Nintendo lovers began poring via an enormous Nintendo leak in July. Tons of information had been dumped onto the web. Called the “Gigaleak,” the information held supply code and different belongings for video games like Super Mario Kart, Yoshi’s Island, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Hackers and knowledge miners have discovered extra file dumps since then, too. An nameless consumer dropped a bunch of Game Boy files online in September, reportedly holding ROMs for video games on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color.
That contains unreleased video games, like Pokémon Picross, which was canceled in 1999, in response to Pokémon YouTuber Lewtwo. And then there’s Ubisoft’s John Madden Football — a port of Electronic Arts’ John Madden Football ’93 that was imagined to be launched on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy. Welcome to Ubisoft’s alternate universe.
Ubisoft introduced the sport, which was developed by NMS Software, in 1993. It mentioned on the time that the 8-bit ports of Madden can be out there by Christmas of that 12 months, however the video games had been by no means launched. Game Informer journal previewed the title in 1993, according to The Video Game History Foundation, however with a “non-interactive demo.” Playable prototypes had by no means been found for John Madden Football, till now.
Ryan Langley, a sport designer and curator on Nintendo Metro, posted screenshots from the sport Tuesday on Twitter. He additionally shared a GIF with Polygon, showcasing some scenes from the Game Boy port.
Langley instructed Polygon that the John Madden Football ROM is playable if you may get to it, however mentioned it’s “just a bit baffling and hard to play” — maybe a motive why the sport was by no means launched. “The Madden ROM was in a ‘POOL’ folder, which means (at the time) it was possibly in a ‘waiting’ space to go and be tested, but it wasn’t,” Langley mentioned. “It was never given a cart code.”
Ubisoft has not responded to Polygon’s request for extra data.
Game lovers are at the moment combing via John Madden Football for Game Boy to notice variations between it and the Electronic Arts-published video games. Madden NFL is among the longest-running sports activities online game sequence, one which modified how gamers considered the style. That’s partly on account of Electronic Arts, which has printed the franchise because the starting, when John Madden Football debuted in 1988 on Apple II. The sequence turned an annual franchise beginning in 1990 (with a brand new model of John Madden Football), when it launched on consoles. (The Madden NFL sequence received an official NFL license in 1993.)
If you’re counting, meaning there would have been three totally different variations of John Madden Football, all with the identical title, if Ubisoft’s Game Boy port had gotten printed.