Unfinished Rayman SNES Game Found After 24 Years

Michel Ancel makes a discovery.

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Rayman creator Michel Ancel updated his Instagram feed today with a cool story about a long lost Rayman game that he finally found and booted up.

The developer wrote, "We have found the old unique Rayman SNES ROM !!!! It was sleeping for 24 years ..... Time to wake it up !!!!" His next post was a picture of the game running on a SNES, with a caption teasing (joking?) that he'd like to bring a version of the game to Nintendo's new Switch console.

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"It's working !!!! 4 people in the world have seen this . We thought it was lost , but somewhere in the cold electronic circuit, something was still alive," he wrote. "And running at full 60fps !!! should do a Switch version of this."

Earlier this week, Ancel posted about the canceled game, but he didn't sound very optimistic. He wrote, "The game was playable on the Super Nintendo console but was never finished + We've lost the build . All these pixels are lost , like tears in the rain ..."

Click through the images in the gallery above to get a closer look at the game.

According to Unseen64, the game featured two-player co-op. Ubisoft shifted the project to support CD-based systems and came out in September 1995 for the original PlayStation and Jaguar. The franchise has spawned numerous sequels, the latest in the core series being 2013's Rayman Legends.

Ancel is now working on Beyond Good & Evil 2, which has been in the works for a long time. The developer recently explained why the game is taking so long to come out.

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any news about sourcecode? Or download?
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"Ubisoft shifted the project to support CD-based systems and came out in September 1995 for the original PlayStation and Jaguar."

And Sega Saturn. Seriously, you mentioned the Jaguar version but not the Saturn version?

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the guy should write a poem instead

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Holy crap, there was a Raywoman at one point?

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He should have got hold of the nintendo playstation prototype and booted it up on that! 2 lost souls returned!

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Love the dig he makes at framerate trolls. :P

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I thought the Rayman was born on the Atari Jaguar, this is pretty neat. Boy the snes was a great console. Probably my favorite.

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@chiefwiggum16: Genesis! Honestly I love all cartridge systems.

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One thing I will never understand: how can you possibly lose such a thing that, albeit small, that still cost them a hefty amount of money (working time of several professionals)? How can you not make several copies?

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@Ripper_TV: Back then everything was kept on floppy which is probably all dead, or EEPFROM which is erased by exposure to UV, or even worse, RAM w/battery so... Lots of dead stuff. Also when companies get sold a lot of old stuff gets ditched. Some companies purposefully destroyed prototypes and dev equipment, or mandatory give it back to Nintendo/Sega when you're done, so those are gone.

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What's this "Super AdaptOr" on the picture? Is it a dev tool or consumer available?

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@Ripper_TV: Looks just like a riser for a dev board, nothing special

If you want a dev tool get sd2snes, USB debugging FTW!

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Nice, was hoping for a ROM dump but this is still cool

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Thanks for finding my game, just message me to get my address, thanks.

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