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Gem Smashers (Wii)

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Gem Smashers

Developer: Frame Studios
Publisher: Red Wagon Games
Platform: Wii
Released in US: November 8, 2011


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.


This game had potential, but you're fighting against the gem smashers.

Actually, Gem Smashers is an action-puzzler involving small arenas and fragile, colorful gems which can be smashed by bouncing off them. It's kind of like Breakout, but without any paddles or holes.

This game (alongside its 3DS counterpart) is in fact the second remake of the Game Boy Advance title of the same name. It was previously given a crunchy M&M coating and released on GBA and Nintendo DS as M&M's Break 'Em.

Unused Videos and Placeholders

Can someone please confirm that this is definitely unused?
Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: These videos should be decoded and uploaded somewhere rather than screencapped.

Several files in the /Video directory go unused by the game. These include 505Logo.mo (505 Games being the intended publisher for the unreleased European release), Logo.mo (an animated version of the Frame Studios logo seen on startup) and sample.mo/sample.wav (an old-timey film reel opening presumably used for testing), as well as VideoPlaceHolder.tga, seen at right.

505Logo.mo sample.mo
GemSmashers-Wii-505Logo.png GemSmashers-Wii-sample.png

PC and Console Remnants

A great deal of evidence left in the Wii game suggests that it was originally or additionally intended to be released on the Xbox 360 and/or PC, and possibly also on PlayStation 3.

Instructional Graphics

Hiding in /files/Gui/Demo are control guides for the PC and Xbox 360, neither of which the game would ultimately appear on.

Keys.tga
GemSmashers-Wii-Keys.png
KeysXbox.tga
GemSmashers-Wii-KeysXBox.png
GemSmashers-Wii-SystemButtons.png

In /files/Gui/Buttons is another Xbox 360 remnant, SystemButtons.tga.

This series of "how to play" graphics found in /files/Gui/Pause seem to be from the Xbox 360 development period. In addition to the full composited images shown here (they are indeed JPEG format on the disc), each of the smaller graphics are included separately as TGAs, as with Xbox_pad.tga, shown last here.

These files in /files/Gui/MainMenu all seem to relate to a prerelease demo version of the game, so it's likely they're connected to the PC and Xbox 360 graphics, which also dated to a demo.

startTheDemoOn.tga GemSmashers-Wii-startTheDemoOn.png
BossFightOn.tga GemSmashers-Wii-BossFightOn.png
CompleteDemoOn.tga GemSmashers-Wii-CompleteDemoOn.png

DirectX and Console Shaders

Under the /base/shaders directory are a large grouping of shaders for DirectX 9, 10, and 11 as well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, in the vShaderBin format. While there is other evidence of PC and Xbox 360 versions, these are the only sign of a possible PS3 release. However, it's also possible these are simply included because they came bundled with the cross-platform Vision engine which powers the game.

Unused and Development Text

/files/.revision is a small file giving what is presumably the final revision to the game:

<root rev="17759" />

Found in /files/Models and /files/Scenes, respectively, are these two files, named vForgeManifest.txt, for use with the Vision Engine scene editor:

[Version 1]
LoadEnginePlugin:VisionEnginePlugin
LoadEnginePlugin:CustomEnginePlugin
AddDataDir:..\Scenes
AddDataDir:..\Sounds
AddDataDir:..\Vision
[Version 1]
LoadEnginePlugin:VisionEnginePlugin
LoadEnginePlugin:CustomEnginePlugin
AddDataDir:..\Models
AddDataDir:..\files
AddDataDir:..\base

Under /files/Texts is a mysterious file with the inscrutable name Texts.txt. It's got texts, some of which aren't used.

1100,"Not available in this demo"
1101,"OK"
7000,"Empty"
7001,"Disabled"
90000,"SUX 1"
90001,"SUX 2"
90002,"SUX 3"
90003,"SUX 4"
90004,"SUX 5"
90005,"SUX 6"
90006,"SUX 7"
90007,"SUX 8"
90008,"SUX 9"
90009,"SUX 10"
90010,"SUX 11"

Remnant from Image Conversion

In the disc root are a series of TGAs which form the game's animated save icon, to be displayed on the Wii Data Management screen. Along with these files is the plaintext file save.tcs, seen below. The final graphic, iconBanner.tpl, was generated using this file.

path = ./
file 0 = iconBanner00.tga
file 1 = iconBanner00.tga
file 2 = iconBanner00.tga
file 3 = iconBanner00.tga

image    0 =  0, 0, RGB5A3
image    1 =  1, 1, RGB5A3
image    2 =  2, 2, RGB5A3
image    3 =  3, 3, RGB5A3

texture 0  =  0, x                    ; texture 0 uses image 0, no palette  
texture 1  =  1, x                    ; texture 0 uses image 0, no palette  
texture 2  =  2, x                    ; texture 0 uses image 0, no palette  
texture 3  =  3, x                    ; texture 0 uses image 0, no palette  

Planned European Release

Going deeper into /files/Texts, there's also a Languages/ directory, with Texts.txts for a variety of European languages. The bulk of the game's dialogue is stored in these per-language files, including the following credits for eventual non-publisher 505 Games in TextsPAL.txt:

90121,"505 Games^c255,255,0"
90122," "
90123,"Executive Producer^c255,255,0"
90124,"Alan Bunker"
90125," "
90126,"Producers^c255,255,0"
90127,"Chiara Pasquini"
90128,"Alberto Torgano"
90129," "
90130,"Project Manager^c255,255,0"
90131,"Marcello Monti"
90132," "
90133,"Associate Producer^c255,255,0"
90134,"Davide Racah"
90135," "
90136,"Assistant Project Manager^c255,255,0"
90137,"Pierluigi Bellini"
90138," "
90139,"Global Brand Managers^c255,255,0"
90140,"John Merchant"
90141,"Victoria Martin"
90142," "
90143,"Head of European Development^c255,255,0"
90144,"Andrew Wensley"
90145," "
90146,"Production Manager^c255,255,0"
90147,"Stefano Stalla"
90148," "
90149,"Head of Global Brand^c255,255,0"
90150,"Tim Woodley"
90151," "
90152,"Managing Director^c255,255,0"
90153,"Ian Howe"
90154," "
90155,"Publishing Manager^c255,255,0"
90156,"Silvana Greenfield"
90157," "
90158,"Operations Co-ordinator^c255,255,0"
90159,"Sharon Malcolm"
90160," "
90161,"Commercial Director^c255,255,0"
90162,"Ralph Pitt-Stanley"
90163," "
90164,"European Marketing Manager^c255,255,0"
90165,"Alison Mitchell"
90166," "
90167,"European Consumer Communications Manager^c255,255,0"
90168,"Liz Falconer"
90169," "
90170,"Creative Director^c255,255,0"
90171,"Mark Stevens"
90172," "
90173,"Studio Co-ordinator^c255,255,0"
90174,"James Howes"
90175," "
90176,"Graphic Designer Manager^c255,255,0"
90177,"Lara Spinazzola"
90178," "
90179,"Designer^c255,255,0"
90180,"Andrea Quinteri"
90181,"Rebecca Meyer"

The 505 Games version of the copyright screen (exceedingly boring and thus not shown) is also available at /files/Gui/LegalLinePAL.tga.

SDK Leftovers

Like some other Wii and GameCube titles, Gem Smashers leaves in some example content from the Nintendo SDK such as the Home Menu demo (hbmdemo) and gxTextrs.tpl.

Constitution of the United States

Present among the game's files are the first three Articles of the US Constitution, which dictate the separation of government into three separate branches. This text can be found as plaintext in constitu.arc, a standard Wii U8 archive, in which each Article is separated by directory and each section is a file.

Rather than include the entire text here - the Constitution is actually quite long - here's section 1 of Article I (/article1/section1):

[start of Article I/section 1]All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.[end of Article I/section 1]

The most likely explanation for their inclusion is to draw attention to the game's ham-fisted allegory of power, as laid out by the three playable characters: a crab (the legislative branch), a bird (the executive branch), and a hedgehog (the judiciary branch).

...Okay, not really. The real reason is because it's an example file in the Wii SDK, probably because the text in the US Constitution is free to redistribute.