The now defunct Japanese studio SETA developed an unreleased wrestling game for the NES in 1989. The game laid undiscovered for 30 years after that, until recently. A YouTuber by the name of Stephan Reese (AKA Archon 1981) uploaded a video, giving us some commentary and gameplay. The game is titled UWC (Universal Wrestling Corporation) and placed on an NES review cartridge. The person he bought from was a former Nintendo of America employee, with very little to say himself. It was given to him for testing because he liked wrestling games.
The game looks finished, but there is no information that eludes to it. There was no marketing for the game, at least as far as we could gather, and no information otherwise. Reese did say he would release the ROM version of the game online sometime soon. This is the first time in 30 years that the game has come to light. We can only hope more stories like this pop up in the very near future. There are basement and attic finds on a regular basis, so it may not be a matter of “if,” but “when.”
More Unreleased Titles?
Finding unreleased video games is a rarity, but people still manage to find these hidden gems. In 2015 Happy Console Gamer released gameplay footage with commentary about an unreleased South Park game. They bought an Xbox developer’s kit and an open-world South Park game happened to be on it. There is no current ROM of the game online, but there is an unreleased Game Boy Color South Park game ROM.
Some other notable unreleased/cancelled games include:
- COBI: Mala Armia (Polish for “Small Army“), PC: Found in 2017.
- Pop ‘n’ Pop, PC: Found in 2017.
- Interplanetary Lizards of the Texas Plains (Prototype), Sega Genesis: Found in 2014.
- Sonic X-treme, Sega Saturn: Found in 2014.
- Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill, SNES: Found in 2002/2003, unreported until 2008.
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