Here's the skinny: Sky Skipper was released in Japan between Donkey Kong and Popeye, but never performed well enough for Nintendo to consider releasing it overseas. As a result, it was never really widely released and most of its remaining PCBs were converted to Popeye.
For the past 35 years, nobody had ever seen a functional Sky Skipper PCB or cabinet in the wild. Despite not getting a North American release, a US-style upright cabinet is still pictured on the Japanese flyer. And there's also a working ROM dump of the game, which means that at least one living PCB had to be out there.
Luckily, our collector friend in the above article managed to find a Popeye PCB that used to be Sky Skipper... and he got his techie friend to restore it back to its former life! They're now currently working on recreating the supposed upright cabinet, which means... Sky Skipper lives!
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 31, 2016 13:25:34 GMT -5
According to Nintendo Life, Nintendo of America still has the only Sky Skipper arcade cabinet ever made, but they granted access to it to the Sky Skipper restoration project to help with their reproduction. You can see a picture of it at the link.
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Shrikeswind: So, having said in my post in Dream Fighters what I've been spending my quarantine on, what about you guys? How are you hanging onto sanity?
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Shrikeswind: Also I don't know that I've ever spent as long building a Smash fighter as I did with WG, and I'm going to hit this one hard here, it was all the costume work.
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Shrikeswind: I'm reminded why I don't bother with that. I had the luxury of easy-to-grab screenshots and it still took literal hours to finish that post.
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Nester the Lark: Let's not talk about me and sanity.
Aug 25, 2020 10:19:20 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Very well, we shall talk of other things, like shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.
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Shrikeswind: It strikes me that perhaps I should not be mentioned in the same breath as sanity myself.
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Boo Destroyer: RuneScape.... I haven't heard that name in a long, long time.
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Shrikeswind: I still play. Matter of fact, I'm currently playing. It actually just came out with a new skill this past March, if you can believe it.
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nocturnal YL: In a way, I'm glad I'm unrelated to those fan communities of the games I play. I just sit back and play games casually, not really caring whatever scandals or elitism or holier-than-thou attitudes going on.
Sept 1, 2020 12:04:16 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I think I need to track down some horribly cursed Pokemon content now after that. You know, since that was such a heavy topic to drop in the middle of a quiet forum.
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