Mystic Wand was an early action platformer style game programmed by Alpha Denshi within the
first year of the NEOGEO's lifespan. It is considered to be the most elusive of all the proto
games. Very little is known about Mystic Wand. The play mechanics used by the game are similar to
those found in Tecmo's Solomon's Key. The player controls a magical character that uses a wand to
form & shoot blocks on the screen in order to progress through several levels of a fortress. A
final confrontation with Satan awaits the player at the top of the tower.
This game would have been a welcome addition to the NEOGEO's game library because the system
was almost completely devoid of non-fighting action games. It was most likely dropped from SNK's
game lineup in favor of the trending fighting game phase that was taking over the revenues at the
video arcades. Luckily, Alpha's earlier effort, the 46 meg Raguy / Blue's Journey from 1990 did
get released, giving us some insight into their creative abilities.
-- June 1991 -- Mystic Wand is exhibited by SNK at the 1991 (CES) Consumer Electronics Show
in Chicago, Illinois. During the show, someone with a handheld video camera was able to record
the games attract mode.
-- August 1991 -- Joystick Magazine #18, a European video game publication, publishes a short
article on the show, with a screenshot of Mystic Wand.
-- September 1991 -- Mystic Wand is exhibited by SNK at the 1991 AMOA (Amusement Machine &
Manufacturer's Association) show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
-- November 1991 -- EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) magazine includes a supplement from SNK
with an article about Mystic Wand.
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