Connoisseurs of both gaming and rap music will no doubt be aware of Rap Quest, an ill-fated Game Boy title with the working title ‘Rap City’ that originally featured ’90s rapper Vanilla Ice before rights issues meant his music couldn’t be used. As we’ve reported before, Equilibrium Software completed work on the game and submitted it to Nintendo, although it was never released.
Fast forward past the Nintendo ‘gigaleaks’ of 2020/21 — when a host of historical internal Nintendo-related development material leaked onto the internet and the pre-release lot check Rap Quest ROM found its way online — and anyone with an internet connection and the means to write to a blank Game Boy cart can play the game in glorious pixel-perfect upscaled fidelity on one of those lovely new Analogue Pockets.
As highlighted by developer, gaming historian, and all-round good gaming egg Frank Cifaldi,
Vanilla ‘Cool Q’ looks incredibly sharp on the Analogue Pocket’s super-sharp screen. Observe, if you will, the flattest of tops:
If you’re wondering about the game, it puts you in the shoes of the world’s biggest rapper on a quest to save rap music itself by beating up hoodlums and finding discs hidden around each of the game’s five urban stages. GameBoyle goes into detail in the video below if you’re eager to hear more.
For us, we can’t stop zooming in on Cool Q’s hair — the more we do, the more appreciation we have for the masterful impressionist pixel art on display here. It really is very nice. Nice. Baby.
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