Earlier today, Red Fly Studio, a small development outfit based in Austin, TX, posted a number of videos showing prototypes for Wii ports of popular games released for last-generation consoles. This is the first time these prototypes have been made public.
It is unclear as of this writing under what pretense these prototypes were created. The developers of the original games may or may not have been involved with or even aware of their creation. That being said, each of them does indeed look impressive, especially considering the hardware on which they claim to be running.
Red Fly Studio is best known for a canceled Darth Maul game. The bulk of their work has been centered around porting other developers’ efforts to Nintendo hardware. The studio claims each of the demos shown were made in a couple of weeks. Arkham Asylum was specifically believed not to be able to run on the Wii. While these prototypes don’t disprove that, it is interesting to see how much of the core gameplay seems to remain intact.
The studio has also posted a video of a prototype version of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter as well as Dig Dug. You can see all the videos together on Red Fly Studio’s prototype page, or on their YouTube channel.
It’s strange to see a developer openly show off prototypes they create, but I like it. As gamers, we don’t often get to see games that never see public release for any number of reasons. so it’s refreshing to have a developer show us games that didn’t make the cut.
Do you think these prototypes are official, or passion projects by Red Fly Studio? I think either answer is plausible, but we don’t have enough information to confirm yet. I’ve reached out to Red Fly Studio for comment on this story and will update this story as soon as I know more. In the meantime, feel free to tell me what you think in the comments.
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