Preserving Nintendo's History
Samurai Shodown (USA) (Prototype)
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This is a prototype of Samurai Shodown by Takara. The differences within this build are currently unknown. If you happen to know the game well and know the differences between the retail release and this prototype, please let us know!

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ROM Information

----| File Data |--------------------------------------------------
System:             Nintendo - Super Nintendo Entertainment System        
File:               SamuraiShodown.sfc
BitSize:            32 Mbit
Size (Bytes):       4194304
CRC32:              71E5E555
MD5:                54D054B5A08C80E8E1192729A8F3A4C8
SHA1:               7DACA0851AD9CBE1D47C155B7B9E5AA7F30470E7
SHA256:             B470A9F98183198791AFC86F80E8E839B7FE43DF912B195BD3B69B2D60BF05A9
----| Detection Data |---------------------------------------------
ROM Type:           HiROM
Cartridge Type:     Normal
----| Header Data |------------------------------------------------
New Maker Code:      N/A
Serial:              N/A
SFX SRAM Size:      0x57
Title:              SAMURAI SHODOWN      
Map Type:           0x31 (FastROM-120ns; HiROM-64KB Banks)
ROM Type:           0x00 (ROM)
ROM Size:           0x0C (32 Mbit; Ok)
SRAM Size:          0x00 (None)
Country:            0x01 (USA)
Old Maker Code:     0xA7 (Takara)
Version:            0x00 (v1.0)
Inverse Checksum:   0x08F2 (Ok)
Checksum:           0xF70D (Ok)

Board / Cartridge Images

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Speed Racer (Japan) (Prototype)
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This is a prototype of Speed Racer by Radical Entertainment. Some differences that could be noted are as follows: Upon boot “Beta 15 Mon 7 3 20” can be seen under the Accolade publisher logo, each race length is described with the amount of miles instead of the number of laps, and some minor color and graphical differences.

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ROM Information

----| File Data |--------------------------------------------------
System:             Nintendo - Super Nintendo Entertainment System        
File:               SpeedRacer.sfc
BitSize:            16 Mbit
Size (Bytes):       2097152
CRC32:              6FA3FCA1
MD5:                828E9E00C3E9EB43E6E57EF98AFAFE4F
SHA1:               953A6986E4C081ADCDFA17A754F2F28C76959F44
SHA256:             1D3DD03EBBB6E58263D51AA78FB219F5B2D69ED62F4902004B9BB6EB2E0CC230
----| Detection Data |---------------------------------------------
ROM Type:           LoROM
Cartridge Type:     Normal
----| Header Data |------------------------------------------------
New Maker Code:      N/A
Serial:              N/A
SFX SRAM Size:      0xFF
Title:              ・{
Map Type:           0xFE (Unknown; Unknown)
ROM Type:           0xFF (Unknown)
ROM Size:           0xFF (4 Kbit; Bad)
SRAM Size:          0xFF (4 Kbit)
Country:            0xFF (Unknown)
Old Maker Code:     0xFF (Unknown)
Version:            0xFF (v1.255)
Inverse Checksum:   0xFFFF (Bad; 0xA541)
Checksum:           0xFFFF (Bad; 0x5ABE)

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Run Saber (Japan) (Prototype)
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This is a prototype of Run Saber by Hori Electric. This build is the cancelled Japan release, originally for July 1993.

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ROM Information

----| File Data |--------------------------------------------------
System:             Nintendo - Super Nintendo Entertainment System   
File:               Runsaber-93-01-19.sfc
BitSize:            8 Mbit
Size (Bytes):       1048576
CRC32:              081A4F7F
MD5:                34B41A7ECFB42497F3F356789DC6DC86
SHA1:               4A26325D8E08DBE193270443D9037EBEA8E1D4C4
SHA256:             BE11CA2BA4C38A40DE52E41BBA61001591BDCE2565BE04A90632BCEAFD9846FB
----| Detection Data |---------------------------------------------
ROM Type:           LoROM
Cartridge Type:     Normal
----| Header Data |------------------------------------------------
New Maker Code:      N/A
Serial:              N/A
SFX SRAM Size:      0x39
Title:              RUNSABER             
Map Type:           0x20 (SlowROM-200ns; LoROM-32KB Banks)
ROM Type:           0x00 (ROM)
ROM Size:           0x0A (8 Mbit; Ok)
SRAM Size:          0x00 (None)
Country:            0x00 (Japan)
Old Maker Code:     0xA1 (Hori)
Version:            0x00 (v1.0)
Inverse Checksum:   0xFFFF (Bad; 0x07A4)
Checksum:           0x0000 (Bad; 0xF85B)

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SGI Indy Ultra 64 HDD
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This is a dump of an SGI Indy HDD which was used for the development of Nintendo 64 games. It contains various tools, documents, and is all setup and ready to be used.

Gekkan Nintendo Tentou Demo 2002.12.1 (Japan)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

After years of various fakes and speculation, a genuine demo build of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was discovered to be silently residing on a forgotten GameCube demo disc titled “Gekkan Nintendo Tentou Demo 2002.12.1”. Said disc was sold on eBay just a few months earlier, and thanks to the generous owner of the disc, the data has been preserved and can now be experienced by all.

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What is this demo disc for, where did it come from? These particular demo discs were distributed to Japanese game stores, being publicly displayed starting on December 1, 2002. This allowed customers to experience a demo of the game thirteen days prior to the title’s release in Japan. Because of this, there are large amounts of small differences and bugs littered throughout the game. After use, the discs were intended to be returned to Nintendo, however this disc and another copy are the only two which are publicly known to have survived as of October 2019.

The materials on the disc are as follows: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Mario Party 4, Sonic Mega Collection, and many promotional videos.

Wind Waker Differences

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The title screen of the demo appears with a night setting for the background instead of the final’s sunny background.

Earth Temple boss, Jalhalla, has an different trophy in the Trophy Gallery at Forest Haven. In the demo it shows us that he indeed used to have a face. In the final versions, he is only shown wearing a mask. Whilst fighting him in the demo, he wears the mask for a just like the final build of the game. This seems to suggest that the game’s developers revised Jalhalla but hadn’t yet changed the trophy until a later revision.

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Forsaken Fortress contains early exterior whilst inside the the fortress. It is possible to peek back into the interior through a window.

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There is a visual bug with Link’s magic meter in the demo. It appears fuller by one pixel, although it doesn’t actually have more magic.

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The camera while Link grabs the Master Sword is slightly different.

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The camera angles present in Din’s Pearl cutscenes differ from the final.

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The King of Red Lions gets sent to the center of the great sea when playing the Sun’s Song.

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Other differences include:

  • During the cutscene in which the player meets Fido and Laruto for the first time, there is a noticeable lack of sound effects. Fido completely lacks music, which suggests his track was completed far later in development. They’re also solid instead of ghostly transparent.

  • On slot 2 in the demo disc, the save with Forsaken Fortress, there’s a glitch when Link get’s to the tower and retrieves his sword. In the final game he holds it up in the air with the animation paused. In the demo, he holds it up in the air, and the monster slashes at him continually with the sword until the dialogue box closes.

  • All pearls are required to grab the Master Sword.

  • Beedle’s ship plays a horn sound when close. This sound is audible at any time.

  • King Lion talks to Link immediately after entering the Master Sword chamber, and not when near the sword.

Debug Features!

Plugging a controller into slot 3 at any time and pressing the Z button will bring up a debug console. The console’s output list grows as Link visits different areas or when bugs occur. Holding L+R whilst in the debug console state will allow you to scroll up and down the console to view all of it’s outputs.

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Plugging a controller into slot 4 and messing around with various different buttons at any point causes random text boxes to appear on the screen, which appears to be intended as a dialogue test.

ROM Information

----| File Data |--------------------------------------------------
System:             Nintendo - Nintendo GameCube          
File:               D44J01.iso
BitSize:            10 Gbit
Size (Bytes):       1459978240
CRC32:              1B5A2934
MD5:                0176E215BA8D790E1F170442350930C9
SHA1:               4CE687B48F40870C907DE4210D877E34AAB8593F
SHA256:             F175ACC09F663B8EAE1C87BD2773A8D1F4705A842A66751228551D2B282294D6
----| Header Data |------------------------------------------------
Game Title:         Disk 2002 For Japan December 2002 For Japan
Game Serial:        D44J (Japan)
Maker Code:         01 (Nintendo)
Version:            0x00 (v1.0)
Disc Id:            1

Disc Images

Gekkan Nintendo Tentou Demo 2002.12.1 (Japan) - Disc Front

Mr. Nutz (USA) (Prototype)
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This is a prototype of Mr. Nutz by Ocean. This build appears to be quite early. It contains no sound at all and has been watermarked by the developer. The build date along with the following message can be found in the ROM: “MR NUTZ OCEAN’s version 10 june 1993- This version includes a anti-thieves tag ! -MR NUTZ produced by Pierre ADANE & Philippe DESSOLY”.

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ROM Information

----| File Data |--------------------------------------------------
System:             Nintendo - Super Nintendo Entertainment System        
File:               MrNutz.sfc
BitSize:            8 Mbit
Size (Bytes):       1048576
CRC32:              65690811
MD5:                2DB1BB70228DD386E771567988F440C0
SHA1:               1BAB248F44BF6B44FBF2AAC5B7081AD4F79C04A9
SHA256:             95043F027A88C68B96633EE22231616B5A335EA80E0D28E1A595C2918E4BA802
----| Detection Data |---------------------------------------------
ROM Type:           LoROM
Cartridge Type:     Normal
----| Header Data |------------------------------------------------
New Maker Code:      N/A
Serial:              N/A
SFX SRAM Size:      0x00
Title:              Mr.NUTZ              
Map Type:           0x30 (FastROM-120ns; LoROM-32KB Banks)
ROM Type:           0x00 (ROM)
ROM Size:           0x0A (8 Mbit; Ok)
SRAM Size:          0x00 (None)
Country:            0x01 (USA)
Old Maker Code:     0x67 (Ocean)
Version:            0x00 (v1.0)
Inverse Checksum:   0x0000 (Bad; 0x497C)
Checksum:           0x0000 (Bad; 0xB683)

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Joe & Mac 2 Lost in the Tropics (USA) (Prototype)
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This is a prototype of Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics by Data East. The differences within this build are currently unknown. If you happen to know the game well and know the differences between the retail release and this prototype, please let us know!

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ROM Information

----| File Data |--------------------------------------------------
System:             Nintendo - Super Nintendo Entertainment System          
File:               JoeAndMac2.sfc
BitSize:            8 Mbit
Size (Bytes):       1048576
CRC32:              89B22484
MD5:                28A61B29E526C1FE12C253BD5BC17148
SHA1:               8756BD04739CDF37A0C117DD24593FC4A7A8359F
SHA256:             8F31DB59A5E328D1E70E551B60146DEC0D2D8DCF4AF69382E07B8526AF8EC84E
----| Detection Data |---------------------------------------------
ROM Type:           LoROM
Cartridge Type:     Normal
----| Header Data |------------------------------------------------
New Maker Code:      N/A
Serial:              N/A
SFX SRAM Size:      0xFF
Title:              JOE & MAC 2          
Map Type:           0x30 (FastROM-120ns; LoROM-32KB Banks)
ROM Type:           0x00 (ROM)
ROM Size:           0x0A (8 Mbit; Ok)
SRAM Size:          0x00 (None)
Country:            0x01 (USA)
Old Maker Code:     0xC5 (Data East)
Version:            0x00 (v1.0)
Inverse Checksum:   0x1E60 (Ok)
Checksum:           0xE19F (Ok)

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Star Wars - Rebel Strike (USA) (Prototype)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… A prototype simply called “Spike” was created by John Brandstetter at Sega of America for the upcoming Sega Neptune. It would at some point be pitched as Star Wars – Rebel Strike for the Sega Saturn. Ultimately the idea was canned and never progressed past the one level prototype, but luckily an anonymous person came into possession of the discs and design documents to allow us to release the prototype and scans of the pitch documents.

There are little concrete details on the prototype and its background, but we can make some educated guesses about it. John Brandstetter was the producer of the Sega 32X port of Star Wars Arcade and is the author of the pitch materials. Having prior experience with the license, the team must have assumed that they could wrangle a Star Wars game in 3D. One can see that the pitch as a whole seems quite rushed as there are various typos and misspellings throughout the pitch document in addition to only four fleshed out level concepts, indicating a very tight timeframe.

Unfortunately by that time it was pitched it may have been impossible for Sega to obtain the license for the concept. This is possibly due to LucasArts’ relationship with Nintendo as around this time a Star Wars game was mentioned as an upcoming title for the N64 (what would eventually become Shadows of the Empire). Possibly the dismantling of Sega’s American development divisions in the Saturn era was more to blame. Interestingly the game was discussed in a small snippet in the 1995 Computer and Video Games Issue 161 as you can see below, so it was at least somewhat known about at the time.

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Was the Spike prototype an original game idea that was going to be its own potential release or was it spun up to pitch Star Wars – Rebel Strike? There’s no confirmation one way or the other, but there were quite a few assets created for this prototype as you can see in the scanned documents. It is interesting to note that the actual game itself seems to have few definitively Star Wars elements, taking on a generic futuristic look (the landspeeder doesn’t even look right). Why Sega did not continue to develop this pitch in a new direction is also unknown. From the pitch material, the game was broadly pitched as a game of vehicular combat based on the SGL demos which came with the Saturn SDK called biplane and driving2 which you can download them here and here. The mechanics of the landspeeder were also likely inspired if not directly lifted from these demos as they look and control very similarly. More reasons to think this demo was spun up in a rush.

You can download high quality scans for the packaging here.

Disc Images

Disc Front

Yakyuu-kyou (SMC-777)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

Yakyuu-kyou (AKA Play Ball), is a top down rendition of the sport similar to the Nintendo version of Baseball. There are wide and close-in views of the bases and a fully selectable team with different stats, positions, and the ability to change their names as well. For a fairly standard sports game, it was far ahead of it’s time in terms of simulation. At large each of these games are easy to play because they have a good deal of English, though one may miss out on the nuances.

You can download high quality scans for the packaging here.

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Disk / Packaging Scans

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Insert Disk
Nuts & Milk (Hitachi S1)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

Fans of the Hudson games from the Famicom will immediately see some stark differences. Nuts & Milk is an entirely different game, having no vertical platforming elements whatsoever and instead being a maze game, similar in some ways to Boulder Dash. Players control Milk and avoid the blue characters known as Nuts while navigating a maze collecting all the fruit in order to advance to the next level. Some walls can be dug out but reappear after a time and can be used to to avoid and trap Nuts.

You can download high quality scans for the packaging here.

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Cassette / Packaging Scans

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Spine Cassette
Mario Bros. Special (Hitachi S1)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

Mario Bros. Special on the Hitachi S1 – which is the seventh port of the game thus far preserved – the game is comparable to the Sharp X1 port which features the same graphics as the less powerful PC-8801 version of the game. While it has no known additional features from the other ports, there remains only one remaining version of this game to be found on the Sony SMC-777 (Although unconfirmed reports claim that a version for the IBM JX was released).

You can download high quality scans for the packaging here.

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Cassette / Packaging Scans

Front Cover
Back Cover

Insert Cassette
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (Hitachi S1)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom being a text adventure suits the home computer well. The game is in the classic On-Line Systems/Sierra On-Line style first pioneered with Mystery House, with a distinctly Japanese flair. There is very little explanatory dialogue and each distinct room is presented like a manga panel with available options rather than a guessing game narrative structure. This style likely draws from the design of the Portopia Serial Murder Case by Enix, often noted as a precursor to the modern Japanese visual novel genre.

You can download high quality scans for the packaging here.

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Cassette / Packaging Scans

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Insert Cassettes
Hitachi S1 Bios
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

Hitachi S1 BIOS Files - These can be used for emulation purposes. An example emulator these work with is the one located here.

Simply drop the files in the same directory as the emulator and it will be able to load Hitachi S1 programs.

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Tutankham (PC-6001)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

A simple port of Tutankham released by Konami in 1982 for the NEC PC-6001.

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Cartridge / PCB Scans

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Mappy (PC-6001mkII/SR - PC-6601/SR)
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(This was a joint release between us and our good friends at Gaming Alexandria!)

A simple port of Mappy by Dempa Micomsoft for the NEC PC-6001mkII/PC-6601 Series. It is very rare due to it’s late release during 1986, thus was mostly forgotten about. To run this, please make sure to select Mode 5 (N66 Basic). When prompted with “How Many Pages?”, type 1.

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Cassette Images

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