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Proto:Trouble Shooter

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Trouble Shooter.

Hiddenpalace.org logo.png  This prototype is documented on Hidden Palace.

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This prototype has a build date of May 28, 1991 — about 6 months before the initial release of the US version.

The actual levels appear to be finalized in terms of graphics and design. However, there are various presentation-related things throughout the game that remain incomplete.

ROM Header

Prototype Final (US) Final (Japan)
SEGA MEGA DRIVE 
(C)SEGA 1990.MAR
BATTLE MANIA    
                
                
BATTLE MANIA    
                
                
exercise only
SEGA MEGA DRIVE 
(C)SEGA 1991.MAR
BATTLE MANIA    
                
                
TROUBLE SHOOTER 
                
                
GM T-23016   
SEGA MEGA DRIVE 
(C)VIC  1992.FEB
BATTLE MANIA    
                
                
TROUBLE SHOOTER 
                
                
GM T-23013- 00

The game's serial number isn't implemented in the prototype header, instead stating "exercise only". The build date is one year earlier than in the initial US release. Director and programmer Takayan stated in a 2004 interview:

There were actually very few man-hours spent on the project, although it’s impossible to know exactly how many now. Because of its slightly strange development process, I finished the game in 1990 but it didn’t get released until 1991.

(Source: shmuplations.com)

General

  • The Super Famicom stomping easter egg hasn't been implemented yet.
  • The stage select code also hasn't been implemented, or is at least different.
  • Aside from the ending, none of the unique between-level cutscene graphics have been implemented yet. The scenes also all use the same music.
  • The text on the left side of the continue screen hasn't been implemented.

Intro

Prototype Final
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Maria's hair isn't tied back in her portrait here, though it is in all her other appearances. The earlier version actually matches the hand-drawn art seen in the Japanese manual.

Title

Prototype Final
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The title screen looks completely different. It's much simpler, featuring no animation and only having basic shading. The copyright text reads ©SEGA, perhaps suggesting they were intended to publish it rather than Vic Tokai themselves.

Dialogue

Stage 1

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This first line of dialogue from the Colonel was added to the final release.

Stage 2

Prototype Final
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A single hiragana character was changed in this line from the villain: (zu) to (dzu). This is just a typo that was fixed, as かねづる (kanedzuru; financial backer) is a word, while かねずる (kanezuru) is not.

As mentioned above, the cutscene graphics hadn't been implemented yet.

Ending

Prototype Final
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The cheerleaders are missing from the background of the ending cutscene. Instead, the corner of a black vehicle can be seen on the left side of the screen.

(Screenshot from English version used for comparison as it's an earlier build than the final Japanese release.)

Credits

  • The little dancing Mania and Maria, who appear based on the level of difficulty cleared, were not implemented yet.
  • The villain doesn't appear tagging along for the ride.
  • No level select code mentioned at the end.
Prototype Final
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This opening line was rewritten to be less awkward.

Prototype Final
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Tamayama Watanabe had his pseudonym changed from "M.C. TAMAR" to "BAKKIN! TAMA".

Prototype Final
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"PROPELLER WADO" had the spelling of his pseudonym corrected.

Prototype Final
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"SHO-CHAN" was added to the special thanks.

Prototype Final
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"MENTAL CARED BY" was changed to "AND MY FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD" (a Spider-Man reference?); "& THE FELLOWS OF LANCE" was changed to "& FELLOWS OF THE LANCE".

Prototype Final
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This bit of text was added to the final release...

Prototype Final
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...and here too.