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Donkey Kong Country Returns [Wii – Beta / Unused Stuff]

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a side-scrolling 2.5D platform game developed by Retro Studios and released by Nintendo for the Wii console on November 21, 2010, in North America, December 3, 2010, in Europe, and on December 9, 2010, in Japan. It is the series’s first traditional home console installment since Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, and also the first Donkey Kong Country entry not to involve Rare during the development. (Info from Wikipedia)

Development on Donkey Kong Country Returns started in 2008, but it wasn’t until E3 2010 that it was revealed to the public.

On the Gameplay and E3 trailers, we can notify some small things:

  • -Health Icon is a sightly different.
  • -Game general Font is much different.
  • -0:32 = When Donkey Kong bounces on the three enemies consecutively, he does not preform a spin followed by a somersault, like he does in the final version.
  • -0:47 = Diddy and Donkey Kong team Icon is Cyan, on the Final Version, the color is Blue.
  • -1:00 = The bombs on this stage is much more faster them the Final Version.
  • -1:06 = It’s possible to see again the Cyan color, but on the 2-Player Mode.
  • -1:13 = On the final version of this stage, it doesn’t have “automatic” barrels.
  • -1:20 = The stage don’t have storm and darkness.
  • -1:36 = Different scene.
  • An another gameplay video (which was playable after the E3 event), shows other miscellaneous stuff:

  • -Font, Health Icon and other lighten stuff is a little different.
  • -At the end, the background is Yellow, on the Final version, it shows as Green.
  • On an ANOTHER video, it shows a MUCH different title screen, and other stuff (which was already shown on the other videos)

  • -Different Title Screen (the Buttons, the Logo, the Font and specially the Background)
  • An Show at the Television did show DKCR gameplay (at before releases)… It shows again the other stuff, but we can also see other stuff:

  • -The Instructions appears from no where, at the Final Version, the Tutorial Pig appears in the background and explains the controls
  • The video below shows some animations of Donkey Kong Country Returns:

    Progressing into the Beta related stuff, when you progress in the game, you unlock some concept arts… They are separated into enemies, characters, levels and others…
    Some interesting stuff of those concept arts, are the Levels… Much levels have been changed in the development, such as Golden Temple… Some characters did changed too, such as Rambi, which was to be much more Realistic…

    It was also found on the Game Disc, that DKCR was to have 4-Player modes, still is unknown about it, but probably other Kongs could be in, similar to New Super Mario Bros. mechanism.
    Maybe was scrapped because of Copyrights of RARE:

    Click to zoom-in, it will open in another tab

    Images:

    Those images shows the stuff from previous videos, like the different icons, fonts and etc.

     

    Super Meat Boy [WiiWare – Cancelled / Beta]

    Super Meat Boy is a platform game developed by Team Meat and is the successor to Edmund McMillen’s and Jonathan McEntee’s flash game, Meat Boy, originally released on the Newgrounds website in October 2008. (Info from Wikipedia)

    The Developers originally announced a release of the game for every major console and computer: Xbox360 Live Arcade, PS3 PSN, WiiWare, PC and MAC…

  • The Xbox360 Version was released in October 20, 2010.
  • The PC Version was released in November 30, 2010, as downloadable on the Steam WebStore.
  • The Mac Version was released December 2, 2010, on Direct2Drive
  • The Wiiware and Playstation Network versions have been cancelled
  • This small article will show the WiiWare’s version progress. Super Meat Boy on Wiiware was taking a pretty long time to be made and had some delayings. After some time, Super Meat Boy has been officially cancelled because of Size Limit problems on Wiiware. The Wiiware service allows to publish games on the store on 40MB Size Limit, sadly, Super Meat Boy was much more then that. It also has been cancelled because they were not able to find a publisher.

    Some trailers and preview videos have beta differences:

  • Promo Video
  • Shows some Informations

  • Trailer
  • Gameplay, some graphics was little different, with more backgrounds and other stuff.

  • Older Trailer
  • The only difference are the Psychics (jumps fall fast, and differences of running). Also, a different animation for the Warp Zone.

  • IGN’s Preview
  • Comments and shows more stuff, like World Map (which is different of the PC and Xbox version, and other stuff)

    Team Meat is thinking for develop Super Meat Boy as a Retail Version, with extras and other add-ons (which wasn’t to be come on the WiiWare Version) or on the upcoming 3DS. They only need a Publisher, as they said:

    If we decided to try to find a publisher & do a boxed version for $20 (with extras) but come out later on the Wii, would you hold out?

    Images (Click on them to open in other Tab/Pop-Up):

    Images Informations:
    Image 1:

    The time counter are on the top right (on the released versions, they are on north eastern.

    Image 2:

    Commander Video lines are more shorter, with no fading and much more thinner.

    Image 3:

    Little different character selection screen.

    Image 4:

    Boss of World 1 is much more different, with some other platforms and more “darken”.

    Image 5:

    No any differences

    Image 6:

    Because of Commander Video have no any fade in the lines, it don’t shows in his jump.

    Image 7:

    Different Map (probably the “D” button hasn’t been changed in the development)

    Image 8:

    The Prologue (intro) text is a little different

    Image 9/Image 10/Image 11:

    The HUD now have been more for the left, but still not as on the Released versions.

    Image 10:

    Only the HUD Difference

    Image 11:

    The stage is much more clarity, the stage is actually more darken on the Released versions.

     

    SwitchDeath / Deathmatch [Jaguar – Cancelled?]

    Switch Death AKA Deathmatch is a 2D sidescrolling platform / action game that was in development for the Jaguar, but we cannot find any info on its release, so we assume that the project was cancelled before being finished. From the screenshot (found by Celine in CD Consoles issue #8) and videos preserved in the gallery below  it seems that in SwitchDeath players were going to take the role of some sort of bug with a gun. Could this game have been released under a different name? If you recognize the character, please let us know!

    Abbibi recognized the game, that was also known as “Death Watch”, and linked us to a video of it that you can watch below. Anthony found a better version of the same video, from E3 1995.

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    Joe Blow [PSX PC – Cancelled]

    Joe Blow is a cancelled platform / action game featuring a ten year old monkey that blow away his enemy (literally!) with the goal to save the Queen of Dreams who has been kidnapped by the evil Nightmare King. Player had to explore 6 worlds with overall 60 levels to free Dreamland from the new ruler, confronting humorous opponents. Joe Blow was in development for Playstation and PC by Abstract Entertainment while Telstar was going to be the publisher, however the title was never released for unknown reasons.

    Scans from Edge issue 48 and GameFan5-8. All in-game screenshots are from the PC version.

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    The Swamp Thing [GEN MD – Cancelled]

    The Swamp Thing is a cancelled action / platform game that was being developed for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive by Nuvision, the same team behind the unreleased Bean Ball Benny. There is a Nes title with the same name, created by Imagineering Inc, but it is a different game.

    As we can read from the Sega Age Forums , in november 2010 a proto of The Swamp Thing was released to the community:

    The game is unique to say the least. In this side scrolling 2D platformer, you travel around as Swamp Thing while taking out baddies intent on destroying the environment. During the game, you are able to take the form of various objects (like a leaf, log, and apple) to help you in keeping the forest clean.

    This game was displayed at a CES show, and for one reason or another, was never finished or released. This proto locks up at the end of the first level, but it gives you a great idea of what the game would have looked like.

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