DUNK STAR BASKETBALL

by SAMMY


NEO GEO MVS NGM-028

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

Dunk Star would have been the first basketball game for the NEOGEO system. It was designed by Sammy, which had just become one of the very first third party licencees to sign up for the NEOGEO. Sammy had previously released Ultimate Basketball for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), and would later release Super Dunk Star for the Nintendo Super Famicom system. The games do have quite a number of similarities.

Sammy created their own completely original basketball teams for the game. They had cool unique names and detailed logos. A few of them even made the transition from the original NEOGEO game over to the Super Famicom version. It's interesting how an arcade game that went unreleased, still somehow managed to get a home console port.

It is speculated that the slow moving players, coupled with the choppy animation, as well as the presence of what appears to be screen flcker issues, caused this 5 on 5 Basketball game to be cancled. However, Sammy did release an amazing space shooter called Viewpoint in 1992. And the NEOGEO did eventually get a basketball game 3 years later in 1994, a great 3 on 3 game by Data East called Street Slam / Dunk Dream.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- January 1991 -- the original arcade flyer was printed as promotional advertisement for distributors & operators in the arcade industry.

-- June 1991 -- Gamest #58, a Japanese video game publication, publishes a short article with screenshots of Dunk Star.

-- August 1991 -- Joystick Magazine #18, a European video game publication, publishes a short article with a screenshot of Dunk Star.

-- September 1991 -- Dunk Star is shown by SNK in their booth at the 1991 AMOA (Amusement & Music Operator's Association) show.

-- October 1991 -- The game is exhibited at the 1991 AM (Amusement Machine Show) in Japan.

-- November 1991 -- Game Machine reports on Dunk Star at the AM Show with a screenshot.

-- December 1991 -- a Japan mailer called the NeoGeo Club says that Dunk Star is coming soon and shows 2 screenshots.

-- April 1993 -- The abandoned property actually gets a second life when most of it's game elements are repurposed and transformed into Super Dunk Star for the Nintendo Super Famicom.

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

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

CURRENT STATUS: SAFEGUARDED

A SEQUEL TO AN UNRELESASED GAME?

Sammy's unreleased Dunk Star got a second chance on the Super Famicom!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF DUNK STAR TO SUPER DUNK STAR

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