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Thomas the Tank Engine (NES proto) - Sourcing the cover art?


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I know, it's a kids game, but it's always been one of my favorite unreleased games. I have a weird soft spot for this game. I especially love the classic Thomas the Tank Engine songs re-created with triangle and square waves. What's unfortunate is a nice high-res copy of the cover art hasn't turned up in the past 10 years from what I've seen, but then I don't get around online that much. Does anyone have insight on this? Does the cover art for Thomas NES exist as a book cover or something elsewhere? Did a VidPro card for Thomas NES ever surface?

NES proto art:

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This cover art was also used for the Genesis and SNES versions, but only the Genesis version was also in a portrait orientation.

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I’m a Thomas fan myself!   I was actually talking to a another collector today about the possibility of vidpro.  I’ve heard there might be one but nobody seems to know forsure.  I would love to find the cover painting myself.  I do happen to have the Nes prototype cartridge which I cherish.  Good luck on your hunt.  I hope we both can manage a vidpro.  448F8DEF-042A-4653-9E87-431D6A1DC5D6.thumb.png.17fc34ad23ec3935dd2710a48af22ff8.png

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2 hours ago, Tulpa said:

THQ, huh?

How's it play? It is similar to James Bond Jr. quality, or Great Waldo Search quality? 😛

 

If it's similar to the one on the Genesis, I downloaded it and loaded it to my SNES Mini for my kids.  They were on a Thomas kick at that time.  They liked it.  There were about 5-8 various mini games. One was even like a Pipedream style game where you had to lay a track from a source to a destination. It was sllooooooow, but my kids still liked it.  There was even a read-a-long with voice audio, but there's no way they had that for the NES.

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On 10/12/2020 at 11:43 AM, Tulpa said:

THQ, huh?

How's it play? It is similar to James Bond Jr. quality, or Great Waldo Search quality? 😛

 

Haha, yeah you better be a young kid to really enjoy this one.  I’ve played it with my kids and it’s definately playable.  My son is a Thomas fan so he loved it.  

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Thomas the Tank Engine for NES is in most ways very similar to the SNES and Genesis versions with various mini games and story read-alongs, no voiceover though. One thing I find very interesting is you get three different stories in the NES version, but only two in the SNES and Genesis versions. The graphics are a bit ugly in places on the NES but the music is stunningly phenomenal. It makes me wonder who composed the music for the NES prototype.

Sure, it may be a game for kids, but I like it a lot, the pipedream-style track builder mini-game is a lot of fun just seeing how many track pieces you can get to fit and have it all still connect.

@Mydogsrule That's good news to hear there maybe a vidpro card out there for Thomas NES. Maybe one day it will be found. Very nice prototype cartridge too.

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