Update [Tue 1st Nov, 2022 10:00 GMT]: You can now download the Castlevania: SotN Game.com prototype and play it via emulation.
Original Story [Mon 24th Oct, 2022 14:30 BST]: Castlevania is one of our favourite franchises here at Time Extension, so the news that a new prototype has been discovered has us pretty excited, as you'd expect.
The prototype in question is for the Tiger Game.com, an ill-fated handheld which tried (and failed) to take on the Game Boy a few decades ago. Tiger managed to secure some big-name titles for the system, including Sonic Jam, Resident Evil 2 and Fighters Megamix, and it was working on a scaled-down port of Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night at one point.
Many people previously believed that the Tiger port of SotN didn't get any further than a few mocked-up screenshots, but Super Fighter Team president Brandon Cobb (who also happens to be the webmaster of The End Of The Game.com) has a working prototype which proves it actually got a lot further into development than was once assumed.
Back in 2019, Cobb received a cartridge for the game which came with an authentic printed label. Upon loading it into his Game.com console, he discovered it did... nothing. However, earlier this year he sent the cartridge to Osman Celimli, who repaired the PCB inside and returned the cartridge to life. It turns out that there is a game on it after all.
However, before you get too excited, it's worth noting that Cobb reports that the port isn't a good one. "It's about what you'd expect from a game.com game," he explains. "Laughable music, hideous visibility, and bargain basement gameplay. It would not have been a system saver, folks."