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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Also known as: Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Boushi (JP)
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: November 4, 2004
Released in US: January 10, 2005
Released in EU: November 12, 2004
Released in AU: April 7, 2005


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is the Game Boy Advance entry in the Zelda series, featuring a talking hat who has got to be related to a particular fairy from a previous Zelda game.

Subpages

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Unused Rooms
There are many of them.


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System Text
System text found within the game.

Debugging Features

Debug Text

TMC DebugText.png

This little green screen contains all the texts of the game, used and unused. To scroll through the texts, just hit Left and Right after you press the L button.

Code
73000FF0 0200

33001002 0005

73000FF0 0200

33001003 0000

Unused Graphics

Unused Animation Mailbox

Mailboxes! You've got mail!

An unused animation of the decorative mailbox above the post office in Hyrule Castle Town. The level of animation suggests that there were to be fully functional mailboxes in the game, much like with Wind Waker.

The wiggle animation is actually used in the online Flash demo of the game.

NPC Test

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TMC NPCTest2.png TMC NPCTest3.png TMC NPCTest4.png

TMC NPCTest5.png TMC NPCTest6.png

TMC NPCTest7.png

TMC NPCTest8.png

This strange half-naked figure was probably used to test the characters of the game. He has some very strange movements.

Use these codes on the screen "File Selection" to change Link.

Sprites Animations
330021EA 0047

330021EB 0001

330021E1 00XX

00, 06 and 48

Unused Stained Glass of Hyrule Castle

TMC Deku.png TMC Valoo.png TMC Jabun.png

These three stained glass are among the decorations of Hyrule Castle and are visible halfway into the "Hyrule Castle Map Test" at the place of the throne room. The three stained glass shows the three important characters of The Wind Waker: the Deku Tree, Valoo and Jabun.


(Source: Dark Linkaël)

Unused Goddess Pearls

TMC Goddess Pearls.png

The three Goddess Pearls from The Wind Waker also make an appearance, but ended up unused.


(Source: PPLToast)
Hmmm...
To do:
all the other unused art in the game (there is a lot)

Unused Music

Dark Hyrule Castle Intro

An unused introduction to the final dungeon that sounds far more dark and foreboding than what the game actually uses. While not used in the game proper, it can be heard as track 2 of the hidden sound test.

Vaati Intro

Another unused introduction, most likely used for appearances by Vaati.

A Link to the Past Title

An unused rendition of the title theme from Link to the Past. It can be heard as track 6 of the hidden sound test.

Get Small Item

An unused fanfare, from Ocarina of Time. It's the fanfare for getting a small treasure.

Lost Woods

The Lost Woods part of the Credits BGM from Ocarina of Time is also present in the game.

Unused Items

To see any of these items in the game, set the memory address $2002AF4 (A button) or $2002AF5 (B button) to the corresponding value.

Unused Sword

TMC Sword.png

Value: 05

There is one unused sword in the game. Internally within the game, all swords are organized in the order you receive them. For example, Smith's Sword is hex value 01, the White Sword with no infused elements is 02 etc. This sword is listed at hex value 05 which is in between the hex values for the White Sword with three elements and the Four Sword. This indicates that, at one time, there might have been one more sword upgrade before getting to the Four Sword. As it is now, the sword's button graphics use the lantern. In the picture above, it is assigned to button A.

Fire Rod

TMC FireRod.png

Value: 16

A Fire Rod, with a graphic similar to the one used in Four Swords Adventures. While the game does not normally feature the Fire Rod, the description of figurine #108 in the European version of the game says Ice Wizzrobes are vulnerable to it (the North American version instead says that they're weak against fire), so it was clearly intended to be included at some point in development.

Pickup text for the Fire Rod can still be found in the ROM, at 0x9B6CA3:

You got the Fire Rod! This mystical rod shoots forth mighty flames.

Apparently, it would have (also?) been sold in a shop, according to text at 0x9E0023:

Fire Rod 350 Rupees

For some reason, the item's behavior is identical to that of the (DEBUG) Cell Overwrite Set item, documented below.

Butter

TMC Butter.png

Lonlon butter.PNG

Value: 21

It's... butter. In a bottle. Unfortunately, either its functionality was removed, or it was tied to a character or event that no longer exists.

Debugging Items

Three debugging-related items exist in the final game: (DEBUG) Mega Crush, (DEBUG) Enemy Set, and (DEBUG) Cell Overwrite Set. None of them have a proper icon, and the only one that seems to function is Cell Overwrite, which allows you to modify ground tiles in a variety of ways.

In the multi-language European version, only the English and French scripts have actual names for these items, and the French script uses romanized versions of the Japanese names ((Debug) megacrash, (Debug) teki set, and (Debug) cell kakikae set). All other scripts have single null values (00) where the names should be.

Controls for (DEBUG) Cell Overwrite Set, when set to button A, are as follows:

  • Pressing A multiple times will change the tile in front of Link.
  • Pressing and holding R, then also holding A will copy the tile in front of Link, who will start to glow. If you keep holding R+A, then go somewhere else and release A, the copied tile will get pasted in front of Link.
  • Pressing and holding A, then also holding B will modify all of the four tiles surrounding him. Hold R then hold A to copy, and while holding them, press B to paste.

Unused Enemies

The Minish Cap has six unused enemies while four of them are leftovers from Four Swords. They can be spawned with this gameshark code:

Code
33001850 0003

33001851 00XX

33001852 00YY

Replace XX with the enemy ID and YY with the parameter ID.

Golden & Purple Darknut

TMC SpriteDarkNutGold.png TMC SpriteDarkNutPurple.png

Value: 05:04 for the golden Darknut, 05:05 for the purple Darknut.

Golden and purple Darknuts exist within the game's code, but their behavior is very glitchy. Their moveset is the same as the black Darknut's.

Zol & Gel

TMC SpriteZolBl.png TMC SpriteGelBl.png

TMC SpriteZolGr.png TMC SpriteGelGr.png

TMC SpriteZolRd.png TMC SpriteGelRd.png

Value: 56 for the Zol, 57 for the Gel.

Zol and Gel from Four Swords still exist in The Minish Cap's code. They can be spawned in blue (YY=00), green (YY=01) and red (YY=02), although there are no differences in behaviour.

Podoboo & Mini-Podoboo

TMC SpritePodoboo.png TMC SpritePodobooMini.png

Value: 58 for the Podoboo, 59 for the Mini-Podoboo.

Another enemy from Four Swords. The Podoboo bounces around a lot and splits into two Mini-Podoboos when hit. Adding a parameter (33001852 000n) makes the Podoboo split into n+2 Mini-Podoboos, up to 04 which makes the Podoboo a one-hit kill.

Unused Text

"Mole" in Castor Wilds

TMC Mole.png

In a cave digging in Castor Wilds, there is a word in Japanese very well hidden "もぐら", which means "Mole".

Biggoron's Dungeon

With a hex editor, it's possible to find a list of the places and dungeons in the game. At the bottom of this list is "Biggoron's Dungeon". It is probably used as the game's internal name for the Gorons' cave. Indeed, finishing the "quest" of this cave is the only way to manage to see Biggoron.

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Textual changes, specifically that of Gorman, the name of the special water from Mt. Crenel, and the Ice Wizzrobe figurine. Both the Japanese and European versions have some differences from the American version, as documented here.

There are some differences between the various regional releases of the game.

European Differences

The European version seems to be an earlier build than the North American and Japanese versions, as it contains some bugs that were fixed in the latter two. The following patch fixes the Eenie's Kinstone Fusion and Palace of Winds bugs and adds the third Bomb Bag upgrade to Stockwell's shop in the European version:

Download.png Download Minish Cap EU fix
File: Minish_Cap_EU_fix.zip (1.12 KB) (info)

Lon Lon Ranch

European version Other versions
No whirlwind. Now it's easier to see Gorons!

In the Lon Lon Ranch zone, you can go to the Gorons' Cave by using whirlwinds. In the European release of the game, one of these whirlwinds is missing. However, it doesn't prevent you from entering the cave.

Palace of Winds

Now I can fly!

In the European version, using your Ocarina on the top of the building that leads to the Palace of Winds is not allowed, as it is in the other versions.

Bomb Bag upgrade in Stockwell's Shop

In the Japanese and North American versions, you can buy a Bomb Bag for 600 rupees at Stockwell's after having bought the Boomerang. This upgrade is completely unavailable in the European version—its data and text aren't even present in the ROM.

Eenie's Kinstone Fusion Bug

In the European version, trying to fuse Kinstones with Eenie, cancelling the fusion, leaving the screen with him and going back renders you unable to perform this fusion again and complete the Goron sidequest.

Lantern Bug

In the European version, when you turn your lantern on, then immediately throw your boomerang, the boomerang will disappear for a while and you will be able to do some strange things, such as float in the air. If you repeat the process with the bow instead of the boomerang, you will shoot two arrows instead of one. These bugs are not present in the other versions of the game.

Stockwell's dog

In the European version, Stockwell's dog is named Borken, while in other versions, he's (yes, it's a he) named Fifi.

Sword Dojo Music

Japan/US Europe

The European release's music in the Sword Dojo is a bit different from the Japanese and US version. The reason for this change is unknown.

US version

Hyrule Garden Guards Speed

The guards in the Hyrule Garden move at a faster speed than in the Japanese and European versions.

Ezlo Text

In the US version you get text from Ezlo everytime you save & quit the game. This does not happen in the Japanese and European versions.