Fans of SimCity who follow the path of the game since its inception received a gift historic this Christmas: the version of the simulator for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), which was lost for almost three decades, was revealed to the public for the first time. And now, the ROM file digital of SimCity for the NES is available for you to download.
SimCity for the NES made its first and only public appearance at the Winter Consumer Electronic Show in January of 1991, 28 years ago. To the surprise of many, was canceled silently, and SimCity was later released for the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) in April of 1991.
The NES version of SimCity was revived 27 years later, in the form of two cartridges prototype, which they found in a store of video games used in the Seattle area. Then, the cartridges went to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, where the organization The Video Game History Foundation reached an agreement to acquire a digital copy of SimCity for the NES, with the goal of preserving the data for educational use.
And now it seems that Frank Cifaldi, a Video Game History Foundation, wanted to assume the role of Santa Claus for fans of SimCity, detailing the NES version in a blog post published on Christmas. According to Cifaldi, the prototype was far from a game over because I had critical errors, typographical errors and missing content. However, most of its features were present and it was fully playable, which coincides with the affirmation of a person familiar with the development of the game.
Apart from the updated graphics, SimCity for NES was mostly similar to the version SNES, with the same gameplay and main features. There were a couple of notable differences, the first of which was the size of their chips. The original version for the PC version and the SNES had chips occupying cuadrículos of 3 × 3, but the NES version only occupied cuadrículos of 2 × 2. However, those used for Presents, which are the buildings of reward exclusive that are offered in the versions of Simintity of Nintendo, took care of 3 × 3.
The second and more striking difference is found in SimCity for the NES, is your band’s unique sound, composed by Soyo Oka, who was the master mind behind the music of games such as Super Mario Kart and pilotwings lets. Of all those songs, only one song, the theme of Metropolis, is shared with the version SNES game.
Cifaldi was immersed in the finer details of SimCity for the NES in its blog post, although there was no explanation as to why it never saw the light of day in the first place. One theory is that Nintendo decided to focus on the version SNES, to attract more players to the new console.
In any case, for fans of SimCity who want to take a look at the history of the franchise, the ROM file digital of SimCity for the NES is available for anyone to download.
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