Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill
|Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill|
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
|Planned Release Date|| Fall 1993
Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill is an unreleased game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis starring an anthropomorphic version of Bill Clinton's cat, Socks. The SNES version of the game was fully completed, but was cancelled for unknown reasons (supposedly the publisher running out of money). According to gaming magazines, Socks the Cat was about Socks fighting foreign spies and real-life politicians such as Ross Perot, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter.
Only one prototype has been found, which ended up in the possession of arcade owner and game collector Jason Wilson, also known as DreamTR. Despite continuous requests (several of which bordered on death threats), he refused to dump the ROM, as it would severely devalue the cartridge. Eventually, a friend uploaded an intentionally poor-quality five-minute video of the game on YouTube to mock retrogamers who demanded he dump the ROM for free.
In a forum thread on NintendoAge, DreamTR explained that he refused to dump the ROM, but would sell the prototype cartridge for a minimum of $5,000, or exchange it for a Medieval Madness pinball machine or Stadium Events box and manual. Another NintendoAge member, MinusWorlds, ended up purchasing the cartridge, promising to release it to the public in the form of limited reproduction cartridges. He also trademarked the game, as the original trademark had long expired.
On October 10, 2016, a Kickstarter project was started for Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill. On November 8, the Kickstarter project ended successfully, raising $33,148.