Gaming – Alternate Versions or Other Realities?

Courtesy wuestenigel and Wikimedia Commons.
Courtesy wuestenigel and Wikimedia Commons.

At this website, people regularly mention video games they recall but those games seem never to have existed. Or they recall scenes or characters that are gone now, with no evidence (in official or unofficial histories) that they ever existed.

This is where to discuss those topics, ask questions, and see if — together — we can find normal explanations (or not).

Note: If you have a personal memory of playing the original, legendary Polybius or seeing it being played (in real time) — not the “Polybius”  game currently available at several download sites —  that kind of discussion is fine.

However, as regards that or similar gaming mysteries & rumors, I will only approve comments if you’ve personally played that or other “never existed” games under discussion, and provide details: when (the year/s )  where (named city/town location or GPS), how you gained access to it, etc.

Effective 7 Jan 2016: In addition, all new comments must include: mainstream links to the game in question; to related, similar games; or to supporting evidence that others recall an alternate version.

60 thoughts on “Gaming – Alternate Versions or Other Realities?”

  1. An early entry in the popular Final Fantasy series of video games was released for the Super Nintendo system in 1991: Final Fantasy IV. What is interesting about this game is that it had multiple versions with distinct differences in text and gameplay. There were two Japanese versions (FFIV original and Easy-type) and one English version (called FF2) that was released in North America. One of the most visible differences between the games is that many of the command abilities of characters in battle were removed from the original version for the Japanese Easy-type and FF2 versions. In particular, the main character, Cecil, has a “Darkness” attack that strikes all onscreen enemies at a small cost to HP. This ability was removed in the North America FF2, but present in both Japanese versions.

    When I was a young boy, I played the FF2 version of the game in 1992. There is a scene partway through the game where Cecil faces a double of himself. The double uses the “Darkness” wave attack on you, which is the only time you ever see it in that version of the game. I distinctly remember this moment, and I remember my older brother saying something like, “gee, I wish WE could get Cecil to use that ability!”

    My close friend is a lawyer with a prodigious memory and a strong nostalgic bent. He has a distinctly different memory of the game:, although he played it with his brother too, back in the early 90s. He claims the game he played was extremely difficult and featured all the removed character abilities, including Cecil’s darkness wave. In other words, he played a version of the game that didn’t exist and couldn’t have been played until 1997 when there was a re-release on the Playstation system.

    I thought this was really strange the first time he told me. He and his brother both remember playing a game that doesn’t exist. Could there be anyone else out there with this memory?

  2. I’m 23 currently, however when i was younger 3rd-4th grade I remember my father introducing me to an old computer game that he had on 3 1/2 in floppy. The game was called Land of the Wise and was a mix of older text based commands / RPG combat / Puzzles. I remember this game being extremely hard when i was younger as many old PC games were. The weird part is however I cannot find any information about this game ever existing. How can something I clearly remember spending hours, days, weeks playing not have existed? Anyone else remember this game?

    1. The game must have been an older title if it had text based commands, probably from the 80’s. Maybe the game was a home brew that someone made. Also was it for PC or another platform like Amiga, Apple, Commodore etc.

    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ys_I:_Ancient_Ys_Vanished

      This is the game you are thinking of. It was released on mulitple systems, including a PC port titled “The Ancient Land of Ys” (pronounced like WISE). Has all the elements you descibed. I feel like many Mandela Effect stuff comes from the fact that we read less during childhood. We rely more of the memory of the way a word sounds. Also, often times when we are learning new words (as kids) we have to be told how to pronounce them vs how they are spelled. This leads to minor confusion. Printed words didn’t stick with us then like they do as adults.

  3. I saw a comment on Reddit about the visual novel/computer game and anime movie “Stein’s Gate” (released in 2009). I googled it and here’s the plot:
    a young student develops a microwave machine that can send information (text messages) to the past. He and his friends are subsequently pursued by an organization called SERN that had also developed a time-machine but when SERN tried sending humans through, all the test-subjects got through but ended up dying. The student and his friends keep using their own machine to text back to the past and they end up creating changes in the timeline. They figure out how to send a person’s memories to the past (effectively sending that person’s self back into the past). Things happen the main character doesn’t like so he keeps trying to go back to change things, but then he has to go back to fix consequences of the changes, and he creates a mess of timelines. He remembers all previous realities.
    In the end he has to achieve “the final divergence value of 1.048596%, which he dubs the ‘Steins Gate'”!
    The game was initally going to be titled Project S;G.
    A follow-up game called “Steins;Gate: The Committee of Antimatter” was to ship on January 16, 2015. However due to “various circumstances”, it was announced on December 22, 2014 that its release was cancelled.
    When did people start noticing the stein/stain bears anomaly? And was the Japanese creator familiar with the Berenstein Bears books?
    Here’s the anime on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1910272/

  4. Hello everyone!

    A while ago, me and a few friends were goofing off and reading about things like the Mandela Effect. It started out by me asking them about the berenste/ain bears thing, and we found other stuff, on this website. it left all three of us kinda creeped out, yet intrigued, so I decided to look at some comments.

    I dont remember what page of comments it was on, but I remember it saying something about a memory of a video game from when they were younger in which their older sibling would play, included skeletons, basically they had to shoot skeletons with a gun or something while walking around in a maze. And whenever they asked their sibling if they could play, the sibling would respond with “no. I’m not even supposed to be playing this game, mom doesn’t know” or something along those lines. and whenever they bring it up nowadays, the sibling has no clue what they’re talking about.

    I have a very similar memory! I cannot for the life of me remember how old I was then (I’m 15 now, if that helps) all I know it was the year that New Years Eve/New Years happened on a year of a full moon, I vividly remembering painting it with my new art set to celebrate for the new year. Thats a small detail but maybe that can help us figure out how old i was then. (my age coincides with what year it is. 2015, im 15)

    Does anyone else remember seeing that comment?

    Also, does anyone else have this memory? I do remember there being a video game, in fact, we still have the computer it was played on. It was a first person shooter game (think minecraft, where you move the mouse your “person” looks) and there were white walls, I dont remember there ever being a specific objective. just dont let the skeletons (pretty sure they were skeletons, but when they were shot it would also splatter blood? I might be missing a part of my memory) kill you and shoot as many as possible. I’m not sure what would compell me to want to ask to play that at such a young age lol but whenever i asked my older sister (the one playing) would say something about her not supposed to be playing it.

    Maybe this is a wild coincidence but I’m curious if anyone else knows anything about it.

    1. I remember playing the same game with my best friend and his mom a few times when I had stayed the night at their apartment as a kid. I can’t remember what the game was called, but I remember it because the skeletons freaked me out. However, I remember the walls being brick at some points and looking like a hedge at others. I remember asking to play it once a few years after and neither of them had a clue what I was talking about.

        1. I googled Catacomb 3D to see if it is the same game. It looks similar to the game my friend played, but it isn’t quite the same. Perhaps it’s this timeline’s version of it?

    2. Here are two people with a very similar memory: as a young child, they ask their older sibling if they can play a specific game. The sibling responds with, “No, mom says I’m not supposed to be playing it,” or something similar. Two incidents could be a coincidence, but if there’s more than two, then it could end up being sort of like the hot-air balloon memory. (In which people recall a balloon ride that, according to other family members, never happened.)

  5. I remember Super Smash Bros 64 NOT having the ability to fight CPUs. I vividly remember going to the VS screen, and clicking the empty boxes. In this timeline, it brings up a CPU, but that time, nothing happened. I spent hundreds of hours in Training Mode before I misclicked into VS and decided to try again. It worked. Anyone else have this?

  6. I was in the geography section of this site and saw The Hobbit mention a game called Nobunga’s Ambition [http://mandelaeffect.com/history-explain-alternate-geographical-memories#comment-25330], along with another game titled Romance of the Three Kingdoms. First, I was amazed someone other than my cousins and uncle even new these games existed, but even weirder is the fact that the game is actually Nobunaga’s Ambition–named after Oda Nubunaga–one of the major Daimyos in feudal Japan, or the Sengoku Jidai period. THing is, I specifically remember calling it Nobunga’s ambition, without the extra “A” between the second “n” and the “g.” I was around 15 or so when I played it, so I could easily have omitted the second “A” since it was a Japanese name, but found it interesting that The Hobbit also called it Nobunga’s Ambition. A few years ago, I searched google or whatever to see if there was a later edition of the game…and was dismayed when I saw that it was actually Nobunaga, not Nobunga. I dismissed it as faulty memory, but now I’m thinking…maybe it was once Nobunga afterall.

    Here’s a portion of what the hobbit posted: “My father and I from way back, were into gaming. I remember checking maps to play the game New Horizons. I remember a game called Romance of the three Kingdoms and Nobunga’s ambition….”

    1. While i never actually played it myself, I specifically remember it as Nobunga’s Ambition. I thought it an odd name. Had it been Nobunaga’s Ambition it would have just been an ordinary Japanese sounding name. There’s another one for my list. If you google nobunga’s ambition -nobunaga you’ll find many remember it as you and I do. This is a handy tip for any spelling ME. Google what you remember with a -minus in front of the current spelling to filter out those results. Stops Google from auto correcting you. For instance berenstein bears -berenstain. I realize many people know this, but I think many do not as well.

      1. Thanks for replying, Christopher. I did the google search again and found several entries for Nobunga: here’s a link to a pic of the game that has Nobunaga printed on the cartridge, but web entry is Nobunga. [http://www.lukiegames.com/Nobungas-Ambition-NES-Nintendo-Game.html]

        One thing about my memory that was faulty was that I thought it was for Sega Genesis, but it was actually for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). But really always saw Nobunga back in the day. Most curious.

        1. I also played Shogun: Total War when it first came out for PC in the early 2000’s–played it for days and days on end. I always remembered Oda Nobunga from there as well and found some evidence that others saw the same. Here are two links that reference Nobunga…Just do a cntrl+F search on the page for Nobunga.

          [https://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1062634&page=26]
          [http://forums.totalwar.org/vb/archive/index.php/t-135671.html]

          I think at this point it’s more exciting than curious. LOL.

          1. Ha ha, thanks for the vote of confidence, Martin. In reality (whichever one we choose), the game I played on Genesis was called Genghis Khan…Similar to Nobunga’s ambition, in that it was a turn based strategy game, etc. So I mixed up my memory for sure there. It seems that Nobunga’s Ambition was also made for Genesis–at least in the current reality–but I never had that version. I only had the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Nobunga and Romance of the three Kingdoms…so my memory was faulty there, a la Willy Loman.

    2. I also remember it being “nobunga’s”
      There wasn’t that extra A back then, Nintendo was my life, that’s not something I would forget!

      1. Thanks for replying here, Jim. Since there are enough people who remember it as Nobunga, I wonder if the video game company had made a spelling error on the label and then updated it at some point. Will have to research some, but not expecting to find much on it. If you’ve played Nobunga, then you probably have an idea of how many people never even heard of the game–so expecting to find a neatly packed history of Nobunga’s Ambition on the interwebs seems unlikely. Will try though and post here if I get anything relevant.

  7. I saw in another thread someone mentioning the classic video game doom taking place on one of Mars’ moons. For me, the doom I played, it took place on Mars itself. Does anyone else have memory of this?

    Another note to make is the Classic Video Game, called “Leather Goddesses of Phobos” It was not named so where I’m from but from all I can see it was always “of Phobos”.

    1. Hi Lena. Can you remember which Doom game you played? The original shareware Episode 1 of Doom 1 opened on Phobos. Episode 2 (which you had to buy, and which made iD’s fortune) was set on Deimos, Episode 3 was set in Hell. Doom 2, which was commercial, started on Earth.

      The ’00s Doom 3, though, was a remake and was set on Mars, not Phobos. If. you’re younger maybe that’s the only Doom you’ve played? Regards, Nate

      1. I’ve played the original shareware episodes of doom, and i’ve also played the full ‘combined’ version and each and every version of them was set on Mars. As an aside, I remember clearly in school Mars had no moons, i remember this because i’ve always been a nerd, into Science, and gaming, so that in my reality it was set on mars alone, fits with my Astronomy lessons that Mars had no moons.

        It was quite a shock to find out Mars has moons now and Doom was set on them.

      1. Yes, thats the game. I remember a couple years ago coming across it again and wondering whats this Phobos thing, i thought it was a new game, only to find out its the same game i had played in my youth.

        I think, it was called Leather Goddesses in Space or something like that, but i know it wasnt Phobos when i was a teenager.

  8. Hello, The classic pc game Doom was located in one mars moons, it was Phobos, I knew it in the 90s , but i was shocked that now it is located in planet Mars.

  9. Okay, I’m going to try, once again, despite the fact that I have some problems with certain aspects of the moderation policy. (though, to be fair, I also like some other aspects of the moderation policy)

    Anyway, this section seems to be about video games that people claim to have played that they can, now, find no good reason to believe that these games ever existed, outside of their memories. I can’t say that I have ever had this happen to me, as far as I remember, but I may have had the opposite happen to me – not playing games, and not even being aware that these games existed, despite the fact that they did exist.

    One example might be the old NES game called Chip And Dale: Rescue Rangers 2. (I used to get them mixed up with Chippendales – LOL!!!) This game came out in 1993, when I was subscribing to Nintendo Power magazine and I had a number of other video game magazines. I would have been in a position to know that this game existed just because of the fact that I had so many of the gaming magazines, at the time.

    Another thing that would have made it even more likely that I would have known about the game is the fact that I was a fan of the first Chip And Dale: Rescue Rangers NES game. (I can’t say that I was a big fan of the original cartoon, though – although, I did see a few episodes) I was looking for a sequel. As far as I knew, though, a sequel never happened. I was surprised when, I want to say, six, or so, months ago I found out, when I saw a Youtube video of the game, that there was, indeed, a sequel made.

    Is it possible that it slipped under my radar, despite the fact that I was looking for it and I had enough of the gaming magazines to make it likely that I would have found it, if it really existed? I guess that’s a possibility, though it seems unlikely, to me. Is it possible that I did know about it, and then forgot that it existed, at some point, only to have found out about its existence, again, in the recent past?

    I suppose that is also a possibility, but that, too, seems rather unlikely, to me. Most of the time, when I learn about something, and forget it…well, when I learn about it, again, after a while, those old memories resurface in my mind, and I usually say something like, “I had forgotten about that!” That did not happen in the case of Chip And Dale: Rescue Rangers 2. All of the memories of that game, in my mind, would have had to have been totally wiped clean, at some point. That makes this possibility seem even more unlikely, to me.

    I wonder if anyone else had this happen to them – with this game, or another…anyway, here is some information on the game:

    http://nesguide.com/games/chip-n-dale-rescue-rangers-2/

    1. Mark, in any previous comments, if you used words from this site’s blacklist — similar to what you used as your URL (which I deleted) — your comment never even reached the spam folder. It was deleted automatically.

      What no one has seen are the comments that — until I put that filter in place — said horrendous things that I really don’t care to read, first thing in the morning. Or ever.

      It’s not that the language offends me. Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes in Dublin (Ireland) has heard so much of that, they’ve adapted. Or, I suppose, they never went back to Ireland, which is probably a fine resolution for everyone involved.

      It’s the rest of what’s usually in those posted comments — rhetoric intended to upset MandelaEffect.com readers — that I object to and choose not to read.

      My comment policy is harsher here than at most of my websites. That’s due to the volume of “Are you people [totally] crazy…?” (replace “totally” with your adjective of choice) comments followed by pointless ridicule and the occasional diatribe about the legitimacy of our parentage.

      So, I hope that explains my comments policies. Basically, it’s to streamline the approval process and prevent flame wars… and to maintain my sense of humor.

      Meanwhile, I’m glad you posted this because it’s a bit different from the usual comment. Thanks!

      1. I see. That must have been the problem. I won’t put any more links to my swear-word-filled blog. I didn’t know that you were Irish. I think that Irish chicks are hot! I hope that you don’t go all Charlotte Proudman on me…

        Anyway, I just want to say that the stuff that you mentioned in the comment, above, is stuff that I LIKE about your moderation policy. You do a better job of weeding out those pseudoskeptics, and others who are not even trying to be helpful, than most moderators who are afraid to take down ANY comments unless they’re really terrible, and sometimes not even then. I also think that you do a better job, than most moderators, of keeping posts on track and relevant to the main post.

        By the way, I thought of another one: the Battletoads arcade game. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I found out that there ever was a Battletoads arcade game. I was a fan of the Battletoads games for the NES and the Super NES. I might not have been in a position, personally, to be likely to know that it existed, as much as was the case with the other game that I mentioned in the last comment. It is entirely possible that this one has a more “normal” explanation. Then again, I don’t seem to be the only fan of the Battletoads console games that was not aware that there was an arcade version. Here is a clip of a reasonably impressive run through the first stage of the arcade version without dying:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhyo3fN6CxA

        Those arcade games are meant to be challenging, yet addictive. They want to challenge the gamer so that he will die a lot, yet make the game addictive so that he will pump more quarters in after he dies to continue playing. It’s somewhat impressive that he made it through the first level with no deaths. Anyway, in the information section beneath the video, it briefly mentions the fact that, despite the the fact that the Battletoads series was popular, most, for some reason, don’t seem to know that there was ever an arcade version. (FYI Trivia: I learned, some years after playing the Battletoads games for a while, that the Battletoads are supposed to be a satire of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which, themselves, are supposed to be a satire of superhero stories, in general…or, at least, the Turtles started out that way back in 1982, I think. What would be the best section to talk about the first Turtles cartoons? I have some possible alternate memories of that…)

        Anyway, I’ll try to post an alternate (pun intended) theory in the theories section that did not go through last time now that I see what the issue was.

        1. There was a sequel to Rescue Rangers? Well I suppose it could have slippped under the radar, but i loved Chip n Dale and had Rescue Rangers 1, it seems difficult to imagine a sequel could have come out and i wouldnt know about it.

          1. Maybe you and me come from the same universe, Lena. That was exactly my response when I saw the Youtube video – except that I probably was not quite as big of a fan as you. I don’t suppose that you know anybody else who had been big Rescue Rangers fans, who also do not know about this sequel, do you?

  10. I remember playing Halo 3 a long time ago and remember on the mission “the ark” that you had to go through a factory with all sorts of different aliens then you make your way to the core of the ark and blow it up. But my recent return to the game had me play a 40 minute mission barely touching through the ark. Also my recent study of the timeline shows that the ark was used to house all the different species in the galaxy.

  11. I looked up polybius and apparently the urban legend here is that it was an arcade machine and was only out a few years before I was born. I distinctly remember playing it, but never as an arcade game. Instead it was on 5″ floppy disks for computers. My wife remembers it too that way, and she is younger than me. That would place that game in the late 80s to early 90s. Much later than it supposedly was blacked out of production in this time stream.

    The strangest thing is apparently it isn’t stable, as there are things I learned not too long ago that are different now, yet other things that match this time stream I was corrected on before that. Such as the lindenburg baby. I read up on it only a few years ago on a curiosity, and hypothesised as to why they never found him. Apparently they had, and that is common knowledge dating back to the 1930s.

    1. Hey Andrew,
      I just wanted to pass along some “Polybius” info to help with what you remember. There are, allegedly, a few copies of “Polybius” floating around on 5in floppy. In the 90’s, when this legend started to gain steam, a researcher claimed they had tracked down the development company and bought a copy of the game on 5in floppy. Though this story has never been proven to be true, I personally believe it is.

      It sounds, to me, like your girlfriend and you may very well have played a copy of the original arcade game.

  12. There are two versions of the Game Boy game Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The original monochrome Game Boy version, and the Game Boy Colour re-release, Link’s Awakening DX.

    I vividly remember my friend having the original monochrome version, as I played it extensively whenever I went round his house. I remember seeing the grey Game Boy cartridge and artwork, and of course the fact that the game was in black and white.

    Years later, when my friend was clearing out his house, he gave me all of his old Game Boy games, including Link’s Awakening. In that time, it has somehow switched to the DX colour version. I have it with me now. The obvious explanation is that he purchased the colour version within that time but for some reason I don’t think he would do that, he doesn’t like replaying games he’s already completed and his parents would not have repurchased a game he already had, DX version or otherwise.

    1. I own 2 copies of the original greyscale version of Link’s Awakening. You are correct that this DOES exist.

  13. Hey all –

    I have a plethora of Mandela Effect issues in my life, but I won’t go into them at the moment. What I do want to state is that I am currently looking at a copy of Polybus v6.1 on my computer. Unless I have misinterpreted, it seems people have been unable to find evidence of this game’s actual existence, so I wanted to share. If the powers that be wish me to send in a copy to confirm this, I would be happy to – please feel free to contact me at my email address.

    1. Tommy Cashman, thanks for your comment and I’ve edited my original article to clarify the Polybius topic: I was referring to the legendary original game, not the one that is available at several download sites.

  14. A long time ago my father baught me a game cube and the game metroid prime. I remember playing it all the way through. Many times. It was my favourite game. In 2008 I tried playing it again. Nothing changed. The same disc. The magmoore caverns was first accessed from the ruins. When the elevator stopped at the bottom the room was a large room with a huge lava lake and rocks to jump on. I decided to play this very same disc again. Not a different disc the very same disc. It has no scratches and is in gem condition. I always took care of my games. But when I get to magmoore caverns it freezes every time. No error messages. Just a black screen and the disc stops spinning. I baught a new disc thinking maybe it corrupted. On the new disc every single point after the ruins is 100% different. The magmoore caverns entrance just being a small elevator room. I have the older disc now and I don’t know what to do with it. My laptop can read small discs. I stuck the new copy in and its in a gcm format like normal. I than stuck the old disc in and it doesn’t read at all. Doesn’t even spin. I don’t know what to think of all this or who to talk to about it. Also I clearly remember my father dying on my birthday. But according to my mother he died 3 months after my birthday and by a completely different cause. I notice some other things are different too. I discover more and more inconsistencies even today. Mostly small things like color changes of objects. But some big like my father or the fact that I remember the sun setting on the other side of my house.

    1. KEEP THE ORIGINAL DISC!!! Also, keep it in as good of a condition as you can. I’m pretty confident that there are machines out there that can read from it, even if it is corrupted. (well, I guess it would depend on how badly it is corrupted, and in what way it is corrupted…) I posted about The Mandela Effect on Disqus, at one point, and I was thinking about how it would be awesome if we could find a video game from an alternate universe. You may have one in your possession. It would be great if we could read from both sets of data, from the new and old disc, and compare them. I would like to see if I could help you with this, if you’re willing. I mean, I’m not sure how much help I’ll be, but I’d certainly like to try, if you want my help. I can’t post a link to my blog, because Fiona said that it will get kicked into the spam folder because it has lots of swear words, but here is a link to my Disqus profile:

      https://disqus.com/by/philosopherThalesOfMiletus/

      You can follow the link to my blog which is located to the right of the up votes. From there, you can find my e-mail address on the about page.

  15. Okay, this is a weird one, but this may be the only place I can share this. If people do know the game I\\\\\\\’m talking about please let me know it\\\\\\\’s name. During the playstation 1s lifetime there were a lot of promotional demo discs around. I had a handful of them and was probably around 5-7 years old at the time I remember this. There was one game on a demo disc which I cannot for the life of me remember the name of. It was a Sci fi third person adventure shooter game, you played as a bulbous headed alien and the level started with you landing and exiting your small spaceship. The character had a small 1950s conventional blaster and you walked through a small grassy grove with large lettuce like plants and collected energy spheres. That\\\\\\\’s as much as I can remember of the game. I\\\\\\\’ve scoured sources for years trying to find the demo disc with this game on, or even a name. This thing doesn\\\\\\\’t exist. As far as I can muster my memory, the demo disc had playable versions of Tombi, Wild 9, C4 Final resistance and/or kula world. It was amazing. I enjoyed the game and I thought of it occasionally when playing destroy all humans or the other games mentioned above. This game must be real, right? I did hear that some demo discs had indie developed small projects, but I don\\\\\\\’t think EU released demos had those. Please, someone prove this game isn\\\\\\\’t just a false memory for me!

    1. Hey Callum,
      This sounds a lot like “Terracon”. It was released in EU and had been scheduled for release in NA by Midway, but the release was cancelled so, it is possible Midway did release demos before it was cancelled.

      https://youtu.be/GA_e5c3XG80

      1. My god, I think this could be it! I have to track down my demo disc or buy a new one of it if I can track one down now that I have a name. I live in the UK so that would make sense. Ugh. Sorry it isn’t a case of the Mandela Effect, but so relieved that after 15 years I finally have an answer. Can’t thank you enough DbD!

  16. I started playing video games at the early age of 3 and am still an active gamer to this day. When I was about 8 years old my mother bought me a game called Matchbox Emergency Patrol. I remember installing the game and starting it up to find myself on a thin highway in the sky with another thin highway above me horizontally. I vividly remember driving down the highway for a bit before it slowly started to turn. After it began turning I drove into a tracter which had flipped over onto a farmer (there is a mission in the game where you have to help a farmer stuck under a truck however I always remembered that being in the game in addition to this). After this I remember the game just suddenly putting in the normal open world which was free to roam. Skip ahead about 5 years and I feel like revisiting this game which had become the established go-to meme like game in my household. I find a copy on amazon and order it. When it arrived a few days later I put the disk into my familys pc with and sit down with my older brothers and sisters who ate excited to see the game again. I install it and load up the exact same video the game would show when you would load it up of a cop chasing a car. The video fades out and I expect to see myself in the sky on a highway but instead I just see myself in the same open world I had loaded up time after time again. No sign of the highway in sky anywhere. I didn’t ask my siblings anything as I remember playing the sky tutorial by myself. I brush it off and think that maybe it’s somewhere else in the game. I played the game for hours after this. I literally drove over the entire world. No sign what so ever of the sky tutorial I so strongly remember. I beat the game but still nothing even slight resembling this tutorial. I am truly baffled and to this day I’m still a bit creeped how this highway in the sky is completely non existent.

  17. I distinctly remember being at a friend’s house and seeing him play an English-language RPG on the original NES in which kids with “PSI” powers were fighting inanimate objects that came to life. I specifically recall the awkwardly worded “lamp doesn’t move anymore” when he killed a lamp.

    The game I remember closely matches the game “Mother” for the Famicom, a game which was Japan exclusive and not released in English. I know there was a “prototype” English version created but I can’t imagine a 12-year-old in Michigan had a copy of that back in 1990.

  18. I am currently holding 2 DIFFERENT copies of Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. The box art for both are different as well. Same date of manufacture and same UPC code, but a few slight differences. First, one is a slightly different yellow hue (not just fading). Next is title placement of the “BROS.” part on the front. And last but not least, the 3 screenshots on the back of the boxes are completely different. One of which doesn’t even appear within the game AT ALL!

    Has anyone else seen this or have copies themselves?
    I felt like this was the place to share this.

    1. Hey Adam,
      Many different packages are made for the same game, in order to appeal to different regions of the world. Even if they are printed in English, it doesnt mean it is a North American release.

      This doesnt seem unusual, BUT a picture of the boxes would be REALLY helpful in proving or disproving that.

      1. DbD, I agree. Adam, if you can take a photo of the boxes and post them at something like Flickr or another mainstream site, that would be great.

  19. I remember playing Super Monkey Ball 2 with my cousin when we were little (around 7 or 8) on the Gamecube. We would stay up late into the night playing the game, and I vividly remember progressing quite far into the game. There’s this one level where your character is shrunken by the antagonist of the game, and the backdrop of the play area at this part involved giant vegetables such as onions and carrots. We never progressed past this stage.

    Only around the beginning of December my cousin recovered both the Gamecube and Super Monkey Ball 2, and we started up the game to play once again. Being older, we quickly progressed through the game and reached the stage with the giant vegetables in the background. I asked him if he remembered playing this level with me when we were younger, and he said that’s impossible because we never made it this far in the game. There is a practice mode in this game which allows you to play any stage in the whole game, but in order to “practice” these levels, you must have progressed to that point in the game (For example, if I want to practice “World 3” then I would’ve had to made it to “World 3” in story mode.).

    My cousin denies ever playing this part of the game with me, but I specifically remember it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known about the giant vegetables present in the background. I find this interesting and I want to learn more about what may have exactly happened.

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