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The Lion King (Game Boy)

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Title Screen

The Lion King

Developer: Dark Technologies[1]
Publisher: Virgin Interactive[1]
Platform: Game Boy
Released in US: April 1995[1]
Released in EU: August 12, 1994[1]

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.

The Game Boy version of The Lion King is essentially a stripped-down port of the 16-bit versions with shakier controls, a missing level, and an inexplicably-mangled rendition of "Just Can't Wait to be King".

Infamously, this version was later ported to the NES in a severely-rushed state.

Unused Text

Present at 0x43EE is a snippet from Luke 18:16, which also made its way into the NES version.

Suffer little children to come unto me

Unused Graphics

Lion King (GB) level debug.png

There are leftover graphics data for a removed debug stage, although it's possible they were used to display collision and such during development. They are repeated a couple of times near the end of the ROM. Similar graphics can be found in the NES version.

(Source: cah4e3)

Level Select

Pause the game and press B, A, A, B, A, A to skip to the next level.

Unused Music

Almost a full third of the songs in the game are unused. None of these tracks are in the NES port.

Track #8 is a happy little fanfare that doesn't seem to be used in any of the other versions of the game.

Track #10 is the theme used for the "Simba's Exile" stage in the 16-bit versions of the game. Here, this stage uses "Under the Stars" as background music (which it shares with "Simba's Destiny"), a rather strange choice.

Track #12 is the song used for the Timon & Pumbaa's Bug Patrol minigame in other versions. In the Game Boy version, this minigame uses the same background music as whatever stage the player was last in.

Track #13 is Death Tag from other versions of the game. Here, dying or getting a Game Over doesn't change the background music at all.

Track #14 is King Tag from the Genesis version, which wasn't used there either!

Unused Level


The missing level, "Be Prepared", can be accessed by changing the level value to 07. It uses the name "Jungle Caverns", which is the same name seen in early prototypes of the game, and plays the Hyena Lairs music.

Unfortunately, only the text for the title remains. The level itself is blank with a few garbage tiles, and Simba will die instantly upon arrival.