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Proto:The Simpsons Game (PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii)

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This page details one or more prototype versions of The Simpsons Game (PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii).

This cactus is UNDER CONSTRUCTION
This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
Hmmm...
To do:
Graphics; Early levels, Debugging, EVERYTHING!

July 6, 2007 (Wii)

Title screen

A build of The Simpsons Game for the Nintendo Wii was found and recovered from an EA RVT-H hard drive. It is dated July 6, 2007, which is around 3 months before final. Some aspects of this build are closer to the colloquially called New Generation (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) version, and some are closer to the final Old Generation version, which means comparisons in this page will be drawn towards both releases. There are plenty of things to unpack here.


General Differences

Debug Screen

This build by default loads into a debug screen, letting you choose whether you want to "Enable proper menu flow" or not. Choosing No Way will proceed you into a 2nd debug screen, which allows selecting a level to load on the spot.
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-DebugScreen1.png SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-DebugScreen2.png


Episode Names

Some episodes use a different name that only survived into the final build through filenames and nothing else. Some episode names only differ in capitalisation or spelling changes.

Early name Final name
Land of Chocolate The Land of Chocolate
BartMan Begins Bartman Begins
Around the world in 80 bytes Around The World in 80 Bites
The TreeHugger Lisa the Tree Hugger
Cheater Cheater Enter the Cheatrix
Day of the Dolphins The Day of the Dolphin
The day Springfield stood still Invasion of the Yokel-Snatchers
Big Super Happy Fun Fun Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game
Rhymes with Complaining Five Characters in Search of an Author
Meet Thy Player Game Over


Unused Map & Interiors

This build has a bunch of interiors and an early design of Springfield in the form of a cut and unused bowling minigame. The interiors can at least still be found in the New Generation release.

Test Map

There are two similar test maps named Metrics.wii and M_and_L.wii. They differ in some objects and characters that get spawned and the characters you get to control. Metrics is played with Homer and Bart, and M_and_L lets you play as Marge and Lisa.

Metrics.wii M_and_L.wii
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-Metrics-1.png SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-M and L-1.png
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-Metrics-2.png SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-M and L-2.png

Church Interior

The church looks mostly the same, the main difference being a missing desk by the main door, different floor color and there being only one staircase in the main room. Chur_Int.wii

Early interior Final interior
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-Chur Int-1.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-Chur Int-1.png
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-Chur Int-2.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-Chur Int-2.png

Krusty Burger Interior

Similar to final, but lacking the 2nd fryer behind the counter. It also has Jimbo Jones in the building, whereas in the final New gen version only the Squeaky-Voiced Teen. KRUS_INT.wii

Early interior Final interior
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-KRUS INT.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-KRUS INT.png

Kwik-E-Mart Interior

The main difference in the Kwik-E-Mart is a missing shelf and some other objects. KWIK_INT.wii

Early interior Final interior
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-KWIK INT-1.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-KWIK INT-1.png
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-KWIK INT-2.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-KWIK INT-2.png

Moe's Interior

Objects on the tables such as glasses have actual transparency in this build. In the final version they're opaque. Moes_Int.wii

Early interior Final interior
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-Moes Int.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-Moes Int.png

Police Station Interior

There are no buttons to open the jail cells. Using the Player > FlyPlayerWithoutCollisions option through the debug menu shows that there is no collision inside those cells yet. POL_INT.wii

Early interior Final interior
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-POL INT.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-POL INT.png

Heartburn/Springfield

Heartburn, also known as Homer Bowling, is a cut minigame where you play with the Homerball, go through a track and end by crashing into a pile of Springfield citizens. It also happens to use an early layout of open-world Springfield. There are many changes found here, but this will just show some of the main recognisable buildings.

Note: Since this map also has a bunch of stuff like barriers meant for the bowling minigame, the Wii screenshots are taken using the Player > FlyCamera debug option inside the game, to get a better view.


Hospital Location

Near the Simpsons house there's an extra road that leads to the Springfield General Hospital which doesn't exist in the final game. It is fully removed and replaced by the Springfield Retirement Castle.

Early location Final location
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-SPR Hospital.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-SPR Hospital.png

Moe's Location

Early location Final location
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-SPR Moes-1.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-SPR Moes-1.png
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-SPR Moes-2.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-SPR Moes-2.png

Kwik-E-Mart Location

Early location Final location
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-SPR Kwik-1.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-SPR Kwik-1.png
SimpsonsGameWII-20070706-SPR Kwik-2.png SimpsonsGame360-FIN-SPR Kwik-2.png


Early Videos

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This needs some investigation.
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Specifically: Find out who are the placeholder voice actors, if possible.

This build only has one cutscene, which is an early draft of the Around The World in 80 Bites (80b_01.bik) cutscene.

Early cutscene Final cutscene


Every other cutscene uses the Rebellion logo as a placeholder. It can also be found in the final build as rebel.bik.

Early/Unused Graphics

Episode Replay

The in-game level select uses early Xbox 360 screenshots as preview images, and some of them remained somewhat similar to what the retail New Generation release had. Five of these survived hidden in the final game, but the rest didn't. They're stored in Frontend.wii\graphics\ui\menus\levels\ as single 512x256 textures, but in the final game they are stored in Frontend.wii\graphics\frontend\ as 256x256 textures, with two of the preview textures combined together. They have been split apart for this.

Early texture Final texture (New gen) Final texture (Old gen)
SimpsonsGamePS2-FIN FRONTEND-graphics-ui-menus-levels-loc.png
loc.tga
SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode loc.png
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lvl_locnbmb.bmp
SimpsonsGamePS2-FIN FRONTEND-graphics-ui-menus-levels-bartmanbegins.png
bartmanbegins.tga
SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode bartman begins.png
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SimpsonsGamePS2-FIN FRONTEND-graphics-frontend-lvl locnbmb-LOWER.png
lvl_locnbmb.bmp
SimpsonsGamePS2-FIN FRONTEND-graphics-ui-menus-levels-80bites.png
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SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode 80 bites.png
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dod.tga
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episode_dolphin.png
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lvl_ccndod.bmp
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colossaldonut.tga
SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode colossal donut.png
episode_colossal_donut.png
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dsss.tga
SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode spr stood still.png
episode_spr_stood_still.png
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lvl_shdndds.bmp
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neverquest.tga
SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode neverquest.png
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gts.tga
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moh.tga
SimpsonsGamePS3-FIN Frontend-assets rws-episode moh.png
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