The 90s was shaped by Rayman, who first appeared on the Atari Jaguar and DOS in 1995, then released on the Sony PlayStation and SegaSaturn two months later. The game marked the debut of the Rayman series of video games. The game was later released for the Game Boy Advance (Rayman Advance). It is also available on the US and UK PlayStation Store and on the week of 7th December 2009 Rayman was released for DSiWare.
Did you know Rayman was originally conceived by Michel Ancel as the star of a Super Nintendo adventure???!!!??? Now the prototype for this canned 2D platform game has been unearthed and released by Omar Cornut (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap creative director).
“It’s a really early demo, not really a playable game,” Cornut noted in tweet following his initial unveiling.
I’ve dumped a prototype demo of unreleased Rayman for SNES, here it is! (NB: very early dev build, not a full game) https://t.co/F3XB9XRhTA pic.twitter.com/oLhOdNDyHF
— Omar (@ocornut) July 3, 2017
“According to old screenshots and reports it _did_ grow to a more fully fledged game but a later version wasn’t found yet,”
As you can see in the video above, there isn’t a lot to this prototype in terms of mechanics, but the whimsical art style is in place, as is Rayman’s wildly expressive idle animations – which remain more thoughtful and charming than a majority of games on the market today, you will, of course, need a SNES Emulator capable of reading .SFC extensions (most do) as you are not downloading an actual ROM to put into your SNES – (NOTE: We’d love to see/hear of anyone who boots this ROM up in a ‘play-all’ Cart!).