Throughout the history of video games, several titles have fallen by the wayside, never to be finished or see the light of day. Thanks to the Internet, however, fans have a better understanding of the titles that could have been, at the very least.
Over the weekend, Ubisoft’s Michel Ancel pulled back the curtain on the original Rayman title. While the game debuted on PlayStation and Jaguar, it was, apparently, initially planned for Super Nintendo. Sporting different graphics and a two-player co-op mode, the game would have brought Rayman to Nintendo fans prior to the N64’s Rayman 2.
Ancel apparently discovered the old playable ROM unit for the game. The Rayman creator shared an image from the build on social media last week, lamenting the fact that the in-progress version of the game seemed to have been lost to time. Fortunately for the disheartened Ancel, the still-working ROM has been located.
On his Instagram account, Ancel joked about the possibility of bringing the title to Switch. While it’s likely little more than an attempt at humor, it would be interesting to see if the game made it far enough into development to rationalize some form of release. For now, Rayman fans will likely have to look at it as little more than an interesting look at what might have been.