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List of cancelled Nintendo games

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This article is a list of Nintendo developed works (or works with Nintendo planned as the publisher) that were ultimately unreleased.



Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Finalised on a different platform


Sources: [5] [6] [7]

Virtual Boy

Sources: [8]

Game Boy/Game Boy Color

Sources: [9]

Finalised as a significantly different game

  • Capsule Monsters (early concept for Pokémon Red and Green with a few significantly different elements to the final games)
  • Untitled balloon/bubble pushing games (after it was decided to control the character instead, eventually the character Starfy (or a character like him) was introduced and the game later became Densetsu no Starfy for Game Boy Color)
  • Densetsu no Starfy (Game Boy Color) (became Densetsu no Starfy for Game Boy Advance)
  • Game Boy Music (moved to Game Boy Advance, but became Daigassou! Band Brothers for Nintendo DS)
  • Gimmick Land (became Tomato Adventure for Game Boy Advance. Gimmick Land was going to be released for the Game Boy Color, and wasn't meant to be published by Nintendo, but instead by AlphaDream, unlike the GBA Tomato Adventure where it got published by Nintendo.)
  • Panel de Pon GB (Pokémon Puzzle Challenge was released instead, but a demo of it is hidden in the software and can be accessed with a series of button presses)
  • Pokémon Picross (Game Boy Color) (A game with the same title was later released on the Nintendo 3DS.)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Mystical Seed of Power, Wisdom, and Courage (became The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons)
  • Pokémon Gold and Silver (originally known as Pokémon 2), seems (based on Nintendo Space World 1997 accounts and the eventual leaks) to have had a different plan of available monsters, specifically this can be seen with starting monsters Honoguma, Happa and Kurusu but lots of cut Pokémon are hidden in the code. Many differences were also present in the gameplay, such as folders instead of bag pockets, cut moves, items, trainers and the inclusion of Pokémon Red and Green music.

Game Boy Advance

Sources: [10] [11] [12] [13]

Finalised on a different platform

  • Drill Dozer (European version), became available as a download on Wii U Virtual Console
  • Game & Watch Gallery 4 (Japanese version, "Game Boy Gallery 4"), became available as a download on Wii U Virtual Console

Notes: Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue was shown at E3 2003. Some have interpreted that it (may have been) released for North America but it got soon cancelled.

Nintendo 64

Sources: [14] [15]

Finalised on a different platform

Nintendo GameCube

Finalised on a different platform

Nintendo DS

Finalised on a different platform


Finalised on a different platform

Wii U

Nintendo Switch

Unknown platform

Cancelled iQue games

Game Boy Advance

Nintendo DS

NetCard chess and card series:

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