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Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/23 16:01
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Forgive me if this was already discussed, but has anyone attempted to contact the author of the article who reviewed Dragon Hopper in Nintendo Power to ask what happened to his review copy?

I realize that with the magazine going defunct years ago makes tracking the guy down more difficult, but that's where I would start. If he didn't have the cart currently in his possession (wouldn't that be nice?) he may know what happened to it after he was finished with it.
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#2
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/23 20:01
Nintendoid!
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He probably sent it back to NOA like every other review copy that goes to Nintendo Power.

Finding a prototype like this is always difficult. Most unreleased protos end up surfacing on auction sites or through forums on their own. If they don't, making one surface significantly harder.

If we had a staff list for Dragon Hopper, one could try contacting the NOA specific employees that worked on the game, like translators.
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#3
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/23 22:42
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The reviewer might know the name of the individual who received the games from NOA or at least point us in the right direction (provided they remember what they did with the thing almost 20 years ago). Otherwise he could get us in contact with someone else who might know. I'm just thinking that we know who *had* the cartridge. We just have to try to retrace their steps.

A staff list would be nice, as one of them may even have source code in their portfolio (which is all we really need anyway).

I refuse to believe that this game is buried in a landfill somewhere never to be enjoyed again...
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#4
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 3:06
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There had to be a few prototype carts I would think. It was playable at E3, which had to have been on more than one unit, looking at the videos there were a few Virtual Boys to set up.

Apparently one of the carts is owned by someone who treats it like their baby and most likely won't ever part with it or dump it, because they feel elite or something owning the only known copy. Childish, really.

Hopefully another cart surfaces though, I would love to play the game.
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#5
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 4:22
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Just play the game through to the end and write down all the names in the credits... then contact each of them and see if any of them can help. ;)

DogP
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#6
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 14:05
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I worked for a game magazine in the early 2000s.

Generally but not always cartridge prototypes/reviewables were returned to the publisher. There are a few exceptions to this for example when the publisher went out of business (SNK USA and the Neo-Geo pocket color for example). But usually these were returned and then re-written to another reviewable.
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Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 15:22
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Even if the review cart itself was overwritten, someone must have the ROM used to image them, or know where they went.

Does anyone know what steps were already taken to locate the game?
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#8
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 17:15
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If this has been already stated I apologize. But We know it came from Intelligent systems. why doesn't someone find a game that came out for the SNES at the time of the making of Dragon Hopper then someone play it on an EMU so you could pause the game and as DogP stated play the game to the end and write down the names. I think that this would be the best plan of action.:VB:
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#9
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 18:50
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Intelligent Systems developed Galactic Pinball. It's possible that someone who worked on the game could have also worked on Dragon Hopper.
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#10
Re: Attempts to locate Dragon Hopper?
Posted on: 2014/4/24 19:13
Nintendoid!
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Please, have at it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmHIseNDa9s
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