LAST ODYSSEY PINBALL FANTASIA

by MONOLITH

NEO GEO MVS NGM-072

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

Last Odyssey Pinball Fantasia is an 82 meg action packed pinball simulation game for the NEOGEO system. It contains 12 stages, each with its own set of goals, mini games, and end bossess. It holds the distinction of being the most unique & completely different game among both the unreleased protos and arguably even among the released games as well. It has been one of the most wanted & hunted of all the lost protos, mostly because of it's variety genre.

The only other NEOGEO games manufactured by the licencee Monolith were two of the Japanese Mahjong games, released in 1990 & 1991. This is significant because Monolith never released another game for the NEOGEO, and the resurgence of video pinball simulations occurred during the same earlier 1990's time period. Perhaps this had a hand into why it was ultimately canceled. In the 1995 home market, a video pinball game would have been out of place, and in the 1995 arcade environment, surrounded by real pinball machines, it would have been completely passed by. It may therefore have been intended to be exclusive to the NEO GEO CD system.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- June 1995 -- NEOGEO FREAK publishes a 2 page article with dozens of screen shots.

-- June 1995 -- SNK places an advertisement in Game Machine which LISTS the game.

-- July 1995 -- a French magazine publishes a short article with screenshots of Last Odyssey.

-- October 2001 -- an internal SNK game staff video surfaces which shows the dev cart is a fully playable & complete game.

-- January 2002 -- emulated screen shots are provided and shown which proves the games' rom data has been dumped and is functional on an emulator.

-- January 2005 -- emulated screen shots are provided and shown which proves the games' rom data has been dumped and is functional on an emulator.

-- August 2022 -- more emulated screen shots and software product number NGM-072 confirmed.

CURRENT STATUS: SAFEGUARDED


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