10 Things From Retro Games That You Didn't Know About

Video games are often the scene of numerous modifications and removals during their development, whether to meet tight deadlines or for gameplay reasons. Some of these cuts are memorable, while others are less glorious. In this article, we're going to explore ten cut features you might not have known about from classic video games.

1. GoldenEye 007: Four James Bonds in one

One of the Nintendo 64's most iconic games, GoldenEye 007, could have offered players the chance to play as four different James Bonds. Besides Pierce Brosnan, the game would have included Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton in multiplayer mode. Unfortunately, legal issues surrounding the use of actors' faces led to this promising feature being abandoned.

2. Perfect Dark: Play as yourself

Perfect Dark, spiritual successor to GoldenEye, originally planned an intriguing feature called "Perfect Head". The developers wanted to allow players to use the Game Boy camera to import their own face into the game. However, concerns over the misuse of this feature by trolls led to its abandonment.

3. The Mysterious Forest Cats from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess received widespread praise when it released in 2006, but some fans were disappointed by the omission of a mysterious forest shown in an advance trailer. This forest should have been freely explored, but it was removed from the final game, along with the cats that resided there, leaving many players unsatisfied.

4. Super Mario Bros 3: Unused Levels

It is common that levels be removed during a game's development, but in Super Mario Bros 3, many beta levels were kept in the game's code. Some of these levels were well designed, but they were never part of the experience final. The discovery of these unused levels came as a surprise to fans, and some were so well done that they would have earned their place in the game.

5. Link and Samus expelled from Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Marvel Ultimate Alliance was famous for its vast roster of superheroes, but the developers attempted to add Link and Samus to the Wii version. However, Nintendo did not agree, and the characters were removed from the game after being included in a demo based on the PlayStation 2 version, which did not please Nintendo at all.

6. Mega Man: The Bond Man Mystery

The first Mega Man game should have included a character called Bond Man, based on an image drawn from descriptions. Although Bond Man was not part of the game, his popularity among fans eventually led to him appearing in other Mega Man-related media.

7. NBA Jam: Mortal Kombat Fighters Removed

In NBA Jam Tournament Edition, Mortal Kombat characters such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, and Raiden have been added in secret. However, this inclusion raised concerns and was removed after backlash from the NBA.

8. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Two Player Co-op Mode

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was supposed to feature two-player co-op, but this feature was abandoned during development. Players had to wait for the release of Four Swords in 2002 to experience a cooperative adventure with Link.

9. Contra for NES: The Hidden Level Selector

Contra for NES was extremely difficult, but the Japanese version of the game included a hidden level selector that allowed players to start at any level. This feature was removed from the North American and European versions, leaving players to make do as they could.

10. Super Mario Bros: When Mario Had a Gun

In early versions of Super Mario Bros, Mario was armed with a rifle and a laser gun. However, these weapons were removed to give the character a friendlier appearance, leaving behind a strange armed plumber story.

In conclusion, video games are full of fascinating cut features, ranging from deleted characters to unused levels. These cuts are an integral part of the development process, but they still arouse players' curiosity. Video games are constantly evolving, and who knows what intriguing features await us in the future?

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