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In the 90s the SNES produced some of gaming’s finest RPGS.  Great classics such as Final Fantasy 4 and 6 kept American audiences entertained, while Japanese gamers had greats such as the original Star Ocean. Entertaining both audiences was the timeless classic Chrono Trigger. Now years later the rise of the internet has put fans together and given those interested the ability to search for in game beta. Notable finds have been made, such as the music from the fabled “Singing Mountain,” and the demo rom.  Now thanks to gamers/fans/translators Glitterberri and Gekkahiro we can read in good ole English a translation of this video  that has been floating around the web for some time now.

Play the vid and you can follow along with the following translation. 

Secret Of Mana / Seiken Densetsu 2 [SNES – Beta / Unused Stuff / Debug]

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Secret of Mana, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2, is an action RPG for the Super Nintendo developed and published by Square. Secret of Mana is the sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy and the second installment in the Mana video game series. The game was originally going to be a launch title for the SNES CD add-on. After the project was dropped, the game had to be altered to fit onto a standard game cartridge.  [Infos from Wikipedia]

Robert Seddon has made us to notice that according to this article, Square was intending to port the game to the Wonderswan. Given that their Romancing SaGa port featured material cut from the original, it’s a shame the Seiken Densetsu 2 port didn’t happen. You can also read more about he beta differences of Secret of Mana in this article and this addendum by ManaRedux!

In the gallery below you can see various beta screenshots from that Luis has shared with us:  there’s an early version of  Potos and Pandora Village, different World Map, many unknown locations, the characters that walk in a river (that is not accessible in the final game), an unused character with pink hair, different HUD,  beta Gaia Navel (if you have more infos on the differences in these screens, please let us know!), the hero in a weird place in Water  Palace and much more! Also, as you can read in the scan the original title for the english version of the game was going to be Final Fantasy Adventure 2.

In the video below the gallery, recored by Shernoubi, we can notice various unused sprites and a debug room!

Thanks a lot to Luis & pantalytron for the contribution!

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Final Fantasy X (10) [PS2 – Proto / Beta]

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First presented at the 2000 Square Millennium Event together with FFIX and FFXI, Final Fantasy X was the most ambitious rpg ever created by Square. Unfortunately, some of the most interesting features of the proto are not found in the released version. As you can see from the pics present in this page and from the video, the first area showed at the SME was an alpha version of the Calm Plains, featuring a different and a better animated Tidus. The other area present in the proto was an early and more complex geometrically Remiem temple, also found in the Calm Plains in the released version.

It is really interesting that they showed (and created) first two areas found only near the end of game. Maybe the original intention of the programmers was to create a more open ended game like FF11 (and the future FF12) ? Another significant feature present in this proto and not found in the final version is the free-controlled camera. FFX was also intended to be the first game to use the services of Playonline, but the network was not yet ready at the time of game release, so Square decided to launch the game without it.

Also Tidus and Yuna have a traditional Level Number so the Sphere Grid system hadn’t been implimented yet.

Thanks to Lionheart we found out that in May 2009 a preview-build of the english version of FFX was leaked online: it has a debug mode at the main menu and the FMV’s are still in japanese but with english subtitles, also pressing select during gameplay brings up debug info. This build is about 2 months before the final release, so translation wise (you might even have some alternate voice recordings here and there too) – you might find some differences in that field.

As Evilhamwizard has made us to notice, if you go from the title screen to EVENT and select the first guys name, there’s actually a newly created cutscene featuring an NPC (in this case, a not important character) which is probably modeled after himself about Yuna getting pissed off for getting almost hit with his blitzball. What’s really funny is that the game uses a sped up version of “Otherworld” (with different vocals?) as the scene goes on. Of course, you can press a button while it plays to activate the REAL debug screen.

There are TONS of debugger jokes, kinda like what you find in FFVII, except more creative. Sadly, most menus are working incorrectly, some not even translated. But, there’s a lot of weird crap. For example, one of the programmers added a bunch of party members on this really scary looking map (not sure if it’s used, or even meant to be played on) – and if you talk to them (all female btw), they do all sorts of weird animation for you (perverted animation btw). For example, when you talk to Lulu, the camera sets on her breasts as she does her “Battle Victory pose” and doesn’t stop until you press X.

Thanks to Ian, LionheartEvilhamwizard for the contributions!

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The Bouncer [PS2 – Beta]

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ENG: This entry in the archive doesn’t have a description yet. If you want to add some info about the beta / cancelled stuff that you see in these images, just write a comment or send us an email! We’ll add your info in this page and your name in the contributors list. Thanks a lot for your help! :)

ITA: Questa pagina dell’archivio non ha ancora una descrizione. Se vuoi aggiungere delle informazioni riguardo le differenze della beta o la descrizione di un gioco cancellato, lasciaci un commento o mandaci una email! Inseriremo le tue informazioni nella pagina ed il tuo nome nella lista dei collaboratori. Grazie per il tuo aiuto! :)

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Final Fantasy XI (11) [PS2/PC – Concept / Beta]

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ENG: This entry in the archive doesn’t have a description yet. If you want to add some info about the beta / cancelled stuff that you see in these images, just write a comment or send us an email! We’ll add your info in this page and your name in the contributors list. Thanks a lot for your help! :)

ITA: Questa pagina dell’archivio non ha ancora una descrizione. Se vuoi aggiungere delle informazioni riguardo le differenze della beta o la descrizione di un gioco cancellato, lasciaci un commento o mandaci una email! Inseriremo le tue informazioni nella pagina ed il tuo nome nella lista dei collaboratori. Grazie per il tuo aiuto! :)

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Final Fantasy XI Trailer

Final Fantasy XI Teaser