The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Preview Trailer
|The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Preview Trailer|
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.
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.
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.
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...
...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.