This canceled N64 title is giving us serious ‘Akira’ bacteria

… combined with a dash of ‘Tron’ for good value

Image: Toho

One of the greatest tragedies of all time is Akira – one of the most influential anime and manga series – has never received a decent video game adaptation. Guaranteed, everyone triedbut fruitful efforts always seem to be unable to match the grandeur of Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterpiece.

Turns out we almost there was the next best thing in 1996 – an N64 game that borrowed heavily from Akira’s aesthetic without actually being an official game. Outsider was never officially announced at the time, but one of the developers behind it released an image of Twitter.

It is described as an open-world cycling game, with the main vehicle looking like a cross between Kaneda’s iconic red motorcycle and a Light Bike from Disney of the same name. Tron. The screenshot shows the bike moving in a futuristic city, not entirely different from Akira’s Neo Tokyo. Don’t know how far development progressed before unplugging.

The developer who shared these images hinted that the game was inspired by Western titles and that it was eventually boxed due to the arrival of the similarly themed PlayStation title by Climax Entertainment. Runabout in 1997 (also known as Felony 11-79).

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James Brien

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