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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
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In a 2005 interview with the game's producer Koji Igarashi published in the official Konami strategy guide, he explained the decision to change the series' title in the domestic Japanese market from "Castlevania" back to "Akumajo Dracula".

The title change to Castlevania in Japan initially occurred because the Akumajo Dracula games enjoyed a larger market share in Europe and America compared to Japan. Consequently, more reports and information about the games were available in those regions, and they were released there first. In the recent past, news from outside Japan was harder to access, but with the advent of the internet, Japanese users could now easily stay informed. However, there was a concern that Japanese players might not immediately recognize the equivalence between Castlevania and Akumajo Dracula, so the main title of the previous game Lament of Innocence was changed to Castlevania in Japan to address this.

Subsequently, for Curse of Darkness, the decision was made to revert to the original title because the team felt that the Castlevania name had become associated with trilogies, inadvertently making it challenging for fans to find information about the Akumajo Dracula titles. The team wanted to ensure clarity for Japanese fans and clear up any confusion among Akumajo Dracula fans about if Castlevania was supposed to be Akumajo Dracula.
Checkered Flag
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Checkered Flag was originally called Checkered Flag 2 (referring the previous game with the title on Atari Lynx), before being changed to Redline Racing and finally Checkered Flag, positioning it as a remake/port instead of a sequel.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month February 17, 2024
Yo! Noid 2
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Yo! Noid 2 was made for a game jam called New Jam City, hosted by the Vice Waypoint community. One of the rules of the game jam was that its name had to be derived from an episode of the Waypoint Radio podcast, with "Yo! Noid was Ahead of Its Time" being chosen for the game, and the Noid himself being used as the protagonist. The name itself is not actually used in-game, but is used on its Itch.io page. The inclusion of dabbing in this game was in reference to this, with the joke being that the Noid would be so "ahead of his time" that he would dab in a late-1990s video game.
Barkley: Shut Up and Jam 2
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Attachment A prototype for Barkley: Shut Up & Jam 2 shows that, instead of the photo used in the final game, the title screen was going to show a cartoon illustration of Charles Barkley.
Sonic X Shadow Generations
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Sonic X Shadow Generations' title was leaked a day prior to its reveal by notable leakers and a URL registration. Following the leaks, some fans and gaming news websites jokingly noted that the term "Sonic X Shadow" had previously also been used on the internet since the 2000s to refer to fan art, fan-fiction and slash fiction depicting the hedgehogs as a romantic couple.
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
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Attachment When the game's logo is shown in the intro of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the word "BATTLE" has a shining effect, which is another video file overlaid over the 3D logo. There are two versions of this video, one with Japanese kanji and another with Latin script, however due to an oversight, the shining effect will only show Japanese kanji overlaid upon the English text. This would be fixed in the 2012 rerelease, but only for the English language, so other languages with an English logo still experience the error.
Adventures of Tron
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Adventures of Tron was released in Europe as Adventures on GX-12 without the Tron license. The only difference between the two versions is that the title screen was removed.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month February 5, 2024
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Resistance: Fall of Man
subdirectory_arrow_right Resistance (Franchise)
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During the 2006 Game Developers Conference (GDC) where Sony Computer Entertainment showcased a new demo for Resistance, the game previously known as "I-8". The demo showed the game in a much more complete form than the simple FPS that was shown at E3 2005. The gameplay was shown with new weapons very much like the Ratchet & Clank series, only now with a more realistic slant. The demo also showed off effects such as smoke trails on grenades, tactical troop movements, and enemies that came from the ceilings as the lead character ran down a devastated corridor.
Platform: Xbox One
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"Xbox 720", a popular preliminary name given by fans and the press to the hypothetical Xbox 360 successor that would eventually become the Xbox One, was the official working title of the hardware according to a leaked Microsoft corporate slideshow from 2012, a year prior to the console's announcement.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 29, 2024
Star Fox 64
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Attachment An earlier logo for Star Fox 64 found within the 2020 Nintendo Gigaleak seems to indicate that its subtitle was, at one point, going to be "The Cosmic Crisis".
Mr. Gimmick
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According to the Scandinavian manual for Mr. Gimmick, the girl Yumetaro must rescue is named Mary. In all other releases of the game, she is unnamed. During development, she was planned to be named either "Kasumi" or "Ayaka".
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 25, 2024
Scandinavian manual - mentioned multiple times, including Page 3 (Page 5 in the filename listing):
https://www.nintandbox.net/index.php/en/nintendo-boxes-project/NES-Famicom/Mr-Gimmick/MrGimmick_NES-Manual_EUR(NES-G8-SCN).zip/file-1687/

Russian magazine on Gimmick - Page 10:
https://issuu.com/dfmag/docs/df_mag__5
Color a Dinosaur
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Attachment A prototype for Color a Dinosaur shows that the game was originally called Paint Me! and used black backgrounds instead of white. Despite the title not signifying that the game features dinosaurs, there is nothing to suggest that the game was ever going to feature any pages other than dinosaurs, as all the pages on the prototype are also dinosaurs.
Mortal Kombat 1
subdirectory_arrow_right Mortal Kombat 1 (Game)
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According to series co-creator Ed Boon in a video/interview on Mortal Kombat's YouTube channel on May 19, 2023, Mortal Kombat 1's name was chosen because the developers consider it the beginning of a new universe and not a continuation of the Mortal Kombat 11 story. The characters have completely different roles in this new timeline, and the title is meant to emphasize that.
Disney's The Lion King 1 1/2
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Attachment The Lion King 1 1/2 for Game Boy Advance was released in European territories not as as the movie's European title The Lion King 3, but rather simply The Lion King, with a large image of cub Simba added to the box art, despite not being playable in-game. The blurb does specify that the game is based on The Lion King 3 and alludes towards only Timon and Pumbaa being playable however.

The original US box art could also be considered misleading to a much lesser degree. While being open about what movie it is an adaptation of and having a giant Timon and Pumbaa ripping through the paper at the top, it uses a modified version of the first film's promo art, featuring Mufasa's spirit head, with cub Simba also present in silhouette (albeit significantly smaller relative to Timon and Pumbaa than on the European box art). This imagery that was not used to market The Lion King 1 1/2 anywhere else. Both boxes' blurbs also feature a screenshot where Simba, as an NPC, is in the center.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 20, 2024
Longplay of European version using altered box art as the thumbnail:
https://youtu.be/9dQEzwzaBVo

Both regional boxes:
https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/gba/918712-disneys-the-lion-king-1-1-2/boxes/53260

European cartridge, sourced from a UK retro gaming store:
https://www.fullyretro.com/product/disneys-the-lion-king,83964390

European blurb, sourced from an eBay listing:
https://postimg.cc/f33HD2b0
Ninja Gaiden
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In the first level of Ninja Gaiden Black, if the player dies 3 times, the game will ask if they wish to "abandon the way of the Ninja?" After double verifying "Yes", a scene of Ayane coming to Ryu's collapsed body will play, unlocking Ninja Dog Mode, an easier difficulty setting. From then on she will provide additional messages throughout the game that won't be seen in a regular playthrough, with healing items and artifacts that make the game easier. Once per chapter, if the player (or an allied NPC) dies in this mode, the game will provide additional healing items. In addition, all Results scores will say "Ninja Dog", and the title screen will feature an image of Ayane instead of Ryu.
Drill Dozer
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When a US release for Drill Dozer was first announced, it was titled Screw Breaker, a shortened version of its Japanese title Screw Breaker: Goushin Dorirurero.
Darkstalkers 3
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Attachment The game was originally meant to be renamed to Darkstalkers: Jedah's Damnation for the international release, as seen in an official English-language strategy guide. However, the game retained it's Japanese name of Vampire Savior for the arcade release for reasons unknown. Eventually the game would be renamed Darkstalkers 3 for the console ports. The original name and logo can still be found within the game's files.
New Rally-X
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Attachment In the early Korean gaming scene, importers would create original titles for imported games. Humorously, New Rally-X would gain the title of Banggucha, or in English, Fart Car, owing to a literal interpretation of the smoke attack in the game. This title is also a reference to a juvenile Korean slang term for mosquito repellant trucks in the 1970s, which children and some adults would dangerously chase due to their visual and audible resemblance to farting, as well as false assumptions of the mosquito repellant cleaning germs in humans, in a game Americans called "chasing the mosquito man" but Koreans would call "fart car".
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 8, 2024
Hardcore Gaming 101 Korean gaming history:
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/korea/part1/korea1-older.htm

Korean Source on Rally-X:
https://www.gametoc.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=20593

Article about the general concept of a "fart car":
https://www.civilreporter.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=79867

Korean wiki article referencing "chasing the fart car":
https://namu.wiki/w/소독차

1980s footage of Korean children chasing the "farts":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=natmPbAxxic
Gyromite
subdirectory_arrow_right Stack-up (Game)
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Attachment The US versions of Gyromite and Stack-Up did not have their title screens localized, so they retain the games' Japanese titles of Robot Gyro and Robot Block respectively.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 6, 2024
US Gyromite in action - epilepsy warning for the ROB light sensor triggers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocrTkuPMmvI

US Stack-Up in action. Note that the ROB being used here is somewhat yellowed from sun exposure, so some may mistake him for a yellow JP Robot - observe the sticker on his base and you will see that he is NTSC:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da0_OgCCLJA
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