T&C Surf Designs
|T&C Surf Designs|
This game has unused graphics.
This game has a prerelease article
A game well-known for its decent skateboarding game, but also infamous for its completely awful, impossible-to-control surfing game. Yin and yang.
there are still unused/alternate versions of background tiles in both games' banks
The tile arrangement in the PPU seems to suggest that the original titles of the two games were not as elaborate, and were simply "Skateboarding" and "Surfboarding" or "Surfing", respectfully. Also note the presence of the large "P" letter, which seems to indicate the 1P/2P prompts were larger at some point.
|Normal Selection Menu||Mockup|
This is what the original game titles might have looked like, assuming graphics were not switched around.
Unused Big Wave Encounter Graphics
The sprite PPU bank for Kool Kat / Surf Cat is a later revision, just copied over from Thrilla's sprite PPU bank wholesale, with many, many graphics used in the menus completely blacked out. Some unused graphics still surface.
Surf Cat's background PPU bank also contains many differences from Thrilla's background PPU bank, and in a turnabout, actually seems to be older than Thrilla's bank. It includes many older background elements.
The upper sprites are from the Surf Cat background PPU bank and is mostly unused. The lower sprites are from the Thrilla background PPU bank and is mostly used. Both sets occupy the same space in the PPU. Unknown what the "A" and "B" were to be used for but they seem to be for some alternate, obsolete selection variant. There is no use for the ampersand in the final game, either. The Thrilla set contains a letter "P" identical to the one used in the sprite bank, but the 1P/2P selection graphics are always drawn using the sprite bank versions in the final game.
Unused Street Skate Session Graphics
Street Skate Session seems to be the newer of the two games included, given the far more compact, less chaotic structure of the mode within its PPU sets (of which both characters share). There are still several unused graphics within the two banks.
The "AB" from the Surf Cat BG data is also in the Skateboarding background PPU data.
These are all the sprite numbers that appear when you collect the coin items or stomp an obstacle/enemy. Numbers 4 and 8 are unused; 4 even seems to have been neglected, as its design is completely different and more crude than the other numbers (the 4 in the used background PPU numbers font looks more standardized).
- A sprite of Kool Kat / Surf Cat, identical to the final, is drawn in the Thrilla sprite PPU bank; this could have been used as a scratch pad or as a reference somehow.