Last October we reported that a prototype for Rayman on the SNES existed. The proto was from the very earliest days of development when Michel Ancel’s original platformer was intended to debut on the SNES-CD. This obviously didn’t happen, and the game would ultimately come out on the Playstation and Saturn instead.
In 2015 the world’s only known prototype for the SNES-CD, or Nintendo Playstation, was discovered at last. Shortly afterward, the BIOS files were dumped and the homebrew community got to work making a belated game library. The largest effort to date, Super Boss Gaiden, was finished not too long ago.
It wasn’t too long ago that one of the prototypes for the SNES-CD system, otherwise known as the Nintendo Playstation, were discovered. Shortly after, the BIOS files for the system were dumped (basically, the operating system that would have made it run). There were no games released for it, of course, so that left the homebrew community to fill in the gaps.
One of the most pivotal moments in video game history happened in 1991 when Nintendo signed a deal with Sony to produce a hybrid console that ran cartridges and CDs, called the “Playstation.” Midway through the deal, Nintendo suddenly snubbed Sony and went with Phillips instead (and wound up never making the device anyway). Sony made the Playstation on their own and changed the entire market. If the deal hadn’t gone south, the game industry would be very different.
Last week a real prototype of one of the most significant would-be consoles in gaming history, the Nintendo Playstation, showed up on Reddit. Nintendo and Sony were once to work together to bring the Playstation to market, but after Nintendo broke the deal, Sony made the Playstation on their own. The current console market would be a lot different today if the events in this debacle were changed even slightly.