Get the original Resident Evil on your GameBoy!…for 2,000 dollars
Resident Evil: Revelations is hardly the series’ first foray into the handheld marketplace. In 2006, the fun Resident Evil: Deadly Silence was released for the Nintendo DS, and in 2001 Resident Evil: Gaiden was released on the Gameboy Color. But Capcom has twice before attempted to release Resident Evil games to handhelds, before giving up and discarding them. A port of Resident Evil 2 was planned for the GameBoy Advance, but was canceled for quality reasons. But long before that, a DE-make of Resident Evil 1 was planned for the GameBoy Color, to be developed by British developer HotGen Studios.
This version of the game still featured all of the original’s fixed camera angles and environments, although the game’s scope was narrowed down considerably. The first-person combat from Gaiden was the only form of combat, and several areas were either watered down or cut entirely. Early information about the game indicated that it would be including new enemies and an ability to disarm traps, and that the save system would be different than the ink ribbon system from the original game (most likely Gaiden’s checkpoint system).
The game was completed, and sent to Capcom for approval, but was rejected, official statements saying that the game lacked the quality that Capcom felt the consumers where looking for. And that was the end of that.
Or was it?
An unnamed gentleman claims to have two prototype cartridges of the unreleased GameBoy Color game, and is willing to release the ROM code online, if fans are able to come up with a collective 2,000 dollars. So far, fans have managed to raise about 1,600$ for the game, so in all likelihood, we will finally get to see this game in action.
Honestly, if this where the unreleased Nintendo 64 version of Resident Evil 0, or the infamous Resident Evil 1.5, I’d be super excited, but… there’s a really distinct reason RE GBC was never released. Either way, it would be neat to see this relic from the past finally see the light of day.