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In a 1992 developer interview, it was revealed that Cú Chulainn's name and design were inspired by Cú Chulainn from Yousei-ou manga series.

The attached image shows Shin Megami Tensei’s Cú Chulainn design (left) and its inspiration, the Cú Chulainn character from the Ryoki Yamagishi manga Yousei-ou (right).
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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
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In the Akumajo Dracula X CD liner notes, the game's character designer Toshiharu Furukawa stated that they had to remove some monsters in previous Castlevania games, due to the game's international localizations. Having destructible monsters with humanoid forms (i.e. Medusa, Carmilla, and Gargoyle) went against America's morals. However, for Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, it doesn't need to be localized, due to it being released in Japan-only.
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Mega Man X4
In an Sega Saturn Magazine interview, the game's planner Koji Okohara stated that looking back at Mega Man X3, they felt there wasn't a big enough difference between how Zero and X controlled, so they tried to distinguish both of them further in the sequel. In X4, Zero only got a sword without any "charge" ability for his weapon.

The game's producer Yoshinori Takenaka stated that many developers were against that decision. Koji Okohara also stated "His sword doesn’t have any reach, and they thought it would make the game too difficult. To address that, we raised his attack power and added Street Fighter-style moves, so he feels completely different from X."
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According to game's producer Tokuro Fujiwara, their idea was to combine 2D and 3D graphics for Tomba! 1, but they weren't able to achieve they effect they wanted. They went with 3D for the second game so that they can achieve a greater freedom in expression. Also in Tomba! 2, the graphics may have changed from the first one, but it's system and gameplay were carried over so players wouldn't feel alienated from the first game.
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Onimusha: Warlords
In the bonus mini-game, Oni Spirits, Stage six has six enemies and six vases that must be destroyed to complete the stage; referencing 666, the Number of the Beast in Christian theology. This also self referential, as Onimusha is a series about defeating demons invading the Earth.
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Upon catching a squid, the message that pops up will say that it's "off the hook", referencing the duo Pearl and Marina from the Splatoon series.
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If the player selects Shun and begins a mirror match, then selects the stage "Wolf" and achieves an EXCELLENT rating during the fight, then makes sure they land the winning blow as Shun's back is facing the dark part of the sky, Shun will perform his victory pose as the camera pans in just the right manner to reveal a cultural Japanese representation of a snowman that blinks. The Easter Egg might be a joke regarding desert mirages, as Wolf is a desert setting and this Easter Egg is exclusive to this stage.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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Concept art of multiple cities feature amphitheaters, as seen in the Anvil, Chorrol, and Skingrad concept art. These amphitheaters are nowhere to be seen in the final game.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Concept art of Anvil reveal some slight differences from the original design. Originally, the port was connected inside the city walls, the lighthouse was accessed via a paved path, and the bay was much larger. In the final game, the port and lighthouse are located outside of the city walls, in a separate cell, the lighthouse has no paved path leading to it, and the bay is much smaller.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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Concept art reveals a vastly different design for the city of Leyawiin than in the final game. The Niben river would have flown through the city, splitting it into 3 different sections, with 2 outer sections on land, and the third section, an island in the Niben River, connected via bridges.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Upon first entering the Market District, a notice will appear on the screen reading "New Topic: Do you need couriers?". However, this topic cannot be discussed with any NPCs. This may be a leftover from a scrapped quest or questline in which the player would deliver letters to NPCs. The string of text's file name is "ImpExWork", with "ImpExDeliveredLetter" and "ImpExGiveLetter" also existing in the game's files.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The game files reveal that High Elves were originally supposed to be 50 points vulnerable to Fire, Frost, Shock, and Magic. In the final game, they only have a 25 points vulnerability, with no general vulnerability to Magic.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
An unused "Darkness" spell exists in the files, but ultimately goes unused. It acts oppositely to the "Light" spells in the game, making an area darker (most likely to make it easier to sneak and remain undetected). Similar to the unused "Lock" spell it contains many "DO NOT USE" warnings.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
An unused "Lock" spell exists in the files (as well as Easy Lock and Average Lock), but it goes unused in the final game. It would have locked containers and doors. The files include several warnings which read "DO NOT USE". "Lock" existed as a spell in TES III: Morrowind.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Originally, Velwyn Benirus was to die at some point during the Benirus Manor quest. Unused NPC lines exist saying, "I heard that Velwyn Benirus was killed. The manor claims another victim."
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
In "The Siren's Deception", the player would have only been fought by 2 of the women in Gweden Farm, with the third, Faustina, fleeing to the basement. There, the player would have had multiple dialogue options with her, and ultimately been able to spare her. In the final game, you must fight all 3 women on the first floor with no option to spare any of them. These lines were found in the German version of the game.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
There are unused lockpicking animations for NPCs that would have been used when NPCs lockpick locked chests or doors. This is a rare occurrence in-game and when it happens, the NPCs simply use the "activate" animation. There exists animations for locked chests on the ground as well as doors.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
There is unused dialogue for Elven, Nord, Breton, and Redguard city guards that go unused due to all city guards being Imperials. The only exception to this being quest specific NPCs who are city guards of a race other than Imperial.
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Horses were originally meant to be purchased through an in-game menu like other items in the game. In the final game, they are purchase through dialogue options. There exist unused lines for these purchases, "Need a new mount?" and "Looking to buy a horse? I have some fine animals for sale."
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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
There is unused dialogue showing that merchants would refuse services to the player if their disposition was too low. These lines include "No service for the likes of you. Take a hike."
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