On Tuesday, YouTuber Stephen Reese a.k.a. Archon 1981 graced the internet with news on a wrestling game called UWC, which was developed by SETA for the Nintendo Entertainment System at some point in 1989. According to Reese, the Japanese-based SETA shipped a cartridge to NES’ American headquarters for review, but that was where the game’s story ostensibly ended. Reese entertains a few theories as to why the game never carried forth into production and distribution, but as yet it’s anyone’s guess.
Thanks to a personal rapport with a former Nintendo employee, Reese himself got ahold of the game—to be clear, he wound up with the very cartridge that was sent to Nintendo America three decades ago, as this is perhaps the only known copy of the game in existence. After apprehending and playing the game, Reese broadcast news of its existence, plus a healthy sum of footage, on his YouTube channel. Take a look:
As of now, the only means we have of experiencing the NES’ lost UWC game is the above video, but Reese suggests he wants to distribute a playable version of the game in some form. Keep a look out for further news on this newly dug-up gem!
Images: Archon 1981