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Tomba!
The game's director, Tokuro Fujiwara, decided to make Tomba! a 2D side-scrolling game because because of how many 3D games that let you move anywhere were on the market. He felt that 2D allows players to feel the fun and excitement in a straightforward way.
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In an interview, Naoto Oshima was asked if the blue birds were a direct reference to the game Flicky. Oshima said yes, and also mentioned that he asked game's designer Yoji Ishii's permission to use Flickies in his work.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Batman: Arkham Knight
Sefton Hill stated on reddit that they were originally going to include an interactive combat battle against Rocksteady employees, in the game's credit. And each time the player got a knockdown, the developer's names and roles in development to appear during the slow-motion. It would've been used for the new game plus, but due to time constraints, they have to remove this feature.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Pokemon Gold & Silver
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According to Ken Sugimori, the Pokémon that appeared in the front page of the 1997 edition of MicroGroup Game Review showcasing Pokect Monsters 2 were not supposed to appear in the game at all. While some were never to be seen, Tyranitar ended up being used. This explains why Tyranitar wasn't in the leaked 1997 prototype ROM.
Contributed by ChocoPain
Half-Life
While in an interview with Valve News Network in February of 2018, Gray Newell (Son of Gabe Newell) revealed that the final boss of Half-Life, the Nihilanth, represented him as a baby, stating "The Final Boss of Half-Life 1 actually the 'giant evil baby monster' is supposed to be me. When my mother was in childbirth they were thinking 'what's something really scary,' and at the time, having a child seemed to be the most scary thing to everyone."
Contributed by SquigglesTheDuck
In an Dengeki and Marukatsu Megadrive magazines interview, game's graphic designer Toshio Yamamoto stated that his team didn't use a planning document for the game.
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Street Fighter III
Makoto was originally planned to be introduced in "Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack", but time restrictions led to her not being included.
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Chrono Trigger
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During development, Ayla's animations sported bouncier breasts, but this facet of her animations was toned down before release.
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Shenmue II
The moon has a 3d model in the sky that is illuminated by the sun's direction to show accurate phases during gameplay.
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Skate/Sammy was originally planned to wear roller skates, but they were replaced with roller blades due to their popularity at the time.
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Star Wars: The Old Republic
In 2018, former game director for Star Wars: The Old Republic, James Ohlen, said in an interview with GameInformer that he regretted having not pushed it to be "Knights of The Republic online" as opposed to making it traditional in the style of World of Warcraft, referring to it as "Star Wars World of Warcraft."
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
Animal Crossing
In an early announcement trailer for the Nintendo Gamecube, Animal Crossing was called (or at least promoted as) "Animal Forest for Nintendo Gamecube", outright referencing the original Japanese title of the game (Dōbutsu no Mori or "Animal Forest" in English). This suggests that either the English localizers were thinking of keeping the game's original title, albeit translated, or the title "Animal Crossing" was not yet finalized.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
A PlayStation release was planned and almost finished, however the game was cancelled because it didn't meet EA's standards.
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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
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According to Chris Glass, a member of the game's development team, the texture used for the bark on tree trunks is simply a green-tinted photograph of feces.
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Super Mario All Stars
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The Wart Boss Fight was originally going to sport tomato projectiles like its original incarnation in Super Mario Bros 2 featured. They were replaced with cabbages in the final release, but the tomato sprite is still present in the game, albeit unused.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
The Xbox 360 version has text stating "PS3 Online Data Incorrect,". This suggests that a PlayStation 3 release may have been planned at one point during development.
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The Baby Yoshi seen in an egg half hatched on the game's Japanese title screen has an unused graphic of it's full body, suggesting that the game was originally intended to show Baby Yoshis both fully hatched and half hatched.
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Mega Man Zero 4
At one point, Mega Man Zero 4 was almost a completely different game. Rather than continuing where Mega Man Zero 3 left off, Takuya Aizu wanted to create "Mega Man Zero 1.5" in order to fill in the gaps between Mega Man Zero and Mega Man Zero 2. However, Capcom insisted on a true Zero 4.
Street Fighter V
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Sakura's design had gone through several different changes during it's development. Among those scrapped concepts include a Motion Capture actress and a Mountain Climbing Guide.
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When the game was released on mobile platforms in Japan, the key art for certain characters were changed. Characters were altered to have less revealing outfits compared to the promotional material.
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