Spot Goes to Hollywood (partially lost SNES port of platformer; 1995)

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Spot Goes to Hollywood SNES title screen.jpg

Title screen.

Status: Found (Prototypes and ROM of early protoype)
Lost (ROM of final version)

Date found: 2014 (Early prototype)

Found by: Unknown (Early prototype)

Spot Goes to Hollywood is a 1995 platform video game released by Virgin Interactive for the Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, and PlayStation. It is the sequel to the 1993 game Cool Spot. A SNES version was also in development but was cancelled.

According to an interview with the programmer Ed Magnin, the game was completed and ready to be approved by Nintendo, but Virgin cancelled it because they "didn't think that they could sell the minimums required for that version".[1]

Only two prototypes of the SNES version are known to still exist. One (2014) was reportedly an early build (from a nintendoage.com forum thread that has since been deleted), and the other (unknown date) was a later build that appeared to be incomplete (poor/missing enemy AI etc).[2]

Both of them had no intentions of dumping ROMs online, meaning it's still unavailable to the general public.

On July 20, 2018, an ROM dump of early prototype has been released by SNES Central.[3]

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References

  1. An interview with the programmer Ed Margnin. Retrieved 08 Sept '18
  2. Assembler Games forum thread. Retrieved 08 Sept '18
  3. SNES Central article. Retrieved 08 Sept '18