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Yume Nikki
Attachment In Version 0.04, Dense Woods A contained two jellyfish instead of just one, with the second being located by a lamppost near the center of the map; interacting with it only causes it to ring, without any additional results. In all recovered later builds, this jellyfish is moved out of bounds, well out of the camera's view; however, it can still be interacted with if the player uses cheats or glitches to access it. In Version 0.10, interacting with this jellyfish crashes the game due to its associated files being renamed: the jellyfish is programmed to call a file called イベント5, which was renamed to イベント_005 in Version 0.10.

Additionally, Dense Woods A's layout was redesigned in Version 0.07 to remove a gate that originally led to Mural World. Instead, the upper path is expanded to loop over to the western portion of the main road in Dense Woods A, and the remaining gate leading to Puddle World was redesigned.
person VinchVolt calendar_month June 17, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:

YouTube video showing the use of a noclip glitch to access the offscreen jellyfish in Version 0.10:
Street Combat
subdirectory_arrow_right Ranma ½: Chounai Gekitou-hen (Game)
Attachment Street Combat was originally released in Japan as Ranma ½: Chounai Gekitou Hen, a tie-in with the anime adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's 1987 manga Ranma ½. The American release stripped out all references to the source material due to its obscurity in the United States at the time, though the in-game sprites for Street Combat's cast are visibly traced over their Ranma ½ counterparts. Additionally, Happosai and Cologne are merged into a single character, Happy, in Street Combat.
person VinchVolt calendar_month May 31, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:

Hardcore Gaming 101 article:

YouTube video comparing the Japanese and US versions:
Mecarobot Golf
Mecarobot Golf is a partial reskin of Birdie Try, a generic, non-robot-themed golf game starring Japanese professional golfer Nobuo Serizawa. Only the characters were changed, and the only sci-fi element in the US version is Eagle, the titular Mecarobot. Otherwise, the game remains a generic golf game, and the other three introduced characters are two white women and one white man, replacing the Japanese version's three Asian men.
Crazy Frog Collectables: Art School
subdirectory_arrow_right Paint by DS (Game)
Crazy Frog Collectables: Art School is a reskin of Paint by DS, a game that has multiple different reskins. Of all of the Paint by DS variations, Crazy Frog Collectables has the most images to paint at 38.
The Bombing Islands
subdirectory_arrow_right Charlie Blasts Territory (Game)
The Bombing Islands was re-developed into Charlie Blast's Territory (originally known as "Charlie Blast's Challenge") for the Nintendo 64 by Realtime Associates and game designer Scott Kim. Aside from the graphics being changed, the game notably added a four-player versus mode, complete with multiple different characters and bomb types not seen in the game's single player mode (i.e. a Freeze Bomb and a Rainbow Bomb).
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month February 2, 2024
Attachment A prototype exists for a US version of the original Japan-exclusive Puzzle Bobble known as Bubble Buster which removes the Bubble Bobble elements outright, as it was a very common practice for puzzle games at the time. This is somewhat unusual, because no replacement characters were provided, unlike localisations such as Tetris Attack, and Bubble Bobble had already proven itself to be a popular brand in the American market at the time. The logo for Bubble Buster would serve as the basis for the logo of the Neo Geo arcade remake's US release, Bust-A-Move, though that did not remove the Bubble Bobble characters.
Pac & Pal
Attachment In Europe, Pac & Pal was released under the title Pac-Man & Chomp Chomp, with Miru swapped for Pac-Man's dog from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Chomp Chomp. Only about 300 Chomp Chomp machines are known to have been manufactured, and while the ROM is avaliable online, only one blurry, black-and-white image of the cabinet exists, using artwork done in the same style as the cabinet art of Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man.
Ghostbusters is a modified version of an unreleased game called Car Wars. According to the game's developer David Crane in a 2010 interview, Car Wars was "a game about buying cars, tricking them out, and dueling them against other cars around a fictional city." After one month of development, Activision co-founder Gary Kitchen called and met with him to discuss making a game based on the then-upcoming Ghostbusters film to release on the same day as the film, and Crane immediately devised a way to change Car Wars into a Ghostbusters game with only minor changes and additions.
Titenic was finished an indeterminately long time before its release in 2003 (presumably back when the 1997 film "Titanic" was recent), but was temporarily shelved due to declining interest in the Taiwanese Famicom market. Although not stated by any official sources, it could also be incurred that it may have had difficulty releasing due to the film's target audience being very distant from those that video games were marketed to in the 1990s, as it was released with the more pre-teen-boy-targeting reskin, Harry's Legend in 2001, prior to the release of the original Titenic.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month December 26, 2023
Fury of the Furries
subdirectory_arrow_right Pac-In-Time (Game), Pac-In-Time (Game)
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.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
subdirectory_arrow_right Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Game)
Attachment Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe redesigns Wing Kirby's costume, changing the pattern on the headband to a series of straight lines, adding a red jewel on the front (similar to the kind seen on other Copy Ability hats), and replacing the rows of feathers on the back with arrangements that more closely resemble a bird's wings. As the original design was based on a Native American warbonnet, the redesign was likely to avoid cultural appropriation, as real-life warbonnets are regarded as sacred in tribal cultures and consequently can only be worn by those who have earned the right to do so.
person VinchVolt calendar_month December 25, 2023
YouTube video highlighting various changes made in the Nintendo Switch remake:

Indian Country Today article on cultural appropriation of warbonnets:

Native Appropriations article on why wearing warbonnets as generic headgear is considered offensive among Native Americans:

Texas Law Review paper on Native American perspectives on cultural appropriation:
Crush Crush
subdirectory_arrow_right Yandere Simulator (Game), Dark Deception: Monsters & Mortals (Game), Ayano's Lovesick Labyrinth (Game), YandereDev (Company)
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person chocolatejr9 calendar_month December 14, 2023
Donkey Kong
subdirectory_arrow_right Crazy Kong (Game)
Crazy Kong was an officially licensed clone of Donkey Kong released by Falcon Inc. to compensate for Nintendo's inability to make enough Donkey Kong machines as there was demand for. However, Crazy Kong was only allowed to be distributed in Japan, but Falcon released the game abroad anyway with Elcron Industries, leading to a lawsuit where Nintendo won.
Pokémon Puzzle League
subdirectory_arrow_right Nintendo Puzzle Collection (Game), Panel de Pon (Game)
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.
Hard 'n' Heavy
subdirectory_arrow_right Giana Sisters (Collection)
Attachment Hard 'n' Heavy was originally conceived as a sequel to The Great Giana Sisters titled Giana 2 - Arthur and Martha in Future World, but was changed due to the threats the developers had received from Nintendo over the previous Giana game. Screenshots and a box art for Giana 2 exist, and show that seemingly only the character of Giana was removed in the transition to Hard 'n' Heavy, but the version of the game with Giana is not known to exist.
Snoopy's Magic Show
Attachment Based on evidence from the book Video Game Quest and unused graphics within the game's code, Snoopy's Magic Show was likely originally going to be an original IP, with the title of either Death Ball or Heart Attack.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 24, 2023
Tetris Attack
Attachment Yoshi's dialog in Tetris Attack was not rewritten from Lip's dialog in Panel de Pon to account for the dinosaur's more laid back, cheerful personality, resulting in him saying rather stoic fantasy hero lines such as "Together we own our world" or "We can't just be strong, we must be strongest".
Tetris Attack
subdirectory_arrow_right Panel de Pon (Game), Killer Instinct (Collection)
According to the British magazine Nintendo Magazine System, before settling on Yoshi's Island characters for Tetris Attack, Nintendo reportedly asked Rare to replace Panel de Pon's fairies with characters from the Killer Instinct series.
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World revolves around Alex going to a new Sega arcade called "High-Tech World", which seems to be a strange and arguably counter-intuitive product placement for Sega's Hi-Tech Land arcades that only existed in Japan and have a slightly different name from the one given in the game. The game was originally released in Japan as Anmitsu Hime, and revolved around finding a cake shop instead of an arcade, meaning that the audience that could actually have a Hi-Tech Land in close proximity would not be able to play the game under normal means.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 19, 2023
The Sega Retro article for Hi-Tech Land ( claims the name to have originated after High Tech World's release in 1989, but the wiki itself has two contradicting pieces of evidence:

1990 flyer showing a listing for a Hi-Tech Land arcade that opened in 1978 (page 5):

A photograph of a Hi-Tech Land in Sapporo, Japan, dated to 1987, with the name visible:

Longplay of Alex Kidd: High-Tech World:

Longplay of Anmitsu Hime:
Yogi Bear: Great Balloon Blast
subdirectory_arrow_right Dexter's Laboratory (Franchise)
Attachment Yogi Bear: Great Balloon Blast contains a fully functional unused character in the form of a duo of Dexter and Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory, a Hanna-Barbera cartoon that was still airing at the time. It is unknown if this is a remnant of a scrapped Dexter's Laboratory version of Pop'n Pop, much like Dexter's Laboratory: Robot Rampage was for Elevator Action EX, or a scrapped plan to make the game a Hanna-Barbera/Cartoon Network crossover game.
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