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New unreleased N64 game uncovered - Riqa

Started by gameblabla, February 04, 2017, 09:29:05 am

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February 04, 2017, 09:29:05 am Last Edit: February 04, 2017, 09:37:39 am by gameblabla
On the Assembler games forums, a user called 10ahu uncovered a new game he was working on at Bits Studios for the N64 called Riqa.
Seemingly inspired by Tomb Raider, this 3D action-adventure game lets you play the female lead Riqa.



The game went into development hell, made very slow progress. and according to 10ahu,
it required to much work in order for Riqa to be considered complete.
The fact the N64 was reaching its end of life was the last straw for Bits Studios and the game got canned.
They later moved the team behind it to two other projects.
According to the press release in 2000, Nintendo was going to be the publisher.

You can watch a video of the game running here :
https://www.youtube.com/embed/x6RxfQLvgy8

I was wondering when the game was canceled and it turned out it was canceled shortly after it was announced at E3 2000, in July 2000 :
http://www.ign.com/articles/2000/08/01/new-dolphin-bits
Nintendo told IGN they canceled the game for N64 and the team moved on to other projects.

Sadly, his coworkers only allowed him to release a video about it.  (not yet that is)
I hope they can realize what an amazing piece of history that game is and do it like Volition did with their
canceled Saints Rows PSP game !

Source :
http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/riqa-n64.65326/
http://www.retrocollect.com/News/unreleased-nintendo-64-game-riqa-discovered.html
http://www.nesworld.com/n64-unr-riqa.php

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Quote from: Juju on February 04, 2017, 09:47:16 am
Oooh, that looks real cool.

To me, it looks like yet another N64 game :P
However, an action-adventure game like this one would have been a great addition to the N64's small library of game.
Shame they did not release it... even a rushed-up game would have been nice :O
(any rushed-up game from that era would be miles better than anything we have on mobile anyway...)

DJ Omnimaga

Darn, if only they released a download link. It's a shame when such game gets the axe and no one can try them. I didn't know about that game too.

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