Dragon Hopper (lost build of cancelled Virtual Boy action-adventure game; 1995-1996)

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The front cover to the cancelled game.

Status: Lost

Dragon Hopper, also known as Jump Dragon in Japan, is a cancelled 3D action-adventure game for the Virtual Boy developed by Intelligent Systems and was to be published by Nintendo.

The game was originally announced to be released on August 26th, 1996, and the game's American price was said to be $34.95.


The plot consists of a protagonist, known as "Dorin", a young dragon prince who lives in the kingdom of Celestia. His family has been put in jail by the Prime Minister as Dorin runs off.

While running away, he trips into a mysterious hole and lands in the Land of Faeron. Dorin must save the Fairy Spirits, learn spells and follow the seven worlds to free his family.

Cancellation and Availability

The game was cancelled due to the Virtual Boy's failure. Though a prototype of the game was shown at Space World 1995, E3 1996 and was previewed in the now-defunct Nintendo Power magazine,[1] the prototype hasn't resurfaced anywhere yet, and it's unknown if employees at Intelligent Systems or Nintendo still have a copy of the prototype.


See Also

Virtual Boy

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