Cancelled Kirby N64 Racer Beta Footage Slips Onto The Internet

Cancelled Kirby N64 Racer Beta Footage Slips Onto The Internet ...

Beta footage can often be a double-edged sword. On the one hand you get to see the origins of some of your favorite games - with worsening graphics and mechanics to boot - but on the other hand you may notice a sense of delayed loss when seeing footage from a game that never saw the light of day.

After seeing GameXplain's latest video (thanks, Go Nintendo for the heads up) it breaks down footage from a Japanese promotional video for the Super Mario 64 soundtrack - pfft, as if those bangers needed to be promoted. Aside from some pre-release Mario footage, this video also includes a few clips from the N64's cancelled Kirby's Air Ride game.

Kirby's Air Ride was later released on the GameCube (dropping the's' for an ultimately less possessive title, Kirby Air Ride), though the footage shown in the GameXplain breakdown illustrates what the game would have looked like with the N64's less graphic potential.

The relatively small amount of footage indicates that the N64 game's mechanics may have been a significant change from those seen in the game's released version. Notice how Kirby and King Dedede are standing up surfing on their warp stars instead of their eventual seated position? Totally gnarly dude!

The promotional video (originally posted to YouTube by Tanks Caps) includes footage of a five-racer Wave Race 64 (the Switch port of which we currently cannot get enough of), original item sprites and character icons in place of their released versions, and original footage of GoldenEye 007 and Blast Corps.

What do you think of this Kirby footage? Leave mouthful mode and tell us in the comments!

[source youtube.com, via gonintendo.com]

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