Update: thanks to Yakumo we found out that this game was released as Deadalus in Japan (in Europe and the States as “Robotica”) for the Sega Saturn! As he noted, probably the magazine did a poor translation of the katakana and came up with “Daidaros”. The game was by Micronet who only ever made Sega games, so it’s possible that the news about a Playstation version was just another mistake.
Thanks to linlhutz for the contribution!
It seems that a mech game titled “Daidaros” was in development for the Playsation, but as far as we know, it was never released. Celine found a screen of the game in CD Console magazine issue 3, but sadly there are no info about Daidaros’ developers in their article, so we cant check if this project could have been released under a different name. If you recognize the mech in the scan, please let us know!
Mech Arena: The First Match (aka Battle Arena III) is a cancelled action / fighting game that was in development in 2002 / 2003 by Made By Kiddies, for PC and the original Xbox. As the title can suggest, the player had to combat against huge mechs in various arenas, to win the competition. In the end Mech Arena was never released, maybe because they did not find a publisher interested in the project.
The main features of the game were:
– Supports Single and Multi play
– Play from 10 different stunning interactive arenas.
– Play 18 challenging Single arena missions.
– Multiplayer action over Internet, modem or LAN. Human opponents deliver new tactical challenges with every engagement with battle records.
– Battle statistics
– Repair, upgrade and organize your player. The weapon and armory inventory is displayed at the garage with money available for the next upgrade.
– Buy new weapons and pilots with resource points gained by winning missions or trade in equipment you no longer need.
– Repair and refit your Mech to your own specifications.
Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is a 2 on 2 tag team fighting game developed by SNK Plyamore and released in 2005 for the Atomiswave arcade board, with a Playstation 2 port in the same year. Mikel noticed some beta differences in a trailer from the JAMMA/TGS 2004:
At 0:20, you’ll see Mai do her trademark Super Deadly Ninja Bees move, you may notice that when she starts the move, you will see that the Desperation Move Sparks are The King of Fighters XI, the Desperation Move sparks in the final version of Neo Geo Battle Coliseum are different, and the Desperation Move sparks you see later made it to The King of Fighters XI.
At 0:24, you’ll see Asura (From Samurai Shodown 64-2 (The 64 doesn’t mean that it’s for Nintendo 64, it’s for an old, abandoned Arcade Board by SNK named the “Hyper Neo Geo 64”)) preform a Double Assault, the Double Assault spark was later reused for the Leader Despeation move spark in The King of Fighters XI, and the Double Assault background is somewhat absent.
At 0:31, you’ll see Yuki doing a strange pose while K’ does some Light Kicks then K’ later taunts, the sprites for the pose Yuki was doing were absent in the final game.
At 0:33, you’ll see Fuuma doing a weird taunt that has him spinning his head around holding a folding fan, then he opens the folding fan (i.e. Mai Shiranui) at the end, I am not too sure if that taunt is in the final.
At 0:41, you’ll see that Hanzo’s stance is different, that stance was replaced with a new stance in the final game.
At 0:42, you’ll see that when Ai walks backwards, only one sprite shows up, she gets sprites when she walks backwards in the final game, and Ai’s taunt is also different.
At 0:47, you’ll see K’ preform his double assault with Tung Fu Rue, you’ll see that the background is black.
At 1:21, you’ll see Asura preform one of his moves, you will also see that the background doesn’t fade to black when he does the move (I forgot the name of the move, if you know the name, tell me right away).
Tournament of Legends (previously known as Gladiator A.D.) is a fighting game developed by High Voltage Software for the Wii. The game was aiming for a highly realistic and mature look and contained high amounts of blood and gore, including bloody finishing moves.
In February of 2010, it was announced that Gladiator A.D. had secured a publisher, Sega, and had its name changed to Tournament of Legends. The visual style was changed to feature mythological features instead of the highly realistic look the game had originally. The amount of blood and gore was also apparently greatly reduced as the game’s look was altered to aim for the ESRB’s T rating, rather than the M rating Gladiator A.D. had been aiming for. [Info from Wikipedia]
The gameplay now looks more fast and arcadish than before.
Thanks to Robert for the contribution!
For comparison, here’s a video from the “final” version:
The hardest part of making the game, it seems, was figuring out which characters to include from Tatsunoko’s more than 80 cartoons, and then getting the company to OK their choices. […]
“One of the main anime we got more requests for than any others was Samurai Pizza Cats,” he said. “There were a lot of people who wanted to see that. I wanted to see that, but we couldn’t reach an agreement.”
Another set of characters shot down by Tatsunoko were the transforming-motorcycle riders of Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.
“They told us what we could and couldn’t use,” he said. “If they said no we cut them.
“We weren’t privy to a lot of their decision making process. They didn’t share a lot of reasons with us. When they said no and we asked why, they wouldn’t tell us, but would give us another suggestion.”