Days of Thunder (NES, Mindscape)
|Days of Thunder|
This game has unused graphics.
This game has a development article
|This game was never completed and/or given a public release.|
As a result of this, keep in mind that the developers might have used or deleted some of the content featured here, had the game actually been released.
Mindscape's NES Days of Thunder was developed internally by just four people: Chris Oberth, Lou Haehn (program, design, audio), Mark Sprenger, and Keith Cooper (graphics).
Like the version developed by Beam Software, the game uses 3D graphics, but that's about where its similarities end. The 3D effect in this game is in first-person (Beam's version has it in third-person), and for the qualifying races only. The main game is played from a bird's-eye view where the player must steer their car by pressing Up and Down.
When in came to testing the two versions, the QA testers preferred Beam's, resulting in the Mindscape one being scrapped.
Unlike most prototypes or unreleased games that are found on ROMs, this game was found as source code spread over 20 5¼" floppy disks that Chris had kept over the years. Chris unfortunately passed away in 2012, but his family sent the disks over to the Video Game History Foundation who, with much effort, were able to compile a complete working copy of the game.
Part of the graphics seem to have been written over the title screen graphics from the NES Paperboy, which had been published by Mindscape.
|Days of Thunder||Paperboy|
The NASCAR series
|Windows||NASCAR Racing 2003 Season|
|PlayStation||NASCAR 98 • NASCAR 99 • NASCAR Thunder 2004|
|PlayStation 2||NASCAR Thunder 2003 • NASCAR Thunder 2004 • NASCAR 06: Total Team Control|
|Nintendo 64||NASCAR 99 • NASCAR 2000|
|GameCube||NASCAR Thunder 2003|
|Xbox||NASCAR Thunder 2003 • NASCAR Thunder 2004 • NASCAR 06: Total Team Control|
|Windows||NASCAR Road Racing • NASCAR SimRacing|
|Game Boy Color||NASCAR Racers • NASCAR Heat • NASCAR Challenge|
|Dusenberry Martin Racing/704Games/Motorsport Games|
|PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows||NASCAR Heat 2 • NASCAR Heat 5|
|NES||Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge|
|Nintendo 3DS||NASCAR Unleashed|
|NES||Days of Thunder (Beam Software) • Days of Thunder (Mindscape)|
|PlayStation 3||Gran Turismo 5 (Prototype) • Gran Turismo 6 (Prototype)|
|Xbox One, Windows||Forza Motorsport 7|
|iOS, Android||Real Racing 3|