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Platform Nintendo Entertainment System
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Planned Release Date USA Spring 1990[1]
Also Known As
Sim City

SimCity is an open-ended city-building video game planned for the NES and SNES. However, only the SNES version was released. In 2005, Nintendo Power announced the discovery of a prototype cartridge, which was found in the desk of editor Scott Pelland.

In August 2017, two prototype copies of SimCity were discovered,[2] one of which appears to be the copy featured in Nintendo Power. The game was also showcased at 2017's Portland Retro Gaming Expo.[3] Additionally, Steve Lin, a member of the Video Game History Foundation, contributed a substantial amount of money to have the game's ROM preserved for educational purposes.[4]

On December 25, 2018, Lin released the game's ROM, and it is available for download from the Internet Archive.[5]

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  1. "Another of the games we hinted at last issue is the NES version of the home computer mega-hit SimCity, scheduled for Spring release. The city-building simulator is an engrossing strategy game that requires planning and brain power rather than quick reflexes to win. As the mayor of a growing city, you'll try to keep your citizens happy by zoning your city in a productive fashion. You also might find yourself rebuilding after a city crunching disaster such as a giant monster attack, tornado or earthquake. The early NES version we saw played a little different than the P.C. version, but it had all the same options." Nintendo Power, issue 18 (page 89).
  2. NintendoAge. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  3. NintendoAge. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  4. The Video Game History Foundation. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. Internet Archive. Retrieved December 25, 2018.