Catroots (lost tech demo of unreleased Nintendo 64 game; 2000)
Catroots was a Nintendo 64 game of unknown genre developed by Marigul Management. Catroots is a rather mysterious title as it was never officially announced despite a tech demo being shown at E3 2000. There are very little details known about the game.
A CG-animated teaser for the game was shown at E3 2000, on a display at Nintendo's booth. Besides that, there was very little information about the actual game. In fact, when IGN asked some Nintendo of America employees about the mysterious display, their answer was simply:
"We were told to put it out there."
Eventually, Shigeru Miyamoto himself was interviewed. He confirmed that the game was being developed by Marigul and that an official announcement on the game was yet to be made. As Catroots was in development late into the Nintendo 64's lifespan, it may have been canceled due to the release of the Nintendo GameCube in 2001.
The teaser showed cats and mice feuding in a similar style to Tom & Jerry or The Simpsons' Itchy & Scratchy. An unknown portion of the teaser was uploaded by IGN, which shows a red cat getting chased and attacked by a mouse, using weapons like shurikens, a hammer, and a flamethrower. There are also a few other pictures depicting some different scenarios.
As of the writing of this article, the tech demo for Catroots has yet to surface. Despite the release of the Nintendo GameCube, Catroots was never reworked or ported onto the Nintendo GameCube or any subsequent Nintendo system.
- Unseen64's article on Catroots. Retrieved 12 Aug '19