What happened to this Nintendo DS game for girls?
At the end of the 2000s, 505 Games and Crush digital media planned to release a Nintendo DS game based on Bad girls, coming-of-age comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. However, there is no evidence the game ever released, leaving many expert DS watchers to view games as “lost media”. But now the “lost” game has finally surfaced, almost entirely the result of the efforts of one Raven Simone (known as Bobdunga on YouTube), which comes from posted a full playthrough.
DS adaptation of Bad girls was first announced in 2008, alongside adaptations of Pretty in pink and Distraught (like if). But it apparently never came out and became the domain of sites like The Lost Media Wiki.
Whispers of Bad girls have appeared on the web from time to time. A Best Buy listing for a used copy of the game features a product review, posted just six months ago, which suggests someone got their hands on it: “Decent DS game for $ 8, I mean you get what you expect from a tie of movie in the game, like so just a bunch so mini games [sic]. “This list is currently marked as ‘out of stock’. An Amazon listing also says that Bad girls Is exhausted. It currently lists four reviews (five stars overall!), Three of which say something to the effect that it was never published. A New page simply lists the game as “out of stock”.
The Lost Media Archive Wiki complaints this Bad girls released in Europe, which could be true, but there is no compelling evidence to prove it. a archived article from 2017 from 505 games, Bad girls‘, even suggests that the game has never seen a commercial release: “According to our own retail teams, Bad girls was never released for the Nintendo DS, and unused game assets are not available for distribution. (505 Games did not respond to a request for comment from Kotaku in time for publication.)
So it was quite surprising in May when Raven (who asked to be called by her first name) revealed that she got her hands on the long-rumored DS game via a naughty trailer for the upcoming second part of his documentary, The Lost Media Girls Games. In the in two parts documentary series, Raven recounts her efforts to bring the game to light, stylized as a fashionable real criminal docuseries. Here is the first part:
“One of the biggest hurdles was probably timing,” Raven said. Kotaku in an email. “My entire time was spent researching and finding more leads, because often I came into contact with people just to make the track cool.”
After months of dead ends, an anonymous team member who worked on the original game was impressed with Raven’s video on a canceled DS game in the same way Distraught, and shared a copy of Bad girls with it accordingly. From there began the arduous process of debugging and emulation. Raven teamed up with a programmer known as TOMYSSHADOW to make the thing work and be playable.
“It was a long process and I had no prior knowledge,” says Raven. Those looking for a full overview of nuts and bolts in the process can find one written in the description of the video of the complete set, and developed in a pinned comment by TOMYSSHADOW.
The end result, a playable version of the Bad girls DS game, turned out … not so great! Although the game clearly respects the source material, showing key events from the film, such as the infamous talent show scene in which the main cast dresses up as a small group of SantaCon revelers – the foundational gameplay loop is mostly a collection of uninspired minigames.
It was also a disaster laden with insects. The ROM first suffered from an infinite loop error – barely 14 minutes. Sometimes chapters would crash completely, or even force the player to rerun them from scratch. Bugs aside, some minigames, like the aforementioned talent contest, required the precision of a real stylus, which is difficult to reproduce with a mouse in an emulator. At the end of her game, Raven was only able to achieve 97% completion for the game.
“If this game had been released in 2009, I probably would have played it and enjoyed it to some extent (although I realize it’s more or less a shovel). The main attachment would have been that it was about Bad girls and I was a teenager, ”Raven said. “Playing it now as an adult, problems and all, though: a whole different experience. “
Even so, commentators seem to appreciate everything she’s done to finally bring Bad girls in the light, a rare feat of relentless perseverance and digital archeology. “It’s legendary in the preservation world,” said one. Another said: “She is such a legend. … I really never thought this game would be found.