The Cutting Room Floor is a site dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games. From debug menus, to unused music, graphics, enemies, or levels, many games have content never meant to be seen by anybody but the developers — or even meant for everybody, but cut due to time/budget constraints.
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Released: 1997, Nintendo 64
GoldenEye 007 is widely considered one of the best first-person shooters ever released, introducing new concepts and tactics which revolutionized the genre.
The game has a lot of unused content that reveals that originally the game was planned to be much closer to the movie than it is now. You were supposed to race against Ourumov through the streets of St. Petersburg just like in the movie, and Xenia was intended to meet up with you on the destroyer, none of which happens in the game.
To aid in the development process, there is a debug menu hidden in the game, and the famous Citadel level which had many speculations and rumors about it. Besides that, there are many other ideas hidden in the game files, which give an insight on the game's history...
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Were You Aware...
- ...that Mickey Mania on the Genesis has a special message that can only be seen by changing the region of the console after the game has loaded?
- ...that LEGOLAND once had a difficulty system based on age?
- ...that Norimaro in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter has an unused nosebleed attack? (Yes, you read that right.)
- ...that Blaster Master has an unused 8th special item that not even Blaster Master Underground knew about?
- ...that Crocomire was set to appear in Metroid Zero Mission?
- ...that Mega Man's Soccer has unused endings for the championship and tournament modes?
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Before the release of the Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega wanted to make sure that their new console would sell as well as the NES. To do so, Sega held a competition throughout all of its branches to create a character that would end up replacing Alex Kidd as the mascot of the company.
Eventually, it came down to four designs created by Naoto Ōshima, who had previously worked on the Phantasy Star series.
It was decided that the hedgehog character was the best of the lot, and was redesigned into Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of the other designs were reused later: this fat, pajama-wearing man based on Theodore Roosevelt became the basis for Dr. Eggman/Robotnik's design.