Editor’s take: It’s the sort of thing video game enthusiasts and historians lie awake at night and think about – a treasure trove of early prototypes and concepts that have been locked away for decades, never meant to see the light of day. Nintendo can’t be pleased, no doubt, but really, what harm can come from the public release of content that is – in some cases – around 30 years old?
Nintendo earlier this year suffered a massive data breach in which more than two terabytes of legacy data was compromised. The haul reportedly included source code for the Nintendo 64, the Game Cube and the Wii in addition to detailed documents regarding individual system components.
Now more than two months later, even more intriguing details have hit the web.
There’s also this slightly broken Super Mario Kart build with no drifting (?) and unused tracks, including a unique title theme
Versions of games like Mario All-Stars and Mario RPG have also been found and are being researched into rn pic.twitter.com/YMHaiLjXmd
— Akfamilyhome @ Origami King (@Akfamilyhome) July 24, 2020
As Video Games Chronicle highlights, early prototypes for Super Mario World 2 (Yoshi’s Island) and Super Mario Kart have surfaced as a result of the original leak. An early (very glitchy) version of Super Mario Kart is said to feature unused tracks, no drifting and a unique title screen while the Yoshi’s Island build has different UI graphics and music from the original Super Mario World.
Wtf – I haven’t seen this tool I made for StarFox 2 for almost 30 years, I wrote it in early c++ to teach myself the language more than anything else. Where the hell have hackers got all this obscure data from????!! https://t.co/9kN9UoQPMS
— Dylan🗑️🗑️🗑️Scrappers is OUT! (@dylancuthbert) July 24, 2020
People are digging up all sorts of unused art assets from the latest Nintendo leak. Here’s some screenshots of some examples. Bowser from SMW apparently had legs at one time? pic.twitter.com/EZGDjiGAx6
— Gaming Alexandria (@GamingAlexandri) July 24, 2020
One can only wonder why it took nearly three months for the unused artwork to surface. More importantly, what other hidden gems are left to be found in the massive leak?