Nintendo Gigaleak Reveals Scrapped DS Projects, Including A New Pokémon Pinball Game
As you may have seen this week, Nintendo ‘Gigaleak’ has resurfaced since last year. Round 2 of the past few days has appeared stub Wii remote control concept, confirmed Retro’s canceled Zelda gameda and also Nintendo’s plans for Metroid title by Intelligence Systems.
In the latest update, information on various discarded Nintendo DS projects has been released, including details on a Pokémon Pinball position. This will be the first entry in the pocket monster pinball series since the Game Boy Advance generation. According to the leak, this particular entry – targeting the 2006 release – will be handled by Metroid Prime Pinball and Super Mario Ball developer Fuse and will have outstanding Wi-Fi support.
ResetEra user MondoMega has once again shared this information, along with details on many other canceled Nintendo DS projects including the mobile version of the GameCube first-person shooter. Geistand a proposal from Collecting magic creator. Here’s a compilation via Nintendo Everything:
-Rhythm Tengoku is listed as ‘RIQ’ (full title known as Rhythm IQ). The note for the game says “Songs will be written new for this game, so the whole world is fine”.
-Elite Beat Agents were once known as Super Sonic Agents.
-Pokemon Pinball is listed as a DS title, with Wi-Fi support. The developer is ‘FUSE’. The target release date is September 2006.
-Geist DS is listed. Played online.
– Gauntlet DS.
-Some game named ‘PLUCKER’, developed by ‘NIGHTLIGHT’. Notes: ‘Recommended from Richard Garfield, author of Magic the Gathering. A strategy game that replaces card games with numbers’.
‘Digitylish DS’. there were plans to bring the series to the DS before DSiWare even existed.
-Soma Bringer was formerly known as Angelic Soma, and includes online play. The game was originally completed in September 2006.
-Banjo and Conker being replaced by Dixie and Tiny in Diddy Kong Racing DS is something NCL particularly noted.
-There are some considerations in localizing NoA and NoE and publishing Contacts (by Grasshopper Manufacture). The spreadsheet describes it as a “mother breed”.
-They considered reworking the character designs to localize Magical Starsign in North America.
-Notes on New Super Mario Bros. specifically mentioning “Additional Data Distribution Plan for New Courses Over Wi-Fi”. Also mentions reusing minigames from Super Mario 64 DS.
-Digitylish DS has “two prototypes in progress”, and Skip is “considering other projects in parallel”. It was suggested that they “extend the prototype period by 6 months to explore a new business model”; could be an early reference to the DSi Shop.
-At the time this document was made online play was not actually locked to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl; mentioned as a consideration.
– There are many working titles and names. Most are “franchise names” then DS or [number of installment]; Chibi-Robo DS, Jump Super Stars 2, Mario vs. Donkey Kong DS, Yoshi’s Island 2, Kirby DS, Burabura Donkey DS, etc. Some of the widely known original titles are also used here, such as Detect Hacker (Project Hacker), Wish Room (Hotel Dusk) and Eternal Chronicles (Glory of Heracles). There is also ‘Game Fortune Bag’ (Club House Game) and Marionation Gear (Chosoju Mecha MG).
MondoMega has also shared additional details regarding several GameCube projects. Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and Super Paper Mario was originally listed as a GameCube release. Rainbow Captain, as mentioned before, is also listed as the GameCube title and the NCL doesn’t want to plug/power in Chibi-Robo localized.
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