Ultimate Journey (lost NES game; 1992)


Ultimate Journey
Cover art of the game.
Cover art of the game.
Status Lost

Ultimate Journey was an action/platform game for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), published by Bandai Games.

Premise

You play as Mojavo, a Native American warrior whose whole tribe has been killed by the evil witch doctor Wrathkon. Mojavo's father, in his dying last moments, asks his son to avenge them so that their spirits will rest easy. Mojavo then sets on a journey to destroy the sorcerer, chasing him to his castle before he takes over the land.

During gameplay, Mojavo can transform into different animals such as an eagle or dolphin, and other powered forms, such as one including a feathered war bonnet.

Cancellation

The original concept came up from Dan McArthur, a programmer from the American subsidiary of Bandai.

McArthur's designs were approved by the main direction, and development carried on until Bandai decided to scrap the project.

The game was previewed in magazines, along with box art and screenshots. Opinions ranged from lukewarm to positive.

The game was apparently almost finished when North-American game journalists tested it. Gameplay was described as similar to Ninja Gaiden.

No official reasons were given as to why it was cancelled, although a possible one was that the very America-centric premise wouldn't appeal to the main Japanese target audience.

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Anonymous user #1

16 days ago
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too bad too, a bandai game. looked kinda cool as well
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Studman

16 days ago
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There's supposedly a couple of prototypes known to exist, but are just sitting in high-tier collections. It's a shame, really, but this happens to a lot of prototypes, like how the sought-after Monster Party prototype was in some guy's collection for a few years before it got dumped.
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