Monday, March 8, 2010
RockBoard Almost Made it Outside Of Japan?
In Mega Man's 22-year-history, there's been quite a few games that haven't received an official English localization. One such title is 1993's Wily and Right's RockBoard – an obscure, Monopoly-like game for the Famicom. Supposedly, Nintendo believed the game promoted gambling, thereby passing it up not only in North America, but the rest of the world as well.
17 years later, RockBoard has yet to see an official English translation (although a fan translation exists). However, a recently uncovered magazine article suggests at one time, Capcom was in the process of localizing the game under the name "'Mega Board."
Lost Levels forum member ReyVGM stumbled upon this blurb in an old Spanish gaming magazine article previewing a variety of then up-and-coming Capcom games shown off at the 1993 Consumer Electronics Show. "Mega Board" is one of the games featured and, as you can see, the screenshot for the game features English text. The text shown references numerous options that players can take when traversing the board.
Needless to say, this is a truly fascinating discovery. It begs the question of just how far along the English version was in development before it got canned. And who knows? Maybe it still exists today; tucked away in the shadows of some warehouse.
Well, here's hoping we'll learn more about it in the future!