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The game's world was originally called Orthodoxia, but this was later changed to Cvstodia.
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
Kirby's Adventure
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Within the game's data are unused graphics for a an ability that would see Kirby shrink down to a small size. Because of their placement in the game's data, it's speculated that this ability was replaced by the UFO power.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
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Unused graphics in the data suggest this game could have been brought to European countries under the name "Dancing Stage Solo". It is unknown why this version was not released.
Contributed by psyducklover13
Street Fighter X Tekken
Cole, Toro and Kuro all have continue animations for the Arcade Mode in the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Because neither of these characters are playable in this mode, these animations go unused.
Contributed by ShyanVixen
SoulCalibur II
There's data within the game's files for two unused characters, Wovama and Q.Takagi. When hacked into the game, both characters use Cassandra's model and will randomly pick a weapon and moveset. While the model and movesets for both character's were never created, their names do appear on the verses screen. But when used in game, Wovama's name remains blank under her health meter, and Q.Takagi's name will change to Spawn. Because neither character have models, it is speculated that they were cut very early in the game's development.
Contributed by ShyanVixen
The data for the American version of the GBA release suggests that a Japanese version for the game was planned. However, because the GBA was discontinued the previous year in that country, it was cancelled.
Contributed by GamerBen144
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
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At one point, the W Emblem was going to be purple. This would imply that when Mario equips the W Emblem, it was originally going to make Mario’s clothes transform into Waluigi’s clothes, as opposed to this happening by equipping the L and W Emblems in the final game.
Sonic Heroes
All 12 playable characters have dialogue in the game that goes completely unused. The audio references an object that's referred to as an Omochao-themed gate. This gate would've been opened via the use of a nearby Omochao. However, no such "Omochao Gate" appears anywhere in the game, and Omochao himself does not physically appear in any level of the game either.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
In the Nintendo Switch version, there is unused data. This includes text and button icons for the Wii U controller, that may suggest a Wii U version was planned at some point.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
The game was originally to be titled Beyond instead of Anthem. The reason for this previous name was because of what the developers would hope the game would be about, going beyond the walls of your fort into the dangerous wilds. T-shirts were even printed with "Beyond" on them for the staff. However, less than a week before the game's public reveal at E3 in June of 2017, it was decided to use their back-up name for the game, Anthem, after they were told that securing the trademark for Beyond would be too difficult.

The game's developers weren't as enthusiastic about the new title with everyone stating "‘Well, that doesn’t make any sense—what does this have to do with anything?’"
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
During development, the game was given the codename "Dylan", in reference to the singer Bob Dylan. The reason for this was because they wanted the project to be the "Bob Dylan of video games", something that gamers would be referencing for years after.
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Series: Alex Kidd
In a 2018 interview with Kotaru Hayashida, it was revealed that the Alex Kidd franchise was originally envisioned as an adaptation of the popular 1984 manga Dragon Ball. However, because Sega lost the license to the comic partway through development, they had to refocus the first game into an original IP. Among other changes, Goku was redesigned into a lookalike of his inspiration, Chinese literary character Sun Wukong, and his Nyoi-Bo staff attack was replaced with a simple punch.
Contributed by game4brains
Series: Alex Kidd
In an Sega.jp Meisaku interview with game's creator Kotaru Hayashida (aka Ossale Kohta), he was asked why did he wanted to use jan-ken-pon (rock–paper–scissors) in boss fights. And he responded:

"That was also one of our concepts to differentiate our game from Mario. It a very fanciful, absurd idea. There were various reactions, like “What the hell! Isn’t this supposed to be an action game?!” or “I lost the rock-paper-scissors match and its Game over!? This sucks.” Definitely, for people who are good at action games to lose everything and Game Over because of a rock paper scissors match… yeah, that sucks.

The staff at Sega shared these concerns, but I wanted to know how players would react to it, so I left it in."
Contributed by ProtoSnake
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Originally the development team consider using Bowser's car from Super Mario 3D World for Mario to drive around in the Super Mario 3D World style, but they instead decided to go with the Koopa Troopa car because of how difficult it would've been to replicate Bowser's car in Super Mario Maker 2.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Seiken Densetsu 3
There were two factors that prevented Seiken Densetsu 3 from being localized back in the mid 1990s. According to former Squaresoft employer Fehdrau, the first was that there were glitches in the Japanese version that wouldn't be able to pass Nintendo of America's certification process. According to Retro Gamer Magazine, the second one was that there was a lot of text. Squaresoft (now Square Enix) declared that fixing these issues for a localization would be too costly on a system that late in its life cycle.
Contributed by raidramon0
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In an Sega.jp Meisaku interview with game's creator Kotaru Hayashida (aka Ossale Kohta), he stated that the 'Octopus Sushi' was originally going to have at least 8 arms. But it was impossible, due to an issue with the sprites.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Superman 64
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In the prototype version of this game, a 3D model of the Titus fox was used as opposed to a 2D one seen in the final release.
Contributed by psyducklover13
Tekken Tag Tournament
According to producer Katsuhiro Harada, SEGA offered a free Virtua Fighter character to be added into the game if the game was ported to the Dreamcast.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
Mortal Kombat X
In February 2015, Warner Bros was given a small window of permission from Todd McFarlane to use Spawn in its games. However, Ed Boon was unaware of the offer two months later, despite revealing that Spawn was discussed as a potential guest character. Spawn would later be added in Mortal Kombat 11.
During development, Psyduck was considered as the mascot of the other game instead of Eevee. This idea was scrapped because of Psyduck having similar colours to Pikachu.
Contributed by psyducklover13
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