This is a strange prototype. The prototype cart is addressed to "Daily News". Donkeykang182 told me that he thinks this was sent to the New York Daily News. It comes in a US cart shell, and has a D411A lockout chip (indicating US region), but the prototype is of the PAL version of the game. I did a direct comparison, and it was only 19 bytes different from the PAL version:
00007FD0: 44 20 00007FD1: 4E 20 00007FD2: 45 20 00007FD3: 57 20 00007FDC: CA 06 00007FDD: 2C 2E 00007FDE: 35 F9 00007FDF: D3 D1 0002FFF8: 02 FF 0002FFF9: 59 FF 0002FFFA: 56 FF 0002FFFB: 61 FF 0003FF78: 02 FF 0003FF79: 58 FF 0003FF7A: 55 FF 0003FF7B: 60 FF 00050FFC: E5 E4 00050FFE: E6 66 00050FFF: BB 00 End of both files.
The bytes with 0x7Fxx are header bytes that do not affect the game. The bytes from 0x7FD0 to 0x7FD3 spell out "DNEW", which is obviously a watermark. I put some of the other bytes into a debugger, and it seems to affect the left and right motion of Spiderman. Probably just some minor bugfixes.
The developer of the game was Software Creations, which is based out of Manchester, UK. It appears that the PAL version of the game must have been finished first, and that is what was sent to media in the US for review.
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