The California Raisins: The Grape Escape (found unreleased NES game; 1990)

The California Rasins: The Grape Escape
Cover of the game.
Cover of the game.
Status Found
Date found Jan. 21st, 2003
Found by Brandon Murphy

The California Raisins: The Grape Escape is an unreleased 1990 NES video game produced by Capcom that was scheduled for release in 1991[1].

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[2].*

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.


Full Game Walkthrough


  1. article. Retrieved 11 Aug '14.
  2. article including a story about a game being found. Retrieved 11 Aug '14.



Anonymous user #1

11 months ago
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Actually, the game was cancelled due to some chemical being found in the raisins at that time, I think

Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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Yeah, that sounds about right


4 months ago
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Or just cancelled it because the 16 bit era was coming. Even though it came in the 80s with arcade machines. Aka (SEGA


4 months ago
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@William8456 You do realize NES games where being made until 1994 right? Hell, the final game released for the NES, wario's woods is the only NES game to be rated by the ESRB.

Anonymous user #3

25 days ago
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I remember watching JonTron play this game in his food games reveiw
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