1988-1993 NEC

Platform: PC Engine

Toaplan’s Wardner is a side scrolling platformer, similar in some ways to Ghosts n Goblins, and was ported to a number of platforms over the years. One version that never saw release was on the PC Engine (A NES edition also never made it, which you can read more about over at Unseen64).


Development was announced back in 1988, originally as a hucard release, and but would never see release. Later the game was moved to CD-ROM format, but was cancelled after too many delays, even though it is suggested that the game was fully complete.

There were a number of inclusions of the game within the press, and a few brief segments we have included below thanks to tweets from @ohfivepro. These show some grainy screenshots, which we hope to find improved ones soon.

So what caused all the delays, and could anything of the game be recovered and preserved? Early days for our entry on the game, but if you know anything more about the development, please get in touch.

With thanks to Fabrizio Bartoloni for highlighting and @ohfivepro for the advert images.


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