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Star Wars: The Old Republic
In 2018, former game director for Star Wars: The Old Republic, James Ohlen, said in an interview with GameInformer that he regretted having not pushed it to be "Knights of The Republic online" as opposed to making it traditional in the style of World of Warcraft, referring to it as "Star Wars World of Warcraft."
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
Animal Crossing
In an early announcement trailer for the Nintendo Gamecube, Animal Crossing was called (or at least promoted as) "Animal Forest for Nintendo Gamecube", outright referencing the original Japanese title of the game (Dōbutsu no Mori or "Animal Forest" in English). This suggests that either the English localizers were thinking of keeping the game's original title, albeit translated, or the title "Animal Crossing" was not yet finalized.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
A PlayStation release was planned and almost finished, however the game was cancelled because it didn't meet EA's standards.
Contributed by GamerBen144
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
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According to Chris Glass, a member of the game's development team, the texture used for the bark on tree trunks is simply a green-tinted photograph of feces.
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Super Mario All Stars
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The Wart Boss Fight was originally going to sport tomato projectiles like its original incarnation in Super Mario Bros 2 featured. They were replaced with cabbages in the final release, but the tomato sprite is still present in the game, albeit unused.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
The Xbox 360 version has text stating "PS3 Online Data Incorrect,". This suggests that a PlayStation 3 release may have been planned at one point during development.
Contributed by GamerBen144
Despite the fact that multiplayer-heavy games like Splatoon 2 required the use of a phone app for online voice chat previously, it was discovered in early June 2018, around the time of E3, that the Switch actually had the ability to have Native voice chat, a feature that was finally implement with the help of Epic Games. It can be accessed by plugging in a set of headphones with voice capabilities. Nintendo enabled this feature on June 14th with the first game utilizing it being the widely popular Fortnite.

It is unknown why this feature was previously unused.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
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The Baby Yoshi seen in an egg half hatched on the game's Japanese title screen has an unused graphic of it's full body, suggesting that the game was originally intended to show Baby Yoshis both fully hatched and half hatched.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Mega Man Zero 4
At one point, Mega Man Zero 4 was almost a completely different game. Rather than continuing where Mega Man Zero 3 left off, Takuya Aizu wanted to create "Mega Man Zero 1.5" in order to fill in the gaps between Mega Man Zero and Mega Man Zero 2. However, Capcom insisted on a true Zero 4.
Street Fighter V
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Sakura's design had gone through several different changes during it's development. Among those scrapped concepts include a Motion Capture actress and a Mountain Climbing Guide.
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When the game was released on mobile platforms in Japan, the key art for certain characters were changed. Characters were altered to have less revealing outfits compared to the promotional material.
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Nier
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During concepting phases, Kaine was at one point planned to be more elegant and dressed modestly, and she would wield one of the dropped tomes, Grimoire Schwarz. There were also concepts of a younger Kaine.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
According to Sakurai's Famitsu column, he chose to build the game off of the previous entry's mechanics instead of building the game from scratch as choosing the later would have caused a large portion of the game's roster to be cut. This would be due to the fact that more time would have had to be put into rebuilding each individual character.
He also remarked this decision allowed for more focus to be put on other aspects of the game.
Contributed by Boyobmas
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
In an interview, art director Yasushi Yamaguchi was asked about how his team came up with the idea of having 2-players, he commented:

"The development of Sonic 2 was informed by two factors: the things we couldn’t do in the first game, and the response/feedback from players. The idea of controlling Tails came from programmer Yuji Naka, who wanted a kind of “1.5 player” game—something where it would be ok if the second player died. He wanted to allow for a tandem experience where both skilled and unskilled players could enjoy the game together."
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Spoiler:In the junkyard sequence, the original Kara android from the tech demo that inspired Detroit: Become Human can be found among the wreckage in an extremely dilapidated state. She sings the same song that she can be heard singing in the tech demo.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Kingdom Hearts III
According to Tetsuya Nomura, the aesthetic and environment design for part of the Hercules-based "Olympus" world was primarily inspired by California's Yosemite National Park, despite, story-wise, taking place in Ancient Greece. This decision came about when co-director Tai Yasue had visited the real-world location.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
When Miis speak the word "Direct", they'll do the pose that Satoru Iwata was known for having done in Nintendo Directs when saying "Directly".
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Street Fighter
At one point in development, there were plans for an NES release that ultimately never came out.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
ToeJam & Earl III was originally going to be subtitled "All Funked Up" but the name was changed due to concerns that it would be perceived as something inappropriate.
Contributed by KidDivinegon
Pokemon Gold & Silver
Originally, the region of Johto was based on the entirety of Japan, rather than just the Kansai region, with towns and dungeons based on areas within the country, such as Hokkaido (called North in the Spaceworld 97 demo), Osaka (which was called West and likely became Goldenrod City) and Mt. Fuji (which likely became Mt. Silver). Due to this, Kanto, which was based on the region in Japan of the same name, was compressed into a single map, with Blue as the Gym Leader.
Contributed by Cavery210
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