The California Raisins: The Grape Escape (found unreleased NES game; 1990)
The California Raisins: The Grape Escape is an unreleased 1990 NES video game produced by Capcom that was scheduled for release in 1991.
The game was cancelled due to the mascots' dwindling popularity in the 1990s, and the game wouldn't resurface online for another 13 years until a prototype of the game was found in Florida in 2003 by Brandon Murphy.
The game starred California Raisins anthropomorphic raisin mascots who were popularized by a series of stop-motion animated TV ads for the dried fruit treats.
The player would control one of the California Raisins in an effort to save his fellow Raisins and their musical notes from the Wild Bunch.
On January 21, 2003, a prototype cartridge was found in Florida by Brandon Murphy.*
After an article was published, game collectors began haggling with Brandon to sell the game and release the ROM image, and so the cart was sold to a collector, followed by a ROM image being released on August 1 that year.
- lostlevels.com article. Retrieved 11 Aug '14.
- nintendoplayer.com article including a story about a game being found. Retrieved 11 Aug '14.