Ironclad is a side scrolling shooter developed by Saurus in 1996. Ironclad was first shown
in its native MVS cartridge format at the March 1996 ACME show in Orlando, Florida. I saw and
played the game at the show. We always knew therefore that at the very least, one proto was
available on the MVS format. Although the game saw release on the NEOGEO CD system, it was
never officially released in either the MVS or HOME cartridge formats. Ironclad was the most
sought after of all the CD-protos because of its appeal to shoot 'em up fans. This was most
likely why it had coincidentally caused the largest number of false claims; more then any
other proto cartridge! 13 years later, in November of 2009, SNK finally released the native
ROM data for the game and as a result we finally got the game and can now enjoy it forever!
Although an actual proto cartridge has never been found, the game's rom data was extrapolated
from the Nintendo Wii rom file and converted to the cartridge format and subsequently released
and made available to the community.
-- March 1996 -- SNK displays Ironclad at the 1996 ACME Show.
-- September 1996 -- Ironclad is released for the CD system.
-- November 2009 -- Nintendo and SNK release Ironclad for the virtual console NEOGEO emulator.
-- December 2009 -- NEOGEO Ironclad cartridges are finally possible and assembled.
CURRENT STATUS: RELEASED