Argonaut's Yoshi 3D Platform Game (Lost SNES Prototype; 1993)


Yoshi 3D Platform Game (SNES, by Argonaut)
Yoshi in Super Mario 64.
Yoshi in Super Mario 64.
Status Lost

After they successfully released the Super FX chip-enhanced game Star Fox in collaboration with Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993, British game developer Argonaut Games came up with the idea for a virtually new type of game: a 3D platformer.

They threw together a prototype game of this genre featuring Nintendo's character Yoshi.

When they showed Nintendo the game, Nintendo rejected it, not willing to take the risk of entering an entirely new field with an outside developer.

This was the final blow to the two companies' relationship, as Nintendo soon released their own 3D platformer for the new Nintendo 64 console, Super Mario 64, which ended up using several of the ideas Argonaut implemented in their Yoshi prototype. Shigeru Miyamoto later apologized to them.

This prototype has never surfaced, and no one outside the two companies has seen any material related to it.

The prototype became widely known to the public after the website Eurogamer mentioned it in an article about Argonaut's and Nintendo's partnership on Star Fox[1]. While the Eurogamer article describe the game as a platformer, a 2005 post on a fansite of the Croc video game series[2] (The author claimed to have visited Argonaut's office in 1999) and a post by an Argonaut employee on the message board NeoGaf[3] instead refer to it as a racing game. The NeoGaf post also claims the game was named Yoshi Racing.

References

  1. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-07-04-born-slippy-the-making-of-star-fox
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20130924090424/http://www.croc.5u.com/facts.htm
  3. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=227362239&postcount=351

Comments


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Markiegee50X

12 months ago
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Poor yoshi, never had a fully 3D platformer by Argonaut
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Reynard

12 months ago
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And you thought he had it bad when you dropped him to his death just to reach that bar at the end of SMW levels...
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TeridaxXD001

5 months ago
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He never had a 3D platformer at all.
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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
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Didn't they re-purpose this into the Croc series later?
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Anonymous user #2

12 months ago
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Yeah, I heard it got turned into Croc on the PS1.
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Anonymous user #3

10 months ago
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Yeah thats what i heard too
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RonBailey

5 months ago
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It was, supposedly. A rumor went around that the only reason the first Croc wasn't on N64 was that Argonaut was still sour over the Yoshi incident and refused to release it on Nintendo hardware.
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Anonymous user #4

4 months ago
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There's a Screenshot Of The Game Leaked On Internet?
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LoserAtFinding

4 months ago
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Maybe? Do you know? I don't know. That'd be cool if there were though.
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Glowsquid

1 months ago
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According to the NeoGaf link in my edit, the game had a name: Yoshi Racing. Would that warrant moving the page, or is the source too tenuous for that?
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JonM313

1 months ago
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I would love to play this. I just don't understand why Prototypes/tech demos are never released.
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JonM313

28 days ago
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Some sources say this was meant to be for the Nintendo 64.
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