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Converse Hardcore Hoops [Cancelled]

Converse Hardcore Hoops  (also know as Converse City Ball Tour) is a cancelled basketball game that was in development by Virgin Interactive Entertainment for the Genesis / Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Playstation and Saturn. It was based on street basketball and there were 10 cities in which to play in 3vs3 half court matches. Converse Hardcore Hoops was shown at E3 1995 but after a while it vanished from release lists and it was never released on any console.

It’s unknown if the project was somehow connected to the Converse brand of shoes or  why the game was cancelled. Celine was able to find some screens from magazines GamePro #72 and CD Consoles #8.

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Extreme Wakeboarding [PS2 – Cancelled]

Extreme Wakeboarding is a cancelled sport game that was in development in 2002 by Wild Child Studios for the Playstation 2. As we can read on Wikipedia, Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat and the sport was developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. The gameplay would have been probably similar to the Tony Hawks’ skateboard games, but “on rails” as the player needs to follow the motorboat.

Extreme Wakeboarding was never released, maybe because Wild Child Studios did not find a publisher interested in the project. Sometime later the studio had to close down. Another wakeboarding game, Stomped Wakeboarding, was in development by Indie Built (aka Microsoft’s Salt Lake Games Studio) for the XBOX, but it was cancelled too.

Thanks to Userdante for the contribution!

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Reel Fishing: Life & Nature [DS – Cancelled]

Reel Fishing: Life & Nature is a cancelled fishing simulation that was developed by Marvelous for the DS. Controls aside, the game was probably going to be identical to the released PSP version. Here is the official fact sheet of RF:

Reel Fishing: Life and Nature is a return to nature fishing! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or have yet to cast your first line, Reel Fishing: Life and Nature will make it possible to experience fishing as it was meant to be…as it should be…in mother nature. Learn basic and advance fishing techniques from the Fishing Master. Experience a magnificent 3-Dimensional fishing adventure with beautiful environments, life-like fish and soothing environmental sounds!

  • A wide range of fishing locales from wide-open lakes to dense, lush green forest!
  • Fish in real time with varying weather conditions and daylight patterns.
  • 25 fresh water fish in detailed 3D!
  • Over 100 different pieces of tackle!
  • A one-of-a-kind fishing simulation, unparalleled to any other!
  • Multi-player Ad Hoc Mode with customizable settings!

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32 Xtreme [Sega 32X – Cancelled]

32 Xtreme is a cancelled extreme sport game that was in development by Sega for the Sega 32X add-on for the Mega Drive / Genesis. It was going to be a collection of different sport genres, as Snowboard, roller-hockey, Jetski racing and… frisbee throwing? How’s that supposed to be extreme? Sadly we’ll never know, as the game was canned and the only screens preserved in the gallery below are from the “WipeOut” Jetski part.

Thanks to Celine and Rod_Wod for the scans!

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Jon Ritman’s Soccerama [SNES – Unreleased]

Soccerama is a cancelled sport game that was in development by Domark for the Super Nintendo. The project was programmed by Jon Ritman, a software developer, notable for his work on major 1980s video games. It seems that Soccerama started as a soccer game for the arcades, but that version was never released and the game was later ported to the Nintendo 16bit console. Sadly, even the SNES version was cancelled, because of a bug.

A couple of screens of Soccerama SNES were found by Celine in Banzzai #27 and CD Consoles #4

At the Amstrad Museum we can read an interview with Jon Ritman, with some info on the development of Soccerama:

v: in the 80’s there was news about a proyect game called soccerama. did you make any preliminary version and what happened with that game?

r: soccerama was on an arcade machine than was never launched – the game was finished though but really not that different from matchday 2.

v: did you programmed soccerama for consoles systems? i’ve remembered a domark game named total soccer in which you appear as programmer.Is this correct? then, you programmed for snes, didn’t you?

r: soccerama was probably total soccer on the snes, there was a total soccer on the megadrive but I had nothing to do with it and it was a different game. i did program it but it was never released. There was a problem with a hard to find bug and Domark were unable to get me the equipment I needed to find it.

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