Crazy Climber (GBC, Unreleased)

This is a series of assets for an unreleased Game Boy Color version of Crazy Climber developed in late 2000. These were compiled from a hard drive by the game’s artist, Kostandin Igor Ruiz, who sent us these files along with the full permission to release them online for future generations.

The ROM can be downloaded here.

Game Details

Crazy Climber was an arcade title produced by Nichibutsu in 1980. Designed by Shigeki Fujiwara, Crazy Climber is best known today for its unique controller setup. Two joysticks are used to simulate both hands going up and down — left joystick for the left hand;  right joystick for the right. Given this odd setup, very few ports would be created as they did not have the materials for a proper conversion. A magazine-exclusive 2600 port by Atari had somehow managed it using only one joystick and a button. The fact that a version was being developed on a limited system like the Game Boy is impressive on its own.

A rare glimpse at the unreleased DS version of Crazy Climber, intended for a Nitchibutsu collection that never came to fruition. Image: Kostandin Igor Ruiz

In September of 2000, Spanish coders Manuel Pazos and Igor Ruiz designed and completed their own Crazy Climber port within the span of two months. Manuel and Pazos had previously worked with each other under the name Toyonaka Studio, mainly doing freelance work on J2ME titles. It can be argued that this pitch demo was Toyonaka’s first delve into the console market.

Ramiro Arrarte, a friend of the two who worked as a producer, had contacted Nichibutsu to publish the game alongside their own in-house PS1 remake. Ramiro visited Nichibutsu’s office, but the flash cart he provided did not work and the game could not be shown off. This unfortunate accident — alongside the GBC becoming obsolete by late 2000  was the main cause for the game’s cancellation. Thankfully, Nichibutsu still gave Pazos and Ruiz permission to work with them for future consoles. GBA and Xbox versions were planned but never started development. A Nintendo DS port was done as part of a Nichibutsu collection with other titles like Moon Cresta, but this was never released either. It is unknown how far this version got.


The ROM can be downloaded here.

About Dylan Mansfield

Dylan Mansfield has been a writer and historian for Gaming Alexandria since 2018. For preservation inquiries, contact Dylan at @thatdylanfellow on Twitter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *