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Minecraft
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The creepers were based on a failed model of a pig. The length and the height of the pig model were accidentally inverted, resulting in a tall mid section with small legs.

"I don't have any modeling programs to do the models, I just write them in code. And I accidentally made them (the creepers) tall instead of long, so it was like a tall thing with four little feet. And that became the creeper. As opposed to a pig." - Minecraft creator 'Notch'
Contributed by pyoro64
Super Mario Sunshine
In an early prerelease version of Super Mario Sunshine, Delfino Plaza has a different look than in later prerelease versions and the final product.
Contributed by Dvon
Devil World
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The main character of the game, Tamagon, appeared as a trophy in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. Melee. Tamagon was removed in the American version of the game but the trophy can still be found with Action Replay, complete with a translated description. Stranger still, the Tamagon trophy was removed outright from the European version of the game and cannot even be found with a cheat device, despite the fact that Devil World was released in European countries.
Contributed by lividd3ad
Devil World
Devil World is the only one of Shigeru Miyamoto's games to have missed out on an American release. This is due to Nintendo of America's strict policy against religious imagery. The game was, however, released in Europe on both the NES and later on the Wii's Virtual Console.
Contributed by lividd3ad
Super Mario 3D Land
World 5-2 is designed in a Legend of Zelda format, using a top-down view, lots of rooms, and no stompable enemies. Also, if you light all of the torches in a certain room using a Fire Flower, a secret door opens and a Zelda sound effect is heard. The level was designed in honor of LoZ's 25th anniversary, hinted at by the level number: "5-2" is "25" backwards.
Contributed by WiiWizard
Series: Pokémon
There can be 4,294,967,296 different visual variations of Spinda, as Spinda's spots are determined by its personality value. The number is significantly higher if you also include shiny Pokemon.
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Series: Pokémon
Despite looking black-faced, Jynx wasn't meant to be racist. It is actually based off the Japanese Myth, Yama-Uba. Yama-Uba was described as having bright blond hair and a torn red kimono much similar to the design of Jynx.
Contributed by DotWaffler
Sonic CD
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Sonic CD was originally going to be a CD enhanced version of Sonic 2, but after Sonic 2's release, it evolved into its own title. It was also titled "Super Sonic" early in development.
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Kingdom Hearts
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Before the game was released in the U.S., Square held a "Name-in-Game" contest. A person named Kurt Zisa won the contest, and his name was used for a hidden boss in the game.
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Fire Emblem
In the game exist 4 unused animations for spells. They are actually all from the game's predecessor Sword of Seals, much like the Ballista animations. The animations that exist in the game and are yet unused are of Zephiel's ranged sword attack, Roy's Sword of Seals ranged attack, Fa's Divine Dragon breath, and Iduon's Dark Dragon breath, which is mirrored towards the player due to the weapon being enemy only in it's respective game.
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Kingdom Hearts II
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Originally, the final boss, Xemnas, was going to have another final form.
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Final Fantasy VI
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There are multiple examples of art assets being censored in the North American release.
Esper Siren, Esper Starlet, Alluring Rider, Madam, The Goddess and Chadarnook's Godess part were all altered to be more acceptable to international audiences, mostly covering up more skin, or in Madam's case, removing smoking references.
Additionally, the Cafe sign originally read "Pub".
Many of these changes were kept in place in the Game Boy Advance port of the game.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming
Series: Star Fox
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There were three canceled Star Fox games.

The first, planned for the SNES, was a sequel to the original game and titled "Star Fox 2" and shelved in order to continue the series in 3D on the N64.

The second was a Virtual Boy release titled "Star Fox" which was canceled to the poor sales of the Virtual Boy.

And the last was an arcade version (also titled "Star Fox"), though very little is actually known about it or why it was canceled. The only known image of this game is shown in the attachment.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming
Final Fantasy VII
During development, series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's mother passed away. At the time, Sakaguchi wanted to craft a story that would show just because somebody has passed on, it doesn't mean that they are forever lost. He also wanted to present a realistic death, rather than a Hollywood sacrificial end. These two desires resulted in the concept of the Lifestream and Aeris' iconic death. The characters continuing to go on, attempting to save the world, after Aeris' death is a reflection of his own feelings coping with his mother's tragic death.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming
Ron Gilbert was inspired by the novel "On Stranger Tides" by Tim Powers and partly by Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride to create Monkey Island.
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
The game had a scene removed where Snake is chased through the sinking tanker by a rush of water. Kojima said that it looked good, but wasn't fun.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming
Console: PlayStation
The console was originally planned as a CD-Drive add on for the Super Nintendo called the SNES-CD. The plan fell through, resulting in the PlayStation's creation and Nintendo doing a deal with Phillips instead.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming
Bioshock
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The Little Sisters had a stage of development where they were mole-like creatures that scurried around Rapture collecting Adam.
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Okami
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Before the developers settled on the game's unique painted style, they intended the game to look realistic.
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Kingdom Hearts II
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Toy Story's Woody and Buzz were set to appear as summons in Final Mix, but were removed for unknown reasons. These models were found in the code, untextured, and amongst the game's summons.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming
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