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Capcom says Resident Evil was initially in development for SNES

Posted on December 4, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Had history taken a different direction, the first Resident Evil could have ended up as a very different game. Capcom’s Koji Oda told Game Informer that it was originally in development for the SNES.

Some of you may know that Resident Evil was inspired by the horror title Sweet Home, and was a spiritual successor of sorts. It makes sense then that it started off on the SNES. But as Oda mentioned, when the PlayStation came into the picture, Capcom shifted to that platform.

Oda told the magazine:

“Honestly, I feel like I joined the game industry at the best time. Typically, games would take half a year and no longer than a year to develop, so I feel like I was able to take part in a lot of different projects. It’s not that well known, but before Resident Evil went to the PlayStation, I was working on it for the Super NES.”

“This was back before the name Resident Evil had even been assigned to it. The codename for this was literally just ‘horror game.’ On the SNES, we were working with limited hard drive space, so it’s not like we could dump a movie in there. If we had actually completed it on the SNES, I’m sure it would have been considerably different. For example, it was originally set in a place that had nothing to do with reality – more of a hellish place.”


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  • Exy

    What a random time to bring this up.

    • GoldenTriforce

      A lot of random game history just comes up sporadically.

  • Radish

    With the way it turned out I’m glad it didn’t get released on SNES, considering how bad DOOM functioned on SNES. Though knowing Capcom, they would have made a version the SNES could handle which would have been amazing given their track record at the time.

  • Roto Prime

    I would love to see this….guess it would look something like this….

    • I’ve seen that video so many times hoping one day I could get a playable rom T_T

      • Roto Prime

        I think there is…can’t get it working….but look around the interner, you might find some info!!

        • Wanderlei

          Not sure but I think like reproduction cart company put it out on a cart. Unless I’m thinking of something else.

          • Roto Prime

            Only the clown knows…..

  • MajoraMan28

    Well, what do you know. Another game that was originally for the SNES that jumped to the PSX. RE later returned on the GC with its finest iteration (and best version of the multiplatform options out there).
    Hopefully FF returns with, ironically, the game they left Nintendo with.

  • Exposer

    Capcom was testing water with Nintendo not since the Switch, but since the SNES…

    • Roto Prime


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  • MoYeung

    “Typically, games would take half a year and no longer than a year to develop”

    I miss those days…

    • Wanderlei

      It also killed off all the mid size publishers, they either went broke or got bought out by the big publishers.