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    The elusive and highly sought-after prototype of a cancelled Konami project has finally made its way into someone's hands. A someone who has preserved the game by dumping it and uploading it to the internet, forevermore. Castlevania: Resurrection, the prototype in question, gained notoriety earlier this month when it was discovered after 22 years of only being known through E3 1999 coverage, where it would go on to be cancelled sometime shortly after. However, with the existence of a prototype of Castlevania: Resurrection, preservationists were eager to see what mysteries the disc held in store.


    Following an auction, the unfinished game was sold to the owner of the website Sega Dreamcast Info, and now they, along with a handful of others, have investigated the prototype, and documented much of it, from comparing footage found in magazines to the prototype, to gameplay, and a look at the build's files. They've also dumped the disc to .GDI format, and uploaded it to Archive.org, where it's being hosted as a preserved slice of gaming history. Multiple videos are available on the website's YouTube channel, showing the game in action, while a detailed write-up can be found on Sega Dreamcast Info itself.


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  3. BitMasterPlus

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    Saw the rom on another site. I should download it before anything happens.
     
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    Yep, looks like it's about as stiff as Castle Raider 64. I know, the game wasn't ever finished, but with a run cycle like what was on display there, and the way everything looked like it handled, I think this resurrection was best kept as the man that is a miserable pile of secrets!

    And sheesh, just one loop on repeat? They couldn't have had, like, a .wav of music from the NES game looping to make it more fun?
     
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    Very cool, will definitely try this one out when I can, I’m glad people are starting to dump games online instead of keeping it in their collection for ever...
     
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    Honestly I could see this working decently with a zelda like lock on system.
    But for me any Castlevania game has to be 2D.
    It just doesnt work most of the time

    But I do love the atmosphere and music of the prototype
     
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    I don't think I would have been interested in this game, had it released. I like the 2D SOTN-ish ones too much. But I'm happy for the sake of the game being preserved. Poor Dreamcast could have used this to bolster its lineup though.
     
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    Always fun when weird stuff like this pops up from the grave
     
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    I'll never get around to checking this out, but I'm glad it's happening.
     
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    In terms of preservation of gaming history, I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out. So glad it didn’t just disappear into a private collection for another 22 years.
     
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    I am loving it. A huge fan of Castlevania series. too bad that it is not fully version and a fully playable, thought. It is only demo and a bugs. :(
     
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    I'm not a Castlevania fan, but it bothered me to see this going up on eBay as it would likely not be preserved. Its great to see that I was wrong and now everyone can now play it!
     
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    Didn't the seller say that they'd preserve it?
     
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    That's definitely possible. I just saw the anger of people worrying that it wasn't going to be preserved when it went up on eBay. I wasn't aware that the seller had said either way.
     
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    Very cool! I’m sure the game would’ve been terrible if finished but it’s always neat to see this kind of thing preserved. Kudos to the buyer for being willing to release this like this for us all to mess around with for about 5 minutes,
     
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    This. I'd rather spent hours on a 2D version than 1 minute on this one but it's still cool to know that this is "archived by the internet" now. :D
     
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    He spent a fortune then DUMPED AND UPLOADED IT on internet for everyone to enjoy!
    I fucking knew it! I KEWN THAT GUY IS A SAINT!
    btw how much did he pay for?
     
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    In the midst of a global pandemic people still get angry over stuff that does not matter one bit.
    #sad
     
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    Is that from this version which were sold on ebay a few weeks ago?
     

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    Guess I'm in the minority. It looks like something I would have absolutely LOVED to play back in the day.
     
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