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Prerelease:Ufouria: The Saga

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This page details prerelease information and/or media for Ufouria: The Saga.

This page sucks.
If you could make it suck less, that would be awesome.
Specifically: It needs serious rewriting, especially because of the recent US prototype release.

A US version was planned for late 1992 but cancelled due to its quirky design (which is also the reason the US release of Mr. Gimmick was scrapped, although a US prototype for that game was dumped, unlike Ufouria). A US Prototype was also found for Ufouria and it was dumped on March 23, 2021. The screenshots in the ads show slight differences from the European version.

In the item subscreen, you can see the star that was used in the pre-release screenshots.
Pre-release Final
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The stars while Shades is charging up was replaced with hearts. Interestingly, the star graphics are used for an item in the final game. The screenshot also shows numerous layout changes.

An early advertisement for Ufouria. You can see Bop Louie's head bops straight.
Pre-release Final
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An obvious change here is with the HUD. The early version shows several copies of the current character's head above two counters of indeterminate function, whereas the final version features a life meter and crystal counter. Besides the fact the map has gone through some changes, another minor change is that in the final, Bop Louie's bop attack comes at an angle, while in an earlier version it went straight.

Pre-release Final
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The area went through some obvious layout changes including removing an enemy and some rope obstacle.

Pre-release US Prototype European Final
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This pre-release shot contains the words "LICENSED BY NINTENDO OF AMERICA, INC." hinting an American release was planned.