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|title=<center>Cooly Skunk (Super Famicom version)</center>
|image=Cooly Skunk title screen SFC.png
|datefound=19 Jan 2020
|foundby=[https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/2020/01/19/cooly-skunk-snes-unreleased/ Forest of Illusion]
''Cooly Skunk'' (''クーリースカンク Kūrī Sukanku''), known in the USA as ''Punky Skunk'', is a 1996 PlayStation platform video game developed by Ukiyotei and published in Japan by Visit and in the USA by Jaleco USA.<ref>[https://www.unseen64.net/2010/02/08/cooly-skunk-snes-unreleased/ The Unseen64 article on ''Cooly Skunk''.] Retrieved 26 Oct '15</ref> The player controls an anthropomorphic skunk, Cooly (Punky in USA version), who needs to save the world from the evil Wolf Pack. Its game plays much like other side-scrolling action games, featuring a set of special tools such as a skunk spray, digging claws, and a snowboard. Although it was released for the PlayStation, it seems that the game was unfinished.
'''This game was originally planned to release for Super Famicom''' on February 23rd, 1996, at 9,300 yen, but it was cancelled likely due to the new PlayStation and Sega Saturn consoles, that "killed" the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis market. The game was shown at the Shoshinkai 1995 event.
Only some screenshots and no prototypes or other information of the original unreleased Super Famicom version have resurfaced. However, on November 16th, 2019, someone found a Satellaview 8M cartridge (which had the game inside) being sold for a high price at Super Potato in Akihabara, confirming that game had a BSX broadcast as a demo for some time.<ref>[https://twitter.com/MrTalida/status/1195732823455354880 Twitter post about the discovery of cartridge.] Retrieved 18 Jan '20</ref> Unfortunately, no one, including the poster who made the discovery bought the cartridge.
Afterward, no more information had given about the cart till January 18th, 2020, where Forest of Illusion made contact with the current owner, and the owner said he would sell the cartridge for $355. Forest of Illusion posted a Twitter post asking people to donate, and they reached the goal in less than an hour.<ref>[https://twitter.com/forestillusion/status/1218673168514109440 Twitter post stating for the donation for release.] Retrieved 18 Jan '20</ref>
On January 19th, 2020, the ROM was released on Gaming Alexandria's website (with the help of sammaiwashi).<ref>[https://archive.org/details/cooly-skunk-snes-unreleased Download link to the Super Famicom port of ''Cooly Skunk''.] Retrieved 19 Jan '20</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/forestillusion/status/1218884658693230592 Forest of Illusion's Twitter post giving thanks to everyone that helped.] Retrieved 20 Jan '20</ref> In this build, the game would let a player play the first three worlds then booted them back to the title screen. Later that same day, a Twitter user named MasterF0x made a Twitter post explaining that he made a hack that would let the player play beyond the third world.<ref>[https://github.com/kliopa10/CoolySkunk Download link to MasterF0x's hack.] Retrieved 30 Dec '20</ref> On February 1st, 2020, romhacking.net user
"Psyklax" released an English translation of MasterF0x's hack. <ref>[https://www.romhacking.net/translations/5370/ The Romhacking.net page about the English transltion on the MasterF0x's hack.] Retrieved 30 Dec '20</ref>
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Cooly Skunk (unreleased Super Famicom version) 1.jpg|One of the screenshots.
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Cooly Skunk (unreleased Super Famicom version) Shoshinkai 1995.jpg|Cooly Skunk with a girl at the Shoshinkai 1995 event.
EJgYp3vU0AE7s4X.png|Photo of the cartridge the game was found on.
Cooly Skunk English title.png|Title screen for the English translation.
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