The SNES version of Lemmings is surprisingly faithful to the Amiga original, given the constraints of the SNES hardware. Too bad it predated the release of the SNES Mouse by about 7 months.
Lots of differences in the spelling structures of two-player level 17 between US and Japanese versions of the game.
A unused exclamation mark can be found in the title screen graphics.
Several unused characters from the internal game font.
Partially Unused Music
This song is used during the rating completed cutscenes, these cutscenes usually last around 19 seconds. If you play this song in the game's sound test, you will notice there is more to hear than what is played in the cutscenes: 41 seconds of this song is cut during these cutscenes!
Starting at offset 0x7749 in the US version, 0x7738 in the Japanese version and 0x7742 in the European version (right after the SUNSOFT SPECIAL 5 password) there is a set of 25 unused passwords, suggesting that the Sunsoft rating was originally planned to encompass 30 levels, as seen in the later Genesis port. The final game has only 5 levels.
As mentioned here, a few levels had to be slightly modified and/or replaced in the international versions to meet Nintendo's copyright/censorship policies. What is interesting about this is that the modified/replaced levels were actually given their own level IDs, leaving the original levels untouched and unused in the international versions.
Edit offset x8C58F with one of the following values to replace the first level:
|14||Fun 16/Taxing 3|
Hold Select and press Start at the title screen to be taken to a hidden menu that contains a sound test.
An odd melange of classic Nintendo censorship, reference loss, and copyright censorship.
The Japanese version uses a full alphabet for its password system, whereas the US and European versions do not use vowels.
Level Name Changes
|Tricky Level 16||Luvly Jubly||Lovely Jubilee|
|Tricky Level 21||All the 6's ........||Ohayo Lemming san!|
|Tricky Level 28||Lost something?||Exit in the ground|
|Taxing Level 3||Heaven can wait (we hope!!!!)||Paradise can wait (we hope!!!)|
|Taxing Level 16||Mary Poppins' land||Umbrella land|
|Mayhem Level 12||The Far Side||The Other Side|
|Mayhem Level 20||No added colours or Lemmings||No added colors or Lemmings|
|2P Level 11||Just for fun or to the death?||Just for fun or to your doom?|
Tricky 21 is the infamous "All the 6's" level, which originally featured the number "666" made out of rocks. Along with the name change, the level itself was changed to spell out "ohayou" in hiragana in the English versions, and all of the 6-based level statistics (time, number of abilities, etc.) were changed to twos instead.
The level structure spelling out the word "heaven" was changed to "paradise", predictably.
The level structure spelling out the word "death" was changed to... "terminate"? Oddly, the "MAD DAM DMA" graffiti was left untouched.
The crosses in the dirt tileset were changed to signs in the US and European versions.
The Christian cross in the beginning of the level A Beast II of a level was changed to generic pieces of wood.
As usual, the Japanese and European versions uses the colored buttons while the US version uses the purple buttons.
End of Taxing cutscene
The cutscene after completing the Taxing rating was changed. In the Japanese version, the last Lemming down the slide has the seat of its tunic thing chafed off, exposing its bottom and causing it to blush when it notices. In the international versions, it keeps sliding after it hits the ground.
|The Lemmings series|
|DOS||Lemmings 2: The Tribes|
|Windows||Lemmings • Lemmings Paintball • Lemmings Revolution|
|Sega Master System||Lemmings • Lemmings 2: The Tribes|
|Genesis||Lemmings • Lemmings 2: The Tribes|
|SNES||Lemmings • Lemmings 2: The Tribes|
|PlayStation||The Adventures of Lomax • 3D Lemmings|
|Game Boy (Color)||Lemmings • Lemmings 2: The Tribes • Lemmings & Oh No! More Lemmings|
|Game Gear||Lemmings • Lemmings 2: The Tribes|