The Cutting Room Floor is a site dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games. From debug menus, to unused music, graphics, enemies, or levels, many games have content never meant to be seen by anybody but the developers — or even meant for everybody, but cut due to time/budget constraints.
Feel free to browse our collection of games and start reading. Up for research? Try looking at some stubs and see if you can help us out. Just have some faint memory of some unused menu/level you saw years ago but can't remember how to access it? Feel free to start a page with what you saw and we'll take a look.
Released: 1998, Nintendo 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was the long awaited three-dimensional Zelda adventure, and the first Nintendo 64 Zelda game.
It had a development time of three years, and the only limiting factor in its development were the limitations of the Nintendo 64 console, which forced them to cut out lots of things, ranging from a bird over exploding rupees to a functional Arwing enemy.
The in-game cutscenes hide some canned ideas and suggestions which are normally hidden to the player. And the large game script also has some surprises hidden inside. These tell a lot about what the developers originally had in mind...
Did You Know...
- ...that the NES Star Trek: 25th Anniversary has two key items that were only ever seen in Nintendo Power?
- ...that the Famicom Maniac Mansion has a hidden apology for its 104-character passwords?
- ...that the arcade version of Bubble Bobble has a complete set of slot machine graphics?
- ...that many early Konami NES games have anti-piracy features designed to make the player's experience miserable?
- ...that Bullet Bills were meant to appear in the Game Boy version of Yoshi?
- ...that at one point in development, the green background in the 1990 Windows version of Solitaire could be changed to a bitmap image?
Want to contribute? Not sure where to begin? Visit the Help page for everything you need to get started, including...
- Instructions for creating and editing articles
- Guides that will help you find debug modes, unused graphics, hidden levels, and more
- A list of what needs to be done
We also have a sizable list of games that either don't have pages yet, or whose pages are in serious need of expansion. Check it out!