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.
Publisher: Taito, Natsume
Released: Dumped July, 2012; ROM internally marked with 7/18/1994, Super Nintendo
The only publically known Lufia II/Estpolis Denki II prototype had an unfortunate accident that fortunately was fixable. The first dumper of the ROM accidentally damaged one of the chips during the dumping process, rendering the game unusable. Later on (after changing ownership), other people were able to re-dump it and patch the damaged sections of the ROM with pieces from the retail version, or just plain ingenuity.
The Lufia II prototype contains many features in various stages of completion that didn't make it into the final build of the game. This includes an (EXTREMELY incomplete) area where your capsule monsters could've been pitted against others like Pokemon! It was very fortunate that the damage to the ROM was so minor, and that people worked so hard to restore it after the fact.
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 Taito's Indiana Jones game hates checksum errors?
- ...that Side B of the Apple II Karateka diskette has an upside-down version of the game?
- ...that the NES port of Donkey Kong has unused graphics for a bonus item that doesn't appear in any other version?
- ...that the arcade game of The Simpsons was made much easier (and given an actual scoring system) for the Japanese market?
- ...that Princess Peach and Bowser are shown getting drunk on champagne in the Japanese version of Super Mario Kart?
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!