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Beavis and Butt-Head is an cancelled 1996 arcade beat 'em up game that was in development by Atari based on the popular MTV cartoon of the same name. The game was built using 3DO-based hardware. The game borrows ideas from the cartoon, alternately asking players to work together or fight each other (outside in a mud pit using boxing gloves on the end of baseball bats, naturally).[1]

It was tested poorly and was never completed (4 of 6 levels were done).[2] Another reason of the game's cancellation was because Midway bought Atari and cancelled all of Atari's projects such as Primal Rage II.

12 prototype machines of the game were sold at an MTV auction in 1999 and several of them were seen in California Extreme from 2007 to 2013.[3][4]

On April 6, 2016, Galloping Ghost Arcade picked up prototype #9 of the game after Jeremy Fox of Prince Arcades sold it and was not working. They were able to get it working again by finding a used 3DO in the next day. The game was now playable at the Galloping Ghost Arcade.[5] However, they refused to release the ROM online.


  1. Rarest, Craziest, Most Memorable Arcade Games of California Extreme Wired.com Retrieved 19 June '16.
  2. Lost Beavis and Butt-Head Arcade Game Found, Restored And Now Playable Kotaku.com Retrieved 19 June '16.
  3. Galloping Ghost Arcade Restores Rare Beavis And Butt-Head Arcade Protoype Tech Times Retrieved 19 June '16.
  4. CAX Games List 2013 California Extreme Retrieved 19 June '16.
  5. Beavis and Butt-Head now at Galloping Ghost Arcade Galloping Ghost Arcade Retrieved 19 June '16.