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Proto:Mario Kart 64

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Mario Kart 64.

A localization prototype of Mario Kadingche (Mario Kart 64) was found within the iQue Player leak. It is located at the path d1\routefree\bbgames\depot\release\pvt_20031022\zh\mk.rom (file modification date: 2003-10-22).

General Differences

This build features numerous minor text differences, mainly in terms of translation, placement, spacing and size. A number of other differences are present as well:

  • The title screen has the English logo, but uses the iQue "START" text. The Nintendo copyright information is omitted from the bottom.
  • The main menu's title was smaller in size. A thinner font was used for main menu text.
  • Options menu title was altered and more colorful. The text here is thinner and italicized.
  • The course records screen also features italicized text, and different wording.
  • Some character and track names have been localized slightly differently.
  • The HUD still has the English "LAP" and character position text. Many other text elements during races are also still English. For example: Lakitu's signs, and various text when jumping or crashing.
  • The starting line arches features text that is just plain white, but a bit larger.
  • Has the original versions of the ads on billboards.
  • There are italicized fonts in pause / time trial menus, as well as the race results screens.
  • The number indicating the player's placement during the victory cutscene is not placed correctly and overlapping other text.
  • Lakitu's starting countdown during VS. races is much quicker and abrupt.
Proto Final
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) TitleScreen.png MK64iQue-title.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) MainMenu.png Mario Kadingche (China) MainMenu.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) PlayerSelect.png Mario Kadingche (China) PlayerSelect.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) TrackSelect.png MK64iQue-cup.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) HUD and PauseMenu.png Mario Kadingche (China) HUD and PauseMenu.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) Victory.png Mario Kadingche (China) Victory.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) TrackSelect2.png Mario Kadingche (China) TrackSelect2.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) Billboards and PauseMenu2.png Mario Kadingche (China) Billboards and PauseMenu2.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) TrackTimes.png Mario Kadingche (China) TrackTimes.png
Mario Kadingche (mk.rom) TrackSelect3.png Mario Kadingche (China) TrackSelect3.png