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Arcana Heart (PlayStation 2)

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Title Screen

Arcana Heart

Developers: Ecole Software, Examu
Publishers: AQ Interactive (JP), Atlus (US)
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released in JP: October 11, 2007
Released in US: April 10, 2008

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

An up-to-date port of Arcana Heart Full! featuring a version select for each character. The changes can be found here, in case you ever feel like mastering an obsolete entry to a poverty franchise.

Debug Menu

Arcana Heart debug menu1.png Arcana Heart debug menu2.png

Apply the following code to enable the debug menu when first booting the game.

Enable Debug Menu At Boot
203BA828 00000001

Toggling the option, SET DISPMEMORY will enable debug information on-screen.

Arcana Heart debug info.png

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Development Text

Present in the SLUS file are a couple of Death Crimson OX+ messages.

\crDEATH CRIMSON OX\cw ben:otigt 67KB freien Speicherplatz, um Daten zu speichern.
\crDEATH CRIMSON OX\cw n/ecessite 67KB d'espace libre pour sauvegarder.
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

All vocal narration from the Japanese version has been removed for the US release, although all voices during battles have been retained. Usually, the text scrolls in tune with the vocal narration, as seen in the Japanese version. However, because the narration has been removed in the US version, all dialogue in text boxes is printed immediately. The leaf graphic used can still be found when choosing an opponent in Story Mode or Training Mode.

Japan USA
Ah1-vs-jp.png Ah1-vs-us.png

This change has also resulted in the omission of the Voice section of Gallery Mode, which features every sound byte for each character.

Japan USA
Ah1-gallery-jp.png Ah1-gallery-us.png

Additionally, a Japanese commercial present in the Movie section has been omitted from the US release.

Japan USA
Ah1-movie-jp.png Ah1-movie-us.png
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

An unused image exists in the game's files, containing Heart's ending with the caption "続きは製品版でね!" ("Continue with the product version!") and the Japanese logo. This is presumably a leftover from the location tests which was ported along with everything else. Ah1-demo.png

(Source: Original TCRF research)