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.
Released: 1996, Super Nintendo
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is 1/2 RPG, 1/2 Super Mario Bros. Although it sounded like a blasphemous mix at the time, headed by Nintendo and RPG giant Square, then at what many people consider their peak, the results were spectacular, flawlessly blending two genres into a new one entirely: the "Mario RPG". A legacy that would be continued with Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and several others.
But it seems that development of this game was a rough process, as a number of areas were left out (and sadly, in most cases, the tilesets were altered to the point where these areas are a garbled mess, or were deleted entirely), and several enemies -- presumably intended for these cut areas -- remained unused.
If you're a fan of debug modes, Super Mario RPG actually features two of the things, as well as a debug room, and even several debugging items!
All in all, there are some extremely intriguing things hiding in Super Mario RPG...
Did You Know...
- ...that there's a cheat that gives Bond a paired rocket launcher and sniper rifle in the Japanese version of GoldenEye?
- ...that both the SNES and Genesis versions of College Football USA '97 contain a hidden team known as the Roms?
- ...that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game has an unused laser gun power-up?
- ...that Rugrats: Time Travelers has an unused graphic of a CD labeled "Microsoft World Domination 99"?
- ...that the difficulty of Stage 6 in Ghosts'n Goblins constantly changed between board revisions?
- ...that Streets of Rage 3 has two cut levels, both of them on otherwise unused motorcycles?
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
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!