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Galaga
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Galaga was originally conceived as a way to utilize Galaxian's PCB boards after they were overmanufactured, but while creating a partially-complete prototype, R&D engineer (and future Namco president) Shigeichi Ishimura decided that Galaga should use its own unique PCB hardware.
Yume Nikki
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Attachment Whenever Madotsuki turns on her TV in the dream world version of her room from Version 0.06 onward, there is a 1/8 chance that the view will cut to a full-screen event in which two rows of Paracas-esque figures scroll across the screen. "KALIMBA", the theme song for this event, was originally uploaded on Kikiyama's players.music-eclub.com profile on January 13, 2004, almost five months before Yume Nikki first released. This version of the song is substantially longer than the one that would ultimately be included in the event, clocking in at eight minutes instead of several seconds. Additionally, the cover art for the full-length version features the same rows of figures depicted in the event, albeit with a slightly duller color scheme.

Due to a lack of public statements from Kikiyama, it is unknown if the song was composed with Yume Nikki in mind from the outset or if the KALIMBA event was included as an Easter egg referencing their non-game work.
person VinchVolt calendar_month June 9, 2024
Yume Nikki
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Attachment Number World was not implemented until Version 0.08; in prior builds, the gray door in the Nexus with a large red circle on it instead lead to an early iteration of Lamp World. Of note is that the earlier version of Lamp World features an alcove full of beds and cupboards. A bloodstain is also present in the bottom-right corner of the room; in Version 0.07, this stain teleports Madotsuki to the Guillotine Room when stepped on. This alcove would be moved to the Number World in Version 0.08 onward, and the bloodstain would be replaced with a Zippertile spewing blood out of its mouth, still acting as a warp to the Guillotine Room.

Additionally, the early version of Lamp World featured background music that is not present anywhere in Version 0.08 onward; this track was also used for the Face Carpet area in Forest World before it was concurrently replaced in Version 0.08 with the background music for the hot springs building in the Wilderness, played at 70% speed.
Yume Nikki
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RPG Maker 2003 allows developers to adjust the playback speed of an area's background music, something that Yume Nikki frequently makes use of. Several songs are featured in multiple areas, and in most cases, they are slowed down or sped up to fit a certain mood:

• The Mall Rooftop's background music is the Witch's Flight music played at 70% speed.
• The Sewers' background music is the Dense Woods A music played at 60% speed.
• The background music for each of the rooms in the Mall are the title screen theme played at 50% speed.
• The discordant noise heard when summoning Uboa in Poniko's house is the screeching that plays in the Guillotine Room played at 50% speed.
• The Teleport Maze's background music is the Aztec Rave Monkey's theme played at 50% speed.
• The Neon Tile Path's background music is the Snow World's music played at 70% speed.
• The Wilderness' background music is the ambient noise heard in the dream version of Madotsuki's apartment, played at 50% speed.
• The Face Carpet area in the Forest World uses the background music from the hot springs building hidden in the Wilderness, played at 70% speed.
• The background music heard in the entrance to the Mall is the background music from Shield Folk World, played at 50% speed.
• The Docks' background music is the background music heard in Mural World and Footprint Path 1, played at 50% speed.
• Puddle World's background music is Footprint Path 2's background music played at 50% speed.

Additionally, many unique area themes are played at a modified speed by default:

• The background music that plays in the underground area in Mars is played at 80% of its actual speed.
• The Pink Sea's background music is played at 60% speed.
• The ambient hum heard in Graffiti World and Hell is played at 60% speed.
• The ambient noise heard in Candle World is played at 50% speed.
• The main menu for the "Famitendo" in Madotsuki's room features music played at 70% speed.
• The ambient noise heard in the Mall and in Big Red's room is played at 50% speed.
• The gong chimes heard in Forest World are played at 50% speed.
• The ambient hum heard in the stairway leading from the Wilderness to the Sky Garden is played at 50% speed.
• The ambient noise heard in Ghost World is played at 50% speed.
• The ambient noise heard during the FACE event is played at 80% speed.
• The ambient noise heard in Number World is played at 50% speed.

Relatedly to the above, the chimes that make up Snow World's background music are also the same ones heard when interacting with jellyfish, played back at 110% speed for the first note and at normal speed for the second.
person VinchVolt calendar_month June 5, 2024
YouTube video showcasing how Yumi Nikki's soundtrack uses playback speed modifications:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQwGQAYzCY

YouTube video comparing the jellyfish sound effect to Snow World's theme:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWVe2KzM0HM
Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix
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Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix's interface and background music strongly resemble that which appeared in Dance Dance Revolution II/Hottest Party 5. This connection may possibly stem from both games releasing within a month of each other, suggesting they were developed simultaneously and shared development assets.
person aa1205 calendar_month May 5, 2024
Article on List of North American Console DDR Games:
https://remywiki.com/North_American_DanceDanceRevolution_Games#Nintendo_Wii

RemyWiki articles on DDR X3 VS 2ndMix and DDRII/HP5:
https://remywiki.com/AC_DDR_X3
https://remywiki.com/CS_DDR_II

Video of DDR II Interface:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOi1uCYtko?t=36

Video of DDR X3 VS 2ndMix Interface:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=676PuAyLAts
Mario Kart Wii
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All the characters that return in Mario Kart Wii reuse their Mario Kart: Double Dash!! models, except for the newcomers and Dry Bones, who debuted in Mario Kart DS.
person GamerBen144 calendar_month April 28, 2024
Stellar Blade
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person MehDeletingLater calendar_month April 24, 2024
Street Fighter 6
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Attachment When Street Fighter 6's preliminary logo was revealed, it was mocked for a variety of reasons, particularly a disconnect from previous series logos and aligning with a widely criticized trend of generic, minimalist or "oversimplified" logos. Some fans noted that the logo strongly resembled an $80 design for an "SF" logo posted on the Adobe Stock Image store by user xcoolee, which had previously been used for a sci-fi convention in France. xcoolee did offer to sell exclusive rights to the logo to Capcom, but was seemingly denied. It was also discovered that a Taiwanese electronics and appliances retailer, Sunfar, had a similar hexagonal logo. On the day after Street Fighter 6's logo reveal, the front page of their website displayed an advertisement with the logo featuring a paint splatter reading the number 6 promoting gaming products, most likely as a promotional parody. It is unknown if either resemblance was a coincidence on Capcom's part, and xcoolee did not state if they knew whether Capcom bought anything from their store or not. The logo of Street Fighter 6 would be updated to appear more stylized before the game's launch in response to the negative reception, although the fan reception to the new logo was not much more positive.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month April 11, 2024
Cooking Mama: Cookstar
subdirectory_arrow_right Yum Yum Cookstar (Game)
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Yum Yum Cookstar appears to have been made as some kind of contingency over Cooking Mama: Cookstar's infamous legal disputes, being made by the same developers and publishers and having gone on sale on Steam a mere week before Cooking Mama: Cookstar was withdrawn from sale. While it is not known to what extent Yum Yum Cookstar is based on Cooking Mama: Cookstar, it does have a substantial difference in gameplay, having a psuedo-rhythm element that does not exist in the latter game.

Some prints of the box art have a printed sticker noting the game's connection to Cooking Mama: Cookstar, in spite of the controversy. The official website, TikTok account, and trailers for Yum Yum Cookstar proclaim the game to be made by "the creators of the best-selling hitgame[sic] Cookstar" (without acknowledging the Cooking Mama series by name) and use the slogan "This ain't your mama's kitchen!". The veracity of the claim of the first Cookstar being a best-seller is not known as sales figures have not been released.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month April 11, 2024
Shipwrecked 64
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Throughout development of Shipwrecked 64, Squeaks D'Corgeh would make references to a non-existent character in the game named "Duncan Dolphin". This even included a fake death animation for a character named "Drake Dulfin" (likely intended to be the Spoiler:Starling counterpart of Duncan) being shot in the face by Spoiler:Brandon Lester in his Bucky Beaver costume in what appeared to be a Wild West-esque setting. This continued after the game's release, where one of the patch notes for the Hotfix 2 update stated "Removed Duncan Dolphin", likely as a reference to the "Removed Herobrine" gag seen in updates to Minecraft.

However, on April 1st, 2024, an April Fools update was released that added Duncan to the game as a New Game+ bonus. If the game's True Ending has been reached, he will appear in The Theater at Midnight and ask Bucky for help activating his "New. Radical. Mechanism!!" due to losing the trinkets needed to make it work. This will take the player to a new area called "Garten of Duncan", a recreation of the Testing Sector from Garten of Banban made using assets from The Plaza. Clearing the map will take the player to a previously unused location called "Layer 4 Elevator", where an audio tape reveals that the player can input console commands to access other unused locations as part of the update. Entering the door will take the player to another new area, known simply as "Sample Area", but only a few seconds after entering the player will be kicked out to the encounter with the Spoiler:Studiogrounds Husk at the end of the game.

Notably, in the "Layer 4 Elevator" area, Chief Wulf can be seen on top of the tallest building in the area. If the player uses console commands to reach him, he can be spoken to, revealing that Spoiler:he has relived the same days over and over again, watched Stumbler O'Hare die over and over as part of that, and believes that he will be forgotten after his death.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month April 11, 2024
Wii Sports
subdirectory_arrow_right Pilotwings Resort (Game), Wii Fit (Game)
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Attachment Wuhu Island was originally created for Wii Sports before its debut appearance in Wii Fit. An early version of the island can be seen in a leaked development image for Wii Sports, and in footage of the unused Airplane sport in the E3 2006 demo for the game. The leaked image also indicates that the Airplane sport would have also given you the option to fly around the island with a Rocket Belt, an idea that would later be reused in Pilotwings Resort.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month April 1, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Development:Wii_Sports

Wii Sports E3 2006 Airplane:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0MtVyuIsKI#t=191
Arcaea
subdirectory_arrow_right Sound Voltex III: Gravity Wars (Game)
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The song "Red and Blue" was originally composed by Silentroom, then known under the alias "Polycube" for Sound Voltex III: Gravity War's "The First VOLTEX Character Theme Song Contest" in 2014. However, the song was unable to be submitted due to missing the deadline. It was later added and repurposed for Arcaea in the 1.5.0 update.
person aa1205 calendar_month March 21, 2024
Video interview with Silentroom verifying this information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-c6okksMU#t=1194

Arcaea Fandom wiki page:
https://arcaea.fandom.com/wiki/Red_and_Blue
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
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Prior to release, Arc System Works announced that the game would feature twenty characters as paid DLC for the game's first season, meaning that the game would launch with only half of its planned roster. This prompted backlash from fans, who pointed out that the game reused assets from past fighting games and that half of Team RWBY would be sold separately while the other half was in the base game. In response, Toshimichi Mori announced that the remaining Team RWBY members (Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long) would be free of charge, and that the costs for the characters would not exceed that of the game's base retail cost.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month March 11, 2024
DanceDanceRevolution
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In August 2015, location tests for DanceDanceRevolution (2014) were held in North America. This marked both the first time the series was location tested in North America since Dance Dance Revolution X2 and the first time eAMUSEMENT was officially supported in the region. The English translation was a more completed version of the one present in the Korean version. Furthermore, 47 songs were removed from this version due to copyright restrictions, mostly being licensed songs from previous entries and all the "U.M.UXBEMANI" songs.

In the end, DanceDanceRevolution (2014) was not released in North America, with the following game Dance Dance Revolution A becoming the first Arcade release in North America since Dance Dance Revolution X2.
person aa1205 calendar_month March 8, 2024
Final Fantasy III
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Attachment In a 2020 interview, designer Koichi Ishii revealed that despite the NES hardware only being able to display three colors per sprite, he felt that he could not make a believable design for the game's jobs unless he "dug deep into the job's background story and what kind of character it will be." He was surprised when some of these design limitations stuck around for future games he did not work on like Final Fantasy Tactics, and elaborated on what he imagined the White Mage and Dark Knight jobs looked like as he originally designed them:

"The image I had is that the red part of a white mage's robe is embroidered from red threads imbued with magic when spun together, increasing the wearer's magical power. The reasoning for the red threads being on the sleeves is that magic leaves the body through the hands and wrists, so that area is most effective. I was very particular about the lore that equipment like wands and amulets are used as a catalyst to turn natural power into magic, stimulating the user's magic strength. That's why I was adamant about never giving magic users iron equipment; if they use normal metals, their magic power will disperse so at least go with mythril ore...stuff like that.

[...] when [the dark knight is] KO'd in battle only their armor is left, as if the body inside has disappeared. The reason for that, in my imagining, is that they have a dark pact where their body is engraved with dark magic runes, and when they're KO'd the dark magic runes take their soul and body so only the empty armor remains. I had that kind of unique image for each job as I was creating it."
Epic Mickey
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Attachment In 2021, a 15-second clip of early animation tests for the game dating back to 2006-2007 was discovered on the website of animator Michael Daubert, who worked on animations for an early iteration of the game, but went uncredited in the final release as everything in the test footage was scrapped. These tests showcase a completely different art style from the final game and unused gameplay elements, with Mickey shooting ink out of his body to quickly surf around, and jumping and slamming the ground to summon a tidal wave of ink to attack large Blotling enemies. This tidal wave attack also causes Mickey to lose all of his colors, turn white and become exhausted, suggesting that the known early idea of ink/paint/thinner usage changing his physical appearance was going to involve a stamina meter tied to his attacks. Mickey's early design was more stylized compared to his traditional appearance in the final game, featuring a prominently tall forehead, a lanky, stretched body, no visible mouth, and crooked oval ears. This early design would live on through an emblem used in promotional materials and as a recurring icon throughout the final game, with the inky black outline of the early design's head forming an "M".
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month February 15, 2024
Tiny Toon Adventures: Plucky Duck in Hollywood Hijinks
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The cancelled Atari Jaguar game Tiny Toon Adventures: Plucky Duck in Hollywood Hijinks ran into trouble with its art direction. It originally used photorealistic backgrounds, uncharacteristic of the cartoon and described by a developer as "build and[sic] engine and insert your favorite licensed character here." Despite a complete reset being done to the game's art direction following this iteration, the art did not live up to Warner Bros.' standards for how the Tiny Toon characters and world should look, lacking color and brightness. After Warner Bros. provided model sheets with specific instructions for drawing the characters, the development team instead switched to taking photos of the TV show and converting those into sprites, which caused issues as the sprites would come out corrupted. Atari ultimately concluded that no artist at Telegames was able to create proper Tiny Toons art, requiring art duties to be swapped out to Digital Delirium, which also failed to deliver Warner Brothers-quality animation, which caused the game's development to start implementing pencil tests into their animation process, which slowed down the game's development significantly. Eventually, all of the art for the first 2 worlds was finished, however Telegames stated they did not need the art at that point, with the art (and its respective levels) not being implemented over a year later. Telegames laid out an offer where they would only release a milestone document if a fully laid-out stage map could be provided, something the developer who released this story believed was a stalling tactic, as they already had the art and mockup stage layouts. Shortly after this, the artist assigned to complete the level layouts was laid off, requiring Digital Delirium to be brought in-house, and some music was made for the game that was completely unfit for the source material.
Conker's Bad Fur Day
subdirectory_arrow_right Killer Instinct 2 (Game)
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There were plans to include a vampire character in Killer Instinct 2, however the idea was eventually scrapped. The vampire's stage theme, "Bloodlust", however, was salvaged and made into the theme of Count Batula in Conker's Bad Fur Day.

A vampire character wouldn't be added to the Killer Instinct series until 2016, with the release of Killer Instinct's season 3 character Mira.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month January 31, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Killer_Instinct_2#Character_Listings

"Bloodlust", as featured in a bonus video in Rare Replay:
https://youtu.be/ElZ0jSTEKaQ

Count Batula's theme in Conker's Bad Fur Day:
https://youtu.be/PU-bQUj6Pds?t=399

Mira's trailer:
https://youtu.be/VHqhxGE-IyA
Super Mario World
subdirectory_arrow_right Super Mario Bros. (Game), Yoshi (Franchise)
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Attachment The concept of Mario riding a dinosaur was first concieved for Super Mario Bros., but was considered impossible from a technical standpoint. Eventually, this concept would be used in Super Mario World with Yoshi.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 31, 2024
Nintendo Player's Guide - Mario Mania 1991 - Page 32 (24 on the scan):
https://archive.org/details/Nintendo_Players_Guide_Mario_Mania_1991/page/n23/mode/2up
Star Fox 64
subdirectory_arrow_right Star Fox Command (Game), Star Fox: Assault (Game), Star Fox (Franchise)
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Attachment In a June 1997 Nintendo Dream interview with Shigeru Miyamoto regarding Star Fox 64, when asked if he would produce a sequel, Miyamoto responded with:

"I feel like the Star Fox I aimed for is already complete. But if SF64 turns out to be a commercial success and I am asked to make another installment, we might look into enriching the strategy map and systems, or perhaps further developing 360-degree four-player battles."

Funny enough, both of these ideas would come to fruition with future titles such as Star Fox: Assault, which hugely emphasized its multiplayer battle mode, and Star Fox Command, which revisited many of the real-time strategy elements that were previously experimented with in the then-unreleased Star Fox 2.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 30, 2024
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