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.
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