Not a lot of you have heard of this one I'm sure, and there's a reason for that. In the early 1990's John Tomlinson, of
Intellivision fame, joined Electronic Arts where he worked on a few Sega Genesis games, Budokan, Blockout and
Lakers Vs. Celtics, EA had reverse engineered the Genesis and released some "unlicensed" games.
Anyway he was asked to work on a NES version of Budokan, it only made it one month into development before the
project was stopped. "The producer just needed somebody to try to make a mock-up to see if it would fly", it
obviously didn't and was probably just meant to be a tech demo ever.
It was never advertised and never made it onto a real prototype cartridge, but was run on a NES using a special RAM
cart. Sprites were converted from the PC version and the only things programmed were basic animations and the state
machine. John Tomlinson said,"We did the Sega Genesis version instead since I could use the PC art directly for the animations
(and the NES was losing its' profitability by then.)".
Today there are no signs of Budokan for the NES, so the screenshots on the right are of course taken from the PC version,
from where the NES graphics were ripped.