Proto:Final Fantasy II
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.
The title screen copyright was modified and updated, the latter giving a likely reason for this project's cancellation: namely, 1991 was the year the SNES and Final Fantasy IV were released.
The text drawing routine was updated to support single-line linebreaks, ala the first Final Fantasy's localization, however this is only utilized to draw the black backgrounds behind the character portraits in the menu. Additionally, the speed of text scrolling for dialogs spanning more the one window is significantly slower in this prototype than the Japanese version.
Even at this stage, changes had been made to satisfy Nintendo's religious imagery policies.
The Star of David was replaced with a triangle. On the upside, some color was added.
The cross that replaces the character's face on the pause screen at death was replaced with a gravestone.
Maria's face portrait was given a slight hairstyle change and made a tad more feminine.
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.
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.