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Resident Evil Zero
The idea of not having "item boxes" in the game was based on "Sweet Home". The team wanted to remove it, so that it would feel a lot harder to play.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Alien: Isolation
At one point in development, it was planned for the Working Joe enemy to quote lines from William Shakespeare in a malevolent manner. However, it was ultimately decided it didn't fit with the tone of the game and the few recorded lines were cut from the game.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
Series: Grandia
In an interview, game's art director Hidenobu Takahashi stated that the title of the game came from a Formula One race car.

"To us it means a variety of specialists coming together to challenge themselves with a new design. How can we create something amazing? That’s the single question we ask when we’re developing a game, and we’ll work ourselves to the bone to answer it. It’s the same as an F1 team, where they get specialists from all different fields together to build the fastest car. We’re in the final stages of our work here, so please look forward to Grandia soon!."
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Project X Zone
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Concept art shows that Mii Kouryuji had a different hairstyle, which was changed one month after the character designs were completed.
Contributed by Operationgamer17
Series: F-Zero
In 2011, Nintendo of Europe approached developer Criterion to create a pitch demo for a new F-Zero game to be shown at E3 2011 alongside the unveiling of the Wii U. However, due to the studio at the time busy with development on Need for Speed: Most Wanted for multiple platforms, they couldn't spare any resources to create it in time so they turned down the offer.
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven
There are unused voice files in the game for Part 6 Jotaro, who isn't present in the final game aside from an image in the game's credits.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
Final Fantasy VII
In the early development stages, producer Tetsuya Nomura planned to have only three playable characters in the entire game. However, during a phone call with Yoshinori Kitase, they decided that one of the three characters should be permanently killed off. After the staff chose Aerith, Nomura created Tifa as another possible love interest for Cloud.
Contributed by raidramon0
Street Fighter II
At one point, the development team wanted to implement pressure sensitive buttons similar to those found in certain cabinets of the original Street Fighter, but they decided to go with a 6-button layout because that was the kind of arcade machine that was available to them.
Contributed by ZpaceJ0ck0
According to game's designer Richard Lemarchand, the Tibetan village in the game was inspired by the 2008 video game The Graveyard developed by Tale of Tales. The game's title affected him a lot more than he expected, with its simple experience of leading a slowly-moving elderly lady through a graveyard.

"I thought that in the same way that The Graveyard had created a space for me where I could reflect, so could our village."
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury
Near the scouter entries for Android #18 in the ROM are unused scouter entries for Android #13, Android #14, Android #15 and Super Android #13 from the movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13.
Contributed by billebobfacts
Super Mario Odyssey
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The art of Super Mario Odyssey reveals that Rosalina was going to appear in the game as a non-playable-character in casual attire with a guitar. The book also reveals several unused outfits for Mario, such as the green Sprixie Princess from Super Mario 3D world, a Toadette costume, a costume of a Luma from Super Mario Galaxy, and a costume of Mario in a Japanese school girl outfit.
Contributed by CLXcool
Series: F-Zero
According to a Famicon Tsuushin magazine interview, with Shigeru Miyamoto, the cars in the game hover so that Nintendo didn't have to animate the car's tires.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Found within the game's data are unused themes of the mini-games "Let's Get a Move on" and "Pandemonium" from Mario Party 3 and 9 respectively, suggesting mini-games from Mario Party 3 and 9 that used those tracks were intended to be included in the game.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Console: Wii
Two prototypes surfaced online in 2018 that may have allowed the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to function as a controller for the GameCube.
Contributed by GamerBen144
According to the game's producer, Motohiro Okubo, the title's code name was "Luxor" due to the team's intentions on making the game feel brighter like it was in the first Soulcalibur.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Daisy and Waluigi were intended to be unlockable characters at one point. They are made available from the beginning in the final release.
Sonic 3D Blast
According to programmer Jon Burton, Knuckles' bonus stages were planned to have their own music. However, due to memory constraints, the song couldn't fit onto the cartridge, and Knuckles' bonus stage simply use Tails' bonus stage music in the final game. The song was eventually repurposed in Sonic Adventure as "Pleasure Castle" (Twinkle Park 2).
Contributed by Takahashi2212
Street Fighter III
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Originally, Ken was going to have more moves, but that idea was scrapped, due to his "Shoryuken" move being too strong.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Resident Evil 2
In an interview, Noboru Sugimura stated that Leon was originally supposed to start out in civilian attire. There would've been a scene between him and Marvin at the police station where he'd change into his police uniform.

"It’s true that with Racoon City destroyed, the police wouldn’t be actively on duty, so there’d be no real need for Leon to change into his uniform… but we wanted to show his determination to protect both the city and his principles by having him change into his uniform regardless. It was a scene with a lot of meaning. Unfortunately, due to a problem with the CG it got cut."
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
According to an interview with Neil Druckmann, Cassie Drake was originally going to be a male character, but this was change their female lead character concept artist. The artist wanted Nate & Elena's child to be a girl, and Neil was convinced by her decision.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
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