Meowth's Party (lost Nintendo GameCube tech demo; 2000)


Meowth's Party (tech demo)
Screenshot of the tech demo.
Screenshot of the tech demo.
Status Lost

Meowth's Party is a real-time tech demo that was shown at Nintendo Spaceworld 2000. It was created by the same team who worked on Pokemon Stadium to show off the GameCube's graphical capabilities and features Meowth singing and dancing on the stage, where he soon gains a crowd of many Pokemon to watch his concert.[1]

Development

According to Nintendo, the team took the end sequence used in episodes 117-141 of the Pokemon anime and made an interactive tech demo out of it.[2][3] The demo ran off of the GameCube's hardware to demonstrate its capabilities, running in hi-resolution and at 60 frames per second. While it wasn't as graphically impressive as some of the other demos and even had frame issues at certain points, the models present in the game were very smoothly rendered and ran independently of each other. It also displayed a fairly impressive lighting system.

While there was speculation at the time that the concept would have been made into its own game, this never happened, possibly because GameFreak felt that the concept didn't have enough weight for an entire game. However, it was ultimately implemented into the GameCube game Pokemon Channel for the ending of the in-game cartoon Pichu Bros. in Party Panic, where Meowth would sing the same song as in the anime as well as perform random actions to his crowd. The demo has not been used in anything since.

Availability

While a version of the demo was put into Pokemon Channel, the original tech demo has yet to surface in any form and, apart from the ability to move the camera, it's unknown what extent of interactivity the demo had.

Gallery

Footage of the demo at Spaceworld.
Yuriofwind's video on the subject.

References

  1. Unseen 64 article on the tech demo. Retrieved 15 May '17
  2. Bulbapedia entry on the tech demo. Retrieved 28 Apr '17.
  3. IGN article on the tech demo. Retrieved 15 May '17

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

10 months ago
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I'd really like a game centered on Meowth. He's my favorite Pokémon.
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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How the hell is this catagorized as existence unconfirmed
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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We don't know if it was an actual game planned for the Nintendo GameCube, or if it was just a tech demonstration for it shown at Nintendo's Spaceworld 2000 event.

Still, it would be nice if we got a confirmation from Nintendo if this was just a tech demonstration or a planned, real game.
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RegShowPics

3 months ago
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Technically, this should be "partially lost/partially found", since it exists in some form (a tech demo seems sufficient evidence for its existence, no?).

Whether we'll ever have more information or an ISO rip is unknown, but we know it at least existed in some form if it was played on a gamecube.
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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Yeah, I have to agree with you there. The rumors about Meowth's Party being an original game planned for the Nintendo GameCube seem fake and more like a tech demonstration shown at Nintendo's Spaceworld 2000 event (and eventually the concept of it would appear in the 2002 Nintendo GameCube game Pokemon Channel).

I would say this would be considered "partially lost" because while footage exists of the demonstration, there hasn't been a high quality upload of it and I'm sure that there was no playable prototypes of it during the event.
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Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
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I did some more research on this to find legitimate information on this tech demo, and my suspicions were correct; it was just an interactive tech demo made to test out the Nintendo GameCube's graphical capabilities and was never planned to be an individual game. Also, the tech demo was made by the team of Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64, not by the same people who made the later Nintendo GameCube game Pokemon Channel.

So with this revelation out of the question, this can no longer be classified as "existence unconfirmed" because it was just a tech demo and while video footage of it exists on the internet, a ROM still hasn't been dumped yet.
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Mynameismeh

1 months ago
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Yoshi its real

you are just dumb
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YoshiKiller2S

1 months ago
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What about it is missing?
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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This page should be put in found media if the rumors of the tech demo being a planned game were fake and video footage of it exists; putting it in non-existence confirmed could give readers the wrong idea about the whole tech demo being fake instead of the rumors being fake.
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YoshiKiller2S

1 months ago
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What is missing about this nothing was ever lost
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