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Proto:Shanghai II (NES)

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Shanghai II (NES).


Two of the Sunsoft Dev Disks contained early demos of Shanghai II, making up two of the six tile layouts used in the final game.

Download.png Download Shanghai II (NES Prototype)
File: Shanghai_II_(NES)_(Prototype).zip (13 KB) (info)

General Differences

  • Aside from a placeholder title screen, little more than the main game is present. No music, cutscenes, or main menu options exist at this point.
  • There is no win state. Once all tiles are cleared, the player is simply left to move their cursor around on a blank screen.

Graphical Differences

Proto Final

Similar to what happened with this game's predecessor, the background was changed from gray to green, which led to the tiles' palette being tweaked accordingly to create a rather classy visual aesthetic.

The final also surrounds the tiles with a nice border and a bunch of menu options, which the prototype also has but either hides or leaves unused.


Proto Final
ShanghaiIIFCPrototypeTiles.png ShanghaiIIFCTiles.png

Aside from the palette change, many of the tiles were redrawn between prototype and release. Most noticeable is the redesign of the dotted tiles, the bird in the bamboo tiles and a tightening-up in the lettering and design of the seasons/flower tiles.


Proto Final
ShanghaiIIFCPrototypeCursor.png ShanghaiIIFCCursor.png ShanghaiIIFCCursorP1.png ShanghaiIIFCCursorP2.png

The cursor's change to a much brighter and distinct palette in the final helps it pop from the tiles much better than in the prototype. One and two-player variations were also added for the multiplayer modes in the final, much like with the previous game.

Help Menu

Proto Final

In the prototype, the menus are pulled up by pressing Select, which in the final was changed to selecting the help buttons at the bottom of the screen with the cursor. The first set of menu options in the prototype don't seem to be functional, but the help options in the next screen work much the same as in the final (which split them up into two sets of options).

Unused Graphics

Although there are few embellishments to the main game at this point, there are some graphics that seem to imply that they were ready to be added.


Proto Final
ShanghaiIIFCPrototypeRest.png ShanghaiIIFCRest.png

Text which, along with a number count, would have indicated how many tiles are still on the screen.


Proto Final
ShanghaiIIFCPrototypeHelp.png ShanghaiIIFCHelp.png

A big ol' help button. While the prototype does have a full suite of help options as mentioned above, they aren't accessed via a dedicated help button.

Also worth noting is the border surrounding the help text, which in the final is the same one used elsewhere (see below) rather than part of the text graphic.


Proto Final
ShanghaiIIFCPrototypeBorder.png ShanghaiIIFCBorder.png

An early border, similar to the one that surrounds the tiles (and menu buttons) in the final game. The main palette in the prototype does not seem to fit the early border very well.


A full number set, in the same font as the "Push Start Key" text. Likely would have gone with the "Rest" icon to show the number of remaining tiles.