Game Buoy Podcast Episode 52 – The Never-Played Symphonies

Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to the Game Buoy podcast – your twice monthly port of call for gaming news and views that maybe aren’t on your radar, but most definitely should be! On this episode, recorded Sunday, May 4, 2014, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick discuss notable video games that were cancelled, stuck in development hell, saved from the brink of cancellation, or otherwise radically retooled.

This episode is dedicated to Bob Hoskins, star of the Super Mario Bros. movie, who passed away at the age of 71. We will always remember Mr. Hoskins for his portrayal of our favorite Italian-American plumber!


Mega Man Battle Network 3 has been confirmed for Wii U Virtual Console.

Xbox Originals will be TV content to ease the gap between game launches.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will include an HD version of Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment for its Western Release.

Mega Man is taking over the 3DS eShop for the month of May!

An anime adaptation of Persona 4 Golden will air in Japan starting in July.

Driveclub will come to PS4 on October 7.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, originally not planned for an Xbox One release, was available on the Xbox One store at launch.

SoulCalibur: Lost Swords is back online following launch issues.

Disney Infinity 2.0, featuring Marvel superheroes, is coming this year.

Tony Hawk’s Shred Session is coming to iOS and Android this summer.

Borderlands 2 co-op play on Vita is capped at 2 players.


Kadokawa has acquired Dark Souls developer From Software.

A new MMORPG from L&K Korea will bring you to the world of Record of Lodoss War!

Earthbound, USA is a documentary currently in production about the origin story of Nintendo’s cult classic.

Pokemon X & Y toys are coming to McDonald’s Happy Meals!

Nintendo will not be holding an E3 press conference, but will be showing games at E3.

You will be able to get a free Wii U game by registering Mario Kart 8.

Left 4 Dead: Survivors will be an arcade game released in Japan.

Rengeki Hero, a 3DS downloadable title from D3, is part JRPG, part shmup.

Pokemon Art Academy will teach you to draw using Pokemon!

Minecraft has reached 15 million games sold on PC.

Bloodrayne: Betrayal is now available on PC via Steam.

Stealth Inc. 2 has been announced as a Wii U exclusive and will be out this year.

CCP has revealed Project Legion, an effort to bring Dust 514 to the PC with all-new sandbox gameplay.

Leaks have pointed to a release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in November.

Defiance is going free to play next month.

Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition is making its way to the PC.

Super Time Force hits May 14.

Neversoft is losing its name as it merges with Infinity Ward.

Blizzard has released The Lost vikings, Rock ‘N’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorne for free on!


Cult County has missed its funding goal and is considering alternate methods of seeking funding.


This week, Captain Spike and First Mate Slagkick discuss The Never-Played Symphonies – games that were in development and shown to the public, but eventually canceled. From would-be classics like StarCraft: Ghost to sillier titles like Tattoo Assassins, the Podcast Pirates look at what was known about each game and why it got the axe. Also, the Pirates go over games that were radically retooled or saved from cancellation. They also briefly discuss some games that were due to be localized or ported that never went through.


Yuji Horii has teased Dragon Quest XI!

Several American companies are interested in the Yo-kai Watch anime, based on a popular Level 5 RPG.

The Attack on Titan 3DS game may come to North America.


– SMASH!: CCP Focuses On What It Knows Best: EVE Online and PC (USGamer)

This article turns the sad news of CCP abandoning World of Darkness around as a positive prospect for EVE Online and CCP’s efforts in the PC gaming market.

– TRASH!: I Played 45 Minutes of Destiny And It Was Kind Of Boring (Kotaku)

This reporter gives a lengthy review on the still in-development Destiny based on 45 minutes of gameplay.


Captain Spike has been playing Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Muramasa Rerbirth, Mario Golf 3DS, Infamous Second Son, and World of Warcraft! Slagkick has joined Spike on WoW, as well as spending time with Persona 3 Portable and Infamous Second Son.


This week we’re taking a look at games that were announced for release, and got some amount of media attention (e3 showings, trailers, demos, etc.) before disappearing forever. What never-released game do you wish you had gotten a chance to play?

Facebook bonus: Are there any games that you were looking forward to seeing localized only to have said localization cancelled?


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