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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.
Hi-Fi Rush
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Attachment The January 2024 update celebrating Hi-Fi Rush's one year anniversary includes new t-shirts that players can wear in-game. Some of these t-shirts are exclusive to their own platform (Xbox, Steam, and Epic Game Store):

• Xbox owners get a green shirt saying “shadow dropped”, a reference to the game’s surprise release.
• Epic Games Store owners get a shirt saying “this is simply unreal epic”, obviously a reference to Epic Games and the Unreal engine and series.
• Steam owners get a shirt saying “Be Positive (Overwhelmingly)”, an obvious reference to Steam’s user review system.

However, two more additional exclusive shirts have recently been discovered through datamining that seem to curiously pertain to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5, two competitor platforms to Xbox.

• The red shirt seemingly for Switch says "rock out anywhere", obviously referencing the Switch's portable nature.
• The blue shirt seemingly for PS5 says "I'm here baby", possibly a reference to the game finally arriving on PS5 after a year of being exclusive to Xbox platforms.

In early 2024, Hi-Fi Rush was the subject of various rumors claiming that Microsoft planned on porting it and possibly other first party Xbox titles to its competitor platforms, those specifically being PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. In response to these rumors, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer announced in an Xbox Business Update on February 16, 2024 that four of their previously Xbox exclusive titles were being brought over to rival platforms. On February 21, 2024, it was announced that Hi-Fi Rush, along with Rare's Sea of Thieves and Obsidian's Grounded and Pentiment, were all being released on PlayStation 5 (and Nintendo Switch as well as PlayStation 4 for the latter two games), fully confirming the rumors.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month February 4, 2024
The Punisher
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Attachment Guardroid, the second boss of the game, has a completely different design between the arcade and Genesis versions. The background is also slightly changed between versions, as the curtains in the background are open in the arcade version, showing a couple of moonfish inside an aquarium, whereas in the Genesis version the curtains are closed.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month January 29, 2024
Orgamesmic video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdSsOKQYOAs#t=172
[Note: The moonfish are mistakenly referred to as "sharks" in the source video.]
Turrican
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After loading up the Commodore 64 version of the game and waiting until the title screen appears, going to address 8F40 with a memory viewer will reveal a hidden developer message. The message to discourage hackers from cracking the game is presumably from the game's creator Manfred Trenz, and reveals the date that the game began development:

"HI FOLKS, THE MANIAC IS BACK !!!
ONE QUESTION: WHY DO YOU WANT TO CRACK THIS PROGGY ???
CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW MUCH WORK I DID TO MAKE A GAME LIKE THIS ???

HERE SOME INFORMATIONS ABOUT: STARTING TIME: 01.02.1989 (OH YES)
ALL THE IDEAS,GAMEDESIGN,ALIENROUTINIES,GRAPHICS,PLAYBILITY,TECHNICAL
PROBLEMS AND MUCH MORE TOOK A LOT OF TIME AND WAS VERY OFTEN NERVE-RACKING!

ECHT AETZEND YOU WOULD SAY ...
SOMETIMES I WORKED MORE THEN 14 HOURS A DAY, ONLY INTERRUPTED BY ESSENTIAL
THINGS LIKE FOOD,COKE AND MTV.

I MADE THIS GAME NOT ONLY FOR TO EARN MONEY BUT NEVERTHELESS I'M SURE
YOU AGREE WITH ME, THAT I WANT TO EARN FOR MY WORK.

SO DO ME A FAVOUR AND DON'T CRACK AND SPREAD THIS GAME !! IF YOU HAVE
ANY QUESTIONS CALL: 0211/5280-0 BYE NOW AND THINK ABOUT !

PS.: DO YOU KNOW WHAT A GROELATZ IS ?? YOU BETTER DO NOT !"
Turrican
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In the Commodore 64 version of the game, there are two known messages written with destroyable blocks that are hidden out-of-bounds in two levels of the game. In Level 1-1, the year "1989", referring to the year the game began development, can be found in the middle of the map. The other message is hidden in Level 1-3, where the letters "DTE" can be found in the middle of a land mass in the bottom-right corner of the map.
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.
Darkstalkers 3
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Attachment The PlayStation port of the game is known as Vampire Savior EX Edition in Japan. Additionally, the logo in the title screen has animated effects while internationally the screen is completely static.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month January 8, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Darkstalkers_3#Title_Screen

Vampire Savior EX Edition logo/title screen:
https://youtu.be/WJm9u8bMCUE?t=72

Darkstalkers 3 logo/title screen:
https://youtu.be/R6HR82vmlqI?t=78
Metal Gear Solid
subdirectory_arrow_right Tekken 3 (Game), Gran Turismo 2 (Game), One (Game), PlayStation (Platform), Dreamcast (Platform), PC (Microsoft Windows) (Platform), Xbox (Platform), Sony Interactive Entertainment (Company)
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Attachment Bleem! was a PlayStation emulator released for Microsoft Windows 98 and the Sega Dreamcast. Unlike the vast majority of emulators before and since, it was released as a paid product on store shelves. Bleem!, although very impressive for the time and capable of running on low-end PCs, had many compatability issues, with the only game that ran perfectly on Windows Bleem! being the US version of One, while the only games that could be run at all on Dreamcast were Tekken 3, Metal Gear Solid, and Gran Turismo 2, all with specialised emulators released on their own "Bleemcast" discs.

Sony would sue Bleem! twice over alleged copyright infringement, and despite all odds, Sony lost due to Bleem!'s use of screenshots in promo material and the PS1 BIOS being protected by fair use. However, a mix of legal fees and Sony threatening retailers stocking Bleem! products with subpoenas would force Bleem! off of shelves anyway, and its website would be replaced with an image of Sonic the Hedgehog mourning at a grave with the Bleem! logo carved on it. Bleem! would countersue Sony for anti-competitive activity.

The popularity of Bleem! would lead both Sega and Microsoft to attempt to work with Bleem! officially to make PS1 games run on Dreamcast and Xbox, though these plans fell through due to Sega being afraid of Sony's litigation, while the developers of Bleem! simply felt Microsoft wasn't paying high enough for the license for Bleem! (something they had come to regret in the years since).
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month December 28, 2023
Fury of the Furries
subdirectory_arrow_right Pac-In-Time (Game), Pac-In-Time (Game)
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The DOS and Game Boy versions of Pac-In-Time are reskins of an Amiga game called Fury of the Furries. The SNES version of Pac-In-Time is a completely different game with some similar gameplay elements.
Contra
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Attachment Although Billy and Lance on the NES cover art are believed to be inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, both characters' poses and attire were based on only Arnold Schwarzenegger's appearance in the movie "Predator".
person Kakariko Kid calendar_month December 21, 2023
Clips from Predator showing Arnold Schwarzenegger's attire matching Billy and Lance on the box art:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgzxSr6l9Y4?t=85
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU7CDejp6Lw?t=115
Blasphemous
subdirectory_arrow_right Blasphemous II (Game)
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According to a December 7, 2023 tweet from Team17's official support account on Twitter "Team17 Help", they stated that currently both Blasphemous and Blasphemous II would not be releasing on Xbox consoles in Japan due to unspecified "local legislation".
Grand Theft Auto
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The PC version of the game includes four female playable characters while the PlayStation version doesn't have any. According to Visual Sciences programmer Russell Kay, the lower number of playable characters in that version was due to VRAM issues and the fact that most of the PC characters were completed in the final months of the game's development, by which point the PlayStation version had already been finished.
person ZpaceJ0ck0 calendar_month December 6, 2023
The Simpsons: Bart vs. The Space Mutants
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Attachment The Genesis version of Bart vs. The Space Mutants has two revisions. The second revision primarily fixes up graphics that were drawn in a realistic art style instead of that of Matt Groening, as well as some strange coloring errors such as a red-dressed Marge and an Itchy & Scratchy that appear to be in the colors of the characters they're intended to parody, Tom and Jerry.
Muppet RaceMania
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For unknown reasons, Muppet RaceMania save files will always appear as corrupted data on a PlayStation 2, even when they aren't.
Pokémon Puzzle League
subdirectory_arrow_right Panel de Pon (Game), Nintendo Puzzle Collection (Game)
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The version of Panel de Pon included on Nintendo Puzzle Collection was originally intended to be released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan, and a prototype featuring the Panel de Pon fairy characters is known to exist. It did see release on the console in other regions as Pokémon Puzzle League, however.
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
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Attachment Pokémon Puzzle Challenge has an unused title screen reading Pokémon Puzzle League, implying that it once shared a name with its Nintendo 64 counterpart.
Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition
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In 2012, an HD compilation of the first two Yakuza games was ported to the Wii U. This port of the games performed so poorly that it sold less than 2000 copies in its first week of release, likely due to the fact that both games were already ported to the PlayStation 3 where more players already owned it. However, series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi stated that this port of the game was not done to generate sales, but as an "experiment" to see how people would respond to the games being on the Wii U.
person Kirby Inhales Jotaro calendar_month November 27, 2023
Disney's Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers
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The Nintendo 64 version of Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers uses a midi version of the original Windows/Dreamcast soundtrack. However, these MIDI downgrades have many errors, such as missing or overly quiet instruments, instrument samples that are in the wrong key for the sequences, and background instruments being played too loud.
Mario's Super Picross
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Attachment The Virtual Console versions of Mario's Super Picross replace three puzzles, likely due to legal issues:

• The likeness of Marilyn Monroe, which was replaced by a tortoise.
• A set of Tetrominos from Tetris, which was replaced by a hermit crab.
• The painting The Scream by Edvard Munch, which was replaced by a chameleon.

Despite The Scream and Monroe's likeness entering the public domain in 2015 and 2012 respectively, the Wii U; New 3DS; and Switch versions of the game keep the replaced puzzles.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 26, 2023
Psycho Soldier
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Attachment The Commodore 64 version of Psycho Soldier may be one of the earliest instances of a video game character having their race swapped, where Athena is depicted as black on the loading screen and box art, while also being depicted as having a red/pink caucasian skin color in-game.
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