7 Nintendo Titles That Never Saw the Light of Day

By Darreck Kirby

***Cross-posted from TheDallasProspect.com***

Although it’s now considered the bronze medal of the gaming industry, Nintendo’s track record and long list of classics make it the indisputable king of gaming in the eyes of many. Since the early 1980s, the company has worked tirelessly to release a myriad of new video games every year, and until about 2009, they worked equally hard to innovate (fight me). Sometimes this innovation brought about abysmal failure, see the Virtual Boy, but in most cases the company found great success.

As with all ideas, not every one is a winner, leading to projects being scrapped for one reason or another. Unfortunately, the same can be said for some good ideas, as this list will show. But hey, some of these projects did eventually make it to production by means of repackaging… we’re just not sure that was necessarily a good thing. Without further ado, here are 7 Nintendo projects that never saw the light of day.

 

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Mavs Open Preseason with a 106-104 Victory Over Visiting Bucks

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

The Dallas Mavericks opened the preseason with an impressive 106-104 win against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. The evening was more about distributing minutes evenly and giving the starters the lion’s share of the first quarter. Said the twenty-year veteran Dirk Nowitzki after the game, “I was the only one who couldn’t do it [play the whole first quarter].” Considering Dirk’s irrefutable place in NBA history and that this is just the first preseason game of his twentieth season, the exhaustion can be forgiven.
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Dallas Mavericks 2017-18 Outlook

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

Last season the Dallas Mavericks amassed just 33 wins against 49 loses to complete one of their worst seasons in recent memory. To put things bluntly, the roster Dallas walked into the season with provided little hope to fans eager to see the return of playoff basketball in Big D. The starting lineup of Derron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrew Bogut was never going to set the league on fire, and it resulted in the Mavs getting off to one of their worst starts since the 90s. ¬†Things were so bad, in fact, Dallas ultimately took out a flier on a kid named Yogi Ferrell and opted to revamp its young core by trading for 23-year-old rim protector, Nerlens Noel. Sure the moves teased the possibility of Rick Carlisle’s squad sneaking into the playoffs, but in the end there just wasn’t enough depth or, frankly, talent, to overcome an abysmal 9-21 start. Dallas would get the number 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and land the electric point guard, Dennis Smith Jr.

Original photo credit Mavs.com

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What To Do About Nerlens Noel

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

When the Dallas Mavericks sent Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and what should end up being two second round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a young rim protector in Nerlens Noel, the storyline surrounding the deal was that Dallas had swindled the Sixers front office. Over the remainder of the season, Noel would see action in 22 games for the Mavericks, averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a block per contest. In those 22 games, he would start just 12 times and continue battling nagging injuries. It wasn’t stellar by any means, but there were flashes of what could be, and for Dallas, that was more than enough.

Feb 25, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3) plays in his first game as a Maverick during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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5 Roster Moves Mark Cuban Regretted

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

Talent evaluation and financial planning around an NBA salary cap is a tough, often thankless job. To look at a player, in some cases a kid who may be 19-20 years old, and determine whether or not he’s going to develop into a real player or maintain current form is a near impossible task. And no one, no matter how good their track record, gets it right 100% of the time. While many of these moves can be found in the years following Dallas’s lone championship in 2011, others date back more than a decade. Sure Dallas looks to have a promising young core again, but these five roster moves can’t help but leave Mavs fans wondering “What if.”

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PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 10

Always happy when an episode includes a boss fight. It serves as a nice change of pace and lets me know there’s a new power up on the other side of their door!

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PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 9

Lots of wandering but some new shit as well, so that’s good at least. The hypo atomizer certainly will prove useful -I just need to figure out where the hell to go so I can use it!

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 8

Okay, I do make it to new areas in this episode, buuuuut I’m not sure I can do anything there yet. So gear up for some backtracking and uncertainty! Huh… kind of sounds like my life in general.

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 7

Okay, I know he’s technically a drone and can’t even be a spider given he has only 4 legs but CMON! He’s adorable -and Spider Bro is too catchy of a nickname not to use it. So let’s ride, Spider Bro. And we shall claim this world!

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 6

Huh, did not expect gene splicing to work its way into the story. Even still, I’ve gotta say… pre-tay pre-tay cool.

PSG: Let’s Play Axiom Verge – Part 5

All kinds of new stuff in this episode! New abilities, new territories, new boss battle -you name it! This frickin’ game is awesome!

Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

After more than a year of investigating, the NFL finally issued a ruling on the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence allegations from July of 2016. The sentence? Six games for something Elliott was never charged for, never even arrested for. Throughout the past twelve months, the waters of this case have been more than a little muddied, even at one point seeing text messages between Elliott’s ex and some of her friends suggesting she asked them to lie for her and corroborate her story. In the end, the Columbus ¬†District Police determined there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with charges. A short time later, claims arose again about an incident in Florida where supposedly Elliott had gotten physical with his ex in a car with other people. Once again, however, witnesses declined to corroborate the woman’s story. Florida police would also decline to charge Elliott with anything.

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