Cooly Skunk (found build of unreleased Super Famicom port of platformer; 1995)
Date found: 19 Jan 2020
Found by: Forest of Illusion
Cooly Skunk (クーリースカンク Kūrī Sukanku), known in the USA as Punky Skunk, is a 1996 PlayStation platform video game developed by Ukiyotei and published in Japan by Visit and in the USA by Jaleco USA. The player controls an anthropomorphic skunk, Cooly (Punky in USA version) who needs to save the world from the evil Wolf Pack. Its game plays much like other side-scrolling action games, featuring a set of special tools such as a skunk spray, digging claws, and a snowboard. Although it was released for the PlayStation, it seems that the game was unfinished.
This game was originally planned to release for Super Famicom on February 23rd, 1996, at 9,300 yen, but it was cancelled likely due to the new PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles, that "killed" the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis market. The game was shown at the Shoshinkai 1995 event.
Only some screenshots and no prototypes or other information of the original unreleased Super Famicom version have resurfaced. However, on November 16th, 2019, someone found a Satellaview 8M cartridge (which had the game inside) being sold for a high price at Super Potato in Akihabara, confirming that game had a BSX broadcast as a demo for some time. Unfortunately, no one, including the poster who made the discovery bought the cartridge.
Afterward, no more information had given about the cart till January 18th, 2020, where Forest of Illusion made contact with the current owner and the owner said he would sell the cartridge for $355. Forest of Illusion posted a Twitter post asking people to donate, and they reached the goal in less than an hour.
On January 19th, 2020, the ROM was released on Gaming Alexandria's website (with the help of sammaiwashi). In this build, the game would let a player play the first three worlds then booted them back to the title screen. Later that same day, a Twitter user by the name of MasterF0x made a Twitter post explaining that he made a hack that would let the player play beyond the third world.
- The Unseen64 article on Cooly Skunk. Retrieved 26 Oct '15
- Twitter post about the discovery of cartridge. Retrieved 18 Jan '20
- Twitter post stating for the donation for release. Retrieved 18 Jan '20
- Download link to the Super Famicom port of Cooly Skunk. Retrieved 19 Jan '20
- Forest of Illusion's Twitter post giving thanks to everyone that helped. Retrieved 20 Jan '20
- MasterF0x's Twitter post about the hack. Retrieved 20 Jan '20