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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
In an interview with Nintendo Dream, Masahiro Sakurai stated that the reason why Lucas's final smash PK Starstorm functions differently from its Brawl counterpart was due to the 3DS' limitations.
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Super Mario World
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In the Super Mario World & Yoshi's Island Developer Interview with Nintendo, Takashi Tezuka stated that Mario was originally going to ride a horse instead of Yoshi. However, it felt out of place for a "reptile" world, and was changed to look both like a crocodile and a turtle. A similar concept was almost given to Mario in Super Mario 64, but was later given to Link in Ocarina of Time as Epona.
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Super Mario Kart
According to Nintendo, in a developer's interview, Donkey Kong Jr. was added because of both the 10th anniversary of his debut game, and that his shirt was easy to design.
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During early development, there was talk about having a different protagonist for the game, but it was decided to keep Kratos. Referencing the Nintendo character Mario and the Mario games, Director Cory Barlog said that just like Mario, "Kratos is intrinsically tied" to the God of War series.
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Ratchet & Clank
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There was a weapon that was supposed to be used in the game called the "Revolverator", but it was cut off from the game. According to game designer "Corey Stockton", when you find a colorless Revolverator in the "Insomniac Museum" from "Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando", he said:

"You may recognize this drill from Ratchet and Clank 1. It was held by a "large construction worker (The Miner from Hoven)" who gives you a lump of Raritanium. This was originally a weapon called the Revolverator. Ratchet would strike enemies with it and then spin them over his head with the drill bit. Unfortunately, this ended up leaving Ratchet open for attack, and also required a lot of resources to pull off, so it was cut."
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Mortal Kombat (2011)
An unused audio file suggests that Brutalities from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3/Mortal Kombat Trilogy were going to return. However, they were cut from the final game, though they would return in Mortal Kombat X.
Developer: SEGA
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Most Sega Codename Consoles were named after celestial bodies.

Project Mercury (also know as Sega Game Gear) was SEGA's first handheld to compete with Game Boy.

Project Venus (also know as Sega Nomad) was a handheld version of Sega Genesis.

Project Mars (also know as Sega 32X) was a add-on for Sega Genesis.

Project Jupiter was a 32-Bit Cartridge Base Standalone Console and it was also going to feature a CD Add-on like Sega Genesis and Sega CD. This early idea was scraped and SEGA moved on creating a standalone CD Base Console which is Sega Saturn due to CDs are cheaper and has more storage then Cartridges.

Project Saturn (also know as Sega Saturn) was a 5th Generation Console to compete with PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

Project Neptune was Sega 32X and Sega Genesis all-in-one Console. This Combo Console was never released.

Project Pluto was a second model of Sega Saturn with a NetLink Internet Modem accessory built in. Only two Prototypes was existed.

The only 2 planets that was not used by SEGA was Earth and Uranus.


Project Titan (also know as STV "Sega Titan Video") was an Arcade Board of Sega Saturn that used Cartridges instead of CDs. The STV was only used in Japan.

Project Janus (also know as Sega Picture Magic) was designed for Developers to edit pre-loaded pictures supplied on a smart media card.
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Developer: Virgin Games
Virgin Interactive made and showed off a game for the Nintendo 64 called "Freak Boy." The game was made using the same SGI systems that was used to make the Nintendo 64 possible. According to press coverage, players would've been able to modify their heroes bodies, thereby helping solve puzzles. The game was cancelled after developers were asked to remake the game from scratch 2 times.
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Super Smash Bros. Melee
There is an unused sound of the Boo's laugh from Super Mario 64 with the file name ST_GREATBAY_TKLE_LAUGH which would've likely been used for Tingle at the Great Bay stage.
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Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge
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In the PC version, there exists three unused boss levels titled "subboss.col, spaceboss.col, halloweenbossb.col" suggesting that such boss levels were at one point planned to exist.
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Glover
There almost was a sequel to the game called Glover 2, and was planned to be released for the N64, PS1, and the Dreamcast. According to Jason Steele, a programmer for Interactive Studios, he revealed on his blog that someone overestimated the amount of cartridges needed for the N64 release, resulting in the sequel being cancelled. The game, according to Steele, was 80-85% complete when it was cancelled.

“…as far as we were told, Glover 2 had been canned because of Glover 1. Now this seems strange, because the first Glover has sold fairly well for a non-Nintendo N64 title. And it was on the back of those sales that Glover 2 had been given the go-ahead at Hasbro in the first place.

But Hasbro had messed up. They had screwed the pooch big time. You see, when ordering the carts for the first game, the standard production run was something like 150,000 units. And this is what the management at ISL had advised Hasbro to order – because the N64 wasn’t really fairing that well compared to the PS1 at the time and non Nintendo titles tended to sell poorly. They thought that Glover was a good game in its own right, and a moderate 3rd party success would sell around 150,000 units. And that is exactly what happened. Hence the go ahead for the sequel.

So Glover was a money maker for Hasbro, right? Right? Nuh-uh. As it happened, Nintendo had a special on N64 carts at the time the game was being schedule for production. Some bright spark at Hasbro thought it would just be absolutely SUPER to order double the normal amount – so they put in an order 300,000 units at a slightly reduced cost.

The problem was that none of the retailers wanted to take that stock off Hasbro’s hands. The game had been moderately successful, but the demand just wasn’t there. And thus Hasbro was left with 150,000 or so copies of Glover for the N64 that nobody wanted. That’s something like half-a-million dollars worth of stock that they can’t shift. And with Hasbro Interactive not being in the best of financial shape Glover became a dirty word around the company, as it became apparent over the course of Glover 2 development that they were stuck with all those carts.

Of course, the blame was put on the game and brand itself rather than the idiot who ordered the extra 150,000 carts from Nintendo. And that ladies and gentlemen, is why Glover 2 had been cancelled.”

Before Jason Steele made his statement on his blog, someone leaked the ROM for the game on October 2011.
Contributed by GamerBen144
Nier
Originally, Emil's name was going to be "Snow" (as in Snow White.)
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Nier
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Early drafts of the game, Yonah's design shows that she was planned to grow into a mature age.
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The game was originally planned for the Nintendo 64 and its Disk Drive add-on when it was shown at SpaceWorld in 2000. Unfortunately, the Disk Drive was a commercial failure, resulting in the game being released on the GameCube.
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Donkey Kong
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There's an unused sprite of Mario and Pauline sitting after the rescue in the NES version of the game, suggesting that there was to be different sort of ending.
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Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
During the E3 Demo of the game, DK shouted a basic howl after defeating a boss, rather than the one heard in the final game which fluctuates in tone.
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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Early builds of the game show directional swinging and ducking were options during combat. These features were not in the game's final version.
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Injustice 2
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At one point, Static, from Static Shock, was going to be considered for the roster, but he ultimately didn't make the cut.
Ratchet & Clank
In the demo version, a cutscene in Blackwater City shows Darla Gratch says she's reporting for "Channel 64 News", but her microphone has a 2 on it. In the official release version, her small dialogue was change to "Channel 2 News", but her mouth doesn't match the words she says. In later games like Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, she was reporting for "Channel 64 News", as was originally intended during development of the first game.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
The King of Fighters XIV
In a developer interview by Famitsu, the development team stated that the reason they decided to add South American and China teams was because the popularity of KOF in those regions and (in the case of China) because Chinese players didn't know Team Psycho Soldier was technically Team China. They also confirmed that they wanted to add stereotypical Shaolin fighters into the China Team, but after taking a trip to the country, they realized everyone was super fashionable and so they added cool-looking characters instead.

This is also the reason why Nelson (from Team South America) is a cool looking character rather than a typical buff-looking boxer.
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