Gaming can be a very frustrating hobby. While playing video games can be a lot of fun, making them certainly isn’t. It’s often an exercise in frustration and problem-solving, not to mention balancing an often massive and finicky budget. Problems eventually grow and percolate, and before long, progress is too far gone to be salvaged, resulting in a canceled project.
Backers on Kickstarter are no strangers to canceled projects, and Kickstarter-reliant developers are no strangers to the frustration that comes with game development. But it’s not always independent developers that suffer setbacks. Sometimes, even the biggest names in the world fall victim to failed attempts at creation.
CCTV was in development at Nikitova Games. As the title suggests, CCTV was going to have players playing as a security guard, looking at various CCTV screens in an attempt to find criminals.
The game was being specifically developed for the Wii and Nintendo DS, but the process faced numerous problems and the game was eventually canceled. Lead designer Jon Hare attributed the game’s failure to its unique concept, stating that most potential publishers weren’t interested.
Super Mario 128 was the code name given to a potential new Mario game that never saw the light of day. The original Super Mario 128 was supposed to be a direct sequel to the beloved Super Mario 64, and the second was a GameCube tech demo that was displayed at a trade show.
The project was later canceled for the GameCube, with a rumor stating that development had moved to the then-upcoming Wii. However, the game obviously never came to fruition.
Not much is known about God: The Game. As the title suggests, it was supposed to be some type of God simulation game in which the player plays as an all-knowing, all-creating deity (perhaps with gameplay similar to Godus). It was also being made by popular development company THQ, which seemed to promise good things for the title.
Unfortunately, THQ suffered some extreme financial difficulties in the late 2000s, and money problems eventually forced the complete cancellation of God: The Game.