Legendary Nintendo NES Prototype Bio Force Ape finally released

Among all the other April Fools' Day jokes strewn across the internet, something happened that most would assume was a joke- Bio Force Ape, a veritable Holy Grail of the prototype collecting scene, has finally been made available to all and sundry.

Easily one of the most sought-after unreleased NES games of all time, Bio Force Ape, developed by Seta, was hyped up by Nintendo Power, then quietly cancelled. Since then, the game's name and premise- a super-powered wrestling monkey must battle mutants to save his family- have given it legendary status, leading to several hoaxes and pranks, including this highly amusing fake on Digital Press that coined the term 'EAT COMMUNISM!!!'.

In March 2010, a prototype copy surfaced on Yahoo! Japan, was subsequently bought by the staff of Lost Levels, and was shown to the world for the first time on 1Up's Game Night with Lost Levels' very own Frank Cifaldi. Now that Lost Levels have released the ROM, the rest of the world can see this incredibly strange game in action, and in the words of Lost Levels member  Danny Cowan, 'not only is Bio Force Ape playable from beginning to end, but the game is somehow even weirder than what Nintendo Power, Internet rumors, and Paul Brown's hoax had suggested.'

Anyway, enough waffle (or butter, if you still believe the hoax version). Head over to Lost Levels, learn more about the history of this incredibly bizarre game, and play it for yourself.

Last Updated ( 02 April 2011 )  

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(Link to this comment) Blast Hardbody 2011-04-02 11:22
I have been following that Bio Force thread on digitpress for ages... what a weird thread it is indeed.
(Link to this comment) Speedle 2011-04-02 19:48
wow! even when I downloaded the file and loaded the ROM I was waiting to find it was a joke... but it's an actual working rom! Incredible! Would be fantastic if retrozone made some reproduction carts :D
(Link to this comment) Steven78 2011-04-03 06:13
thats really nice..
(Link to this comment) Cauterize 2011-04-03 09:26
Haha it's about time this saw release :) Played through a bit of the ROM last night and was rather puzzled as to what was going on.

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