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This page details one or more prototype versions of Mega Man X2.
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Two Japanese prototypes of Mega Man X2 were found and dumped by C. Davis in 2018.

  • The first prototype, hereafter referred to as the "later" or "newer" prototype, was released by released by Rockman Corner on July 21st.
  • The second prototype -- The "early" or "older" prototype -- was purchased through the funding efforts of Revenant, GoldS, and C. Davis, then released by TCRF on October 6th.
Download.png Download Rockman X2 Early Prototype (Hacked)
File: Rockman X2 (Early Prototype)(Hacked).zip (info)
Download.png Download Rockman X2 Early Prototype (Raw)
File: Rockman X2 (Early Prototype).zip (info)

NOTE 1: The "raw" version is a pure, unmodified ROM dump from the sample cartridge. It will not work on emulators, since the header info hasn't been finalized yet. Please use the "hacked" version, which fixes the header, to run this prototype on an emulator.

NOTE 2: Certain emulators that don't properly emulate the Cx4 chip will exhibit incorrect behavior while trying to run these prototypes. As of this writing, ZSNES and Snes9x will exhibit the following errors:

  • Incorrect positioning of sprites. This includes stage select previews, Sea Canthller, Magna Centipede's rotating tail attack, and Morph Moth's cocoon.
  • Wireframe models either crashing the emulator (In the case of ZSNES) or not displaying properly but having their hitboxes intact (Snes9x).
  • Other Cx4 effects breaking, e.g. Morph Moth's laser.

bsnes will accurately display graphics and position sprites but seems to freeze at certain points. The most stable emulator available at the moment is bsnes-plus.

Sub-Pages

MMX2IntroIcon.png
Title, Intro & Menus
Mapping out changes.
MMX2WireSpongeIcon.png
The Eight Mavericks Part 1
Wire Sponge, Morph Moth, Flame Stag, Magna Centipede. Plus, X-Hunter fights!
MMX2OverdriveOstrichIcon.png
The Eight Mavericks Part 2
Overdrive Ostrich, Bubble Crab, Wheel Gator, Crystal Snail.
MMX2WorldMapBaseE.png
X-Hunter Base
And behind this destruction is...
MMX2InstallerE.gif
Sprite Changes
Of Gators and Snails.
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Weapons and Items
So many differences!

Debug Features

Global
At any time, hold 1P Select to temporarily freeze the game. You can also press 2P Start to freeze the game until 2P Start is pressed again.

Press and hold 2P Select to slow the game down to 1/3 speed.

Gameplay

  • 2P A Button + 2P Up/Down: Adds / removes lives (with appropriate sound effects!)
  • 2P B Button + 2P Up/Down: Warps to the next / previous checkpoint in the stage.
  • 2P L Button + 2P Up: Refills player's health as long as the two buttons are held.
  • 2P R Button + 2P Up/Down: Changes the player's checkpoint without warping to it.
  • 2P A Button + 2P X Button: Pressing simultaneously while holding any button on the D-Pad button toggles armor pieces:
  • 2P Up: Leg Parts.
  • 2P Down: Body Parts.
  • 2P Left: Arm Parts.
  • 2P Right: Head Parts.

MMX2Invincible.png

  • 2P B Button + 2P Y Button: Pressing simultaneously toggles invincibility.
  • 2P A Button + 2P B Button + 2P X Button + 2P Y Button: Pressing simultaneously kills player.

Music

Morph Moth Stage

Morph Moth's track ends slightly differently and the sound mixing overall is a little off compared to the final.

Boss 2

The regular boss theme is missing several sound channels for some odd reason. Additionally, there is no separate track for when the boss first appears, this track just plays early compared to the final.

Another Boss 1

The X-Hunter intro music (used for the X-Hunter base fights and for the Gigantic Mechaniloid) is completely different in the prototypes.

Unused Track

Both Prototypes Final (bad sample data)

The track occupying slot 25 is the unused, unlinked track found in the final ROM. In the final game, this was replaced by the prologue cutscene's music. Use PAR code 06880525 to replace Morph Moth's track with this one.

Unknown Track

Occupying slot 1D (the stage select theme in the final game) in the later prototype only is a very strange unused track of unknown purpose. Use PAR code 0688051D to play this track in Morph Moth's stage.

Missing Tracks

The following tracks are completely absent from both prototypes:

ID Track
20 Stage Start
21 Zero
27 Boss 1
28 Get a Weapon
29 X-Hunter Stage 1
2C Demo
2D Sigma 1st
2E Sigma 2nd
2F Ending
30 Staff Roll

Enemies

HP Values

Protos Final
Bar Waying 7 HP 9 HP
Barite Lastar 3 HP 2 HP
Barrier Attacker 5 HP 1 HP
Batton Bone G 2 HP 1 HP
Beetron 20 HP 16 HP
Blecker 7 HP 6 HP
Cannon Driver 16 HP 14 HP
Crash Roader 4 HP 3 HP
Disc Boy 08 4 HP 6 HP
Fishern 2 HP 1 HP
Magna Quartz 32 HP 20 HP
Morgun 2 HP 1 HP
Pararoid R-5 4 HP 2 HP
Refleczer 3 HP 2 HP
Rightod 4 HP 1 HP
Road Riders 6 HP 3 HP
Scriver 4 HP 2 HP
Sky Farmer 3 HP 2 HP
Slidame 4 HP 1 HP
Sole Solar 4 HP 3 HP
Tiranos 6 HP 4 HP
Tubamail-S 4 HP 2 HP
Weather Crystal 31 HP 22 HP

Most enemies in the game have HP differences between the two prototypes and the final game. All but two were reductions; the two that had their HP increased were the Bar Waying (to keep them blocking the player longer) and the Disc Boy 08 (to keep them from being destroyed by one single fully charged X-Buster shot).

Damage Dealt

Method Protos Final
Barite Laster Contact 4 HP 3 HP
Barrier Attacker Contact 3 HP 2 HP
Batton Bone G Contact 3 HP 1 HP
Blecker Contact 4 HP 2 HP
Bullet 3 HP 2 HP
Croak Hopper Bullet 2 HP 1 HP
Magna Quartz Contact 2 HP 3 HP
Morgun Contact 3 HP 1 HP
Fireball 2 HP 3 HP
Gas Fire 3 HP 2 HP
Raider Killer Plasma 4 HP 2 HP
Refleczer Bullet 2 HP 1 HP
Rideloid-G Contact 8 HP 4 HP
Sea Canthller Contact 4 HP 3 HP
Sky Farmer Contact 3 HP 2 HP
Tubamail-S Contact 3 HP 2 HP

Like the enemies' HP values, these were mostly reduced in the final game, though there are a few that were either increased or swapped around.

Miscellaneous

  • Almost all enemies are missing sound effects in the early prototype. It's actually quicker to list what enemies do have their final sound effects assigned:
  • Blecker (Landing only)
  • Jelly Seeker
  • Raider Killer (Landing and firing plasma shots only)
  • Rideloid-G
  • Rightod
The following enemies use temporary sound assignments in the early prototype:
  • Cannon Driver (Firing - use X-Buster sound effect)
  • Raider Killer (Firing lasers - uses half-charged X-Buster sound effect)
  • Slidame (Grabbing - uses X's damaged sound effect)
  • Tiranos (Firing - uses X-Buster sound effect)
  • The Barrier Attacker can be frozen by the Crystal Hunter in both prototypes, something that's required to do to get across a spike pit in X-Hunter 1. They're unaffected by the Crystal Hunter in the final game.
  • Croak Hopper are bugged in that their hitbox lingers while they're exploding. This is likely due to their unique destruction animation wherein the big frog explodes first, then the little frog after that.
  • Fisherns move twice as fast in the later prototype.
  • In the early prototype, Scrivers will continually drill in the air until the player gets close enough, at which point they'll jump towards the player. In later versions, the Scrivers will stay in place until the player gets close enough, at which point they'll hop towards them. Then, if the player is close enough, they'll try to drill into them.
  • Weather Crystals have 20 frames of invincibility after getting hit in the early prototype and just 2 in later versions.

Script

General Notes

  • The early prototype only has new dialogue for the Light Capsules. Everything else is from the first game.
  • The later prototype's draft doesn't include the cutscene that plays after defeating all Mavericks without collecting all of Zero's parts, nor the "Repairing Zero" cutscene that plays when the player exits a stage for the first time with all of Zero's parts.

MMX2DialogueE.png

  • Dr. Light still uses a dialogue picture in the early prototype.
  • There are no full stops (。) in the early draft.

Graphics

Both Prototypes Final Game
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The hiragana + katakana character set is identical to the first game's set in the prototypes. The final game redraws each character to add a shadow, then adds a few letters and numbers into the set.

Both Prototypes Final Game
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Most of the characters in the game's English font were tweaked in the final game. The question mark is particularly different.

Later Proto Final Game
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The early prototype has no large font, but the later prototype does. Unlike the first game, the large font in X2 has every letter of the English alphabet. The S, X, and Z (all new to this game) were touched up in the final version.

Prologue (Unused)

Early Draft Final Draft
きょうも また エックスは ハンターきちからの しれいをうけ
イレギュラーが せいぞうされていると される
きょうも また エックスは ハンターきちからの
しれいをうけイレギュラーが せいぞうされていると される

This is a formatting change; the first line in the early draft is one character too long.

Early Draft Final Draft
N/A
しかし それはエックスにとってあらたなたたかいへの
プロローグでしか なかった・・・
Translations
N/A But that was just a prelude to X's next battle...

The last line of the prologue text isn't in the early draft.

Early Draft Final Draft
   ロックマン エックス 
「カウンターハンターへん」
        ロックマン X2
「 バーサス カウンターハンター 」
Translations
Rockman X
[ X-Hunters Episode ]
Rockman X2
[ Vs. X-Hunters ]

X-Hunters Intro

Serges
Early Draft Final Draft
やつが エックスなのか なるほど なかなかやりおるわい

やつが エックスなのか・・・ なるほど なかなか
やりおるわい。
Translations
So that's X. This guy will be difficult to deal with. So that's X... This guy will be difficult to deal with.

Ellipsis added, and some of the text formatting was changed.

Agile
Early Draft Final Draft
かれの のうりょくは きけんですね
いまのうちに たおして しまわなくては・・・
たしかに かれの のうりょくは きけんですね。
いまのうちに たおして しまわなくては・・・
Translations
His power is frightening, isn't it?
Now we have to defeat him...
His power is certainly frightening, isn't it.
Now we have to defeat him...
Serges
Early Draft Final Draft
エックスの しょりはわしらの ぶかに
まかせるとするかの
こやつの しょりは わしらの ぶかに
まかせるとするかのう。
Translations
We'll leave taking care of X
to our subordinates.
We'll leave taking care of that guy
to our subordinates.
Agile
Early Draft Final Draft
・・・ところで あのものの ふっかつはまだなのですか

・・・ところで あのレプリロイドが かんせいするのに
いつまでかかるのですか・・・
Translations
...Anyway, has that person been resurrected yet? ...Anyway, how long will it take to complete that Reploid?
Serges
Early Draft Final Draft
パーツは じゅんちょうに かんせいしつつ あるのじゃが
・・・きおくかいろが ふかんぜん なのじゃ
パーツは ほぼ かんせいして いるのじゃが
・・・せいぎょかいろが ふかんぜんなのじゃ。
Translations
The parts are coming along steadily, but...
the memory circuit is incomplete.
The parts are almost finished, but...
the control circuit is incomplete.
Agile
Early Draft Final Draft
いそがなくては わたしたちの もくてきのためには
あのものが ひつようなのですからね
わたしたちの もくてきのためには
あのレプリロイドのちからが ひつようなのです。
Translations
We have to hurry, since that person is
necessary for our plans.
That Reploid's strength is
necessary for our plans.

X-Hunters Intervene

Agile
Early Draft Final Draft
エックス! さすがに いちどは シグマさまを
たおしただけのことは ありますね


・・・エックスめ!

・・・さすがに いちどとはいえ シグマさまを
たおしただけのことは ありますね。
Translations
X! Just what I expected from
the one that once defeated Sigma.
...Damn you X!

...But that's what I expected from
the one that once defeated Sigma.
Character Text Translation
Agile
・・・ あのものの さいごの パーツが ハンターきちに
かくされていると メットールから つうしんが きましたわ
...His final part is hidden in the Hunter Base according to
the transmission we've received from that Metall.
Serges
そうか! ではさっそく あのものの パーツの
かいしゅうに むかうとするかの                  
I see! I wonder if we must rush ahead to retrieve his part.

These two lines were removed from the final draft.

X
Early Draft Final Draft
ケインはかせ! これはいったい なにがおこったのですか
ケインはかせ! なにか およびですか?
Translations
Dr. Cain! What in the world happened here? Dr. Cain! Did you call me for something?
Dr. Cain
Early Draft Final Draft
カウンターハンターとなのる さんたいの イレギュラーの
しわざだ・・・
カウンターハンターとなのる イレギュラーから
つうしんが はいったのじゃ。
Translations
This is the work of three Mavericks
calling themselves the X-Hunters...
We've received a transmission from Mavericks
calling themselves the X-Hunters.

From here the early draft goes off in a different direction...

Character Text Translation
Dr. Cain
エックス・・・
ゼロの きおくかいろは ぶじか?              
X...
Is Zero's memory circuit safe?
X
はい ここにあります

イレギュラーたちは こんを ねらっているらしい    
Yes. I have it here.

It seems the Mavericks were after it.
Agile
ふふふ・・・
ついにみつけましたよ                       
Ha-ha-ha...
We've finally found it.
X
! だれだ!                              
Who are you!?
Agile
エックス
をわれわれと かけを しないかね

あなたの そのパーツと わたしたちの かいはつした
パーツを あわせると ゼロはふっかつします
X,
why not make a bet with us?

By combining that part of yours with
the parts we've developed, Zero will be resurrected.
Serges
わしら カウンターハンターと あんたとのたたかいで
しょうりした ものが このパーツ すべてを

てにいれることができるのじゃ
わるい とりひきでは ないじゃろう?

わしらは せんきょした ポイントで
まつことにするが
Whether it's you or us, the X-Hunters,
whoever wins gets all the parts.

A fair deal, is it not?

We will wait for you at our decided points.
Agile
どうするかは エックス あなたのじゆうです

エックス たのしみに していますよ・・・           
The choice is up to you, X.

We're looking forward to seeing you...
Dr. Cain
・・・エックス!これはわなたいってはだめだ!     
...X! It's no use going there, it's a trap!
X
ゼロは おれの しんゆうです!
ケインはかせ おれはいきます!              
Zero is my friend!
Dr. Cain, I must leave!

Light Capsule - Arm Parts

Dr. Light
Early Draft Final Draft
りょうてに エネルギーをためて
れんぞくで こうげきすることが
できる ダブルショットじゃ
りょうてに エネルギーをためて
れんぞくで こうげきすること
ができる ダブルチャージじゃ。

This is just a formatting and terminology change between versions. In the early draft, the fourth level X-Buster shot is referred to as "Double Shot," but in the final it is called "Double Charge."

Agile - Defeated

Agile
Early Draft Final Draft
このわたしを ここまで
おいつめるとは・・・
しんじられん!

あなたを あまく
みていたようです
またあいましょう

このわたしを ここまで
おいつめるとは・・・
しんじられん!

あなたを あまく
みていたようですね。
つぎに あうときをたのしみに
していますよ・・・
Translations
I can't believe it...
You've cornered me
up to this point!

It seems that I may have
underestimated you.
We'll meet again!
I can't believe it...
You've cornered me
up to this point!

It seems that I may have
underestimated you, huh?
I look forward to the
next time we meet...

All Stages Cleared - All Parts (Unused)

Dr. Cain
Early Draft Final Draft
ダブルゼロ ポイント なんきょくてんだ!
ダブルゼロ ポイント ほっきょくてんだ!
Translations
It's Point 00: The South Pole! It's Point 00: The North Pole!

The X-Hunter's base switched poles, probably because the stage select map scrolls up to get to the base, not down.

Dr. Cain
Early Draft Final Draft
これで ゼロをよみがえらせる
ことができるぞ だが
ゼロのしゅうふくには もうすこしじかんが かかる。
それまでがんばってくれ。
Translations
Zero can be revived with this.
However...
The restoration of Zero will take a bit of time.
Until then, good luck.
Dr. Cain
Early Draft Final Draft
すこし じかんがかかりそうだ
もうすこし がんばってくれ
たのんだぞ エックス
すこし じかんがかかりそうだ。 もうしばらく
がんばってくれ。  たのんだぞ エックス。
Translations
It seems it's going to take a while.
Hang in there for a bit.
I'm counting on you, X.
It seems it's going to take a while. Hang in there
in the meantime. I'm counting on you, X.

Violen 2 - Defeated

Violen
Early Draft Final Draft
ヤツが オレよりも
すぐれているとでもいうのか!

このオレのパワーがつうじぬとは
ぐあああああっ!
キサマが オレより
すぐれているとでもいうのか!
このオレのパワーがつうじぬとは

ぐあああああっ!
Translations
I guess he is better than even me! I do not understand this power of mine... Arrggghhh! I guess you are better than me! I do not understand this power of mine... Arrggghhh!

Serges Tank - Defeated

Serges
Early Draft Final Draft
ワシはしぬのか?
ワシはここで ほろびるのか?
Translations
Am I going to die? Am I going to perish here?

Sigma & Zero - All Parts (Unused)

Sigma
Early Draft Final Draft
おのれ ゼロ!
なぜきさまは わたしのてきに
まわる!
おのれ ゼロ!
なぜきさまは わたしに
キバを むける!!
Translations
Damn you Zero!
You dare turn against me!!
Damn you Zero!
You dare to bare your fangs at me!!
Zero
Early Draft Final Draft
エックス またせたな
だが あいさつはあとだ
いますべきことは

エックス またせたな。
だが あいさつはあとだ!
おれたちが
いますべきことは
Translations
Kept you waiting, X.
But let's leave the pleasantries for later.
There's something that must be done.
Kept you waiting, X.
But let's leave the pleasantries for later.
There's something we must do.

Sigma & Zero - Not All Parts (Unused)

X
Early Draft Final Draft
ゼロ・・・
このパーツを
きみにかえすよ
ゼロ・・・


Translations
Zero...
I'll return this
part to you.
Zero...
X
Early Draft Final Draft
おれがわかるのか!
ゼロ!
! きおくが もどったのか
ゼロ!
Translations
Do you recognize me now,
Zero?!
Did you get your memory back,
Zero!?
X
Early Draft Final Draft
ゼロ! しぬきか!
しぬきか! ゼロ!!
Translations
Zero! Do you have a death wish?! Do you have a death wish, Zero?!

Just a simple swap of sentences.

Zero
Early Draft Final Draft
おれなら だいじょうぶだ
はやくいけ・・・
おれなら だいじょうぶだ
はやくいくんだ!
Translations
I'll be fine. Hurry... I'll be fine. Now hurry!

Sigma Fight (Unused)

Sigma
Early Draft Final Draft
どこまでも わたしのじゃまを
したいというのかね
エックス!
どこまでも わたしのじゃまを
したいというのかね・・・
エックス!
Translations
No matter where I go, you
always seek to foil me, X!
No matter where I go, you
always seek to foil me... X!

Sigma Virus

Sigma
Early Draft Final Draft
・・・だがわたしは
なんどでもよみがえり
あらたなちからを
もちうることが できる
・・・だがわたしは
なんどでもよみがえり
あらたなちからを
えることが できる。
Translations
...However,
every time I'm revived,
I can use new powers.
...However,
every time I'm revived,
I earn new powers.
Sigma
Early Draft Final Draft
しかし ゼロはなぜ・・・
やつは・・・ さいごの・・・
ワイ・・・ リー・・・の・・・
しかし ゼロはなぜ・・・
やつは・・・ さいごの・・・
ワイ・・ ナン・・・ズの・・・
Translations
But Zero, why...
he's...the last of...
Wi...ly...'s...
But Zero, why...
he's...the last of...
Wi...Num..rs...

The final game breaks up the phrase "Wily Numbers" to try to keep it somewhat mysterious, while the early draft just outright states Wily's name.