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Jingle Brawl
In Super Fall Brawl, one of the many reskins of Jingle Brawl, the new character was intended to be Sheen Estevez from Jimmy Neutron, in promotion for his then-new spin-off series Planet Sheen. However, Sheen was not coded correctly, making him near-impossible to beat in a fight. The game's second update would remove Sheen and his stage completely, and he would never be added back in, making Fall Brawl the only Super Brawl game without any new combatants. Sheen would return in Super Brawl 2, though the House of Pain stage, based on the first episode of Planet Sheen, would be swapped for a Zeenu stage generally based on Planet Sheen instead of a single episode.
Also Appears On: Planet Sheen (Franchise)
Mortal Kombat 1
Ed Boon revealed that he had hoped to include John Wick from the franchise of the same name as a guest character in Mortal Kombat 1, but that said plans didn't work out. While the exact reason why is unknown, it's worth noting that John Wick's actor Keanu Reeves had said in 2021 that he did not think the character was a good fit for the Mortal Kombat series.
Battle Chess
Interplay producers were known to unnecessarily modify games for the simple reason of wanting to prove value - the artist for the Queen in Battle Chess worked around this by drawing a pet duck following the Queen on all of her animations to bait the producers into removing the duck instead of content the team wanted to keep.
Also Appears On: Interplay (Company)
Ultimate Custom Night
Attachment The animatronic roster of Ultimate Custom Night has changed quite a bit during development, With the major changes being:

• Changing number of animatronics to 50 from 40.
• Removing Adventure Endo-01 and Candy Cadet as playable characters.
• Adding Withered Chica, Withered Bonnie, Phantom Mangle, Phantom Freddy, Phantom Balloon Boy, Nightmare Bonnie, Nightmare, Nightmarionne, Nightmare Balloon Boy, Old Man Consequences, Funtime Foxy, Helpy, Nedd Bear, Orville Elephant, and Molten Freddy all as playable characters
• Merging Nightmare Freddy and Freddles into one slot
• Merging Bucket Bob, No. 1 Crate, and Mr. Can-Do into one slot and renaming them to "Trash and the Gang"
Pizza Tower
Attachment The Weenie and Burger Golfer enemies are based on Peter and Mac, the protagonists of an unmade Pizza Tower predecessor called Weenie Cop.
Angry Birds Seasons
Attachment Matilda from Angry Birds was originally designed as an unnamed male bird, but was changed to female when higher ups at Rovio realized that male birds do not lay eggs. The Valentine's Day season of Angry Birds Seasons gave Matilda a girlfriend, which, after the change, retroactively gave the unintended implication of Matilda being a lesbian, despite actually being straight and later marrying Terence in the film series. When Matilda was redesigned for the 2013 animated webseries Angry Birds Toons, she would gain the pink cheeks of her former girlfriend. Angry Birds Seasons was removed from app stores in 2019, completing the retcon of the girlfriend character. Despite this, the Angry Birds franchise would introduce LGBTQ+ side characters and support LGBTQ+ fan works in later years.
Also Appears On: Angry Birds (Franchise)
Contributed by Wario Wario Wario on September 18, 2023
Attachment In the game files exists a beta version of protagonist Takayuki Yagami's design. This design was presumably an alternate plan in case the licensing agreement with Takura Kimura, the actor whose face inspired Yagami's design, runs out, or he gets involved in any kind of controversy.
Barkley: Shut Up and Jam!
Attachment In the Piko Interactive Collection 2 for the Evercade, Barkley: Shut Up & Jam and its sequel are included under the revised name of Hoops: Shut Up & Jam, with all likenesses of Charles Barkley swapped for a single Adobe stock photo of an angry black man, named "Joe Hoops" by the game text.
Also Appears On: Hoops: Shut Up and Jam 2 (Game), Barkley: Shut Up and Jam 2 (Game), Hoops: Shut Up and Jam (Game), Evercade (Platform)
Crash Team Racing
Attachment On the character designer for Nitros Oxide in Crash Team Racing, Bob Rafei's website, he has a portfolio containing various works sorted by game. In the Crash Team Racing folder of the site, there is an image of a blue hippo in an aviator suit named "trippo.jpg". According to Rafei in 2017, this character was designed as a mascot for an airline search engine during the dot-com boom, but was placed in the CTR folder of the site by mistake. However, in the time between the image's discovery and the clarification, the image was spread online as if it was a lost Crash Bandicoot character, gaining the accepted name of "Fasty" through unknown means.

In Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled, the character Hasty the Moose, one of two completely original characters alongside King Chicken, was inspired by the myth of "Fasty", with a similar body build; face; outfit; and name in both meaning and spelling.
Also Appears On: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Game)
Attachment "Puppy Pong", a rare alternate cabinet design for Pong intended for use in non-coin-op environments such as waiting rooms or entrance-fee arcades, was originally designed after Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strip. However, the concept was rejected by Charles Schulz, leading to the creation of a generic puppy in Snoopy's place. An unthemed version titled "Dr. Pong" was also released.
Also Appears On: Peanuts (Franchise)
Hitman 2
An unused outfit for a "High-Profile DJ" can be found in the files for the Mumbai mission "Chasing a Ghost". It's speculated that a DJ may have been a part of Dawood Rangan's film shoot, but was cut from the final game for unknown reasons.

Interestingly, the outfit also has unique dialogue attached to it (i.e. when civilians go past 47 and comment on his clothes), which were later reincorporated for Berlin's DJ Disguise in Hitman 3.
Drawn to Life
Attachment Originally, instead of being fox-like creatures known the Raposa, Drawn to Life's NPCs were supposed to be dog-like creatures titled Droogles. Instead of the snow, forest, beach, and city/castle worlds from the final game, the worlds were going to be a medieval world, military world, skating world, and ninja world.
Contributed by Wario Wario Wario on September 10, 2023
Name "Droogle" sourced from the Art of 5th Cell book according to this Drawn to Life wiki page
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckeroo$!
Attachment In the SNES version of The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckeroo$!, there is an unused sprite of the character George Liquor in his appearance as the Sheriff of Dodge City from the episode "Robin Höek". Around the time the game was being made, show creator John Kricfalusi was fired from Nickelodeon for inserting inappropriate content and missing deadlines while producing episodes, and was allowed to retain the rights to the George Liquor character, who he would continue to feature in cartoons for the rest of his career, meaning that he could not be used in Ren & Stimpy media from that point onward. Liquor would still appear in the NES version of Buckeroo$! however.
The Real Ghostbusters
Attachment The game's data contains sprites depicting Kid Klown and Princess Honey from Kid Klown in Night Mayor World, with them filling the roles of the protagonist and damsel in distress, respectively. This indicates that the game was originally devised as a Kid Klown title before being retooled around the Mickey Mouse, Garfield, and Ghostbusters franchises (depending on the region) midway through development. Ironically, Kid Klown in Night Mayor World was itself a retooled English localization of a Mickey Mouse game.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Attachment In pre-release content related to Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, it was mentioned that the game would include a bee enemy that rises upwards. This enemy did not make it into the final game, but did eventually show up in another game using the same engine, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, where it had a different behavior, being a directly hostile enemy that is distracted by flowers.
Also Appears On: Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back (Game)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Attachment Inside the files of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a model of Ed Euromaus, the mascot of the Europa-Park theme park in Germany. When development studio Black Forest Games was asked why the file was in the game, they responded "We were young and needed the money."
The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog
Early plans for the game had Charmy Bee and Cream the Rabbit involved in the game's plot, but these were scrapped as the devs felt that they were too young to participate in a murder mystery party game.
Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party
Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party was originally intended as a game starring the cult ringtone mascot The Annoying Thing/Crazy Frog titled Crazy Frog Collectables: Faces, following the naming scheme of Crazy Frog Collectables: Art School. However, the bankruptcy of publisher Mercury Games resulted in the game being shelved, with developer Cypronia stepping in to publish the games themselves with an original Crazy Frog-inspired character in place of the license. A leftover menu icon for the Crazy Frog revision of the game can be found in the files.
Also Appears On: Crazy Frog (Franchise)
Attachment On August 16th, 2023, Cruise Elroy revealed that he usually sketches out concepts for Annalynn before implementing them in game. While many of the sketches shown are present in the final release, some unused concepts are also shown, such as an orange character named Annabelle (presumably a second player character) and Mappy-style trampolines.

Among these sketches is also Mike drawn with an expression mirroring that seen in the Today I Will meme.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Many Nickelodeon fans have noticed a significant omission of characters from the series The Fairly OddParents in Nickelodeon crossovers starting in 2008's SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom, which was the final installment in the Nicktoons Unite! series where Timmy had previously been part of the main ensemble cast. The reasoning for this is believed to be due to Nelvana, a Canadian distributor of children's content, who holds the international licensing rights and copyright for the first 5 seasons of the show outside of the US, and famously used this to syndicate the cartoon on the rivaling Disney Channel.

Series protagonist Timmy Turner did later appear in the 2022 Apple Arcade game Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis. In response to a Tweet speculating that this could lead to Fairly OddParents content appearing in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, the community manager for the latter game Thaddeus Crews posted a "heads-in-the-clouds" emoji.
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