Unreleased Rayman on SNES Discovered 24 Years Later
Ubisoft designer Michel Ancel found an original SNES version of Rayman, and he has shown interest in bringing the game to Nintendo Switch.
The original Rayman game began development as a SNES title; however, it was ultimately cancelled due to newer, more powerful video game consoles emerging such as Atari Jaguar, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn.
But Ancel recently unearthed Rayman’s original SNES ROM. “We have found the old unique Rayman SNES ROM,” he said on Instagram today. “It was sleeping for 24 years … time to wake it up!”
The designer said the game is working and that only “four people in the world” have seen the original SNES version. “We thought it was lost, but somewhere in the cold electronic circuit, something was still alive,” Ancel said. “[It’s] running at full 60fps — should do a Switch version of this.”
Fans quickly expressed their interest in the discovery, with many asking Ancel to release the game publicly. Time will tell if Ubisoft plans to somehow revive the unreleased SNES version of Rayman onto the Nintendo Switch or the Virtual Console service.
Rayman on SNES featured a two-player mode where one player controlled Rayman, while the other player controlled a female Rayman. Unlike the final version of the game, Rayman on SNES was colored red instead of purple.
Ubisoft released the original Rayman, developed by Ludimedia, on multiple platforms including Android and iOS, Atari Jaguar, DSiWare, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, MS-DOS, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn.
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In the meantime, you can gawk at the recent photos of Ancel’s remarkable discovery.