Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Personal List: Top 10 Games that Weren't Meant to Be
Pokefans have been anticipating this since the game's debut. Maybe a DS remake? Fingers crossed. A Wii remake? Fingers crossed. 3DS remake..... looks like our wish finally came true.
(Also ironic: today's Hoenn Sound day on HGSS!)
To celebrate, let's take a look at the games that just never were to be.
Time to get sad.
10. The Last Guardian
First off, I've never played either of the games. I've never played a PS2 game for that matter. Even so, this looked like an amazing game.
It was to be part pet simulation, part adventure. However, it's been stuffed up Sony's ass, trapped in development hell for quite a while, so chances are it won't be hitting store shelves anytime soon, if ever. Here's hoping it's not going to be Duke Nukem Forever! Speaking of which...
9. Duke Nukem Forever
Furthermore, the long delay meant more than just waiting. Who was the audience? 17+. Those people were by then almost 30, probably trying to start a family. This games' humor was notoriously inappropriate, so how well would it fare to a middle-aged man?
About as well as, well, Duke Nukem.
8. Metroid Dread
Who even knows if the game will see the light of day? Unlike series with such a stopping point s Duke Nukem, there have been games in the series that continued to pop out, and with one as big as Metroid, who knows what will happen?
7. Banjo Threeie
6. Sonic Crackers
The game was a scrapped 2D Sonic game for the Sega Genesis in which Tails and Sonic are banded together by a, err, ring thing. To be honest, I'm not very familiar with retro games, but from what I know, it is often thought to have been turned into Knuckles Chaotix.
And... that's pretty much it. It looks nice, probably plays nice..... HEY, DON'T YOU GET ANGRY AT ME FOR MY LACK OF RESEARCH! YOU'RE THE ONE READING THIS DUMB STUFF ANYWAY!
5. Super Mario's Wacky Worlds
In actuality, the game was nearing completion. The graphics are surprisingly gorgeous, too; I mean, just look at that sky effect and the reflections.. MMmmm, it's just byoutiful! Ninty was actually pretty impressed, but seeing the failure of the previous games, gave the game a thumbs down, but it was eventually leaked online. (At least it fared better than Super Mario 64 DD.)
4. VB Mario Land
Much like probably half the VB's planned library, VB Mario Land looked promising. Sure, the red and black was a complete eyesore, but other than that, the gameplay looked solid, the graphics were fair, the music was.... existent?
It was shown at WCES in 1995 (think E3 but lamer), which is pretty much where all the information for this game comes from. Other than that, I can do my trademark analysis skills (TM). Because talent.
Let's see here.... there's some Shinto shrine and a, um, Wario crock-pot in the background... Yeah, I don't know.
3. Star Fox 2
That's all the knowledge I have. Shut up.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Mystical Seed of Courage
It melts my retinas, the quality.
It was scrapped from issues in the debugging process and problems with how the three games interacted together. Other than the story, that's everything we know.
1. Sonic Extreme
Sonic X-Treme is perhaps the most notorious cancelled game of all time. The game should have revolutionized 3D platforming, released around the same time as Super Mario 64 and *sigh* Bubsy 3D. ("Cuz what would a platfowum game be wiffut platfowums?") It was pretty much Super Mario Galaxy with Sonic slapped on it and it would probably have been way ahead of it's time.
The only known prototype, though, is in the hands of an anonymous collector, and the game will never see the light of day. The closest we got was Project S, a fan project to recreate the game, but even they give up. It must be a curse. (Plays Lavender Town theme song.)
Anyway, the Pokemon games are to come out in November. Can't wait! (fingers crossed.)