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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Preview Trailer

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Title Screen

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Preview Trailer

Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in US: May 18, 2005


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.


Zelda Preview Trailer was given out at E3 2005 in cartridge form to select 500 attendees. It features a video so highly compressed your microwave is quite likely able to record better ones... and there's a "beta" (sic) version that's even worse!

Unused Text Files

The cartridge release contains two unused text files: README.TXT (empty) and info.txt, which contains a seemingly incomplete list of files inside the ROM... and then some other list of files not found in the ROM at all.

2

rom:/zeldamovie_sgn.srl
Legend of ZELDA Movie Trailer
Legend of ZELDA Movie Trailer$%Nintendo
rom:/zelda1_01.nbfc
rom:/zelda1_01.nbfp

rom:/zeldastory_sgn.srl
Legend of ZELDA Story
Legend of ZELDA Story$%Nintendo
rom:/zeldastory.nbfc
rom:/zeldastory.nbfp

zeldastory_sgn.srl is likely the second Zelda Twilight Princess that was being distributed, but it is not found in this ROM. zeldamovie_sgn.srl, however, is.

"BETA" Version

The demo contains zeldamovie_sgn.srl, which is a version of itself likely meant to be sent out via Download Play to other DSes. However, there exists no functionality to do this and it is a noticeably older version of the game, even referring to itself internally as "Beta". Supposedly, this version was distributed via Download Play to the attendees who didn't get the physical cartridge.

Internal Name

Early Final
CHARACTER LIMIT?! WHAT'S THAT?!
Fine, I'll respect your stupid restrictions, gosh

The early version's internal name is horribly malformed. Only the top line would display were you to send this via Download Play, however, so it would look correct.

Menu

Early Final
Guide me
Don't need no guide

The "beta" version features an option to see the "E3 Guidebook". It seemingly doesn't do anything, but perhaps it did on the showfloor. The button to start the movie is also different, and there is a sound effect that plays when you touch it in the final version. The early title screen refers to itself as "Movie Trailer Vol. 1" (as opposed to all the non-movie trailers?), instead of "Preview Trailer", and the copyright date isn't present.

Lack of info.txt

The early version lacks the fabled info.txt discussed above. README.TXT is still there, however, empty as ever, and, in fact, the only actual file in the entire file structure; the movie is hardcoded into the binary.

Lack of splashscreen

The final version contains a splashscreen which indicates the game uses the ACTImagine codec to encode its video. It is not present in the early version...

Compression Differences

Early Final

...possibly because it's not used, as the early version features far more compression artifacts and some excellent, crackly audio. It also freezes at one point, even though the music keeps going. The final version also adds some sound effects from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, mostly of Link's various grunts and screams. You can go back to the menu by pressing START, which you cannot do in the final version; it features a bottom screen button to do that, instead, while the early version only has a Nintendo logo there.