Nintendo's Luigi has been discovered in an unreleased retro racing game for the Sega Dreamcast
The retro gaming community seems to be making weird headlines on an almost daily basis. Not too long ago, we published an article about the ludicrous price at which a factory sealed copy of the retro Jump 'n' Run Super Mario 64 was sold at an auction in Dallas earlier this year. While some retro gamers seem to be angry at these allegedly manipulated prices of retro games, others are taking on the quest of archiving unreleased retro game prototypes.
Exactly that is the ultimate goal of the so-called "Project Deluge", for which news and updates are regularly posted on the website Hidden Palace. Just recently, the contributors of the project published details on overall 349 Xbox and 135 Dreamcast games that have never been released to the public. While assessing these unreleased retro games, a member of the community has unexpectedly found a Nintendo character in Sega GT, an unfinished racing game for Sega's Dreamcast console (from US$229 on Amazon) which was originally released in Japan in 1998.
The curious fan of retro games has not found any character, but Luigi, brother of Nintendo's world famous gaming character Mario. In Sega GT, Luigi appears in a hidden race and therefore was probably intended to be an easter egg or inside joke among the developers of the racing game. Due to fairly obvious legal reasons, it is likely that Luigi would not have made it into the final release version of the game, which is why this discovery is so unique and fascinating at the same time.
Beware, this is completely crazy!!!— Sega Dreamcast Info (@CombyLaurent1) September 18, 2021
Secret race in a Dreamcast prototype of SEGA GT !!!
Name of the race is "sonygt2" !!!
Who's there? It's Luigi !!!!!!!!#sega #dreamcast #Nintendo pic.twitter.com/ajqb0crQ8l