At dusk in the Nintendo entertainment system, in the early 1990s, Taito came up with the idea of introducing an arcade game Click The Ice to the console with some pretty essential accessories. He never did, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort; the game was actually over, only never run.
As game historian Frank Cifaldi observes, between terabytes of data including Nintendo’s gigaleak is a completed, signed NES port Click on the ice. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a game on a console like a prototype of the game leaked some time agobut still it’s really fun to see how the game builds up, get approval to release and then … just never release.
It’s not hard to see why. Till that time Click The Ice was ready for the NES, it was in 1993, and it was ok once on SNES, the Taito platform will eventually move the game (along with Genesis, Game Boy and TurboGrafx).
Importantly, though, the original version of the arcade was a sports game, and those later ports were also sports games, The NES version had RPG elements added to it Quest mode, which allows you to wander around the city, interact with residents.
Shame on getting canned! I remember writing here a long time ago, earlier 2K MyCareer really went up and we got similar things Journey to FIFAthat the sport needed more RPG-type items. That would have been great in 1993.
If you want to read just such RPG content, Cifaldi wrote about lost levels some time ago.