Might & Magic II: Gate To Another World / Might and Magic: Book Two
Might & Magic II came out in both Japan and Europe, but the planned US version was cancelled. The Japanese and PAL releases are completely different games.
Thanks to Retromags for the magazine scans, and the Video Game History Foundation.
Last updated: July 22, 2018
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The North American version of Might & Magic II was supposed to be released in mid-1992. For some reason, it was cancelled and only released in Europe (the sequel, Might & Magic III had the opposite fate). The game was mentioned in the August 1991 issue of Gamepro. It was shown at the Winter 1992 CES, and a promo flyer was produced. For whatever reason, American Sammy was producing both the second and third titles simultaneously. The game received plenty of coverage in game magazines in mid-1992, and was reviewed in EGM and Gamepro.
|North American box art|
|Mention of the game in the August 1991 issue of Gamepro.
|Listing in the April 1992 issue of Gamepro.
|Preview in the April 1992 issure of EGM|
|Preview in the May 1992 issue of Gamepro.|
|Preview in the May 1992 issure of EGM|
|Review in the June 1992 issue of EGM|
|Review in the July 1992 issue of Gamepro|
|Advertisement in the August 1992 issue of Gamepro|
|Flyer handed out at a 1992 CES event. I found this on an Ebay auction many years ago.|
|Vidpro card (front), I found this on an auction a few years ago.|
|Vidpro card (back), I found this on an auction a few years ago. Likely the only picture we have of the planned back of the box.|
The prototype of this game is near final, but I have reason to suspect that it isn't final. When compared with the PAL version of the game, the in-game fonts are different, some letters are more blocky and is coloured white, while the PAL version is orange. If you look at the EGM preview above, it appears that the version they reviewed has the same orange coloured font as the PAL version. I also dug into the binary and found the text of the game. Some notable changes were that they changed references to death to something a bit more ambiguous, likely an example of Nintendo's famous early 90s censorship.
That said, I did a side by side play of the prototype and PAL version of the game, and everything was the same. This game is way too hard and involved for me to delve too much, but everything around the first town appeared to be the same. I would not expect huge differences within the game.
|Prototype - published by Sammy||PAL - released by Elite|
|Prototype - copyright information||PAL - copyright information|
|Prototype - title screen||PAL - title screen, note the change in font|
|Prototype - gameplay||PAL - gameplay|
|Prototype - "Death Strikes!!!"||PAL - "You are defeated!"|
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