Toki Tori
Image: Two Tribes

The archival group Forest of Illusion has preserved another piece of Nintendo-adjacent history online, this time securing and publishing three prototypes for a cancelled Toki Tori Nintendo DS port developed around 2007-2008.

In case you're unaware, Toki Tori is a puzzle platformer game that was developed by the Dutch company Two Tribes. It is a spiritual successor to Fony's Eggbert for the Japanese MSX2 home computer and, like that game, also focused on exploring different locations to solve puzzles and rescue your younger siblings who are trapped inside their eggs.

The first Toki Tori game was released on Game Boy Color in 2002, with later versions appearing on mobile phones and Nintendo consoles. But one console that never received an official port was the Nintendo DS.

Now thanks to Forest of Illusion and another individual named djedditt, we're able to take a look at what could have been, with the group publishing materials from Two Tribes' cancelled attempt at bringing Toki Tori to the DS. According to Forest of Illusion's blog posts on these finds, this version of the game would have been based on the WiiWare version released around the same time.

Interestingly, one of the prototypes also seems to temporarily borrow the game icon and metadata from Worms: Open Warfare 2 for DS, another game that Two Tribes was working on during this period.

Though Toki Tori for the Nintendo DS was eventually cancelled, a version for the Nintendo 3DS was released in 2015. This version of the game, however, was based on the more recent PC port from 2010 instead.

Would you have liked to have seen a Toki Tori game on the Nintendo DS? Let us know in the comments!