Rayman creator Michel Ancel created a stir today when he unearthed and posted to Instagram images of the EPROM cartridge and screen (above) for the Super Nintendo version of the original Rayman — which was never released on that console.
"Four people in the world have seen this," Ancel said. "We thought it was lost, but somewhere in the cold electronic circuit, something was alive."
Only four days before, Ancel had believed the SNES build of Rayman was lost forever.
Then he found the EPROM today.
Rayman, which launched in 1995, was planned for the SNES but those plans changed with the advent of CD-ROM support in consoles like the Atari Jaguar, Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The result is the Rayman that actually launched is profoundly different from the one on this EPROM.
Ancel teased Rayman fans with the suggestion that this recovered work-in-progress might still see the light of day. "Should do a Switch version of this," he said, referencing Nintendo's new console, due to launch in March.