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Prerelease:The Lion King (Genesis)

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This page details prerelease information and/or media for The Lion King (Genesis).

Although most of the game's progress appears to have been made on the SNES, several Sega magazines received copies of the game at various points of development.

Early Genesis Build

The health and roar bars are the same as those found in the early SNES prototype, but with a slight change - the roar bar has been moved to the bottom right of the screen. The backgrounds in The Pridelands and Simba's Return match those found in that same prototype, but the Elephant Graveyard screenshot shows significant progress has been made. In the final, the skull is more covered at the bottom.

(Source: Computer & Video Games Magazine September 1994)

Unknown Later Build

The health and roar bars are different to the ones seen in the final, with different coloring. These bars have yet to be shown in a screenshot for the SNES game in any form. There's also a different font used for the lives, seen in early SNES screenshots. Finally, there's a vulture at the bottom of The Elephant Graveyard, but it's possible that the player just fell down from the top of the skull and the vulture chased Simba down there.

(Source: Sega Visions August 94)

Near Final


In the final game, the hyenas here are cutscene characters, not regular enemy sprites. Simba's sprite also looks more distressed. No known prototypes show this version.

(Source: Megazin December 1994)

Early Advert

An early advertisement seen in multiple magazines shows a few near-final screenshots.

LionKingPre-Advert2.jpg The health and roar bars are shown above the scene, rather than at the top of it in the final.

LionKingPre-Advert1.jpg This Scar sprite does not exist in the final game. The falling sprite he has is completely different.