Shin’en’s Unreleased Racer For GBA Looked Like A Top-Down F-Zero

By Ishaan . July 3, 2012 . 10:00am

Shin’en Multimedia started to make a name for themselves on the Game Boy Advance, which is where they released shoot-em-ups Iridion 3D and Iridion II. After the two Iridion games, they also released two Maya the Bee titles for the GBA. A fifth game, a top-down 3D racer, was being developed, too, but was cancelled. Here’s prototype footage of it, courtesy of Unseen64:



While the racing game itself was never released, Shin’en co-founder, Manfred Linzner, shared that the technology developed for it was used in parts of Iridion II’s menus and in the intros of some of Shin’en’s other games.


Shin’en finally did get around to eventually releasing a racing game, but it wasn’t until last year when they released Fast – Racing League for WiiWare, inspired by futuristic racers like F-Zero and Wipeout. You can read about it here.

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  • I kinda miss top down racers.  It’s probably the nostalgia talking to a degree, but I used to love those sort of games during the 8 and 16-bit eras.

    • I was never a fan of the perspective but R.C. Pro-AM is really good. 

    • If you have a PSP, you should check out this PSP Mini called Rocket Racing. It’s very cool. 

    • Tom_Phoenix

      If you haven’t done so yet, you should check out Death Rally. It was one of my favourite top-down racing games. Also, it’s available as freeware on the PC.

  • I dunno about this one, but glad they finally gotten to release a similar title.  Fast looks to save the Wii from a lack of F-Zero.

  • Unseen64 is an amazing site.  Love popping over there every once and a while and feeling sad about all these games no one will ever get to play.  It’s a weird feeling, but definitely sad, seeing someone’s ambitions and hopes right there, but forever unreleased.  

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