16 Crazy Early Versions Of Popular Video Games

Ah yes, who can forget their favorite childhood games like Puck-Man, Virus, and Race'n'Chase? Most great art goes through many stages between inspiration and final product; in the case of video games, it's usually over whether or not to shove in Mario to move a couple more units. 

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SPLATOON CRACKEDCE Splatoon was going to feature familiar faces from the Mario games before Miyamoto settled on creating new characters, the Inklings, for the company's first foray into the competitive shooter genre.

Source: Gamespot

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HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED CRACKED Halo: Combat Evolved was almost a top-down, real time strategy game, a la Starcraft. It wasn't until Microsoft bought the developing studio, Bungie, and launched Halo as their flagship XBox title that it became the first person shooter we know.

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MORTAL KOMBAT CHOOSE YOUR FICHTER FREE PLAY CRACKED cO Mortal Kombat was originally supposed to star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who would fight a cadre of digitized enemies. When Midway Games couldn't afford the rights to Van Damme's likeness, his character was renamed Johnny Cage and joined the lineup of other fighters.

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PAC-MAN D F\B-MAW READY! C CRACKEDo Pac-Man was originally titled Puck-Man, based off of the character's disk-like shape, but the creators feared the impish Americans would turn the P into an F on arcade cabinets.

Source: CNN

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HALF-LIFE CRACKED c COM The early prototype for Half-Life's protagonist was a burly-bearded, strung out looking mad-man nicknamed by the designers as Ivan the Space Biker. As game production advanced, they changed Ivan into Gordon Freeman, with his iconic goatee and glasses.

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SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 ORACKED COM Super Mario Bros. 2 was originally more similar to the first game, although much harder. So hard, in fact, that developers didn't think Americans could play it, so they reskinned the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic with familiar Mario characters.

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GOLDENEYE 007 5 I 148 CRACKEDcO COM Since the team working on Goldeneye 007 was inexperienced and stretched thin, the game was initially intended to be a simple rail-shooter, lacking the immensely popular 4-person multiplayer that eventually made the game a bestseller on the Nintendo64.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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GRAND THEFT AUTO Grand Theft Auto, originally titled Race'n'chase, struggled to find its identity during development. The game first gave players the option to play as law enforcing police, but after realizing playing as a criminal was more fun, they decided to lean into the mayhem the series became

Source: Gamesradar

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POKEMON CRYSTAL Nintendo Peremoy L 000000 catch emalll Grotta an BOY. Pxh TRAINER RED INEDTS to bAtle CRACKEDCO The AME Pokemon series was planned to end with Pokemon Gold and Silver, fighting your way back through the first game's gyms and using the original protagonist as the final boss was

Source: Nintendo

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DOOM AIEN S PEARERR 100% 100% SG CRACKED COM AMMD HEAltH ARME AM0r The original Doom game was based off of James Cameron's Aliens, where you would presumably fight waves of dangerous Xenomorphs. When negotiations between the developers and 20th Century Fox deteriorated, the setting of the game was changed from space

Source: Ranker

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DR. MARIO DR MARIO DrMARIO TOP 0010000 SCORE 0003400 LEVEL 10 SPEED MED CRAGKEDcO Dr. Mario was titled Virus and did not feature the hirsute Italian in its first incarnation. Trying to recreate the success of Tetris, Nintendo needed to use their strongest IP to sell this new puzzle game,

Source: Portable Press

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DONKEY KONG 1UD HIGH SCORE 2UP 000100 9 L-o ONUS E E Donkey Kong was made to be a Popeye the Sailor game, featuring Bluto, Olive Oil, and the titular Popeye. When Nintendo could not secure the rights, they settled on a King Kong inspired aesthetic with a mustached

Source: Gamasutra

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BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM PERFECT CRACKED Batman: Arkham Asylum was going to turn into a colorful, 2D rhythm game whenever a fight would start. Developers said they wanted the fights to feel choreographed but with the player in complete control, which isn't so different froM how the final game turned out,

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DIDDY KONG RACING PLAYER SELECT CRACKED When game studio Rare needed more time to develop Banjo-Kazooie to compete with Super Mario 64, they pushed the generic title Pro-Am 64 for a Christmas release. There were concerns the IP wasn't strong enough and may hurt sales, sO at the last minute

Source: Nintendo Life

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SUPER SMASH BROS. LUIGI MARIO DK LINK SAMUS C.FALGON NESS YOSHI KIRBY FOX PIKACHU JIGGLYPUFF 09 HMN 2 HMIN 3 HMN HMN CRACKED Super Smash Bros. was pitched as a 4-player brawler, but Nintendo did not initially want their licensed characters to appear. After the small team of developers

Source: Nintendo

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PERFECT DARK T 10oo mae Br ightnes K CRACKED cO Perfect Dark was to have a face-mapping feature that enabled players to change the appearance of enemies into that of family and friends using their GameBoy Camera. Insurmountable technical difficulties caused the feature to be scrapped; that, or the eventual lawsuits sure

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