Cancelled Nintendo NES Movie Tie-In ‘Happily Ever After: Starring Snow White’ ROM Preserved For Download

Happily-Ever-After-Nintendo-NES-Prototype-ROMAt the turn of the 1990s an all new animated film based on the Snow White fairytale was set to hit the cinemas alongside its very own video game tie-in. Happily Ever After, as it was known, unfortunately hit all kinds of issues in production, which in turn had a knock on effect with its Nintendo NES outing. Eventually hitting the theatres in 1993, the movie was a complete flop and understandably its video game debut was somewhat lost to time - until now.

Given the film’s later arrival it’s safe to assume that the publishers behind this upcoming tie-in were reluctant to risk releasing a game on the quickly aging Nintendo NES with new hardware just around the corner. In the end Happily Ever After was retold as a Super Nintendo game and released exclusively in North America the following year. This 16-bit platformer, however, was not created by the original Japanese team behind the Nintendo NES version, SOFEL.

Although being featured in several magazines such as Nintendo Power in the run up to the movie’s release, the original Happily Ever After video game remained unreleased and unheard of for many gamers even today. Luckily for us though, the video game preservation blog NintendoPlayer recently posted an all new article on the game after having received a generous donation of the game’s ROM from a reader known as Sean McGee.

While you’d expect a game based on a children’s movie to be an educational affair, Happily Ever After on the Nintendo NES is a surprisingly challenging platformer for all ages. Featuring somewhat Castlevania styled combat, nicely detailed environments and your stereotypical 8-bit soundtrack, you’d be wrong to write off this unreleased title too quickly.

Offering a full and exclusive write up on both the Happily Ever After NES prototype and the troubles surrounding the film, NintendoPlayer have made a ROM of the cancelled game available for all to download. Capable of running on flash cartridges such as the Everdrive N8 and RetroUSB PowerPak (and of course emulators too) those interested in sampling this lost tale can finally do so.

Link: Download Happily Ever After (Nintendo NES) Prototype ROM

Source: Thanks to Joan Banks for the heads up via email

Last Updated ( 12 May 2016 )  


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