Last month, a collector added a very unique piece to their gaming collection: Viewpoint 2064, a previously-unreleased Nintendo 64 cartridge. Commanding $2999 on eBay, the oversized development cartridge is apparently playable, and nearly complete. Not content to hide this treasure from the rest of the world, the buyer recently uploaded gameplay footage from the title, which we’ve mirrored below!
Developed by Racdym and Sammy, Viewpoint 2064 was planned as a sequel to the Neo-Geo shooter Viewpoint. The original title was an isometric shooter, but Viewpoint 2064 apparently featured multiple points of view, bearing a slight resemblance to Star Fox 64. The game was first announced at Nintendo’s Space World event in 1999, but the game was quietly cancelled shortly after.
It’s always interesting when games like Viewpoint 2064 are unearthed, as they represent a part of video game history that fans don’t often get to see. Developers and publishers can spend thousands of hours of development time on titles that might never see release. The video game industry has a poor reputation when it comes to preserving their works, and far too often, titles like this become little more than a memory. It’s unknown whether or not the buyer plans on uploading a ROM version of the game, but it would be interesting if Nintendo opted to bring the title to Virtual Console given its playable status, and the attention the eBay auction has garnered.
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Source: Retro Collect