The Beavis and Butt-Head arcade game prototype - restored


There was a Beavis and Butt-Head arcade game prototype that never turned into a finished product. That arcade game has not only been uncovered, it's been restored.


Galloping Ghost Arcade in Chicago managed to get its hands one of the ultra rare Beavis and Butt-Head prototypes built by Atari in 1996 to cash in on the superstardom of the show. Only 12 were made.

Galloping Ghost Arcade found the prototype wouldn't work, so set about restoring it to working order. The work done was explained in a Facebook post (via Arcade Heroes):

When we received the cabinet, its proprietary CD drive was not working and the game was completely dead. The drive had an odd ribbon cable we'd not seen before. The jamma based PCB looked to be in very nice shape as did the entire cabinet. The CDs would not recognize in a PC so we were unsure of their functionality. The cabinet was very clean and contained the original sales documentation stating it was sold at an MTV auction in 1999 and was one of only 12 made. I'm certain not all 12 are still in existence any more. Our is Prototype #9.

While the game would not start, when the reset button in the cabinet was pressed, a 3DO logo would display. That sparked the idea to go do a little research on the 3DO. It quickly looked like the drive in the old Panasonic 3DO used the same cable. We went out the next day and found a used 3DO and opened it up. Taking the drive out and just connecting it to the PCB did not start the drive properly. So we put the drive back in the 3DO and let the Power go from the 3DO to the drive and the data cable go to the Beavis and Butthead PCB.

Moments later Seth Young and I heard the incredibly recognizable music of the Beavis and Butthead theme song. Now it is available for all to play!

The game had beat 'em up elements with mini-game bonus rounds. Sounds good, right? Wrong. Feedback tests suggested the game wasn't up to much and it was cancelled.

This week the restored prototype was added to the Galloping Ghost Arcade floor, if you find yourself in Chicago and fancy a punt. The 2011 video, below, shows the prototype in action.

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