Resident Evil Was Originally Intended For The SNES

In a recent interview with Game Informer, director Koji Oda chatted with them about Resident Evil, and how it was originally intended for the SNES.

“Honestly, I feel like I joined the game industry at the best time,” said Oda. “Typically, games would take half a year and no longer than a year to develop, so I feel like I was able to take part in a lot of different projects. It’s not that well known, but before Resident Evil went to the PlayStation, I was working on it for the Super NES.”

The game was originally meant to be a spiritual sequel to the NES game Sweet Home, but due to the success of the PlayStation, Capcom decided to move it over to Sony’s console. At this point however, the game wasn’t named Resident Evil, “This was back before the name Resident Evil had even been assigned to it,” said Oda. “The codename for this was literally just ‘horror game’.”

Koji Oda also mentions that when they were working on the SNES version, they were working with limited hard drive space, and advised that if it would have been completed it would have been “considerably different.”



    1. With the Switches success and all of us in the Nintendo camp bashing C”r”apcom for not making sense lately, it appears they finally made some smart moves by releasing no brainers like Megaman on Switch. Here’s hoping they take more risks and release other things on Switch as I feel the Switch has the audience to support multiple types of games that are not just made by Nintendo.

        1. Lol, it’s a start though( well technically Ultra Street Fighter was but…) capcom was pretty much thinking all they had to release was 2-3 games and then it would be Wii U all over again. With the Switch they have no choice but to take notice and think about if they want to make more money, they have to stop holding Sony’s hand and bring somethings over to Switch.

    1. No, steve is right. If you read the last paragraph, you’d notice the guy said the game would have been considerably different from the iconic game on the PlayStation that kickstarted one of the best franchises in video game history if it had released on the SNES.

        1. I get it now. You think it would have been better on the SNES because it was a Nintendo system while the PlayStation is just some shitty Sony system. I remember the days when I was a Nintendo fanatic, too.

            1. Grow up? Says the guy that thinks Iwata is a god & that Resident Evil would have been loads better on a weaker system from a previous gen than the masterpiece it was on PlayStation simply because that older, weaker system was a Nintendo system. And calling someone a kid because they aren’t agreeing with your very biased opinion also says a lot about who’s the one that should really grow up. *shrug* Whatever, though. To each their own opinion.

                1. Little girl? I’m a guy.

                  Kid games? Some of the games I play are Nintendo games (the most recent being Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild & Super Mario Odyssey) so you just insulted Nintendo there, bub.

                  Posting porn on Discord? lol Well that was completely out of nowhere. But no. I don’t post porn on Discord. (I could if I wanted to but I have respect for the people I’m in a group with.) Speaking of Discord, you probably think Nintendo’s shitty system for voice chat through a smartphone for Switch is the best thing ever, don’t you?

                2. Probably thought everything about Shitverse-err, I mean Miiverse was perfect, too…

  1. So glad they weren’t able to release this on the SNES as it might have not been the awesome game it was that kick started one of the best video game franchises in video game history.

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