News on Beta & Cancelled Games

Black Rodeo! [Unreleased]

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Resident Evil [GameBoy – Cancelled]

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Resident evil is a survival horror created by Capcom and released for Playstation and Saturn in 1996. A porting of the game for Gameboy Color, developed by Hotgen, was supposed to be released within 1999 in a 4mb cartridge, but eventually Capcom decided to shelve it even if it was almost completed. A preview at ign.com mentioned the presence of new enemies and a quick-save feature.

In February 2012, thanks to a fundrising organized by Assembler forum, two different beta builds of Resident Evil GBC were released to the community. Every room, almost all the items and the cutscenes from the Psx version are present in this porting, but, apart from the zombies, every other enemy is either absent or still not animated. We can only use the handgun, the knife and the shotgun. By changing your location with the emulator it’s possible to get to the eliport, but there is neither a final boss or an ending sequence. In the second build we can play only with Chris and inventory chests don’t work anymore , but this beta seems to be more polished overall.

Interestingly, the build documented in the ign preview seems to be yet another pre-release version of RE GBC, showing brown zombies and a few little changes in the backgrounds.

In the official topic at Assembler Forum you can find more info about this great release!

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Legend of Starfy – Densetsu No Stafy[GBC – Cancelled]

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A cancelled Game Boy Color prototype of the first Densetsu no Stafy title. It was cancelled due to the release of the Game Boy Advance. Densetsu no Stafy (Densetsu no Sutafī – “Legendary Stafy”) is a video game series developed by TOSE and published by Nintendo. The genre of the series is a special kind of platform game called “marine platform”, due to the game being more about swimming than running and jumping around. The series is the only franchise that TOSE owns the copyright for, although Nintendo owns the copyright as well. It was released in 2002 with Densetsu no Stafy for the Game Boy Advance, and was then followed up by three sequels: Densetsu no Stafy 2 for GBA in 2003, Densetsu no Stafy 3 for GBA in 2004 and Densetsu no Stafy 4 for Nintendo DS in 2006. – [info from Wikipedia]

You can find more info on the GBC version in the Starfy Wiki!

Thanks to pippitypop for the contribution!

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Zelda: Link’s Awakening [GB – Beta / Unused Stuff]

As we can read on Wikipedia, Link’s Awakening began as an unsanctioned side project; programmer Kazuaki Morita created a Zelda-like game with one of the first Game Boy development kits, and used it to experiment with the platform’s capabilities. Other staff members of the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development division joined him after-hours, and worked on the game in what seemed to them like an “afterschool club”. The results of these experiments with the Game Boy started to look promising, and following the 1991 release of the Super Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, director Takashi Tezuka asked permission to develop a handheld Zelda title; he intended it to be a port of A Link to the Past, but it evolved into an original game.

Tezuka recalled that the early free-form development of Link’s Awakening resulted in the game’s “unrestrained” contents, such as the unauthorized cameo appearances of characters from the Mario and Kirby series. Tezuka intended the game’s world to have a similar feeling to the American television series Twin Peaks, which, like Link’s Awakening, features characters in a small town.

He suggested that the characters of Link’s Awakening be written as “suspicious types”, akin to those in Twin Peaks—a theme which carried over into later Zelda titles. Tanabe created these “odd” characters; he was placed in charge of the subevents of the story, and wrote almost all of the character dialog, with the exception of the owl’s and the Wind Fish’s lines.

Check artemis251’s website for more infos about the unused Link’s Awakening sprites

Thanks to MathUser & Robert Seddon for some of these screens!

You can find more info about Zelda: Link’s Awakening in the Zelda Wiki!

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Super Mario Galaxy [Wii – Beta]

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Mario Galaxy is to this day, still considered one of the best games on the Nintendo Wii, and has most recently the BAFTA game of the year award (2009) . During it’s coverage over the years it has had two different versions shown to audiences during the beta stages. The initial beta which was demoed on playable booths at the GDC, E3 and etc, mainly seen in 2006. And the Pre-Release Beta, a series of images and videos used to tease the audience, closer to the final form of the game but with little suttle differences.

INITIAL BETA

The Initial beta was used as the first playable demo to audiences, it features many placeholders such as mario 64 soundbits as mario’s voice and various textures and gameplay elements. The HUD was also similar to that of Super Mario 64, using a 8 point health system rather than the tradional 3 point which became the final design, however this along with many other little changes were most likely put in to allow easier gameplay to the audience at the time. The limit to star bits (Called Star shards during the game, possible reference to the Kirby series.) was capped to 100 with a meter showing so, this was later scrapped to a 999 limit used in the final build.

Various gameplay mechanics were changed, such as boss monsters seen in the beta were easier to kill than those in the final. This may of been to help the audience at the events finish the level faster without being hit by the time limit. Mario was allowed to spin non stop, without the Luma needing to recharge, this may of been to help preserve the inital storyline as well to weaken the difficulty. Different characters who were vital to Mario’s progress had a speech bubble above their head to signal their importance, this may of been used to speed up the process of learning how to play while in game at the time.

Aside from little changes there were more noticable and intricate ones, such as the Star World galaxy, which used different music and was a compilation of various galaxies together. It was most noticable as the early version of the Good Egg Galaxy. The fight with Megaleg also didn’t feature the scene with Baby Bowser, although it was possible he wasn’t written into the game at the time it could of been to preserve storyline and plot details. A detailed model of the home planet from the Star World galaxy was found in the games code, however it wasn’t shown as anything other than a model. It is currently unknown is it is possible to play in this level via hack. There are also a number of odd items hidden in the games code, such as materials and models for unused items, such as a inflatble mushroom, various monsters and a odd blob like creature which may of served as a boss monster.

It shows the Starworld Galaxy, A test level of the game that was showed to the public at E3. I am going to go down into a list of what you can see there that never made it into the game

The level itself: The level shown was a combination of various galaxys like the Good Egg and the space junk. If you notice, the planet with the house is like the one in the Good Egg, but totally different. Here, the textures used on the land were different, more simple and not as complex like they are now. This is most likely due to the fact that Nintendo wanted a clean cut version out. Instead of the cardboard like textures that made it into the game you can see clear simple green on brown, Good and colorful.

Gameplay: Instead of using the cursor to pickup starbits, you had to hover over then and press B, this feature was taken out, also you can see that you could collect only 100 starbits in each level. This was taken out and changed to 999. When mario was shaken to attack an enemy, the Luma never popped in and out. Mario could spin nonstop, I believe that was either to keep the story hidden or wasn’t thought of yet.

CONCEPT ARTS:

Thanks to Mr. Game for the help with these images! In the Super Mario Galaxy Cellector’s Edition Prima Official Guide at the last pages is possible to find ORIGINAL CONCEPT ART made by the SMG developing team.

For example there are many pictures related to Mario’s Transformations

There are also two images showing how hard was to design Bees from Honeyhive Galaxy, Honeyclimb Galaxy and Gold Leaf Galaxy

The Penguins also should had a design more similar to Super Mario 64

Is also possible to find a concept design of the Starman Fortess, which 3D model you can find in the SMG’s files

From The Cutting Room Floor:

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A high-quality planet that was ultimately scrapped, much to the dismay of the development team. The two pipes on the planet are not warps but instead have the fully modeled tube interior, with the second pipe leading from the top of the tallest roof to the spherical underside of the planet. The yellow structure bears the same electric symbol as the ChargeSpot model. It, too, has concept art in the Prima guide. As can be seen by the concept art, it went through several incarnations, with the last two being left in the game files. The version seen in the concept art depicts features such as a snowy area and a construction site. it’s also interesting to note that this same image also shows BossCrab, Planet Disk, and three copies of the Star Planet. It also shows some generic spherical planets and the space ship planet used in Space Junk Galaxy.

A drawing of Mario on a beach at the sunset. For strange reasons, that beach is pretty, similar to the Hammerhead Beach from Banjo-Kazooie, a level that is strongly releated to Stop’N’Swop.

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Some Rosalina’s beta concept art along with its final version is also there:

Near Rosalina’s drawings, there’s also a beta castle drawing:

A drawing presenting Topmaniac’s Tribe in Melty Molten Galaxy is also present:

In the Game’s Disc there are also 3D models that indicates the presence of the Topmaniacs in Melty Molten.

At the very end of the book there’s also a handwritten note from Shigeru Miyamoto:

There’s something that Luma holds in her hand, even if there isn’t any Luma holding the wand in the final game. But there’s an unused beta 3D model, named “MagicalWand”; it’s possible that it isn’t a precursor to the Kamella’s Star Wand, but it’s a beta Luma’s wand.

PRE-RELEASE BETA

The Pre Release Beta was very similar to the final build of the game with just some small changes in things like level names, and mission names. Some Pre-Release beta videos also showed some missing elements such as small level details. A good example can be seen in the video below.

The over all picture is that alot of the beta was used as demonstration, various galaxies were shoved into each other as experimentation, like the Topmaniac fight in Melty Molten Galaxy. Various galaxies had different names like the Honeybee galaxy to Honeyhive, Gale galaxy to Gusty Garden. Also, various features switced places.

Some more beta stuff can be seen in these images:

Thanks to Mariowiki ke know that the Beta version of Super Mario Galaxy showed conjecturaly named species called Cosmic Toads, a kind of Toad that lives in outer space. They were supposed to live in Toad Houses in various galaxies. They told Mario how to use Launch Stars or would give him Star Bits. Rabbits were also going to be able to change into Cosmic Toads. The Starshade Brothers from Superstar Saga looked similar to them. Their role was likely replaced by Lumas. Also, according to one of the screenshots, Bowser was originally going to be fought on an arena on a magma planet instead of a glassy planet like in the first 2 battles. There was also going to be a giant green Pokey in the Dusty Dune Galaxy. It probably was replaced by Red Pokeys, and it resembled a Poison Pokey. Mario would also be able to lock onto boulders with the Star Cursor and stun them.

Thanks to Lord Deathsaur & SMBMadman for some of these screens!

Some unused models were found in the game. These include an old Toad model, two different Bullies, a blue and yellow genie’s hand (much like Master Hand,) a Red Switch, Mario’s model from Super Mario Sunshine, a creature resembling a blob of goo with a face, and the Party Monkey from Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat. The switch’s filename is flagsaveswitch, suggesting that it was used as a checkpoint of some type. The model of Mario only has his running, swimming, and waiting animations, meaning it may have been an early placeholder before Mario’s Galaxy model was finished. The low-polygon model for the house in Ghostly Galaxy has two chimneys that the high-polygon model lacks. A weird smiling block can also be found. [Info from Mariowiki]

Thanks to Girrrtacos for the these unused models & texture! (check below for some videos by Goomther!)

If a player uses cheat codes to leave the cave in Deep Dark Galaxy’s Purple Coin star, they will find that the objects outside the cave are mostly gone or misplaced. These oddities include an entire Toad Brigade (the Yellow Toad is on the beach, standing on top of a blue structure not normally present anywhere in the game), there is a green pipe on the beach, a series of climbable poles and next to the Green Toad is an Amp, not present in any other star. [Info from Mariowiki]

You can check for more beta/unused at The Cutting Room Floor – Super Mario Galaxy article

More Mario Galaxy Unused Models:

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More Beta Videos (Thanks to David!):