PROTO DERE .NES - A Lost, Unreleased NES Game Resurfaces

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PROTO DERE .NES - A Lost, Unreleased NES Game Resurfaces


The creation of the ancient PROTO DERE .NES led to AppSir's modern day hits DERE .EXE and DERE EVIL .EXE. For 33 years, the cartridge could not be found.

While not as big as AppSir's modern titles, it was an important artifact that was sought after for decades. Recently, a Facebook user was able to track down the original cart for the unfinished NES game ‘PROTO DERE .NES’ and dump the ROM online. He posted this in the Obscure NES Games Group.

“Guys, I think I found something! Apparently, it’s a lost NES port of the old PROTO DERE arcade game which was showcased in 2017 for the AppSir launch party. I couldn’t find information about the game in any of the listings. It’s either an obsure bootleg, or a pre-production cart that never made it to release. Despite the internal damage on the game’s circuit board, I was able to rip the ROM so you guys can have a look at it. It’s filled with glitches, but I’m certain I didn’t corrupt the ROM. That’s how it played when I got it working on my dusty old NES, so maybe that’s why it was never released.”


Other users expressed their excitement for the game’s discovery with some inquiring about the possibility of buying the physical cartridge. Some users have even claimed to have played the unreleased NES game before and have started sharing their nostalgic experiences. However, the group has now been archived as some of its users have been found dead.



Fortunately, for fans of the series, the game is now available as free DLC for the Steam version of DERE EVIL EXE and can now be played on a home computer by using an emulator such as FCEUX.

Download PROTO DERE .NES





Official description of the game - circa 1985


Internet user "kirkyeehee" showing off a cartridge of the game

More screenshots: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7e0tgoii36u0cio/PROTO%20DERE%20NES%20Screenshots.zip?dl=0

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