There’s some prototypes on eBay right now, two for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and one for the Super Nintendo. The seller took clear shots of inside the cart as well as posting screen shots of them in live mode. Seller johan_1984 has up a Dr.Mario Prototype (or otherwise called Virus), a Donkey Kong Country 3 Prototype and a Yoshi NES prototype. I’ve never really care for prototypes in general unless it was of a game that was almost complete and then change later on (ex: RE 1.5). Other than that, finding a couple of different aspects to the game, or color difference never appealed to me. Sure Dr.MArio has the name “Virus” in the screen shot and some other notable differences but not enough to spend even $1k. But that’s me of course. I’ll just write down what the seller wrote in his auctions descriptions below:
Dr.Mario / Virus Prototype Description:
This auction is for three (3) different first-party NTSC prototype versions of what would later become the game Dr. Mario for the NES. Each one of these unique cartridges represents a different phase in the development of this title.
Virus (1989): Found at a flee market in San Antonio, TX, in 2010 and then sold to me. This is the earliest known prototype version of Dr. Mario, or Virus if you will.
Virus (1990): Found by a guy in California in mid 2008 while helping his friend to move. In July, 2008, it was sold to a Norwegian collector who then sold it to me. This build is from February 2, 1990.
Dr. Mario (1990): I bought this cartridge directly from a source in 2008. It was used to take screenshots for the Nintendo Power magazine.
Dr. Mario was eventually released in Japan at the end of July, 1990, and in the United States in October, 1990.
First-party Nintendo prototypes are very rare and hard to come by. This is an opportunity for you to own an important part of Nintendo history. These have not been publicly released. All three cartridges work flawlessly on the first try when popped into my American NES. I believe the owner should be free to do whatever they wish with things like these, so I will delete the backup files I made once the buyer receives the cartridges.
Donkey Kong Country 3 Prototype Description:
This auction is for an NTSC prototype of the Rare Ltd. title Donkey Kong Country 3 for the SNES. I bought it from a person in Great Britain a while ago.
Prototypes from Rare Ltd. are very rare and hard to come by. This is currently the only real prototype from the Donkey Kong Country series known to exist (as far as I know). I have privately backed up the game data, but I have not released the ROM publicly. I’ve been able to see that the game code differs from both the American, Japanese and European releases, but I have no idea what the differences correspond to. I’ve played the first few stages and have not been able to find anything, but the game is huge and I really don’t know what to look for. I believe the owner should be free to do whatever they wish with things like these, so I will delete the backup file I made once the buyer receives the prototype
Yoshi NES Prototype Description:
This auction is for a second-party NTSC prototype cartridge of Yoshi for the NES. I bought it from a former Nintendo of America employee a while ago. This prototype build is from November 1st, 1991, and is in Japanese.
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