SimCity NES port (cancelled port of sim game; 1991)


SimCity (NES port)
A promo for the game's port.
A promo for the game's port.
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Originally announced in the September/October 1990 issue of Nintendo Power magazine were both NES and SNES ports of Will Wright's highly acclaimed SimCity, a city simulator and one of the first games of its kind. Both of the ports were slated for a Spring 1991 release and while the SNES game was released as planned (albeit being pushed back to an August 1991 release to coincide with the US release of the SNES), the NES port was cancelled shortly beforehand and never ended up seeing the light of day.

In the November/December 1990 issue of Nintendo Power, two screenshots from the NES port of the game were released, along with a short rundown of the said port. It received a few additional mentions in the months to follow (including, notably, a couple of additional magazine write-ups and a short preview video) and was eventually forgotten by most (assuming that the game had simply been cancelled), until 2005, when, in the "Collecting" section of an issue of Nintendo Power, it was revealed that a prototype cartridge of the NES port had recently been rediscovered in the desk of Nintendo Power editor Scott Pelland. The article revealed that the prototype cartridge was housed in a hollowed out golden The Adventure of Link casing (including pictures of the actual cartridge) and revealed that the game was cancelled due to "bad timing" (unassumingly referring to the aforementioned 1991 US release of the graphically superior SNES and its corresponding SimCity port).

Since the port's 2005 rediscovery, it has been kept tightly under wraps and a ROM has never been leaked online. It is currently unclear as to exactly who is now in possession of the prototype cartridge, though unless said owner decides to share with the rest of the world, this rare and highly sought-after port will likely never be played by the general public.

On August 29th, 2017, a NintnedoAge user named BIGDADDYRAMIREZ uploaded 2 minutes of footage on YouTube of the prototype on the NES. The user is the owner of a chain of stores called "Back in Time" where some of the people who worked on Johnny's Arcade. Both of the prototypes will be displayed at PREGE (Portland Retro Gaming Expo) 2017 while one of the prototypes is available to play.[1]

Gallery

Video Power's" Johnny Arcade at WCES '91, during which a playable prototype of the NES port of SimCity was showcased (0:48-1:29).
Footage of one of the Sim City prototypes on the NES.

References

  1. The NintendoAge article about the NES port of SimCity Last retrieved 29 Aug 2017

Comments


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William8456

2 months ago
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Hopefully Nintendo will release it
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William8456

2 months ago
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PR whoever found it
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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Its been found and there is a video up on utube and an blog about in on nintendo age
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Alright, here's some info.

I can identify the location the video was taken, it appears to be Back in Time Gaming in Bremerton, Washington. I can tell because of the toys in the background. If anybody knows the whereabouts of the prototype, it's probably them. I could be wrong, but the toys in the background and the title all point towards the location.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Fuck, I messed up. It's actually Back in Time 2 which is about 15 miles away.
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Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
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Ooh goody! Nice to see the prototype resurface (although it's not publicly available yet). Hopefully it'll be in a mostly playable state.
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