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

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:

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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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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.