SUN SHINE / BLOCK PARADISE

by ALPHA DENSHI / SNK

NEO GEO MVS NGM-008

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

Sunshine was among the first twelve initial game software products programmed & intended for the NEOGEO system's launch. Alpha Denshi co-developed the NEOGEO system and worked as an in house second party programming team for the first year until they essentially broke away and became the first official third party licensee for the NEOGEO. Some of the other very early Alpha Denshi games include Magician Lord and Ninja Combat.

This was the first puzzle type game developed for the NEOGEO system and was only about 18 megs in size. Although Sun Shine never saw a release, it was reassigned and underwent additional modifications and enhancements which changed the games theme, but despite this, it still never saw a release. SNK's 22 meg game Joy Joy Kid / Puzzled would eventually earn the distinction of becoming the first officially released puzzle game for the NEOGEO system.

INFORMATION TIMELINE:

-- July 1990 -- the unreleased title list document states that Sunshine was location tested at "The Gorilla" arcade, located at the underground level of the Ikebukuro Sunshine Mall in the Ikebukuro Ward in Tokyo, Japan.

-- September 1990 -- the original arcade flyer was printed as promotional advertisement for distributors & operators in the arcade industry.

-- October 1990 -- Sunshine is exhibited at the Amusement Machine Show (AM)

-- December 1990 -- Gamest Magazine publishes an article with a screenshot.

-- January 1991 -- Sunshine is exhibited at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show.

-- February 1991 -- Gamest Magazine publishes an article with screenshots.

-- March 1991 -- Electronic Gaming publishes an article with screenshots.

-- April 1991 -- Gamest Magazine publishes an article with screenshots.

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

-- April 2021 -- a video surfaces showing Block Paradise in attract/demo mode.

CURRENT STATUS: SAFEGUARDED


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