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Indiana Jag [Jaguar – Cancelled]

Indiana Jag is a cancelled mascot platform game in development by french Virtual Xperience around 1994/1995. Five different kind of areas were expected like jungle, Old West, Egypt and Space. As Rodolphe Czuba, Virtual Xperience developer at the time, recalled “only some graphics were done for Indy Jag, a concept like a humorous Indiana Jones with a jaguar figure”.

Information and scans from Joypad issue 34, additional images courtesy of justclaws.atari.org

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Super Ninja Goku [PSX – Cancelled]

Super Ninja Goku is a 2D side-scrolling platform / action game, based on the ancient chinese legend of Saiyuki, that was in development (or to be published?) by Santos for the original Playstation. The studio released only 2 shoot ’em up and a puzzle game for the PSX, Super Ninja Goku seems to have been canned for unknown reasons. In 1997 Santos had to close down.

The game was later published by Aicom 2 as “Fuuun Gokuu Ninden

Thanks to Celine for the contribution! Scan from GameFan 4-4

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The Little Prince [Prototype – Xbox 360]

In 2008 MKO Games, a French independent studio, worked on a platform / adventure game prototype based on The Little Prince book. The project looked really nice, with a colorful style that was similar to the drawings that are in the book. Microsoft was interested in this proto for their Xbox 360, but they asked MKO to create a second prototype based on the art style of The Little Prince animated series created by Method Animations. Sadly neither of these prototypes was developed into a full game, maybe becaue Microsoft and other publishers seen The Little Prince as a “difficult” IP to sell to gamers.

Thanks to Superannuation for the contribution!

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Dota-kun no Bouken Roman [NES – Cancelled]

Dota-kun no Bouken Roman is a cancelled side scrolling platform / action game that was in development for the Famicom / NES that was produced by Atlus and was going to be published by Imagineer. There are basically no info about Dota Kun’s gameplay, but we can look at some scans that were uploaded on a japanese website. On GDRI we can read some more info on the development:

Dota-kun no Bouken Roman (“Dota’s Romantic Adventure”) is some sort of side-scrolling action game that was to be published under Imagineer’s WaveJack Jr. label. It was based on an MSX game by SystemSoft. You can see ads and screenshots here. The point is, I asked Esaki if it was developed by Atlus (because I suspected it was). He said it was produced by Atlus, but it was programmed outside the company. That seems to have been a common practice for Atlus, especially in the early days.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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Green Lantern [SNES – Cancelled]

Green Lantern is a cancelled platformer / adventure game based on the DC comic of the same name that was in development for the Super Nintendo at Ocean Software in 1994.

A small preview of the game was feature in the French publication, Super Power Magazine issue 29. Their write-up reveals that the game was a side-scrolling platformer with shooter elements. The story featured Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern hunting down the queen of Xaos, who is planning to conquer the universe with an army of invisible alien soldiers, once she collects a set of all-powerful crystals.

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Seven levels in total were planned, each taking place on a different world in the DC universe. It all culminated with a final stage using mode 7, where the player would have flown the Lantern through space in a shoot ’em up style endgame.

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A contributor from SNES Central was able to get in touch with some former members of Ocean to learn more about the project, as well as its demise. According to these sources, the game’s original programmer was Andrew Deacin. Unsatisfied with his efforts, the company’s management later replaced him with Bobby Earl, who rewrote its code from the ground up. This is just one of a number of restructuring moves made during Green Lantern’s development, says John Lomax, who was an artist on the team:

“Green lantern was an interesting one as I was only on the game for the first few weeks before moving of to work on Jurassic park 2. It kinda went through development hell (new programmers coming on to finish it as the original guys were fired).”

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Bobby Earl, the coder who succeeded Deacin, revealed the circumstances of the project’s eventual cancellation:

“Green Lantern was a project I worked on quite a few years ago, for the Super Nintendo. The project was infact finished, but DC Comics wanted some very difficult and arduous changes to the product, thus considering the budget already spent, Ocean Software deemed it was not worth continuing with the project.”

Given the apparent pressure the license holders were placing on Ocean, it is likely that they were also to some extent responsible for the changes in the team’s staff throughout its development.

Dean Evans, the composer of the game’s soundtrack has since come forward about his experience with the title, even releasing some of the music he created for it on YouTube. According to Evans, a number of his songs from Green Lantern were re-used in Ocean’s Waterworld tie-in game.

Thanks to Celine, Ace, RetroGameFan9000 and Rod_Wod for the contributions! (Scans from Super Power magazine #29, CD Consoles #7, Joypad #39, Edge #8)

Also thanks to Ash The Dragon and Pipoumantis for translation assistance.

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