Unreleased Prototype ROM Of Hard Drivin' For Nintendo NES Released Online

Hard-Drivin-Nintendo-NESOver the last decade, Frank Cifaldi's LostLevels.org has been one of the most prolific sources of unreleased video games and information on them. In order to celebrate the website's 10th anniversary, Cifaldi recently sat down with ex-Tengen developer Mark Morris to discuss (and release a ROM of) the ambitious Nintendo NES port of Hard Drivin'.

Needless to say Morris had plenty to say about his time at the controversial game studio Tengen. Amongst his anecdotes and fascinating stories, it was clear to see that Morris relished his days using assembly language to program video games for the Nintendo NES.

What Morris had to say about Hard Drivin' though, was even more interesting. The technically impressive game (at the time) was deemed too complex for the underpowered Nintendo NES, however, Morris - being the recently graduated over-enthusiastic-developer he was - jumped at the chance to make the 8-bit console's insides roar like a Ferrari.

Hard Drivin' (Unreleased Nintendo NES Port) Gameplay

Note: According to Lostlevels, the tearing in the track is only present in emulators. Apparently the game uses a rather radical technique to display the road which is somewhat unsupported in the emulators out there.

Working alongside the creator of the Atari ST port of Hard Drivin', Jurgen Friedrich, the two managed to recreate the arcade hit on the Nintendo NES. Sadly though, their efforts were soon left at the starting line. Despite being shown off at the Computer Entertainment Show the same year, Tengen left this title unpublished and unreleased. Morris, however, kept a copy for himself - along with all of the other games he ever worked on/created - to make up his portfolio. As of today we can now did into his rich back catalogue and enjoy Hard Drivin' on the Nintendo NES thanks to the ROM file Lostlevels recently released online for download.

Link: Download ROM of Unreleased Nintendo NES Port of Hard Drivin'

Download link is in the fifth paragraph for those just wanting to race ahead

Last Updated ( 03 August 2013 )  


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