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Color a Dinosaur
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A large chunk of code from the software suite Norton Utilities 7.0 was left in the code of Color a Dinosaur by accident.
Star Fox Adventures
subdirectory_arrow_right Dinosaur Planet (Game)
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Attachment The life bar icons for the SnowHorn and HighTop in Star Fox Adventures sport different, more cartoony designs from their respective in-game models. The reason for this is because they're clearly based upon their original N64 Dinosaur Planet models, which too are much more cartoonier than the final SFA models that go for a more semi-realistic look.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 19, 2024
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
subdirectory_arrow_right McDonald's (Collection)
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Attachment A concept document for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 shows that Knuckles was originally going to be able to walk up walls and ceilings instead of just climbing walls, and break down walls with a whirlwind attack rather than his fists. The McDonald's Happy Meal toy of Knuckles included in their Sonic 3 promotion, which is a wheeled toy that pilots a cloud, may be a leftover of this unused character trait.
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge
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Attachment A giant Tutankhamun mask exists within Anakaris's sprites. What purpose this may have served remains unknown.
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
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Attachment The game files contains data for a second normal throw where Demitri bites his opponent. Demitri would later gain a throw similar to this one in Darkstalkers 3.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month January 8, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Darkstalkers:_The_Night_Warriors_(Arcade)#Unused_Graphics

The move in Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers 3:
https://youtu.be/yBfBGtArHzk?t=5
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
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Attachment When playing as Huitzil, it is possible to perform an unused Special Power Move where his arm turns into a laser cannon. In addition to having misaligned effects and incorrect colors, the move doesn't have a hurtbox, and once it is done Huitzil is frozen in place until he gets hit by the opponent.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month January 8, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Darkstalkers:_The_Night_Warriors_(Arcade)#Unused_Moves

Gameplay footage of the move in action:
https://youtu.be/rVnJla_MeO4?t=292
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
subdirectory_arrow_right Capcom Fighting Collection (Game)
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Attachment In Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, Huitzil has a fully-functional standing light kick which was never seen in any of the subsequent games. While the CPU never uses it, this attack can be performed by the player, although its slow startup and short range do not make it very useful. It can't be canceled into specials, nor does it have a rapid-fire capability. When Capcom Fighting Collection allowed Huitzil to be playable by conventional means, his animator Shisui said that this move was "so embarrassing that he wished it had never seen the light of day."
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month January 7, 2024
Star Fox Adventures
subdirectory_arrow_right Dinosaur Planet (Game)
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Attachment There's a somewhat notable plot hole in Star Fox Adventures when Fox meets up with Tricky for the first time: the former tells him that his father, the King EarthWalker, has been captured by the SharpClaw and that it was the Queen EarthWalker that sent him to rescue Tricky.

The issue is that Fox shouldn't actually know anything about the King EarthWalker's predicament because all he was told by the Queen EarthWalker (translated by Slippy Toad) was to go to Ice Mountain and save Tricky. It's obvious that this plothole is merely a remnant of the original Dinosaur Planet storyline, where Sabre was already informed by his father, Randorn, about the King EarthWalker and Tricky, and was instructed to rescue the latter at Ice Mountain.

The Japanese version of Star Fox Adventures would actually attempt to rectify this plothole by altering the dialogue between Fox and Tricky through the Japanese subtitles.

Tricky: ・・・ヘタな着地だったよな〜。パンツが破れたんじゃないの、キャッハッハー! (...that was a bad landing! I think you ripped your pants, hahaha!)
Fox: このガキ...(You little...)
Tricky: ・・・そういう態度はどうかなー。パパはアソーカ王なんだぞ! (...I don't know about that attitude. My dad is the King of Ahsoka!)
Fox: それよりどこか具合が悪いんじゃないか? お前のママ... (Isn't there something worse than that? Your mom...)
Tricky: え! ママが? (What? My mom?)
Fox: そんな風に見えたけど...(She looked like she was...)
Tricky: ママは... 大丈夫? (Is she... is she okay?)
Fox: ...大丈夫さ、 一緒に帰ろう。 (...She's fine. Let's go home together.)

As one can see from above, Fox's dialogue was reworked to remove all mention of the King EarthWalker being captured, instead worrying about the health of the Queen EarthWalker.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month December 8, 2023
Dinosaur Planet condensed story:
https://rarethief.com/dinosaur-planet/

Sabre gameplay from the leaked December 2000 build of Dinosaur Planet:
https://youtu.be/CuKPMHg_qzY?t=1253

Queen EarthWalker scene in Star Fox Adventures:
https://youtu.be/fQcFqKy-fQ0?t=2816

Japanese subtitles from the JP version of Star Fox Adventures regarding Tricky's mother:
https://youtu.be/gvTrV8E35nQ?list=PLNQca9Z15B3Cwq7rwz2GeE0Bkvcu546e8&t=151
Star Fox Adventures
subdirectory_arrow_right Dinosaur Planet (Game)
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Attachment Throughout their quests in Dinosaur Planet, Sabre and Krystal could collect spell pages that were ripped from Randorn's spellbook by General Scales. These spell pages would grant them new magical abilities, such as firing ice or fire magic, disguising themselves as SharpClaw soldiers, or opening special portal doors.

In the final Star Fox Adventures, Fox periodically acquires these magic upgrades as well, but instead of collecting spell pages, he must seek magic caves spread throughout the maps which contain shrines, where he can upgrade Krystal's staff to unlock new abilities. The majority of these upgrades were repurposed from the spells from Dinosaur Planet with two subtractions: the Mind Read spell (which let Sabre and Krystal read the thoughts/minds of NPC characters) and a spell that unleashes a fiery mine that explodes and hurts enemies (that strangely is internally referred to as "Randorn Wizard"). In their place is a new ability called "Rocket Boost" that grants Fox the ability to boost himself straight upwards with the staff to reach higher ledges, should he find the corresponding Rocket Boost Pads.

One of the spells from Dinosaur Planet, the aforementioned Disguise ability that lets the player disguise themselves as a SharpClaw, appears in Star Fox Adventures but is unlocked in a completely different manner from the other upgrades: instead of finding a magic cave, Fox, after being imprisoned within CloudRunner Fortress by General Scales, communicates with Slippy who beams him the SharpClaw Disguise, which allows Fox to sneak past the nearby SharpClaw guard to reacquire his stolen staff. In comparison, in Dinosaur Planet, Krystal was granted this ability as a spell page given to her by the imprisoned BoneHead NPC (known as "Gradabug" in Star Fox Adventures).

This actually seems to be a leftover concept from an earlier version of Star Fox Adventures, where Krystal had been removed entirely and Fox would instead gain all of the abilities from Slippy, as the cutscene sequence posted by Kevin Bayliss shows Slippy beaming Fox the projectile upgrade in Warlock Mountain (in the final game, Fox unlocks this ability, now known as "Fire Blast", after landing in ThornTail Hollow and acquiring Krystal's staff, then finding the nearby magic cave), which would become Krazoa Palace in the final game.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month December 6, 2023
List of spells in Dinosaur Planet:
https://dinosaurpla.net/Main/World/Spells/

Dinosaur Planet Mind Read Spell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytELR5NGiLY

Randorn giving Krystal the projectile spell page in Dinosaur Planet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG05g0o-TV8#t=716

BoneHead giving Krystal the Disguise spell page in Dinosaur Planet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEWGNBGf6CI#t=398

Earlier SFA cutscene sequence list from Kev Bayliss' twitter:
https://twitter.com/Kev_Bayliss/status/1651842011492646913

Fox acquiring the Fire Blast ability in Star Fox Adventures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ4o1XmTGJA

Slippy granting Fox the SharpClaw disguise ability in Star Fox Adventures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW-Hr-uYMiU#t=697
Yakuza 3
subdirectory_arrow_right Yakuza Kiwami (Game)
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Leftover files for Yoshitaka Mine, the antagonist of Yakuza 3, can be found in the files for Yakuza Kiwami, suggesting that he may have been planned to appear in a substory in a similar way to how Yakuza 2's main antagonist, Ryuji Goda, was a substory character in Yakuza 0.
Yakuza 0
subdirectory_arrow_right Yakuza Kiwami (Game)
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The UI, beat maps, and camera transitions of Yakuza 0's disco minigame appear as leftover data in the files for Yakuza Kiwami.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
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Attachment Out-of-bounds on Omashu are two floating textureless rectangles, while Space Madness has an out-of-bounds cube. These were both possibly used during development.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
subdirectory_arrow_right Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 (Game)
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Attachment In launch versions of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, Garfield's stage Sweet Dreams was discovered before his official announcement in an unfinished form which takes place at day time, unlike the final version which takes place at night. Additionally, a thumbnail was discovered for an extremely early version of the stage that takes place at sunset and has an opaque lasagna tray. When Sweet Dreams returned to Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2, under the name Food Dream, the daytime setting for the stage would be restored.
Donkey Kong
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Attachment In the files of Donkey Kong's NES port are 4 unused Pauline items: early versions of the hat and parasol, the hat from the arcade version that does not appear in the NES release, and an all-new item: a bouquet of flowers.
Galactic Taz Ball
subdirectory_arrow_right Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys (Game)
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Attachment Galactic Taz Ball was originally going to feature the classic design of Taz instead of The Looney Tunes Show design. Despite this, the plot of the game still has Taz living on an island like in the original Looney Tunes shorts instead of being a domesticated house pet.

Unusually, Taz's preliminary model exists in the files of Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys, another WayForward game released 3 years earlier.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom
subdirectory_arrow_right Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights (Game)
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Inside the files of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, you can find a video from Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights, an earlier game by the same studio, Heavy Iron. It is unknown if this is a leftover from building Bikini Bottom off of 100 Frights' engine, or a cross-promotion that was veto'd by either Warner Bros. or Nickelodeon.

What some may find more interesting, however, is a now-deleted YouTube upload of the unused cutscene colloquially known as the "Cursed YouTube Video" which was based on a corrupted video file and as such featured disorientating, lagging sound; an inaccurate timer for video length; visuals that cut out; and a buffer that would begin at an exact point and continually play regardless of the viewer's internet speed.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 13, 2023
Article on the "cursed" upload:
https://boingboing.net/2019/06/13/cursed-youtube-video.html

Replica video, albeit with multiple glitches fixed:
https://youtu.be/ieP4C6BkphY
Banjo-Pilot
subdirectory_arrow_right Diddy Kong Pilot (Game)
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Attachment Expresso the Ostrich from Donkey Kong Country appears as a cameo in Banjo-Pilot - this seems to be an accidental leftover from the game's cancelled iteration as Diddy Kong Pilot, as Nintendo is not mentioned whatsoever in the copyright info for Banjo-Pilot beyond simply licensing the game for its platforms.
Game & Watch Gallery 3
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Attachment Game & Watch Gallery 3 has a crude unused placeholder title screen with Wiggler on it. This already unused piece of content itself has unused sprites of its own that don't show up when the screen is activated - including Fly Guys, flowers, a crocodile, sleeping men, and - very morbidly - Mario and Luigi roasting a whole rotisserie Pikachu.
Final Fantasy IX
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Attachment Hades was originally planned to be the final boss as evidenced by early concept art of the Hill of Despair showing your party facing Hades in the area instead of Necron, but Hades was instead changed to be an optional boss. There are eyes on the face of his sword and on his throne. Blinking disembodied eyes are also seen in the final battle arena, showing the connection between Hades and the original final battle. Incidentally, eyes are also a feature of many Terran structures (e.g. Pandemonium), perhaps implying a deeper connection that was lost or severed in the final cut of the game.

While no exact reason for the change was given, it is believed that Hades ultimately did not fit the theme as an end boss. Hades is based on Greek mythology as a God of death who would have wanted to bring death to everyone. Necron on the other hand is an original entity based on the Greek word for "death" that wanted to bring an end to existence itself.
person Jom12 calendar_month November 6, 2023
Suikoden II
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Attachment In the Demo ending, other than the dialogue used in the skit, there is unused dialogue present suggesting some parts of the ending were scrapped:

”I think that‘s a wise decision.”
”The normal ending is about to start.”
”The best ending is about to start.”
”You‘re wrong, brother Mukumuku. I heard that it‘s not done yet.”
”Erp.....”

It's worth noting that Mukumuku is silent in the demo while Mekumeku just doesn't load, but is present in memory. Whether it was scrapped or is still unlockable is unknown.

Also in the room, there are 4 maids surrounding Riou just out of bounds at the bottom of the screen. After some testing, it was found to be a developer trick, wherein the player is always in control of Riou, and when interreacting with any of the maids, the demo will end early.
person Jom12 calendar_month November 6, 2023
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