Beta footage can sometimes be a double-edged sword. On the one hand you get to see the origins of some of your favorite games - with poorer graphics and mechanics to boot - but on the other hand you experience a sense of lost enjoyment when viewing footage from a game that never got to the surface.
After seeing GameXplain's recent video (thanks, Go Nintendo for the heads up) it's evident that those bangers needed to be promoted. Aside from some pre-release Mario footage, the commercial also includes a small number of clips from the canceled Kirby's Air Ride game on the N64.
Kirby's Air Ride was later released on the GameCube (leaving the's' for an ultimately less possessive title, Kirby Air Ride), though the footage shown in the GameXplain breakdown shows how the game would have played without the N64's reduced graphics potential.
The brief footage provided by the N64 game suggests that the gameplay of the game may have been more like a down-hill racer than the final Mario Kart-style experience of the GameCube game. Is this possible, buddy?
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 let us know in the comments!
[source youtube.com, via gonintendo.com]
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