Vic Viper (cancelled arcade racing game; 1995)
At the 1995 Japan Amusement Machine and Marketing Association (JAMMA) tradeshow, Konami unveiled a racing game spin-off of their Gradius series, titled Vic Viper (named after the player's ship from the Gradius games). The game was very akin to racing games like Wipeout and F-Zero, and was planned for release in 1996.
The game, despite getting a positive reception from magazines, was never released as it was believed it would not be a success due to other, more popular racing games at the time, including Sega's Daytona USA and Namco's Ridge Racer. The game was about 40% complete by the time it was cancelled. Interestingly, the game's soundtrack was released in September 2011 as part of the Konami Shooting Collection album, which featured over 100 tracks from other Konami shooting games, including several Gradius games.
- http://www.gradiushomeworld.co.uk/cameo_vic_viper.php Retrieved 15 Sept '18.
- Unseen64 page documenting the game. Retrieved 15 Sept '18.
- VGMdb page for Konami Shooting Collection. Retrieved 15 Sept '18.