As many will tell you, the lack of a decent game based on the cult classic anime Akira is somewhat criminal. While the Japanese did see a text-based adventure game starring Kanedo and Tetsuo on the Nintendo Famicom, Western gamers were stuck with the abysmal Commodore Amiga offering from Ice - one which saw some of the lowest ever review scores in gaming publications. That said, there were several other adaptations planned for gamers, some of which are just coming to light.
Video game historian Patrick Scott Patterson recently uploaded to YouTube a video showcasing several different builds of the unfinished and unreleased Nintendo Game Boy outing of Akira. Having managed to acquire four prototype cartridges of Akira, Patterson was pleased to announce and showcase some long-lost gameplay of what-could-have-been for fans of Akira. Starting out with a similar bike level to that of the Commodore Amiga game, the Nintendo Game Boy prototype also featured some interesting side scrolling levels and mechanics, albeit incomplete in places.
While it is yet to be known if Patterson intends to share the game ROMs with the public, he has stated he is committed to ensuring their data is archived for safekeeping. Furthermore, Patterson also managed to acquire from the same lot the unreleased Heavy Weight Hockey for the Nintendo NES, and Mallrats for the Sega Mega Drive.
Akira (Nintendo Game Boy) Unreleased Gameplay
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