Sometimes I feel I missed out on a lot of special gaming moments in my childhood by never owning a handheld console beyond a brick GameBoy... which I used almost exclusively to play Pokemon. I made up for it with a youth spent playing PC games, but that doesn't help me truly appreciate rares finds, like this previously unseen prototype for a Neo Geo Pocket Color game called Magician Lord 2.
Going by this post on Gamekult (in French), the site that revealed the cartridge, the game is comparable to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The best way to get an idea of how it plays is to watch the clip below.
When I see old game cartridges resurface like this, it makes me wonder what other retro treasures are hidden away in boxes around the world. Maybe in 20 years we'll see prototypes of Assassin's Creed or Halo popping up on websites. It won't prompt the same levels of nostalgia — there's something distinctly low-tech about a cartridge compared to a CD — but then, who knows what we'll be playing games on a couple of decades from now.
More screenshots, photos and videos can be found over at Gamekult.
Images and video: Gamekult