If obscurities are your thing, at some point you will have visited the fantastic Super Nintendo information source known as SNES Central. The site's webmaster is very much into collecting prototypes for Nintendo's 16-bit system and has very kindly made his library of one-of-a-kind items available to enjoy in ROM format.
It's no lie that the world of video game prototypes can be an exclusive club locked behind doors. While there are incredibly generous individuals such as SNES Central's Evan and SMSPower's Bock, the majority of these high price items containing vital data detailing the history of the video games we love often remain untouched, potentially unpreserved and out of reach for most retro gamers.
That said, we can fully understand why many of these prototypes are kept locked away. Given some of these irreplaceable items are selling for nearly one thousand pounds, and occasionally more, it's no wonder their new owners are reluctant to release them freely to the public.
SNES Central's Evan on the other hand is more than happy to freely distribute digital versions of the very prototypes he's invested in. Over the last few months the site has released prototype ROMs for the following Super Nintendo games; Aoki Densetsu Shoot!, Dark Kingdom, Super Fire Pro Wrestling 3: Final Bout / Easy Type, Itadaki Street 2: Neon Sign wa Bara Iro ni, and Human Grand Prix II / F1 Pole Position 2. Be sure to check them out, along with his interesting article about another collector's Star Fox prototype cartridge.
Update: Matthew Callis who runs SuperFamicom.org has been in touch to let us know that Itadaki Street 2: Neon Sign wa Bara Iro ni was one of his generous donations to the cause. As a way of saying thanks, be sure to check out his website.
Link: SNES Central
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