Luigi’s secret cameo found in Sega Dreamcast game prototype
Video game restoration group The Hidden Palace discovers a prototype Sega GT – one that features a bizarre cameo from Nintendo’s Luigi.
In an unexpected 20-year-old cameo, Super Mario Luigi was spotted in an unreleased Sega Dreamcast prototype racing game. Luigi crossed paths with Sega’s main mascot Sonic the hedgehog several times, with the Blue Blur and his friends making appearances in the Super Smash Bros series and Mario & Sonic at the Olympics sports games.
The Sega Dreamcast was Sega’s answer to the Nintendo 64 and the original PlayStation, but it was ultimately cut short after just three years on the market. That hasn’t stopped the hapless console from building an impressive legacy for itself with groundbreaking features such as a built-in modem for online gaming, cutting-edge polygonal graphics that were advanced for their time, and a catalog of memorable firsts. -part from Sega Dreamcast titles like Crazy Taxi and Sound adventure. Over the years, Castlevania, The Simpson, and other Dreamcast game prototypes have surfaced, but a racing prototype features a guest appearance from the most unlikely of gaming mascots.
Recently a Twitter user CombyLaurent1 shared some interesting screenshots of a prototype racing game exclusive to Sega Dreamcast Sega GT, which they noticed at the end of a live presentation of Project Deluge from The Hidden Palace earlier today. The most remarkable aspect of these screenshots is that Luigi, of all the characters, appears to be the one officiating the races, waving the checkered flag at the start line and keeping the time with a pocket watch in gold.
The Hidden Palace is a community of game historians and enthusiasts dedicated to the discovery and preservation of ancient video game prototypes. Its most recent effort is Project Deluge, consisting of over 400 unreleased titles for the Sega Dreamcast and the original Xbox. These include alternate versions of existing games like Crazy Taxi 3 and Jet Set Radio Future, as well as tracker localization versions like Shanghai Dynasty and Dinosaur Hunt: Ushinawareta Daichi. Meanwhile, Luigi’s cameo in Sega GT is far from being his only appearance in a video game that shouldn’t be. Nintendo’s big data leak last year revealed that Luigi was slated for Super Mario 64, and it looks like there is now another game that it has finally been cut from.
It is more than likely that Luigi’s surprise appearance in the Sega GT prototype was simply a placeholder model, probably put together by the developers as a joke. Nintendo and Sega were still bitter rivals back then, and Luigi is absent from the 2000 version of the game. Either way, it’s interesting to see what could have been in the world of video games, especially when it comes to an ephemeral but memorable console like the Sega Dreamcast.
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Source: CombyLaurent1 / Twitter
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