This game has hidden development-related text.
There are a number of items in the game which can only be obtained by hacking. For instance, use Pro Action Replay code 7F8000?? (where "??" is one of the numbers listed below) to put that item in the first slot of your inventory. None of them have any effect in-game, however.
- Aloe Leaves - The description states that they're "Leaves from an aloe plant". It's possible they could have been another healing item, or one of many "quest" items needed to help a town improve. Item number: 30.
- Carrot - "A carrot" is the only description this item has. In all likelihood, it was another of many items needed to help a town. Its icon is the same as the Ginseng. Item number: 31.
- Heaven Statue - This item is rather interesting. Its description says that it's "Used to summon rainfall", which suggests that it may have once been intended as an item in a puzzle. Or it could've been yet another town progression item. Its icon is the same as the Sleepless Seal. Item number: 41.
- Grass Whistle - This enigmatic item is listed between the Heaven Statue and the Dog Whistle in the game's data, so it probably worked with one of those items. Perhaps you placed the Heaven Statue and played the Grass Whistle to call rain? Its icon is just a generic placeholder which appears many times among the item sprites. Item number: 42.
- Airplane Parts - "No description" is all the help the description offers, but it's pretty obvious this was intended to be used to help Will invent the airplane. Item number: 44.
- Grenade - Another "No description" item. Probably intended to be used to destroy an obstacle somewhere. Item number: 45.
- Beeper - The last "No description" item. Either intended as some sort of communication receiver, or another town progression item. Item number: 46.
- Powered Gear - The description says it all: "Enables lifting of heavy objects". Undoubtedly, this would have allowed you to lift much heavier objects, as the better gloves/bracelets allow in the Legend of Zelda series. This item has no icon whatsoever. Item number: 4D.
There's much more detail for the final boss's background than what the game allows you to see. The most notable details are the unseen cones, though the top cone is graphically unfinished. There are also some stars near the heads and a column of some odd graphics at the top.
Two strings can be found in the ROM that refer to a debug menu and a sound test. They can be accessed with some text repointing, and some of them are still functional. Each version, even the German, Spanish, and French versions, still has these strings exist (at a different location in the game, though) with a different translation.
Beginning at 0x8DC9C (in the English version):
Well hello there! I'm the hunky flag guy who's the talk of the town. Which event flags do you want up? Choose up or down! (A: On/B: Cancel) Flag: Then let's hoist  flag. But if events get screwy, don't blame me. I didn't do it! OK! I'm at your service whenever you need!
Starting at 0x8DE62 are strings for a sound test. Exclusive to the Japanese ROM is an extensive list with names for all tracks in the game matching the official soundtrack listing. While this could hint that players were meant to see it, it's unused in all versions.
Run Sound Test. Sound: Sound  will be played. Cancel Sound Select
Various text for warping around. "Dev. Rm" actually refers to the Quintet building.
Flight scene Ending Debug EXP lots & magic! French village Amazon cave French city Choose what you want to see. Dev. Rm Mole Chicken Eating Oh. I see. You don't want to. I see. Choose what you want to see. Sqrl Vil NY Town Sqrl C NY City Oh. I see. You don't want to. I see.
Enter the following Game Genie code for the European ROM, then talk to the person outside the Elder's room in Crysta.
You'll be presented with three options:
- Flight scene: Brings you to the center of the overworld map, controlling the airplane. There are no landing strips, so you can't land anywhere.
- Ending: Plays the game's ending.
- Debug: The NPC will say "EXP lots & magic!" and gives you 90,000 EXP, which brings you up all the way to Level 34. Along with that, it performs several other effects:
- You obtain Yomi and the Jewel Box, which has a FireRing, Ice Ring, Zap Ring, Geo Ring, Ray Ring, Snow Ring, Sky Ring, PyroRing, ElecRing, and BoomRing.
- Adds 35 Magirocks to your max count.
- You have a Horn Pin, Wind Pin, GrassPin, Bone Pin, and WaterPin.
- You obtain the Leather, Ra Armor, MonkRobe, Ice Suit, Fur Coat, BirdSuit, LeafSuit, and Clothes2 armors.
- You obtain the CrySpear, Ra Spear, Icepick, Neo Fang, Sticker, RocSpear, and Hex Rod weapons.
- Each additional time you talk to the NPC, you receive one more of each of the Rings, Pins, Armors, and Weapons up to a max of 8. Each additional time also adds 35 more Magirocks, up to a max of 280.
There are more options to select on the menu below and to the right of the existing ones, but most softlock the game or have you regain control with the textbox still onscreen. The only one that doesn't cause an issue is the option to the right of Ending, which acts identical to Flight scene.
Document this. It also needs translation.
There's a sound test in the game that can be activated with the following Action Replay codes (Japanese version):
Once the code is entered, talk to your mom in Crysta to start up the sound test.
You'll be presented with track numbers and names displayed in rapidly flashing text. Press Up and Right to increase the track number, and press Down and Left to decrease the track number. Press A to have your mom say something about the track, after which the song plays.
0 - Unknown; doesn't play anything 1 - Dark Side Field 2 - Tower of Trial 3 - Hometown 4 - Fight Against Powerful Enemies 5 - Unforeseen Occurrence 6 - Light Side Field 7 - Zue 8 - The Castle of Dragoon 9 - Town 10 - Top of Saint Mountain 11 - Present 12 - Underground 13 - Elle 14 - Call at a Port 15 - Castle 16 - Entrance 17 - Flying to the Sky 18 - Wandering Spirits 19 - Final Battle 20 - The Gaia Stone 21 - Laboratory 22 - Good Night... 23 - Ever Green 24 - Neotokio 25 - Perel 26 - My Beloved Loire 27 - Prime Blue 28 - An Omen 29 - Unknown; sounds like a heartbeat 30 - Sanctuary 31 - Amusement 32 - Revival of Birds 33 - Mysterious Pit 34 - Awakening of Earth 35 - Dr. Beruga 36 - Shopping 37 - Race in Mushrooms 38 - Revival of Human Being 39 - Lhasa 40 - Green Returns 41 - Revival of Plants 42 - Southern Rhythm 43 - Freedom 44 - Willful Lion 45 - Revival of Animals 46 - Open the Door 47 - Nomads In a Desert 48 - Yomi 49 - Royd 50 - Fyda 51 - Find Rare Item Fanfare 52 - Find Item Fanfare 53 - Origins 54 - Rest 55 - Light and Darkness 56 - Unknown; sounds like an animal crying 57 - Return to Mother Earth
Known as Tenchi Souzou (天地創造, lit. "Creation of Heaven and Earth") in Japan. The Japanese version features a more elaborate animation sequence where each kanji of the title appears one by one until they finally form the full title of the game. Since the English title sequence is a bit shorter, the music goes slightly out of sync with the visuals in the following cutscenes and demo. Also, besides the updated copyright, the font has a different color palette.
The localized versions infamously made almost no effort to reprogram the text display routines to accommodate English text. Besides ｐｏｏｒｌｙ ｓｐａｃｅｄ ｔｅｘｔ, most message boxes in the game were expanded from three to four lines to fit all the text, causing sprite limitation problems on some screens like the special move explanations. Additionally, some messages were segmented over two or more parts, causing some automatically scrolling text in the Japanese version to have waits for player input in the translated versions. Little to no effort was made to adjust the text speed, causing significant text desynch in some events like the Kagome-Kagome doll song in Sylvain Castle's basement. Finally, some animation for message boxes in menus was removed to accommodate larger text boxes.
Various locale names were shortened in the European versions to fit the 8-character limit. For example, Kristalholm was shortened to "Crysta", Sylvain Castle was shortened to "Castle", Southern Europe was shortened to "S. Eur" and so on. Additionally, item names were shortened (or removed outside of the menu in the case of non-English PAL versions), or changed outright, such as the Prime Blue item becoming the Magirock. However, various graphics referencing these changed names were not updated to reflect the localized names.
The Nintendo translators made very few attempts to censor the game, but some content was accidentally cut or mistranslated because of length limitations. For example, the Blood Armor (血のヨロイ) in the Grand Mosuku town (renamed Mosque in the English versions) which sold for 6660 Gold and offered a +44 DEF bonus, was translated "RedArmr", even though the description made it mostly intact ("血められた ヨロイです。" to "Dully coated with washes of blood.")
After saving the guy from the ghost in Neotokio, you can play a quiz with a guy in the General Affairs Division inside the Quintet Building in the Japanese version. If you answer all 18 questions correctly, you get a Magirock as a reward. In all European versions, this minigame was removed and its associated Magirock rendered unobtainable.
Despite being made inaccessible in the European versions, the quiz can still be found translated but unused within the French, Spanish, and German ROMs. With some creative hacking, it can be made accessible and completely functional again in-game, though the text overflows frequently from the message box hinting this was never playtested properly. The English version completely removed the text but still have a text string, "Actraiser", in the text data compression routine, and that word is only ever used in the quiz.
Due to Slapstick (also known as Robotrek in the US) never being released in Europe despite plans by Quintet to do so, the French and German versions tried to replace some questions related to that game with Nintendo-themed questions. The Spanish translation is mostly accurate to the Japanese questions, aside from using the US name for the game, "Robotrek", similarly to how a Terranigma namedrop ("Tenchi Suzou" in the Japanese dialogue) by another Quintet employee was translated using the American name, as "Illusion of Gaia 2", instead of the established European name Illusion of Time, in the English version (the French version used Terranigma, and the Spanish version used "Illusion of Time 2"). This makes sense considering Nintendo of America staff worked on the translation.
All grammatical mistakes present in the original European scripts were kept as they were here. Words between brackets are the ones where the text compression index wasn't verified yet. Drastic deviations from the Japanese text were marked in bold.
If you try to take the Magirock:
|N'y touche pas!
C'est pour le
|Nicht berühren! Das ist der erste Preis eines Quiz.|
|Hey! Stop that!
That's the prize for the quiz game!
Don't make me angry!
|Don't touch it!
It's for the winner
of the contest!
|Do not touch! That's the first prize for a quiz.|
If you talk to him:
|Je suis S-ki, je suis stagiaire.
On m'a demandé de faire un concours.
En tant que stagiaire, je ne fais que des tra-
Veux-tu participer au concours?
|Ich bin Ha-Chi. Ich bin für das Quiz zuständig...
Einst habe ich im Glücksrad Buchstaben umgedreht.
Willst Du an dem Quiz teilnehmen?
|I'm the newbie S-ki,
a scary girl from the planning department
who asks people who drop in
to take a quiz.
Newbies have to do various
odd jobs, and it's pretty tough.
Would you like to take the quiz?
|I am S-ki, I am a trainee.
I was asked to do a contest.
As a trainee, all I do are the boring jobs.
Do you want to enter the contest?
|I'm Ha-Chi. I'm in charge of the quiz...
I used to turn the letters on Wheel of Fortune.
Do you want to participate in the quiz?
If you say no:
|また きてください。||Reviens une
|OK, please come again!||Come back again.||Come again!|
Questions correctly answered Yes:
|Quintet est hantée.||In SOUL BLAZER baut man mit Yoshi eine Stadt.||[E515] que Quintet est[3B] maldito.|
|#18 It looks like ghosts are haunting Quintet.||Quintet is haunted.||In SOUL BLAZER, you build a city with Yoshi.||That Quintet is haunted.|
|Dans Soul Blazer, on ne peut pas acheter des objets.||MYSTIC QUEST LEGEND ist ein Rollenspiel.||En Soul Blazer, no se usa dinero [E5A3] comprar.|
|#7 In Soul Blazer, you can't buy items with your money.||In Soul Blazer, you can't buy items.||MYSTIC QUEST LEGEND is a role-playing game.||In Soul Blazer, money can not be used to buy.|
|Le [?] de Actraiser aime les frites.||Prinzessin Zelda ist mit Marios Freundin Toadstool verwandt.||En Robotrek, hay un arma llamada Soul Blade.|
|#13 There's a weapon in Slapstick called Soul Blade.||The [?] of Actraiser loves french fries||Princess Zelda is related to Mario's girlfriend Toadstool.||In Robotrek, there's a weapon named Soul Blade.|
|#1 In Actraiser, on peut récupérer un objet en détruisant une statue.||Der Held aus THE LEGEND OF ZELDA heißt Link.||En Actraiser, al [E677] una estatua de Dios, se consegu[3A]a algo.|
|#1 In ActRaiser, items appear when you destroy a God statue.||In Actraiser, you can get an item by breaking a statue.||The Hero from THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is called Link.||In Actraiser, at the Statue of God, something can be found.|
|Une dessinatrice de mangas est l'auteur de Illusion of Time.||SECRET OF MANA kann man gleichzeitig zu fünft spielen.||Los personajes de TIO [E525] fueron creados por una famosa artista.|
|#12 The character designs for Gaia Gensouki were done by a shoujo manga artist.||A female mangaka is the author of Illusion of Time.||SECRET OF MANA can be played by five players at a time.||The characters of 'TIO' were created by a famous artist.|
|Les femmes de Quintet sont toutes belles.||SECRET OF EVERMORE ist ein Jump'n'Run-Spiel aus Kolumbien.||Quintet es famoso por la belleza de las mujeres que [?]|
|#16 Quintet has a reputation for having many beautiful women.||All women in Quintet are beautiful.||SECRET OF EVERMORE is a platform game from Columbia.||Quintet is famous for the beauty of their women that [?]|
|Dans Illusion of Time, le héros aime la tete de de veau.||In ILLUSION OF TIME kann man 50 Juwelen finden.||El [E690] de Actraiser 2 tiene poderes mügicos.|
|#5 The player can use magic in ActRaiser 2.||In Illusion of Time, the hero loves eating the meal known as calf's head.||In ILLUSION OF TIME, you can find 50 jewels.||The [hero] of Actraiser 2 has magical powers.|
|Le chien Turbo est aussi dans Soul Blazer.||Der Hund Turbo kam bereits in SOUL BLAZER vor.||El perro Turbo ya aparec[3D]a en Soul Blazer.|
|#8 Turbo the dog appears for the first time in Soul Blazer.||The dog Turbo is also in Soul Blazer.||The dog Turbo already appeared in SOUL BLAZER.||The dog Turbo already appeared in Soul Blazer.|
|Dans Soul Blazer, un monstre lance des noix de coco.||In KIRBY'S DREAM COURSE spielt der rosa Knödel einen Golfball.||En Soul Blazer, el [E596] llamado Natela lanza cocos.|
|#9 In Soul Blazer, there’s a monster called Natera that throws coconuts.||In Soul Blazer, there is a monster that throws coconuts.||In KIRBY'S DREAM COURSE, the pink puffball plays as a golf ball.||In Soul Blazer, the so-called Natela throws coconuts.|
Questions correctly answered No:
|Luigi a du poil aux genoux.||Der Held aus ILLUSION OF TIME heißt Lothar.||El 'prota' de Robotrek es un buscador de oro.|
|#15 The protagonist of Slapstick is a treasure hunter.||Luigi has hairy knees.||The hero from ILLUSION OF TIME is called Lothar.||The 'protagonist' of Robotrek is a gold seeker.|
|L'héroïne de Illusion of Time est Lisa.||Marios bester Freund heißt Bowser.||La hero[3D]na de|
Illusion of Gaia
es una chica
|#10 The heroine of Gaia Gensouki is named Lisa.||The heroine of Illusion of Time is Lisa.||Mario's best friend is called Bowser.||The heroine of Illusion of Gaia is a girl named Lisa.|
|Dans Illusion of Time, l'arme du heros est l'arc.||Links Waffe ist ein phasenkoordiniertes Plasmagewehr.||Arco y flecha son son las armas del [E690] en TIO Gaia.|
|#11 The protagonist of Gaia Gensouki uses a bow and arrows as their weapon.||In Illusion of Time, the hero's weapon is the bow.||Link's weapon is a phased plasma rifle.||Bow and arrows are the weapons of the [protagonist] of "TIO Gaia" (Illusion of Gaia?)|
|Le premier niveau d'Actraiser est Cassandra.||DONKEY KONGS bester Freund heißt Diddy.||La protagonista de Actraiser es Cassandra.|
|#2 In ActRaiser, the first stage is Kasandora.||In ActRaiser, the first stage is Cassandra.||DONKEY KONG'S best friend is called Diddy.||The protagonist of Actraiser is (a lady named) Cassandra.|
|Tous ceux qui travaillent chez Quintet sont célibataires.||In KIRBY'S GHOST COURSE spielt Kirby eine Tomate.||Los empleados de Quintet son todos solteros.|
|#17 All of Quintet's employees are bachelors.||The employees of Quintet are all singles.||In KIRBY'S GHOST COURSE, Kirby plays as a tomato.||The employees of Quintet are all singles.|
|Le héros de Soul Blazer est le beau-frére de Mario.||DONKEY KONG ist ein tibetanischer Zwergpavian.||Nagisa, la guar-|
diana de Robotrek,
es hermana del protagonista.
|#14 In Slapstick, Nagisa, who lets you save the game, is the protagonist's older sister.||Soul Blazer's hero is Mario's brother-in-law.||DONKEY KONG is a small Tibetian baboon.||Nagisa, the guardian of Robotrek, is the protagonist's sister.|
|Dans Soul Blazer, le [monstre?] aime les saucisses.||Marios Reittier ist ein grüner Dinosaurier mit Pilzlederstiefeln.||En Actraiser 2, luchas contra Cabeza de Cabra [E660] veces.|
|#4 You have to fight the goat-headed monster in ActRaiser 2 4 times.||In Soul Blazer, the [monster?] loves sausages.||Mario's mount is a green dinosaur with mushroom leather boots.||In Actraiser 2, you fight against the Goat's Head [4?] times.|
|Dans Actraiser, une herbe peut redonner des points de vie.||SECRET OF MANA ist der Nachfolger von MYSTIC QUEST auf dem Game Boy.||En Actraiser, hay un hierba curativa para recuperar Puntos.|
|#3 In ActRaiser, there is an item called "Medicinal Herb" that recovers the player's health.||In Actraiser, a herb may restore HP.||SECRET OF MANA is the successor of MYSTIC QUEST for the Game Boy.||In ActRaiser, there is a "Medicinal Herb" that recovers points.|
|Mario porte des caleçons roses.||Für SECRET OF EVERMORE sollte man Hundekuchen bereithalten.||Actraiser 2 es un juego de rol.|
|#6 ActRaiser 2 is a role-playing game.||Mario wears pink underwear.||For SECRET OF EVERMORE, one should have dog biscuits ready.||ActRaiser 2 is a role-playing game.|
|正解！ では次の質問||Bonne réponse!
|Correct! OK, next question.||Right answer!
Versuche noch einmal, Professor Grips zu werden!
|Incorrect! Too bad! Keep trying hard to become a Quintet expert. Please give the quiz another try!||Wrong answer! Try again!||Wrong! Try again to become Professor Savvy!|
All questions correctly answered:
Tu es le vrai
prends ce Magiroc!
|Glückwunsch! Du hast Dir den Titel Professor Grips verdient.
Nimm diesen Kristall. Er ist Dein Preis!
|Dum da-da-DUUUN! Congratulations! You are now a Quintet expert! Please take this Magirock as your reward! Bum bum bum puff-puff!||Congratulations! You are the real Professor Quintet! As a gift, take this Magiroc!||Congratulations! You earned the title of Professor Savvy. Take this crystal. It's your prize!|
After you have taken the reward:
Magiroc a été
|Professor Grips! War Dir der tolle Preis nützlich?|
|Hey, Quintet Expert! Was your reward helpful?||Hello, Professor Quintet! Was the Magirock useful?||Professor Savvy! Was the neat prize useful to you?|