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Proto:Final Fantasy II

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Final Fantasy II.

While the NES sequel to the original Final Fantasy was never released in the United States, a release was planned at one point, and a prototype was uncovered and released by Lost Levels. The prototype's translation is clearly still in an early stage.

General Differences

Japan US Prototype
Final Fantasy II (J)-title.png Final Fantasy II (U) (Prototype)-title.png

The title screen copyright was modified and updated, the latter giving a likely reason for this project's cancellation: namely, 1991 was the year Final Fantasy IV was released.

Graphical Differences

Even at this stage, changes had been made to satisfy Nintendo's religious imagery policies.

Japan US Prototype
Final Fantasy II (J)-penta.png Final Fantasy II (U) (Prototype)-penta.png

The Star of David was replaced with a triangle. On the upside, some color was added.

Japan US Prototype
Final Fantasy II (J)-death.png Final Fantasy II (U) (Prototype)-death.png

The cross that replaces the character's face on the pause screen at death was replaced with a gravestone.

(Source: Lost Levels)
Japan US Prototype
Final Fantasy II maria jap.png Final Fantasy II maria usa.png

Maria's face portrait was given a slight hairstyle change and made a tad more feminine.

Japan US Prototype
FF2J-fist.png FF2Proto-fist.png

The fist icon representing "unarmed" was replaced by a hand, likely because the glove icon added for the English translation is very similar to the original fist icon.

Unused Graphics

FF2proto-statustext.png

These status "icons" are part of the font and were intended to be used in battle when a character was inflicted with a status effect. They use values below $80, which are reserved for text compression in this build, and normal text strings are used for these status effects.

A few status effects still use squished text like this, but they all use values greater than $80.