Wonderland Dizzy For NES Revived After 20 Years
Are you one of those old 80s gamers whose platform of choice in those days was a Commodore 64? Well in that case you have probably heard of a game series by the name of Dizzy which first made an appearance in the form of Dizzy – The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure in 1987. The puzzle platformer, published by Codemasters had two more sequels in the following years and became one of the best platformers of that time.
While the original game series, which included the first game, its sequels Treasure Island Dizzy and Fantasy Island Dizzy, was developed by twins Andrew and Philip Oliver, future sequels came under the wings of Big Red Software.
However, the twins didn’t just stop with those three games, they were also working on a fourth and final game by the name of Wonderland Dizzy which unfortunately was never released. This game was supposed to be released for NES in 1993.
Recently, it appears that the twins found some of their old data from Wonderland Dizzy during a retro gaming convention and decided to bring the project back to life (which resided on a 3.5 inch floppy disk, fully ready although needing compilation).
The brothers, who now run Radiant Worlds studio, indie developers responsible for SkySaga, a sandbox MMO for PC, contacted a Dizzy fansite, Yolkfolk.com for help in compiling the game. A few days later, a Polish coder by the name of Lukasz Kur had created a ROM image of Wonderland Dizzy for the twins.
“We were amazed, he had got it working and we were finally able to see the game up and running again through an emulator,” Philip said. “But it was very hard and slightly buggy so we spoke to Lukasz and asked him if could fix some of the problems and add a fun mode with infinite lives.”
If you were a fan of the series or weren’t even born then and would definitely like to check it out (because everyone knows, some of the best platformers were from Mega Drive and C64 days), you can find Wonderland Dizzy for free here. There is also a competition in place to win prizes as well as an auction to help Children in Need charity drive.