – Beta]

As we can read in Wikipedia, Dinosaurs For Hire is a run and gun / beat ’em up game published by Sega and developed by Malibu Interactive for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. The game is based on an american comic and features Archie, Lorenzo and Reese as the main playable characters while Cyrano (a pterodactyl) shows up from time to time to give mission briefings but is not playable. In the beta version Cyrano was available as a playable character, as seen in old preview screenshots, but for some reasons they decided to remove this option.

Thanks to Rod_Wod for the scan!

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Gekido [GameBoy Color – Cancelled?]

Gekido is a series of beat ’em up created by Naps Team, released on the Playstation and GameBoy Advance. A GameBoy Color version of Gekido was developed too, but the only proof of its existence is an old page on the official Naps team website and some lines in wikipedia. There are no cartdidges on Ebay, no ROM floating around the web, no review available, almost no screenshots… we can speculate that Gekido GBC was never published for some reasons.

Gekido for the PSP was also in development but never released.

Thanks to whitestrider for the contribution!

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