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.
Feel free to browse our collection of games and start reading. Up for research? Try looking at some stubs and see if you can help us out. Just have some faint memory of some unused menu/level you saw years ago but can't remember how to access it? Feel free to start a page with what you saw and we'll take a look. If you want to help keep this site running and help further research into games, feel free to donate.
Released: 1990, SNES
Super Mario World was Nintendo's first title for the SNES, and it was rushed to release for this reason, leaving a lot of unfinished content.
It contains a wealth of unused levels, some of which are from extremely early in development. There's also a lot of unused objects, from a classic Piranha Plant to a ceiling full of Swoopers – all the way to an unused screen-sized cage!
All this, combined with a lot of interesting early graphics from the SNES Test Program, the SNES Burn-In Test Cart, and magazine preview screenshots, reveals that Super Mario World was originally intended to be a very different game: Super Mario Bros. 4.
Did You Know...
- ...that Gremlins: Unleashed and Kirikou have a variety of hidden images and messages from the developers, including rants about crappy Windows dev environments?
- ...that the Intellivision port of Centipede has a hidden message with a terrible pun?
- ...that Samurai Shodown Anthology has movelists for the unplayable characters - but got all but one of Yumeji's moves wrong?
- ...that the enemy troop leader in the arcade Alien vs. Predator actually has a name? And it may have been possible to fight him?
- ...that there are models for Mario and a Goomba hidden in Pikmin?
- ...that Nintendo World Championships 1990 was likely meant to have music on its title screen?
Want to contribute? Not sure where to begin? Visit the Help page for everything you need to get started, including...
- Instructions for creating and editing articles
- Guides that will help you find debug modes, unused graphics, hidden levels, and more
- A list of what needs to be done
- Common things that can be found in hundreds of different games
We also have a sizable list of games that either don't have pages yet, or whose pages are in serious need of expansion. Check it out!