During the 1990s while hand drawn cartoons were still a thing, the irreverent Beavis & Butt-head made waves across American culture, lasting on the tube for several years, getting a feature length film and insipiring other shows like South Park. At one point, Atari Games was working on a B&B arcade game that had beat ’em up elements combined with mini-game bonus rounds but after failing the location tests, the game was canned. MTv had one on hand that was donated to them for a charity event but as prototypes go, coming across one in the wild proves to be extremely difficult – if not impossible.
The world famous Galloping Ghost Arcade has often made headlines by getting their hands on prototype arcade titles, such as with Primal Rage II and they are at it again by finding and fixing one of the 12 Beavis & Butt-head arcade prototypes out there(their serial # indicates that they have #9; Doc Mack of GGA says he is pretty sure that most of the 12 no longer exist).
The game was rolled out to their game floor this week after a period of having to figure out how to fix it (it used a 3DO based hardware platform that also was going to power another canned Atari game called Die Alien Scum; GGA had to get a 3DO to repair the game). They have two CDs for the game which are assumed to have different content on them; if you find yourself near Brookfield, IL then you can go and check the game out for yourself. Here are some pictures as posted to their Facebook page:
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It is also worth noting that Galloping Ghost will be showing off another prototype this weekend by the name of ARGUS by Gottlieb. What prototype will they come across next?