Beavis and Butt-Head (cancelled arcade beat 'em up game; 1996)


Beavis and Butt-Head (arcade game)
The arcade cabinet (prototype).
The arcade cabinet (prototype).
Status Found (prototypes)
Lost (ROM)
Date found 1999
Found by MTV auction

Beavis and Butt-Head is an cancelled 1996 arcade beat 'em up game that was in development by Atari based on the popular MTV cartoon of the same name. The game was built using 3DO-based hardware. The game borrows ideas from the cartoon, alternately asking players to work together or fight each other (outside in a mud pit using boxing gloves on the end of baseball bats, naturally).[1]

It was tested poorly and was never completed (4 of 6 levels were done).[2] Another reason for the game's cancellation was because Midway bought Atari and cancelled all of Atari's projects such as Primal Rage II.

12 prototype machines of the game were sold at an MTV auction in 1999, and several of them were seen in California Extreme from 2007 to 2013.[3][4]

On April 6, 2016, Galloping Ghost Arcade picked up prototype #9 of the game after Jeremy Fox of Prince Arcades sold it and was not working. They were able to get it working again by finding a used 3DO in the next day. The game was now playable at the Galloping Ghost Arcade.[5] However, they refused to release the ROM online.

Gallery

Walkthrough (with Beavis) from one of them at California Extreme in 2011.
The game being played at Galloping Ghost Arcade.
The game in its entirety with the Vegas Level included

References

  1. Rarest, Craziest, Most Memorable Arcade Games of California Extreme Wired.com Retrieved 19 June '16.
  2. Lost Beavis and Butt-Head Arcade Game Found, Restored And Now Playable Kotaku.com Retrieved 19 June '16.
  3. Galloping Ghost Arcade Restores Rare Beavis And Butt-Head Arcade Protoype Tech Times Retrieved 19 June '16.
  4. CAX Games List 2013 California Extreme Retrieved 19 June '16.
  5. Beavis and Butt-Head now at Galloping Ghost Arcade Galloping Ghost Arcade Retrieved 19 June '16.

Comments


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TeridaxXD001

12 months ago
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I live within driving distance of the Galloping Ghost, I might have to check this out.
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Anonymous user #3

6 months ago
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Also, somehow break into the cabinet and rip the ROM and upload it
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BedHead Bernie

12 months ago
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This isn't lost. Sure, there's no ROM of it, but that doesn't make it lost media
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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
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yes it does bernie. if the public cant get the ROM its lost
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TeridaxXD001

12 months ago
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I'll probably be going to the Galloping Ghost sometime in August/September. Maybe I can take pictures or something.
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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
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that would be nice. try to play as butthead
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TeridaxXD001

4 months ago
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...and, of course, the trip I mentioned never happened. I'll keep trying.
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DigiBlast

7 months ago
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I hate this though. When people hold games hostage like this, especially for money. It's a scummy move, considering there's fan's and preservationists, people who actually want these games, and not for profit. It sucks knowing the games cancelled or simply unobtainable. But when the game is unobtainable because someone is keeping it away, unless you cave in and pay the price, it's just putting salt on a open wound. I hate this for all media in general, but gaming is where it happens the most sadly. If it's to make up the cost, fine. I still don't like it, but at least I sort of understand. But if it's to just make reproduction carts, that being the only obtainable way, then they can just piss off. Many will possibly agree, others won't. Maybe no one will see this for years, I don't mind you're opinion, or care about how much attention this get's. I just wanted this out there.

Rant Over
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Absolutely correct!

-Jozsef
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DariusPumpkinRex

5 months ago
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Goddamn you, Midway!
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Anonymous user #4

3 months ago
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Ive played the one at Galloping Ghost a few times (though i never cared for the show). Interesting thing about their machine is that it has one level that the California Extreme footage claims is "Coming Soon": The Vegas level. Its been awhile since ive been there but here's what I remember: Its the first stage to be played though its placement in the map is the same as the California Extreme one (it even says coming soon). It starts with Beavis and Butthead watching either a gameshow host or casino performer (a guy in a suit) from Las Vegas. They riff on the program and are dragged in (or not, the one thing I do remember is if you don't skip the end of the cutscene the game freezes and boots up again) The boss should be a Elvis impersonator if i remember. I think their machines was one of the last ones to be made (if i recall from their unveiling, its machine #9 of 12 ), so its possible that the later numbered games are more complete and that the California one is an earlier build .
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Anokata3545

3 months ago
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(Im the Anonymous user 4) https://www....=WDBZ4njFES8

This is a full play through of the GGA version with the Vegas Level.
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Anokata3545

2 months ago
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http://www.e...322496121457

Anybody got $10,000 to burn?
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Anonymous user #5

2 months ago
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I know someone in a private Facebook group who owns a cabinet named Sean.
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Wustywab15

1 months ago
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im going to the galloping ghost within the next 2 weeks or so so ill have to see if its any good lol
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