Spot Goes to Hollywood (partially lost Super Nintendo port of platformer; 1995)
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 Super Nintendo 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".
Only two prototypes of the Super Nintendo 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).
Both of them had no intentions of dumping ROMs online, meaning it's still unavailable to the general public.
On July 20th, 2018, an ROM dump of early prototype has been released by SNES Central.
- An interview with the programmer Ed Margnin. Retrieved 08 Sep '18
- Assembler Games forum thread on an early build of the game's Super Nintendo port. Retrieved 08 Sep '18
- SNES Central article on the Super Nintendo port of the game. Retrieved 08 Sep '18